Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Canon Speedlite 580EX II is a powerful flash guide number 190 (at ISO 100, feet) / 58 (meters) with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. It features E-TTL II for compatible all EOS digital SLRs; PowerShot G2, G3, G5, G6, and Pro1; and the following EOS film cameras – EOS-1v, EOS-3, Elan 7N series, Elan 7 series, Elan II series, Rebel T2, Ti, K2, GII, G. TTL operation with all other 35mm EOS SLRs, and Canon T90; Number of Flashes Approx. 100 to 700, with fresh AA-size alkaline batteries.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

It also offer Recycling Time Approx. 0.1 to 6 seconds; Flash Range (At ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4) – Approx. 1.6 to 98.4 feet / 0.5 to 30m; AF Assist Beam Built-in; covers all focus points in EOS cameras with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 45 AF points; Distance range – 2 to 32.8 feet (0.6 to 10m) at center; 2 to 16.4 feet (0.6 to 5m) at periphery.

Expert Reviews

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Expert Reviews

Shutterbug reviews the Canon Speedlite 580EX II and writes;
“I came away from my experiences with a positive feeling about both flash units after using both in E-TTL II mode. On the one hand, there is that comfort factor in sticking with the manufacturer’s own dedicated system tools—a Canon strobe matched to your Canon D-SLR and lenses. However, the 580EX II was developed more for the new EOS-1D Mark III, which extends the flash unit’s functionality. For instance, auto external metering works only on this camera. Manual external metering (not to be confused with Manual mode) is supported on other EOS models, my 5D among them. “
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Photoanswers reviews the Canon Speedlite 580EX II and writes;
“Overall, the newer 580 EX II may be marginally heavier than the previous 580 EX model but the increase in build quality is absolutely superb. If you’re looking for the ultimate Canon flashgun then the 580 EX II is definitely the best choice, but if your budget doesn’t stretch this far it might be worth looking at the lighter and smaller but less powerful 430 EX II. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon Speedlite 580EX II and writes;
“The Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash can control (master) and be controlled by (slave) compatible Canon Speedlites as well as the Canon ST-E2 Wireless Transmitter for a very portable and flexible lighting system. This is a powerful feature that I use a lot. The 580EX II is able to control ratios in up to 3 groups (A/B/C – C is for background light only) and is able to enable/disable its own flash in the mix. Note: Even when disabled, the master flash will fire a preflash – making it appear to be enabled. Canon Speedlites use light (not RF) from the flash head for simple wireless flash communications.”
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Canon Speedlite 580EX II User Manual

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Canon Speedlite 580EX II Features & Specifications

Further development of Canon’s flagship Speedlite has led to the production of the 580 EX II. This is the premier Speedlite for all photographers, including professionals. Newly designed to match with the EOS-1D Mark III in terms of improved dust- and water-resistance, body strength, and the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu (EOS-1D Mark III only). Other features include improved communication reliability through its direct contacts, and recycling time is both 20% shorter than the 580EX and is completely inaudible.

Speedlite 580EX II Flash Highlights

* Approximately 20 percent faster recycling time compared to 580EX
* Superior build quality, including a metal foot for higher rigidity
* Max Guide No. 58 at 105mm setting (GN 190, feet)
* Auto conversion of flash coverage with compatible digital SLR cameras
* White Balance info communicated instantly to compatible digital SLR cameras
* Full swivel, 180 degrees in either direction
* AF-assist beam, compatible with all AiAF points on every EOS SLR
* Dust- and water- resistance to match the EOS-1D Mark III

One Response to “Canon Speedlite 580EX II”

  1. It’s an excellent Flash for the canon system.
    It’s powerful, fast to recycle, it can be put in manual mode when necessary and it’s also able to act as a master with other E-TTL off camera flashes.

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