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Canon Speedlite 270EX II

Flash for Canon digital SLRs and select PowerShot cameras

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by Dave Bar
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Improve the look of your flash photography with Speedlite 270EX II. Mounted to your Canon SLR or select PowerShot, this powerful-yet-compact add-on flash allows you to shoot in low-light conditions from far greater distances than your camera's built-in flash. Plus, you get the added ability to direct light where you need it for more professional-looking photos.

The 270EX II's flash head can be tilted upward at multiple angles to create indirect lighting effects. Bounced from walls or ceilings, reflected light provides softer illumination with less glare and fewer shadows — ideal for taking more pleasing portraits.

All of the necessary connections are made by simply mounting the flash to your camera's accessory shoe. With advanced automatic exposure control, this easy-to-use flash works together with your Canon camera to provide just the right illumination for your photos every time.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras; also compatible with Canon PowerShot G series cameras
  • E-TTL II (evaluative through-the-lens) flash exposure control for compatible Canon EOS cameras
  • flash head can be tilted for bounce flash
  • flash controls manually adjustabe through camera's menu with compatible EOS digital SLR models
  • slave function allows flash to be triggered wirelessly when used with a Canon EOS DSLR with a master function
  • autofocus assist beam
  • maximum guide number: 72 ft. at ISO 100 (28mm full-frame equivalent)
  • uses 2 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • weight: 5.5 oz. (without batteries)
  • 2-9/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 3-1/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Speedlite 270EX II flash
  • Mini stand
  • Carrying case
  • Owner's manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet

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Features

Compatibility: The Speedlite 270EX II is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras and PowerShot G-series cameras.

Shoe Mount: The 270EX II flash mounts to the intelligent shoe on the top of your compatible Canon EOS or PowerShot G-series camera. Flash trigger, exposure setting, and focal length (zoom) setting are transferred to the flash via the intelligent shoe.

Variable Angle: The firing direction of the flash is adjustable vertically by pulling the flash head forward and tilting it backward. The vertical angle can be adjusted from 0° (straight forward) to 90° (straight up) with additional settings at 60° and 75°. By pointing the flash head toward a wall or ceiling, the flash will bounce off the surface before illuminating the subject. This can soften shadows behind the subject for a more natural-looking shot.

Pilot Lamp: The pilot lamp lights when the flash is ready to fire. If the lamp is flashing, it is ready for a quick flash, but the output will be 1/2 to 1/3 the normal flash.

Fully Automatic Flash Shooting: When you set the camera's shooting mode to program AE or full auto, E-TTL II/E-TTL fully automatic flash will make it as easy as normal AE shooting.

Camera Flash Control: When the 270EX II is mounted to an EOS digital camera with external flash control, you can control the following functions with the camera:

  • Flash Firing: You can enable or disable the flash. When disabled, you can still use the flash as an AF-assist beam.
  • Flash Mode: You can set the flash for E-TTL II (automatic) or Manual.
  • Shutter Sync: The flash can be set to the following sync types:
    • 1st Curtain: Normal flash--flash fires when the shutter is fully open
    • 2nd Curtain: Flash fires right before the shutter closes
    • High-Speed: Enables flash shooting at all shutter speeds, effective when you want to use Aperture Priority for fill-flash portraits
  • Flash Exposure Compensation: You can adjust the flash output level in the same way as normal exposure compensation.
  • E-TTL II: You can select the following metering types:
    • Evaluative: fully automatic flash shooting from dark scenes to fill-flash
    • Average: metering averaged to the entire scene

Flash Coverage: The flash coverage can be set to match the focal length of an EF lens from 28mm to 50mm and an EF-S lens from 17.5mm to 31.3mm. With the flash head in normal position, the coverage is set for an EF lens. You can change the flash coverage to that of an EF-S lens by pulling the flash head forward.

Wireless Flash: To perform wireless flash shooting, the camera or the Speedlight attached to the camera must have a master function. The 270EX II fires as a slave flash when controlled from a master unit. The flash comes with a stand that allows you to place the flash on a tabletop or a tripod.

Wireless Remote Control Flash: The flash can be used for remote control shooting with cameras compatible with Remote Controller RC-1, RC-5, or RC-6.

