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Canon Speedlite 320EX vs 430EX II

320EX vs 430EX II Speedlite The new Canon 320EX “hybrid” flash is the first camera flash with a built-in video light.

With the 320EX, Canon launches a 4th model of speedlite flashes. The closest relative to the new 320 EX is the current mid-range model Canon 430EX II, introduced in 2008 and priced at around $270.

The 320EX was announced in February 2011 at $249 and is similar in many respects: both flashes support the latest ETTL (II) technology, feature a flash head with swivel and tilt for indirect flash and a metal flash foot with quick release lever for easy attachment in the accessory shoe.

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In-depth Review of Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash and Video Light (a 430EX II alternative)

Canon Speedlite 320 EX mounted on T1i for flash reviewThe new Canon 320EX (not: ’320EX II’) is the first of a new breed of speedlites providing illumination for photo and video shooting.

And – given the advantages this has – it won’t be the last of its kind.

In this in-depth review the Canon AF speedlite 320 EX gets the opportunity to prove its worth as a photo flash in a series of tests, e.g. for the real output / guide number, and the flash recycling time.

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Unboxing and quick video review of Canon speedlite 320EX “hybrid” flash and video light

The 320 EX review has been published now!

I bought one of the very first 320EX flashes available on amazon. Quantities are very limited at the moment.

Here’s another vid showing the video LED in action:

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MeiKe Speedlite MK-930 Review (Manual Flash)

Meike MK-930 Review flash on light standChinese photo accessories manufacturer MeiKe have recently released their version of a manual flash, the Meike 930.

It’s intended to compete with the Yongnuo YN560 and therefore looks similar from the specs, e.g. regarding the official guide number (which is 58 at the 105mm reflector setting / unspecified for 35mm) and it also features professional attributes such as a PC sync port and a power pack connector.

To get a first idea how the 2 models compare on paper, go to the YN560 vs MK-930 specs page.

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Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Review

Canon speedlite 580EX II mounted on Rebel T1i speedlights.netThe 580EX II is the latest generation flagship model speedlite from Canon. While aiming at the needs of professional photographers it’s certainly compatible with any Canon DSLR, including the entry-level Rebel series bodies.

This flash under review is the unofficial “L” series flash in the Canon speedlite range consisting of the 3 other models 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II. It’s the most powerful and advanced flash in their lineup and comes with the highest build quality.

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Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash Review

430EX II speedlite review on Rebel cam front leftThe 430EX Mark II is the current mid-range flash from Canon.

It does everything you expect from an accessory flash: you get a very good range and it works in all camera modes with all shutter speeds your camera offers. Canon’s ETTL(II) flash exposure protocol adjusts everything automatic: flash strength and flash reflector zoom.

One thing, however, does not work with a traditional speedlite: lighting in video mode. A flash needs to recycle between the shots and therefore can’t keep up with the 30 frames per second needed for video.

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Nissin Di-866 Flash Review

Di866 for Nikon D90The Nissin Di866 flash is a professional flash and constitutes a lower priced alternative to the flagship models 580EX II from Canon and the Nikon SB-900.

It’s a lot cheaper (by more than $150) but still fully loaded with professional features like wireless master mode, PC sync port and an external power connector.

The flash was introduced in 2008 as Nissin’s top speedlite model. Mid-range offerings include the Di622 / Di622 Mark II, as well as the Di466 (which is positioned between entry-level and mid-range, technically).

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Yongnuo Speedlite YN-565 for Canon and Nikon

8/26: Go here for the YN-565 in-depth review.

Update from 8/22: The Yongnuo YN-565 for Canon is now available from the manufacturer store on eBay for $180 with free shipping as well as from other sellers!

8/22: YN-565 on amazon (I talked with the seller “cheaplights” and he ships from the US and offers 30 days own warranty).

8/22: My Yongnuo YN-565 is still on its way – it left HK on 8/15 according to the mail tracking information system but there was no further update so far; I hope it will arrive between Tuesday and Wednesday 8/24.

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Flash Finder For Canon and Nikon

In the navigation bar you find now the Flash for Canon overview with info on 30+ ETTL (II) enabled speedlites.

Flashes for Canon with ETTL

The Flash for Nikon speedlight guide lists 26 i-TTL flashes to choose from, both new and used models.

Flashes for Nikon compatible with i-TTL

And a ‘strobist’ list is in the works – expect more info on Yongnuo, LumoPro, the old Nikon speedlights and some other models, e.g. the 285HV.

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Yongnuo Compatibility with Canon DSLR

Yongnuo provides only partial compatibility information for their Canon ETTL speedlites. A lot of combinations are neither officially compatible nor incompatible – e.g. 600D with YN-465, Rebel T3 with YN-468, or 550D with YN467.

To help with transparency actual user reports are collected here and combined with official info in the table below. Pls understand there can’t be any warranty for the accuracy of information provided here.

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