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Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black - 1946B002

Abt Model: 1946B002 | UPC Code: 013803078800
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Newly Designed To Match With The EOS-1D Mark III/ Approx. 20% Faster Recycling Time Compared To 580EX/ Black Finish
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Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black, Model 1946B002

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.

Features:

  • Approx. 20% faster recycling time compared to 580EX
  • Superior build quality, including a metal foot for higher rigidity
  • Max. Guide No. 58 at 105mm setting (GN 190, feet)
  • Auto conversion of flash coverage with compatible digital SLR cameras
  • White Balance info communicated instantly to compatible digital SLR cameras
  • Full swivel, 180° in either direction
  • AF-assist beam, compatible with all AiAF points on every EOS SLR
  • Dust- and water- resistance to match the EOS-1D Mark III

Specifications:

Flash

  • Compatible Cameras
    • E-TTL operation with all EOS digital SLRs; PowerShot G2, G3, G5, G6, and Pro1; and the following EOS film cameras - EOS-1v, EOS-3, Elan 7N series, Elan 7 series, Elan II series, Rebel T2, Ti, K2, GII, G.
      TTL operation with all other 35mm EOS SLRs, and Canon T90.
  • Guide Number
    • 190 (at ISO 100, feet) / 58 (meters); flash head at 105mm zoom setting
  • Number of Flashes
    • Approx. 100 to 700, with fresh AA-size alkaline batteries
  • Recycling Time
    • Approx. 0.1 to 6 seconds, with fresh AA-size alkaline batteries
  • Flash Range
    • (At ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4) - Approx. 1.6 to 98.4 feet / 0.5 to 30m
  • AF Assist Beam
    • Built-in; covers all focus points in EOS cameras with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 45 AF points; Distance range - 2 to 32.8 feet (0.6 to 10m) at center; 2 to 16.4 feet (0.6 to 5m) at periphery
  • Custom Functions
    • Fourteen Speedlite Custom Functions built-in; set on Speedlite's LCD panel

General

  • Power Source
    • Four AA-size batteries - alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable Ni-MH usable
  • External Power Source
    • External power supply - compatible with Dust- and water- Resistant External Power Pack, Canon battery pack CP-E3 and Transistor Pack E

Approximate Dimensions:

  • 3.0 x 5.3 x 4.5 inches /76 x 134 x 114mm

Approximate Weight:

  • Net:
    • 13.2 oz./375g, without batteries
      (4 AA alkaline batteries add 3.5 oz./100g)
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast recycling time (37)
  • Superior build quality (31)
  • Good exposure performance (30)
  • Quiet (30)

Cons

  • Poor exposure performance (6)
  • Poor build quality (5)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent flash

    After many years of service, my 550 EX passed away and I picked up the 580 EX II in the morning with a wedding that afternoon. It is familiar to those using the...Read complete review

    After many years of service, my 550 EX passed away and I picked up the 580 EX II in the morning with a wedding that afternoon. It is familiar to those using the 550, but adds multiple enhancements. The hot shoe attaching bracket is much smoother. The buttons, dials and menus are incredibly intuitive, and were wonderful when I was having to photograph for money without having a chance to practice with it or even read the manual. A nice feature is the sleep mode, which saves battery life by going into sleep mode with the camera. The flash springs back to life instantaneously when you wake the camera. The price is high, but the flash works intuitively with the EOS series cameras, and AFAIC, there's no reason to have any other flash on an EOS camera. For a couple of hundred less, the 430 EXII is probably a better choice for an amateur, but if you're shooting for money, there's no better flash.

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    I am a working professional i primarily use this 580EX 11 for wedding and event work I shoot with a Canon 7d. Ihave been a full time professional for over 30 years , so...Read complete review

    I am a working professional i primarily use this 580EX 11 for wedding and event work I shoot with a Canon 7d. Ihave been a full time professional for over 30 years , so i have run the gamete on trouble shooting equipment problems, so I won't go into that. Primarily the flash is very inconsistent with exposures, I'm never sure what im going to get exposure wise , also when you zoom in the flash does not communicate very well with the camera, the shots are always blown out. This is very aggravating. I have also sent the flash in 3 times for repair of the same problem it works for awhile maybe an hour then everything just stops LED starts flashing and the flash wont function at all. Bob

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product for my T3

    By Freaknasty07

    from Memphis, TN

    Pros

    • fast recycling time
    • Superior build quality

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

      Great Product works well with my T3, the only fault I have is the Price, you can get an after market version of this unit but its nothing like the Original!!

