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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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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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Canon Speedlite 320EX Preview

Canon announced 2 new speedlites: the 270EX II, and the new and very interesting photo-video hybrid flash 320EX, which is the topic here.

320EX flash tube and LED light

For camcorders, there have been video lights with additional flash tube before – see the photo of Canon’s own VFL-2 further below. But for still cameras, the Canon Speedlite 320EX is the first flash with additional video light on the market (Nikon’s SB80DX had a similar looking light on the front, but that was an anti red-eye lamp).

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Canon 270EX II Speedlite Announced

Together with 2 new camera bodies – the T3 = EOS 1100D in Europe and the T3i = EOS 600D, Canon announced two new speedlites, the 320EX and the 270EX II.

The 270EX II is announced at $170 in the US (pre-order from amazon) and replaces the current entry-level flash 270EX, sold at around $145 currently. There are 2 new features justifying a price increase:

  • there is now a wireless slave mode
  • the flash unit can be used as a remote for an EOS camera

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Yongnuo YN468 vs 430EX II Canon Speedlite

Yongnuo 468 versus Canon’s 430EX II – how does the $100 flash (e.g. from eBay) hold up against the mid-range speedlite from Canon costing about > 2.5x?

YN468 versus Canon 430EX II

Finally, a Canon speedlite 430EX II has joined the collection (I plan on doing much more Canon testing in 2011!), and a direct comparison of YN468 vs 430 EX II is the topic of this article. Both speedlites were tested with a Canon Rebel T1i (Canon 500D in Europe).

Yongnuo YN-468 on T1i or EOS 500D

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Yongnuo YN-560 vs Canon 580EX II

With the 56x line Yongnuo has just announced a new line of flash units, positioned above the existing 46x line. It is rumored that the 46x flash units will remain in production, and I hope and believe this holds true (this is confirmed as of early 2011).

Update from November 16, 2011: expected for December release is a new, upgraded YN560-II model with LCD display and other upgrades that will be replacing the current YN-560. Learn more.

Yongnuo YN-560 vs 580EX II Canon

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Canon 580EX II Strobist Review

The Canon 580EX mk II is Canon’s flag ship flash unit, and as such it offers next to all the bells and whistles also a powerful manual mode. This is exactly the focus of the following review: how does it behave in a strobist setup? How easy is it to set the manual mode? Does it work with Cactus or Yongnuo radio triggers? The answers can be found here.

Canon 580EX II Frontal View

Strobist Must-Haves

  • manual mode
    • has manual mode: yes
    • minimum manual power: 1/128
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4 more Flashes Added to Comparison Page

Canon 430EX II, Nikon SB-28DX, SB-800, SB-900

I managed to add last night another 4 speedlights to the side by side comparison page. Overall, I have at least partial data on 90 strobes now, but it needs quite some time and research to collect all the info and verify it as much as possible. With the new flash models added, you can answer questions like:

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Speedlight Comparison Engine live now

The new speedlight comparison feature allows to see 2 flash units with their features next to each other on the same page. It is intended to help with answering questions like:

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