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Canon Speedlite 420EX TTL

Review Date: Dec 15, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Swivel and tilt head for bounce flash.
No manual adjustments.

A great flash for the price. I bought this one rather than the less-expensive Canon flashes because it is the least expensive unit they make that allows tilt and swivel of the flash head. I've had no problems with range, even where I was shooting some kids doing a play in a gym from about 100 feet away.

Recycle time was noticably quicker on this unit when I switched to rechargable NiMH batteries.

If you don't want to spend $300+ on the 550EX, this is really the only good option from Canon. My next flash may be the Sigma 500 DG Super, which has 550EX functionality at a 420EX price, but there are some compatibility concerns that need to be investigated.