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Further development of Canon's flagship Speedlite has led to the production of the 580 EX II. This is the premier Speedlite for all photographers, including professionals. Newly designed to match with the EOS-1D Mark III in terms of improved dust- and water-resistance, body strength, and the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu (EOS-1D Mark III only). Other features include improved communication reliability through its direct contacts, and recycling time is both 20% shorter than the 580EX and is completely inaudible. Optional External power supply - compatible with Dust- and water- Resistant External Power Pack, Canon battery pack CP-E3 and Transistor Pack E Unit Dimensions - 3.0 x 5.3 x 4.5 inches /76 x 134 x 114mm. ++PLUS++ ACCESSORY KIT: Superior Quality Flash Bouncer Diffuser, Creates a Diffused Bare Bulb Effect. Gives coverage a cross the entire Frame.
Canon Speedlite 580EX II (SL580EXII) TTL Flash
pros: Awesome Power, Great Functionality, Fast charging, Master/Slave compatible
cons: Expensive, Heavy.
Pure Power, with a BRAIN.
This is a review of the Canon 580 EX-II off camera flash unit. It's also linked to my Review of the... See Full Review
pros: No dead or dying battery notification, short batter life. It’s not cheap.
cons: E-TTL is excellent, and sturdy build
A Great Upgrade for an Already Great Flash
I broke by old 580EX, which was not a cheap flash to break, and decided to upgrade to the new one wh... See Full Review
pros: Good under controlled conditions when you need little more than a 3 shot burst
cons: Rubbish with uncontrolled conditions when you need more than a 3 shot burst
I have had this flash for about a year and it has cost me hundreds of dollars in lost image sales du... See Full Review
pros: Powerful; Superior Build Quality; Weather-Sealed; Advanced Features
Canon Speedlite 580EX II - Canon's Crown Jewel
Recently I decided on purchasing my own hot shoe flash. It all came down to the Canon Speedlite 580E... See Full Review
pros: Quick Release Hotshoe Mount, A Plethora Of Features, Padded Case Included
cons: Flip Down Diffuser Is Hard To Pull Out, Steep Price Tag
The Best Flash Ever Made by Canon; or Anyone Else for That Matter
I got this excellent flash for a great price from an on-line merchant. I had been researching this f... See Full Review
pros: Master wireless control, overall functionality, excellent exposure metering, fast & silent recycling, sealing
cons: Expensive, large and heavy, slaves must be in line of sight of master (for trigger)
SPEEDLITE 580EX II: Refined fire power!
While pretty much all professional cameras require an external flash, most consumer and "prosumer" g... See Full Review
pros: Full Canon functionality with all bodies (dig and film)
cons: Expensive, accessories expensive
The newest canon speedlight......but there may be a better choice
I've been into digital slr photography for almost two years. My first near professional camera was t... See Full Review