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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Review Date: Jun 23, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $480.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: I also own the 580Ex, 430EX and a Quantum T5D Flash. The Quantum is to big to use in the field as a hot-shoe mounted flash and after shooting a wedding for 8 hours that thing gets heavy.. I opted out for the 580EX initially and loved it in the field. I just picked up a 580EX II for another body and used it for a wedding this past weekend. I shot about 500 images and the batteries were still chagring very well and yes.... it did seem faster than the 580 EX. Construction of the 580 EX II is much better than on the 580 EX and the 580 EX II is slightly shorter over all.
Although I have only used the 580 EX II on one professional shoot.... I have to ECHO the first post to this thread.. I used the 580 EX on my 5D and the 580EX II on my 30D. Almost all of the images shot using the 580EX on the 30D blew out the mid tones and failed to highlight the black jackets of the wedding party. However, on the 5D using the 580EX the exposures were dead on........ So , is it a flash problem? or a camera metering (technology) issue between the 5D and the 30D? I have another shoot this weekend and plan on swapping the flashes to see if the results are repeatable or not..... but for now, and for the sake of my last client, I wish I had gone with the 580EX for my second field body rather than jumping onto the bandwagon for the latest in technology! Like some of the other have said.... I dont like the new wireless functionality of the delayed push button to activate the wireless, I would rather have a dedicated switch and buttons like on the 430ex model and my Quantum....