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Canon Speedlite 430EX II, reviewed by Lester Wareham

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Dec 02, 2014 13:34 |  #1

Medium sized flash for general use. The head has good swivel and bounce control but the power output requires slightly elevated ISOs of 200-400 if working bounced in larger function rooms. Does high speed and 2nd curtain sync.


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Dec 04, 2014 16:24 |  #2

the reason I sold my 430EXIIs and kept my 580EXII was it's ability to rotate 180 each way. I liked the smaller size of the 430EEII, and in fact the light output difference is negligible.


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Dec 29, 2014 14:26 |  #3

I'm not much of a flash guy but I might pick up a 430. I just sent back a yunguo 56X II(whatever model lol) because it was so freaking huge. 430 might fit the bill better for myself. Thanks for the review.


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Dec 30, 2014 01:20 |  #4

Its temperature is also quite cold. :-(


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Mar 12, 2015 20:04 as a reply to Alveric's post |  #5

I like my 430 way better then 580, mostly due to being smaller and being reliable to do several hundreds more flashes on one battery pack. I rarely can get my 580 and 600 to do entire event before its batteries goes dead.




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Mar 13, 2015 16:55 |  #6

I have 2 of these and even though I have a 580EX II and 600ex-rt, I still can't part with my 430EX II's.



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May 10, 2015 01:46 |  #7

I got mine from a pawn shop for cheap and love it. Wish I could find a few more actually




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Dec 09, 2015 18:45 |  #8

I am seeing a 430EX III listed for the same price as the MSRP of the 430EX II, is there really much of a difference between them (other than the "III" being newer)?




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Dec 09, 2015 18:55 |  #9

Version III has radio capabilities, unlike version II. It also comes with a useful built-in white card reflector.


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Jan 07, 2016 23:19 as a reply to Overland1's post |  #10

The EX III can MASTER other flashes by radio (but not by the Canon optical system).
it can also act as a radio slave
can function as optical slave
The EX III can communicate with the Canon 600 EX-RT, another 430 EX III,
it is rumored but not confirmed by me personally, that it can radio-communicate with the YN622C triggers.

the EX II
cannot function as master at all
has no radio transmitter capability - only optical
can only act as optical slave, not master

So from my viewpoint, the new EX III is a great idea - for $300 you can have a full radio master, instead of buying the Canon 600 EX RT (which is a lot larger and less convenient on the camera, and originally was $600 - now about $429 - $469 at Amazon). If I didn't already have an EX II and radio triggers, I'd jump at the chance to get a pair of EX IIIs. Will be really nice if the EX III price eventually drops a bit further - then we could throw away our radio triggers and just get 2 or 3 of these.

There's no reason at all to buy an EX II, if you can get the EX III for the same price.




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Feb 10, 2016 08:56 |  #11

The 430EXii has been one of my go to flashes that can take alot of abuse. For the record I've literally killed three 580exii flash units and my 430exii keeps on goin'!!!!

The 430EXiii seems to be a nice new alternative as Canon retires the 430EXii. The 430exii has hard to push FEC buttons on the unit vs the nice dial on the 430EXiii.

My only concern is reading that the 430EXiii goes into thermal protection while my 430EXii never....

If anyone can find a NIB 430exii for cheap I'd jump for it.


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Nov 30, 2016 21:37 |  #12

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