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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

580exii
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.
Cons:
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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