This was my first time shooting with an off-camera flash, and I'm glad I went with this one. I didn't have the $$ to rent the newer ones, but this one covered my bases and then some. I shot with it mainly on camera, and I was shooting at a low-light reception, and it bounced light beautifully. The ability to swivel the flash head really came in handy. I just shot ETTL, I didn't have a whole lot of time beforehand to really play with the settings or anything, but like I said, this did the job I needed it to do.
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
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Notes: This flash requires 4 AA batteries to operate and they are not included.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash is Canon's mid-range shoe mount flash, yet it offers many of the same advanced features as its bigger brother, the 580EX II. It is designed to fully support the entire range of Canon digital SLR and G-series cameras. Compatible with Canon's latest E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology. When combined with a compatible Canon camera and compatible lens, E-TTL II utilizes subject distance and other information that automatically modifies flash power, resulting in accurate flash exposure regardless of subject size, reflectance, or photographic composition. This is great for photographers that shoot high contrast or reflective subjects, like those encountered in wedding photography. Photographers can now capture every detail from the black of tuxedos to the white of wide smiles and wedding dresses.
The fully swiveling bounce head zooms automatically over a range of 24mm-105mm. Its Wireless E-TTL II compatibility permits it to function as a slave unit, triggered by a 580EX, ST-E2. Capable of automatically transfering color temperature information to recent models of digital SLR cameras. The camera then sets the best white balance setting for the flash shot. This feature works when the camera's white balance mode is set to Auto White Balance (AWB) or Flash white balance mode.