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      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great when it works properly

      By I Stumble

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Pros

      • fast recycling time
      • Good Exposure performance

      Cons

      • Poor build quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

        I've owned the flash for about two years now and I absolutely enjoyed using it. Matter of fact I own two 580's along with a 430ex II. My gripe is that this will be the third time I'm sending the flash in to be repaired. About 8 months ago, while using the flash I was wondering why my pictures were dark and blurry in the camera preview screen and confirmed at home on my laptop. My subjects said the flash was firing. Ramone at Canon Tech support helped me confirm the pre-flash was firing but the main flash was not. He asked me to take a picture facing a mirror. The pre-flash did fire but the image captured confirmed the main flash did not fire. Again this will be the third time I will be sending this particular flash in for a repair. I'm just wondering if this particular flash was defective from the start. I have not had a problem with my other two flashes.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All you need in a Flash

        By Doctor

        from Athens

        Pros

        • fast recycling time
        • good wide cover
        • Weather proof

        Cons

        • nothing realy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

          I have used this flash for over year now. There are very litle things to say about it except that it is all anyone could want or need in a flash, plus it is weather poof! If you can afford it, just buy one... Or two! You just can't go wrong with a flash that advanced. If, on the other hand, you have a tight budget, buy the 430 instead.

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          (9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Mike

          from Savannah

          Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

          This item is better equipment than I am photographer - and by God's grace, I'm very good.

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          (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Inconsistent

          By angel

          from San Francisco, CA

          Pros

            Cons

            • loose lock
            • Poor build quality
            • poor exposure quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

              The flash was working fine for the first year I used it. Afterwards, the hotshot was not working and the flash would not fire - when I was on a job. The flash was freaking out, flashing like a stobe light. After that, nothing. I sent it into Canon for repair and that helped resolve the problem. But, I then noticed that the flash would not stay on ETTL. It would shift to TTL resulting in a very overexposed frame, one that was not salvagable. I would wiggle the connection and then the setting would go back to ETTL. I realized that the connection was loose. This has happened sporatically throughout shoots. I find that this product's lock needs to be tightened. I will be sending it in for repair and testing it afterwards. If this doesn't help, I'm getting a new flash. I am going to look into a used 580EX since it is tightened with a wheel lock.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Build Quality

              By OsKy6116

              from Minnesota, MN

              Pros

              • Good Exposure performance
              • Quiet
              • Superior build quality

              Cons

              • Slow recycling time

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

                This is my first flash and I never expected something like this. You won't regret about buying it at all.

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Let there be light...

                By Dinosaur Jr.

                from Undisclosed

                Pros

                • fast recycling time
                • Good Exposure performance
                • Nice feel
                • Quiet
                • Superior build quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

                    This is a great speedlite. Very powerful. Great swivel head. Nice feel. Easy to navigate. A lot of nice features that aren't on earlier models. At first i thought i was buying something much more powerful than i would need, but quickly learned that it's the perfect speedlite for everything...

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                    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Flash

                    By Ben

                    from Bossier City, LA

                    Pros

                    • fast recycling time
                    • Good Exposure performance
                    • Quiet
                    • Superior build quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

                        Absolutely Love It! I haven't found anything I don't like about this flash. Can't believe I waited so long to buy it.

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                        (28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Why so expensive ?

                        By hjoseph7

                        from Washington DC

                        Pros

                        • fast recycling time
                        • Good Exposure performance
                        • Quiet
                        • Rugged
                        • Superior build quality

                        Cons

                        • external metering

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

                          This is a great flash, but there are some nuances that you have to put up with that makes one ask why they paid so much for it. I purchased this flash to shoot weddings but the ETTL has been inconsitent to say the least. I was hoping to use the external metering which is the tried and true Thyristor metering method to compensate but that does not work very well either. The flash under exposes by 2.5 f-tsops in Automatic/External metering mode. The only other alternative is to set the flash to Manual which to me gives you the most consistency. However that's not what I paid all this money for. Some important functions are hidden under a bunch of menus and the flash is missing a battery guage which other manufacturers offer. The ON/OFF switch is kind of flimsy and it's very difficult to tell whether the unit is on or off in dim lighting situations. Other than that it is a great flash, a bit over priced for what you are getting.

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                          (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Worth the buy.

                          By AlvisMedia

                          from VA

                          Pros

                          • fast recycling time
                          • Good Exposure performance
                          • Quiet
                          • Superior build quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon 580EXII Speedlite In Black:

                              I really like this flash, but to use off camera you really need to buy a radio popper or similar product the line of sight just does not do the job. I like to place flashes in odd places where there is no line of sight for more interesting lighting. Wish canon would make a flash with built in radio so you would not have to buy so many other products to get the exposer you want. The control is good but oddly placed. Everything else is mentioned in other reviews so I won't bore you. Simply put it is a great flash and worth the price.

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