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Canon 430EX vs. 430EX II (video)

 
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Oct 05, 2010 18:39 |  #1

Here's a little video I made to help explain the difference between the older Speedlite 430EX and the newer 430EX II, and which one might be better for your needs.

I thought it might be of interest here on the Canon forum.

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Oct 05, 2010 21:11 |  #2

Nice find, added to my collection of helpful things.

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Oct 05, 2010 21:14 as a reply to  @ The Fox's post |  #3

Thanks, Nick, glad you liked it. I will post more videos in the future.


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Oct 05, 2010 21:35 |  #4

Thanks. Anything flash related you can post is great. I noticed a few more videos.


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Oct 10, 2010 12:22 |  #5

Much appreciated - I also watched your video of the 580 vs 430 as well. Both videos confirmed my choice of getting the 430exII as my first flash.


  
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Oct 10, 2010 12:58 |  #6

Great, I'm glad you guys are finding these helpful!


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Oct 11, 2010 16:16 as a reply to  @ photofreak99's post |  #7

Hi Phil, Very nice video; fwiw I purchased your online videos, as well as some recommended equipment on Amazon through your website. I hope you get a six pack out of it!

I just took delivery of my 7D today.... the battery is charging as we speak. It replaces my 10D. I will be trying to take some photographs of my son (senior pictures) with a shoot through umbrella with my older 550EX and am planning on using the wireless transmitter in my 7D to fire it. Will also be playing with your recommended reflector.

1. Would you recommend that I use manual or ETTL mode when shooting? What else if anything am I giving up with this older flash for this use?

2. I have a 70-200 f4L NON IS that I can shoot with, as well as a Tamron 17-50 2.8 lens. If you were in my shoes would you just stick with the 70-200 for this session? I couldn't tell in some of your videos whether you used your shorter zoom or not.

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Oct 11, 2010 16:59 |  #8

Hi mpstan,
Sounds like you are well-equipped to shoot some portraits! If I were you and shooting with the 7D I would take advantage of the fact that you have ETTL available via the built-in flash as a master and use that to trigger the 550EX in slave mode, letting the camera make the metering decisions. Of course, if you aren't getting the result you want that way, you can always switch everything to Manual and dial in exactly the power you want on the flash (and set your aperture and shutter appropriately). Your results will be more consistent with everything on manual, but it's more work.

Either of your lenses should work well for portraits. The 70-200 L is an awesome portrait lens. I don't have the Tamron you mention, but I would work at the long end of that zoom range (at or near 50mm) because you get a more flattering look when zoomed in. A wider angle tends to overemphasize the nose on the subject, so you want to avoid shooting wide and close.

In the videos of mine that you saw I used the 70-200 f/4 L IS, and at other times the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, and with the latter I was almost always at 50-55mm for portraits (which on these crop-sensor cameras is about equivalent to 80mm or 88mm on a full-sensor camera).

Hope that helps!


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Oct 12, 2010 11:25 |  #9

Thanks for sharing, nice video


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