img_6456While some non Canon brand external flash can fit right into my Canon 1000D SLR, my dad insisted I use a Canon brand for my external flash since he had a bad experience with his Nikon by using a non Nikon external flash and it got burnt in the process. My dad bought me a Canon Speedlite 430 EX external flash (yes I got it for free ha ha!) and I have been using this since for my flash needs.

The results are alright. I just use automatic since I am not really focused on using external flash settings manually since I do not use it all the time so automatic mode does well for me. The flash head can both tilt and swivel with a handy single catch to release the tilt and swivel motions (most tilt/swivel flash units have two catches). The head has a flip-out diffuser panel which can diffuse light up to a focal length of 14mm. It supports TTL and ETTL too.

Features and other functions include (from

  • Flash exposure confirmation indicator on back panel.
  • Support for second-curtain synchronization if the camera has the appropriate custom function.
  • Support for second-curtain synchronization via back panel control.
  • Flash exposure compensation (FEC) controls on back panel .
  • Back panel LCD (liquid crystal display).
  • Backlight illumination for LCD.
  • Flash has custom functions, adjustable by back-panel controls (see full list of functions below).
  • Save Energy (SE) function, with a timeout value of 90 seconds.
  • Powered by four standard AA cells – alkaline, NiCad, NiMH.
  • Also compatible with lithium AA cells.
  • Plastic flash foot.
  • Flash foot has a locking hotshoe.
  • Weight: 300g.
  • Size: 72mm W x 122mm H x 101mm D.

Custom functions.

  • Auto power off (on/off)
  • Power-off in slave mode (60 min, 10 min)
  • Auto-zoom for subframe digital cameras (on/off)
  • AF-assist beam (on/off)
  • Modelling flash (on/off)
  • LCD when shutter release pressed halfway (maximum range/aperture)
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