Canon Speedlite 420EX is a powerful flash guide number of 138. It features TTL compatible with all Canon EOS bodies and E-TTL features with some Canon EOS bodies; AF Assist Beam All ELAN 7 points; Wireless Triggering; Swivel head for bounce flash photography. The Canon Speedlite 420EX measures 2.8 W x 4.8 H x 3.9 D in. and weighs 10.6 oz. (without battery).
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Canon Speedlite 420EX User Reviews
Got a Canon SLR? Shoot Inside? Get a 420EX
“It doesn’t matter if you shoot film or digital. It doesn’t matter if you have an old Rebel XS film SLR or even a PowerShot Pro1 digicam (Not even an slr)!, if your canon camera has a hotshoe, This will work on it. And not just “yeah, it works”, it’ll be a “HOLY COW, look at that shot!” Bounce Flash is so easy it made me want to cry.” – By Daniel Vogt
Can never have enough light!
“The greatest shortcoming of the Canon Digital Rebel Camera is its built in, pop-up flash. The pop-up flash produces inadequate light and greatly underexposes many situations – and often is not spaced high enough from the camera body to avoid red-eye, lens hood or telephoto lens body shadow. I purchased the 420EX to improve on these situations.” – By Michael Horn
Forget the pop-up flash on your camera
“The 420EX is a nice flash for the money. A VERY nice flash. Everything I’ve shot with it has come out evenly lit, NEVER blown out looking. I shot an entire wedding and reception with it and the pictures came out great.” – By L. Wimberley
Great Flash, bounce mode is a must!
“I originally bought this for my Digital Rebel (300D) and am now using it on my new Rebel XT (350) with no problems (as expected). Battery life, for me, is nice and long. I don’t take tons of indoor shots, a set of NiMH’s gets me 100′s of photos before recharge (to tell you the truth, I don’t keep track as I’ve never actually run out of juice at an inoppurtune moment).” – By Glen A. Sansoucie
Excellent enhancement for my Canon Powershot G2
“I waited too long! The difference is night and day on the quality of any picture, inside or outside, shot with the flash. It easily mated with the G2, and the bounce adjustment creates really nice effects with light on indoor shots. Lighting is much more natural, and the distance that the flash will light is a big improvement. Personally I believe the bounce option makes this a better choice than the 200 series canon flash.” – By wgggslFan
420EX Canon Speedlite for the Canon 350D and Other Models..
“The flash covers the lens fields from wide-angle to medium-long perfectly, and exposure in the automatic modes hardly requires any more deep thought than natural-light exposures. It also does excellent outdoor fill for people shots in bright sunlight. And if the need arises for multiple speedlites with slaved operation the 420EX can be used off-camera as the second light easily…” – By Robert Perrey
Beats the hell out of those old cubes..
“I scripped this item a few months ago (for use with a Digital Rebel) and I can say I’m plenty satisfied with it. Beside the fact that this jank is fairly reasonably priced (especially with a rebate) and dispenses light of a quality and intensity far exceeding that to which any on-camera pop-up unit can ever aspire, the 420EX also enhances autofocus accuracy and speed with red/infrared focus-assist lighting which, like its primary lighting, is at least an order of magnitude more powerful than that emitted by even the finest cameras..” – By The Phantom Paddler
The best flash for the intermediate photographer!!
“I bought this 420EX Speedlight flash about a month ago and I’m 100% satisfied with the results. This flash produces a very nice contrast between your subject and background when taking protrait photos, it takes sharp and clear photos when your set your SLR camera to fast action mode, and its red beam sensor works great when there is not enough light for the camera to focus on the subject..” – By Luis A. Orellana Manzano
Good value for money
“I bought this flash to use on my Canon Rebel XT. The first thing I noticed was that without even reading the instructions I was able to get much better results on pictures taken indoors. Being able to bounce the flash off the white ceilings provided much better color contrasts to the built in flash. Even when I set my camera to shoot quick pictures in succession the flash did not let me down. It did not need anytime to recharge at all.” – By Y. LAI
“I’m new to the digital SLR world. I had been using the built in flash on my Rebel XT. The built-in flash had done alright, but was nothing to write home about. Since I had spent most of my money on the camera, I needed a flash that was both affordable and would get the job done. This flash met both requirements. IF you are an advance user, you will want a higher end flash because the flash has limited adjuastable features. Yet, if you a newbie like me, this flash is GREAT! It has improved my picture quality dramaticly. “ – By B. Myers
GREAT High-speed flash
“i have a Rebel Extreme, and needed to use the high-speed mode… but the flash couldn’t even vaguely keep up. I was taking pictures of dancers, so needed a flash system that could keep up. The Speedlite really does this perfectly – I’m able to take a rapid-fire sequence of photos, and this flash system is there each time. I don’t know if it really helps when taking a single photo, but if you want a flash that can keep up, this one is great! I like it so much, I’m planning on buying one or two more for my next shoot, to run in slave mode with this one. “ – By Greg Ratajik
so much better than built-in flash
“I use it with a Digital Rebel. I like that the flash varies in intensity, depending on ambient. Time between flashes is reasonably quick (particularly when ambient doesn’t require a full flash). To avoid washed out faces, I’d always gotten accustomed to bouncing the flash off walls/ceiling (on my old camera setup). I’ve learned that I don’t need to do that with the 420EX, and almost always keep it directly pointed at subjects (unless I’m trying to purposely create shadows across people’s faces). “ – By Scott Gonzales
Canon Speedlite 420EX Reviews
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Canon Speedlite 420EX Expert Reviews
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“The Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash allows bouncing the flash off of a standard height ceiling or off of other reflectors such as white walls, white foamcore, Photoflex and other commercial reflectors, … The Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash also allows the use of light softening and modifying accessories such as the Lumiquest Big Bounce, the Lumiquest Softbox, and the Sto-Fen Omnibounce – or even a Chimera Softbox. These techniques can make a huge difference in your image quality.”
Canon Speedlite 420EX User Manual
Canon Speedlite 420EX Features & Specifications
Though TTL compatible with all Canon EOS cameras and the manual-focus T90 SLR, the Canon Speedlite 420EX flash is also E-TTL compatible with all A-type bodies: EOS-1v, EOS-3, Elan 7 / 7E, Elan II/IIE, Rebel 2000, Rebel G, and EOS IX and IX Lite. The E-TTL function gives you features like high-speed FP sync mode and FE lock (spot/partial flash metering). The swivel head of the 420EX lets you bounce the light off the surrounding surfaces, giving your images soft, professional-quality lighting.
This flash also works as a wireless “slave” flash with EOS-1v, EOS-3, Elan 7 / 7E, and D30 bodies. The remote flash firing is controlled entirely by a master unit–such as the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite 550EX, or Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX–connected to the camera, making it fast and simple to set up. When used with the EOS-1V, EOS-3, or EOS D30 cameras, additional features such as lighting ratio control and modeling flash are also supported by the 420EX.
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