Compatibility: The Speedlite
430EX is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras including the Digital Rebel, EOS
Digital Rebel XT and XTi, and the EOS 20D. It can also be used with the Canon
PowerShot Pro 1, G2, G3, G5, and the PowerShot G6.
LCD: The LCD shows information
on the flash's status. This includes (but is not limited to) flash range, zoom
focal length, manual output level, multi flash settings, high speed sync, auto
zoom for image size, and flash exposure compensation.
Shoe Mount: The 430EX flash
mounts to the intelligent shoe on the top of the camera. Flash trigger, exposure
setting, and focal length (zoom) setting are transferred to the flash via the
The firing direction of the flash is adjustable. The vertical angle ranges from
0° (straight forward) to 90° (straight up). The horizontal angle is 90° to the
right and 180° to the left for a total range of 270°.
SE (Save Energy) Mode: If the
flash isn't used (or adjusted) for 90 seconds the power is automatically turned
off. If in wireless "slave" mode the power is turned off after 60 minutes.
Pilot Lamp/Button: The pilot
lamp/button lights when the flash is ready to fire, green when ready for quick
flash, red when ready for full flash. Depressing the lamp/button fires a test
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.
Flash Exposure Compensation:
You can adjust the flash output as easily as normal exposure compensation. Can
be set up to +/- 3 stops in either 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments. Note: If
flash exposure compensation has been set with both the Speedlite and the camera,
the Speedlite's flash exposure amount will override the camera's.
FE (Flash Exposure) Lock: This
lock enables you to lock the correct flash exposure for any part of the picture.
High Speed Sync: You can use
the flash with all shutter speeds. This is convenient when you want to use
aperture priority for fill-flash portraits.
Second-Curtain Sync: With a
slow shutter speed, you can create a light trail following the subject. The
flash fires right before the shutter closes.
Bounce Flash: 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.
Flash Coverage: The flash
coverage can be set to match the lens focal length from 24 mm to 105 mm (0.95"
to 4.14"). It can be set automatically or manually. With the built-in wide panel
on the 430EX flash, the coverage will be compatible with ultra wide-angle lenses
as short as 14 mm (0.551").
Manual Flash: You can set the
flash output from 1/64 power to 1/1 full power in full-stop increments.
AF-Assist Beam: Under low-light
or low-contrast conditions, the built-in AF-assist beam will fire automatically
to help the camera focus. The AF-Assist beam is effective from 2.3 - 32.8 ft
(0.7cm - 10 m).
Wireless Selector Setting: The
wireless selector is for switching between normal flash shooting and wireless
flash shooting. Your choices are: off or slave. In the slave mode, the Speedlite
430EX flash can be used as a remote flash, and in conjunction with other flashes
to give you various lighting effects.
Batteries: The 430EX flash uses
4 AA batteries. Alkaline, lithium, or nickel metal hydride (rechargeable) are
recommended. Canon's testing with alkaline batteries yields a recycle time of
0.1 - 3.7 seconds and a flash count of 200 - 1400 (depending on flash settings).
Custom Functions: You can
customize the Speedlite features to suit your preferences. You have Six flash
custom functions built into the 430EX (set on rear LCD panel).
Case: The padded case houses
and protects the Speedlite 430EX flash. There is also a small pocket inside the
case, where you can store the stand for the 430EX. The case has a flap lined
with a Velcro strip to secure the flash in place.
- Guide Number: 105 m (at ISO
- Flash Range: 0.7 - 79.7 ft
- Recycle Time (normal flash):
- Weight: 11.06 oz. (without
Dimensions: Because the flash
angle is hinged for up/down adjustment and pivots for left/right adjustment, all
three dimensions vary as follows:
5.916" to 6.202"
2.250" to 3.768"