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published 23/10/2006 | happydadtoo
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I am a schoolmaster at a major public school with 30 years experience. I have 3 delightful daughters and my other interests include photography, gardening and cooking. I help with www.biologymad.com for A-level biologists.
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"Canon Speedlite 430EZ (not listed) NOT the 430EX!"

This flashgun wsa widely sold up to about 5 years ago as the 'solid workhorse' of the Canon Speedlite range. Much cheaper than the top-of-the-range 540EZ, it has an excellent Guide Number (GN) of 43 (100 ISO film, in metres) and has a range of up to 20m or so.
It comes in a vinyl pouch with clear-easy to understand instructions.
It uses 4x AA size batteries, and don't consider using ordinary batteries unless you have a deep bank balance, as they do not last long. Rechargeables not only recharge the flash much more quickly, but you get 50 or so flashes from a fully-charged set. I used to use rechargeables (2 sets) with a spare set of AA batteries as back-up - for, when taking flash shots of (school) theatrical productions, it would be quite normal for me to take 150 shots in an evening. In case anyone wonders, these were taken at dress rehearsals!
The 430EZ I have was used from 1990 to 2005 and must have taken several thousand flashes in that time, with total reliability. The flash can be turned and swiveled, to allow bounch flash off any nearby wall or ceiling. For anyone who has not used this technique, it removes those harsh shadows behind the subject, whilst a simple piece of card sellotaped to the flashgun provides a 'catchlight' in the subjects' eyes.
Exposures are TTL-measured and invariably correct. Second-curtain sync allows for realistic night-time shots of mmoving vehicles etc, whilst the strobe function allows a series of rapid flashes to be used on one frame (I used it only once!).
The flash automatically zooms from 21-105mm to suit the lens attached to your camera (this can be over-ridden). The easy-to-read display can be backlit at night and the whole unit can be fitted with a cheap attachment that allows it to be used off-camera and triggered by the built-in flash on your camera. I used that occasionally, but I found the simple cable lead which allowed it to be used a foot or so away from the lens axis was more than enough.
The extremely fast flash and a synch speed of 1/250th allowed me to use the 430EZ in daylight whenever I was photographing sports events and wanted to 'stop the action' on dull days - it also added a catchlight on sunny days with portraits. Flashguns are NOT just for indoors or darkness!
The 430EZ also allows the flash to be set up for photographing both a near object (person) and a distant background (cityscape) so taht both elements are perfectly exposed. That is something that is normally impossible and a feature that I found very useful.

It has one, and ONLY one, drawback - it CANNOT BE USED WITH THE CURRENT GENERATION OF CANON DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS (except in fully-manual mode) and so I had to replace this unit when I went digital.

If you are a film user and want an excellent, powerful, all-purpose Canon flashgun, you could do no better.
They originally cost about £150 (15 years ago!!), but are now for sale for £20 or so - a real bargain!
Ian

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  • Punkychik published 09/12/2006
    great review, think Ill leave all that kind of stuff to the experts though :-) hannah xxx
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Product Information : Canon Speedlite 430EX Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Manufacturer's product description

Canon is a leader in professional business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. By developing innovative, high-quality business solutions Canon makes it easy to create, manage, and share images and information better, faster, and more efficiently.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Speedlite 430EX - hot-shoe clip-on flash

Camera Flash: Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.2 cm x 10.1 cm x 12.2 cm

Weight: 330 g

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 43

Lens Coverage: 24mm - 105mm

Supported Exposure Control: FP Flash, TTL, E-TTL II

Colour Temperature: Daylight

Zoom: Automatic

Features: AF illuminator, illuminated LCD display, flash +/- compensation

Required Battery: 4 x battery - AA type

Designed For: EOS 100, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1D, 1Ds, 3000, 40, 450, 50, 500, 550, 5D, 60, 600, 650, 70, 7D, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X5, Kiss X50, Kiss X7, Kiss X70, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi; PowerShot G10, G11, G12, G9, SX1, SX10, SX20, SX30

General

MPN: 0298B003, 430EX, 0298B008, SL-430EX, 0298B002

Width: 7.2 cm

Depth: 10.1 cm

Height: 12.2 cm

Weight: 330 g

Camera Flash

Type: Hot-shoe clip-on flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 43

Lens Coverage: 24mm - 105mm

Supported Exposure Control: FP Flash, TTL, E-TTL II

Shooting Distance: 0.7 m - 24.3 m

Vertical Rotation Angle: +90 / 0

Horizontal Rotation Angle: +180 / -90

Colour Temperature: Daylight

Zoom: Automatic

Auto Shut-Off: Yes

Features: AF illuminator, illuminated LCD display, flash +/- compensation

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Carrying case

Power

Power Consumption: Recycling time - 0.1 - 3.7 sec / 1400 flash: - with 4 x AA type - Alkaline

Required Battery: 4 x battery - AA type

Compatibility Information

Designed For: Canon EOS 1000D, 100D, 10D, 1100D, 1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark II N, 1Ds Mark III, 1V, 1V HS, 1V HS HUS, 1V HUS, 20D, 20Da, 3, 3 HUS, 30, 30 Date, 300, 3000, 3000N, 3000N QD, 3000N/Date, 3000V, 300D, 300V, 300V D, 300V QD, 300X, 30D, 30V, 30V Date, 33, 33V, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 50, 500D, 500N, 50D, 50E, 550D, 5D, 5D Mark II, 600D, 60D, 650D, 7, 7D, D30, D60, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, ELAN 7, ELAN 7E, ELAN 7N, ELAN 7NE, Elan II, Elan IIe, Elan IIe QD, IX, IX 7, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X5, Kiss X50, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4i, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi ¦ Canon New EOS 300V Date ¦ Canon PowerShot G1, G10, G11, G12, G2, G2 Pro, G3, G5, G5 Pro, G6, G7, G9, Pro1, Pro90 IS, SX1 IS, SX10 IS, SX20 IS, SX30 IS

Designed For: Canon EOS 1000D, 100D, 10D, 1100D, 1200D, 1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark II N, 1Ds Mark III, 1V, 1V HS, 1V HS HUS, 1V HUS, 20D, 20Da, 3, 3 HUS, 30, 30 Date, 300, 3000, 3000N, 3000N QD, 3000N/Date, 3000V, 300D, 300V, 300V D, 300V QD, 300X, 30D, 30V, 30V Date, 33, 33V, 350D, 400D, 40D, 450D, 50, 500D, 500N, 50D, 50E, 550D, 5D, 5D Mark II, 600D, 60D, 650D, 7, 70D, 7D, 7D Mark II, D30, D60, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, ELAN 7, ELAN 7E, ELAN 7N, ELAN 7NE, Elan II, Elan IIe, Elan IIe QD, IX, IX 7, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital N, Kiss Digital X, Kiss F, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X5, Kiss X50, Kiss X7, Kiss X70, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5, Rebel XS, Rebel XSi ¦ Canon New EOS 300V Date ¦ Canon PowerShot G1, G10, G11, G12, G2, G2 Pro, G3, G5, G5 Pro, G6, G7, G9, Pro1, Pro90 IS, SX1 IS, SX10 IS, SX20 IS, SX30 IS

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