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Being someone who knows how a bounce flash can add to a picture i decided to purchase the 270EX to use on my newly aquired Canon G12. I was looking for a small compact fairly powerful flash that could offer bounce and also take a Stofen diffuser. The flash is compact and easy to store in a pocket. It comes with a pouch and requires 2 AA batteries to function, which i found last around 60 flashes. I now use Lithium AA batteries and so far have got 140 flash shots out of a pair! The bounce head also zooms and you can adjust the bounce at several angles. The flash can be adjusted in small steps of 1/3rd so you have good control on power output. Mounted on my G12 the flash sits and balances very well. It makes a great travel kit with the G12 which is perfect when you want to travel light. Using the bounce function gets more realistic colours then using the on board camera flash and you can avoid the harsh shadows direct flash lighting can cause. Overall a good investment especially that i got it for a good price off £98 on Amazon Nov 2010.
Ok so this is the speedlite 270EX produced by Canon, i got it late last year after my previous flash hit the deck which was majorly frustrating! Ok so it broke and wanted to replace it, i didnt really do much research into a purchase at this time and went straight to jessops for a replacement. Limited to cash at the time and after a flash which was somewhat more compact than my last i opted for the rather dinky 270 ex speedlight.
Its obviously compatible with canon EOS DSLR's and fits right onto a compatible hot shoe, with a lock button to make sure the flash is secured to the top of the camera.
Its a nice entry level external flash in my opinion, and despite being rather small does produce a nice flash for appropriate photography. It takes 2 AA sized batteries which slot into the unit via a small side panel, which by pushing and sliding is easily accessible for a quick battery change.
This isnt quite as good as my previous flash which was bigger and had a much stronger flash and range, but does offer about 30-40m of light as appropriate, One nice feature of the flash is its movement mechanism, which by pulling out of the case into 'tele' mode and titling up can reduce the amount of flash which obviously depends on what sort of shot you are trying to take. It also has three strengths of flash which can be accesed manually via camera flash settings, which is an easy function through my canon 450D. It also has a red led light on the back of it, which glows a bright red when its ready to fire and then starts to flicker after.
I think its a nice flash and possibly one of the smallest external flashes i have ever seen so its very portable, however for the price about £120 which i paid. You could with a bit of research pick up a larger and better model in terms of brightness and range etc aswell as having more features to fiddel about with. But as mentioned its a good flash particuarly for a beginner, getting used to a DSLR.
But on a balance would prefer to have got a larger model or spent a bit more money to get an external flash of the same spec to which i had before.
I'm not so much of a camera junky but when my dad showed me this i just had to review it. This little flash is more powerful than it looks. For you extreme photographers out there this £129.99 add on is capable of lighting the scene you want to capture up to 27m away!
The flash is powered by 2 AA batteries and is mounted on your camera using a small clip that slots on the top. It's compatible with all Canon EOS makes but also most Canon Powershots too. Once mounted all you have to do is turn the flash on with your camera controls and away you go. The flash produced can be adjusted in 1/3 intensities of it's maximum output if you need to shoot something a little closer without being blinded.
Transporting this flash is not a concern as it's small and light enough to be carried in most camera bags or even just in your pocket. The batteries should last you a good while assuming you aren't taking full intensity flashes throughout the day. As dad says "The key is knowing when you need it and when you can do without".
I would definately reccomend this to more proffesional photographers who know what lighting makes a good picture and want a flash to help them achieve it.