Canon Speedlite 380EX

Canon Speedlite 380EX features TTL and E-TTL/E-TTL II automated flash metering; Lens Coverage 24mm – 105mm; Flash exposure lock (FEL) with compatible cameras; FP mode (high speed sync) flash on automatic with FP mode controls; The flash unit has a built-in red autofocus assist light, with a range of 0.7-10 metres. The AF assist covers a camera’s central AF point only. The Canon Speedlite 380EX measures 75 x 114x 104mm and weighs 270g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Canon Speedlite 380EX User Reviews

Speedlite 380EX
“This flash is an excellent accessory for the EOS 2000. It extends the useful distance of the built-in flash from 12 feet to 30-50 feet or more depending upon ambient conditions. When the speedlite flash used in either the auto-focus or creative-zone modes, the flash settings communicate with the camera to coordinate adjust the apeture, shutter speed and length of flash. “ – By A Customer
Rating: ★★★★★

A great mid level flash for the EOS system
“This is a perfect companion for party, family, and portrait shots. E-TTL works very well for off-centered subjects. High speed sync works for all shutter speed from 1/125 to 1/4000s, making fill flash very easy. Also, 2nd curtain sync provides very creative control in night photography …” – By C. Farmer
Rating: ★★★★☆

380ex is great as a fill flash
“However I have some complaints about the flash output. The build quality isn’t the issue. If you test the flash out you will almost be blinded by the bright light. BUT for some reason the flash doesn’t seem to ever die. This means after 3-4 rolls of film the flash dims to the point where it starts to make the pix under exposed to the point of being not fixable. So every 100-120 exposures replace all 4 AA batteries. The old batteries will still be usable in lower power electronics so don’t toss them out.” – By Aaron585
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Canon Speedlite 380EX Features & Specifications

Originally introduced with Canon’s EOS Elan II/IIe cameras, Canon’s Speedlite 380 EX Flash is compatible with all Canon EOS and T-90 cameras. Measuring 3.13 by 6.63 by 2.38 inches and weighing 9.5 ounces, this powerful flash features maximum guide numbers of 38/125 (ISO 100 meters/feet).

It has four bounce positions (up to 90 degrees) and six auto zoom positions. Zoom positions are set according to focal-length data received from the lens and indicated by red LEDs on the back of the flash unit. Powered by four AA batteries (alkaline, ni-cad, or lithium), the flash recycling time and the life of the batteries varies with battery type.

Helping to lengthen the life of any batteries you choose is an energy-conservation feature that automatically shuts off the unit after 90 seconds of inactivity; the flash will automatically turn on again with EOS cameras when the shutter button or test-firing button is pressed.

This flash features E-TTL pre-stored evaluative automatic flash exposure control; FE Lock and FP flash when used with Canon’s Elan II/IIE, Rebel G, or EOS IX cameras; and TTL auto flash metering with EOS cameras other than the Elan II/IIE, Rebel G, or EOS IX.

Flash synchronization speeds in normal operation vary according to camera exposure mode with normal maximum speed of 1/125 second. Using Elan II cameras with the Speedlite 380EX set to FP mode, the high-speed flash synchronization mode varies from 1/180 to 1/4000 seconds.

High-speed synchronization is possible in the camera’s creative modes of shutter-priority, aperture-priority, intelligent program, and manual. Flash synchronization is for front curtain. Second curtain synchronization is possible with Elan II/IIE cameras via a setting on the camera.

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