Reference light, a must have for a serious photographer
The main part of the photographic equipment is light, because light creates still images. No light - no photos simply as that. This flashgun is one of the most powerful and reasonable upgrades you can make for your DSLR system. It does its job excellent - it creates a lot of high quality, reference light, needed for best results in most conditions when the light you have for the object is not enough to make clear, properly exposed, highly detailed photo.
Having smudged, low detail and pixmap photos? And blury moving objects or blury portraits indoors? Thinking that something wrong with the DSLR body? If you have one of those common problems then trust me - it's not your lens blur and low detail in most cases and not your low resolution CMOS or CCD sensor having (you think) not enough megapixels to reproduce the details you want - it's simply lack of light for your camera sensor!
Believe me, as I'm a person who passed through all the problems above in my wedding and everyday photography. But as I was only starter at the time I couldn't know that the light is so important for digital SLRs. Get this flashgun and all the bad photos will be left alone in the past.
Why 580EX and not EX mark II? Well, I'm tight on budjet right now as I have my own family and I need money for a lot of things not only photo equipment. If we look at the differences between the two speedlites we can figure out three major improvements:
1) mark II weather proof
2) mark II metal mount with a locking mechanism instead of plastic screw
3) mark II has dedicated external metering sensor
This is the cons of the 580ex and the strenths of mark II. BUT the difference in price is great now when looking through ebay auctions and you can save up to $150 sacrificing these improvements which for someone like me are not so important and quite disputable because of 3 things:
1) you can always use nylon camera cover or special camera raincoat - it's better protection
2) you can always be accurate with hot shoe mount not to damage the plastic one
3) you can rely on your DSLR metering sensor in most cases when you use the flashgun on your DSLR body.
For me there is only one major drawback - it's really heavy device, 0,7kg and even more with four batteries, and the center of gravity moves upper when you get the flashgun on DSLR's shoe, camera can easily fall down if it's on unstable surface. But it's ok when you get used to.
There are three different modes like full auto E-TTL with no adjustments needed, Manual, and Stroboscopic mode. The auto E-TTL works like a charm when you are in the begining of flash photography. Manual mode is rather complex and needs some knowledge. And stroboscopic mode great for fast moving objects.
The controls remind of controls used on my Canon EOS 20D body, with JOG Dial
ring and the select button in the center. The tilt head moves in all directions. The flashgun is very powerful and recycles fast!
We this flashgun I can be sure without previewing my shots that I have all of the pictures properly exposed, highly detailed and just the way I need them. It's the best possible upgrade for the DSLR system either for beginer or advanced photographer. I highly recommend going with the flashgun if you want full freedom when you are doing photography.
I think the 580ex is the best choice for its price tag and when you will need more features of 580ex mark II you can always get it as a second unit to do wireless flash photography.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
Love this flash
I'm very happy with the 580EX (original version). It performs well with my Canon 40D, providing enough power in almost all indoor situations and strong enough to be useful for outdoor fill as well.
The standout features of this flash:
1. Acts as a master controller for other Canon flashes.
2. Bounce and tilt. Don't get a flash that doesn't do both or you can't take a vertical orientation shot and still bounce off a ceiling, or horizontal shot off the wall. This is the single biggest reason to get a separate flash - the quality of light is greatly improved by bouncing.
3. Wheel on back for changing manual level, or +/- EV in auto modes.
4. Recharges quickly.
5. Manual focus aid works wonders in extremely low light, even without flash.
6. Lots of customizable options, rear curtain sync, etc.
7. Auto zoom handles crop sensor camera (i.e. when set to 50mm on the lens it zoom to what would really be 80mm for more distance).
1. No sync socket. Requires a Canon TTL cord or other more expensive option to get right off the camera. That said the TTL cord can be had for under $30 on eBay.
2. Relatively large - bigger than a compact camera.
3. Not the cheapest flash around...
One thing people will say is that you should get a 580EX as your first flash so you have a master. I did it the other way around and got the 430 first. When you only have one it doesn't really matter, and the 430EX is cheaper. I really liked the controls on the 580 better, though, and to me it was worthwhile. I also find the rotation on the head better with the 580EX, the 430 only goes 90 degrees in one direction so you have to go the 'right' way around to shoot stright back, something you don't have to worry about with the 580EX. Minor to be sure, but just makes it a little bit less fussy when you are taking shots. Otherwise the 430EX and 580EX are very similar - the 580 being a little more powerful and quicker to use.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
great flash Canon Speedlite 580EX TTL Flash
I bought a flash Canon Speedlite 580EX TTL Flash 3 weeks ago.
This is a very good product. Long time thought to buy some 430EX or 580EX. stopped at 580EX. I recommend. This is a professional flash.
Dust and waterproof housing. Very powerful flash. If you buy rechargeble batteries at 2600m/ah missing more than 350 flashes.
One shortcoming in the absence of charge indicator.
I am very pleased with your purchase.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
good product, good work
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Now the most powerful flash Canon - Guide number 58 (m / ISO 100 at 105mm) and an adjustable angle of coverage extends to shooting with a lens with a focal length of 14 mm. Replacing the popular models of Canon Speedlite 550EX, the Speedlite 580EX surpasses it in many ways and has several new features to improve performance with digital SLR cameras EOS. Among them - data about the color temperature to optimize the white balance and auto-zoom to the best of matching the sensor size of cameras, which is connected to the outbreak.
Modification of the electrical circuit Speedlite 550EX has reduced recycling time by about 25%. A bright focus assist-beam to three LEDs is compatible with all focus points of all systems of EOS, including a new 9-point autofocus EOS 20D. The device provides greater stability Exposure
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
The 580EX II is the best on camera hot shoe mount flash unit, period. The functionality and power are second to none. I shoot weddings and portraits, and I never have to worry about having enough "umph" from my flash. The 580 has it covered. The wireless capabilities and the slave function are awesome for off camera work. The versatility is unmatched. ETTL makes sure you have the right flash settings automatically for the perfect shot. It's a no brainer... Buy this flash, and you'll take better pictures, easier.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.