Canon Speedlite 580EX Shoe Mount Flash
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- nik-hummerMar 10, 2010by
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.<br><br>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!<br><br>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.<br><br>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:<br>1) mark II weather proof<br>2) mark II metal mount with a locking mechanism instead of plastic screw<br>3) mark II has dedicated external metering sensor<br><br>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:<br>1) you can always use nylon camera cover or special camera raincoat - it's better protection<br>2) you can always be accurate with hot shoe mount not to damage the plastic one<br>3) you can rely on your DSLR metering sensor in most cases when you use the flashgun on your DSLR body.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>The controls remind of controls used on my Canon EOS 20D body, with JOG Dial<br>ring and the select button in the center. The tilt head moves in all directions. The flashgun is very powerful and recycles fast!<br><br>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.<br><br>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.Read full review
- rodcruizSep 8, 2014by
It's SUCKS! Buy a Yongnuo. It does the job just as good.
It's okay but too big, too heavy, short battery life and it's toooooooo freaking expensive. I'm buying a Yongnuo next time.
- enginehostlerOct 28, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
I needed a good flash for my Canon 50D, this has been a perfect match. Works great all the time.
- grieks1912Oct 21, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
This used 580 is a great value compared to the newer 600 series. This is my third Speedlite. I use it to control my other 480 speedlites.
- johndoe*10Nov 17, 2015USEDby