Batteries: The 270EX II flash uses 2 AA batteries. Alkaline, lithium, or NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) rechargeable batteries are recommended. Canon's testing with alkaline batteries yields a recycle time of 0.1 - 3.9 seconds and a flash count of 100 - 680 (depending on flash settings).

Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the power will turn off automatically after approximately 90 seconds of idle use. To turn the Speedlite back on again, press your camera's shutter button halfway down.

Specifications

Guide Number: 22/72 (m/ft) Normal (28mm); 27/89 Tele (50mm)

Flash Range (Normal Flash):

Guide No. (ISO 100) Aperture Value
f/1.4 f/2 f/2.8 f/4 f/5.6
22 (Normal) 15.7 11.0 7.9 5.5 3.9
27 (Tele) 19.3 13.5 9.6 6.8 4.8

Recycle Time:

  • Normal Flash: 0.1 to 3.9 seconds
  • Quick Flash: 0.1 to 2.6 seconds

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Width: 2.55"
  • Height: 2.56" (3.428" w/flash angle at 90°)
  • Depth: 3.074" (3.362" w/flash head extended)

Weight: 5.5 oz. (without batteries)

 
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4 out of 5

Canon Speedlite 270EX II

Written By DoriS, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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So far, I have used it in a bar photographing musicians. It does exactly what it says. I'm using RAW and single shot. I'm not sure how it will do if I'm using it on a rapid fire mode due to recycle time. It did cut out quickly and I didn't have other batteries with me. Went through them quickly I thought. Be sure you bring extras.
Pros:
Compact, light, easy to use, easy on and off.
Cons:
Burns through batteries. Wish I could have more control on tilt degree. The available tilt settings are preset.
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4 out of 5

Canon 280 EX II

Written By K, AZ on Monday, February 03, 2014
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Good flash for 6D. Use it for fill purpose only. Does the job.
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5 out of 5

canon speedlite

Written By BobM, Garland, tx on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Outstanding
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5 out of 5

Great for the price!

Written By JayK, SF, CA on Monday, October 01, 2012
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I am extremely happy with this Speedlite 270EX II. The adustable bounce lighting capabilities give me excellent softer lighting. I rigged a little reflector that sits behind the flash for even better filled lighting.
Pros:
Price. Size. Angled directions. Slave capabilities.
Cons:
Minor: A 90+ degree angle would even make it more useful for reflective lighting.
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4 out of 5

I really needed this...

Written By Shaun, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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I considered myself a preamatuer photographer. I have owned my Canon Digital SLR for about 3.5 years now. I noticed that the internal flash did not provide enough light for evening indoor events. This flash has definitely resolved that issue and it works seemlessly with the my camera. The photos look great. I just wished I purchased before my recent HS Reunion, where I was the unofficial photographer. :)
Pros:
Works seemlessly with the Canon Digital SLR.
Cons:
Does not provide enough light for faraway objects.
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5 out of 5

I Want A Second One!

Written By undrgnd40, Minnesota on Thursday, February 16, 2012
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I read other reviews about this flash unit not being as capable as the more expensive options. However, with my Canon 60D and PowerShot SX 40 HS, it's a great addition. I can be farther away from my subjects so they don't squint from the flash being right in their face. The 60D can also control the flash remotely and the flash can remotely fire the camera. For being a "basic" add-on flash, it gives me a lot more lighting options. I may get a second one to position behind my subjects. Oh, and probably the most important reason that I like this flash - it fires over the lens hood on my 24-105 f/4 L, so I don't get the dark area at the bottom of the frame. I'm very happy with this addition to my camera equipment! Glad I didn't buy any of the more expensive units, because this one works great for me!
Pros:
Way better than the built-in flash on my SLR. Can be used off the 60D, camera fires flash remotely.
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5 out of 5

Great Flash

Written By PattyM, Hannibal, MO on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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I received the 270EX II Speedlite from Crutchfield in excellent shape. It is easy to attach and helps make wonderful pictures. I haven't used all the features as yet, but with my initial use of the product, I don't have any worries that it won't perform as it is suppose to. Canon products are always top-notch and I will be buying more of them as I can.
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