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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Review Date: Jun 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Best built Canon flash I've ever used. Actually starts to compete with Nikons mid range models in terms of wireless capabilities.
Still needs infared, no side sensors on the body. Price simply isn't justified except for the weather sealing.

Pick one up a little while ago at stroblists recommendation and it's defiantly the only flash someone using a canon setup should consider from their manufacturer. The recycle time is impressive but it's still a few years behind nikon in terms of their mid range flashes that frankly do everything this one does except recycle as fast for a fraction of the price. Also I wish they would have included IR sensors on the sides for semi-indirect shooting and perhaps an ad-hoc mode for chain lighting and a more detailed custom function system.

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