The 430EX II can be used with all digital SLR cameras from Canon in ETTL mode for first gen camera bodies and ETTL(II) with current models. The latest generations of film-based EOS bodies is also ETTL compatible, and for the really old analog cameras there’s even a conventional TTL mode (without pre-flashes) available on the 430EX-II.
The flash under review supports two types of flash modes: first, there are 3 types of TTL mode for automatic exposure control with different generations of camera bodies, plus there is the important manual mode for wireless flash and “strobist” photography.
Automatic exposure control through the camera’s metering system is the default mode for the 430EX Mark II: simply attach the flash to the camera hot shoe, power it on, and let your camera do the thinking: the camera determines the necessary zoom reflector setting, the amount of light needed for a correct exposure of the subject, and makes the decision whether to fire a flash or not.
Depending on the camera model, the flash switches automatically into the correct mode: a film-based TTL mode for old analog bodies, ETTL (with pre-flash for exposure metering) for newer analog bodies and the older digital cameras, and ETTL II for the latest models (taking subject distance into account).
The ETTL label in the upper right corner of the LCD screen is to confirm the mode, but there’s no extra “ETTL II” icon.
A manual flash mode is useful for keeping the level of flash illumination locked over a series of shots in the camera hot shoe, or to enable wireless flash operation with normal radio triggers such as Yongnuo RF-602 or Cactus triggers.
Manual mode is shown with an “M” icon. In manual mode, 7 different power levels can be set, ranging from 1/1 down to 1/64 with all third stops in between. The series of full stops is: 1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64.
What’s missing compared to the flagship model 580EX II is an “auto” mode where the speedlite regulates light output itself through a light sensor. There’s also no multi or stroboscopic mode available (except in wireless TTL). This is no shortcoming really – nobody needs these 2 modes anyways.
Owners of a 7D, 600D (Rebel T3i), and 60D can use the built in flash on the camera body to control the 430EX II in remote slave mode – no other accessories are needed. This is the easiest way to get started with wireless lighting and a fantastic upgrade to Canon’s latest camera models! The speedlite’s light sensor reads the optical trigger signal from the camera flash and fires the 430 in automatic (TTL) or manual mode.
For owners of earlier cameras or pro-bodies without built in flash a couple of other options exist: use of the wireless commander ST-E2 (the original from Canon or the ST-E2 from Yongnuo), or use of a master-enabled speedlite such as a 580EX II – check the “flash for Canon” page for a full list of Canon and third party master flashes.
The other option are radio triggers. There are costly TTL-enabled radio triggers on the market, and the more wide spread non-TTL ones such as the Cactus V4 / V5 or the Yongnuo RF-602 and new RF-603. What’s not available on the 430EX II is a PC port for cable based triggers, and there are also no (non-TTL) optical slave modes built in.
|Supported Canon flash modes||M, TTL, ETTL, ETTL II|
|Canon wireless TTL slave / master||yes / no|
|Manual power settings (on the flash)||1/1 – 1/2 – 1/4 – 1/8 – 1/16 – 1/32 – 1/64|
An ultra-bright 2-LED configuration focus assist-beam has been designed to be compatible with all focus points within the frame of all EOS AF systems, up to 9-point AF.
Optimum flash coverage
The flash head zoom covers the range 24mm to 105mm and an integrated diffusion panel allows extended wide-angle coverage to 14mm. When attached to digital EOS cameras with smaller than full-frame sensors (such as the EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS 20D and EOS 350D) the Speedlite 430EX gives a more accurate flash coverage by detecting the model to which it is attached and automatically narrowing the angle of coverage. This has the effect of eliminating light loss in peripheral areas and extending the effective flash range.
Ideal white balance
The Speedlite 430EX automatically transfers colour temperature information to recent models of digital SLR cameras . The camera then sets the white balance optimally for the flash shot. This feature works when the camera's white balance mode is set to Auto White Balance (AWB) or Flash white balance mode.
The Speedlite 430EX is fully compatible with the distance linked E-TTL II system found on recent EOS cameras, and supports other EOS cameras that do not support E-TTL II, when required. For a complete multiple flash system, the Speedlite 430EX serves as a wireless slave when either the Speedlite 580EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX or Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 is used as a master.
Upgrade for control
An intuitive and ergonomic interface includes an LCD panel for clear indication of modes and settings. A single bounce lock release button provides immediate control over the bounce head angle for flexible positioning of the flash head. The flash head can be moved up from 0 – 90degrees (5 settings), left from 0 – 180degrees (7 settings) and right from 0 – 90degrees (4 settings). 6 custom functions allow customisation of the flash operations. Despite high power and short recycling times, the unit is small and lightweight.
Features include 1st and 2nd curtain flash synchronisation, and manual adjustment of flash output from full to 1/64 power (7 levels).
An optional Speedlite Bracket SB-E1 allows the flash unit to be mounted to one side of the camera. Designed specifically for press and wedding photographers, it eliminates the red-eye that can occur when mounting a flash on the axis of the lens, such as on the camera hot shoe. Flash batteries are replaceable without removing the unit from the bracket.
High sensitivity wireless sensors
The high performance wireless sensors cover the distance of 25 meters (Direct remote sensing range). The high-sensitivity sensors, multi-lamp lighting can be performed easily at various locations.
Tired of your flash no longer working whenever a new camera comes onto the market ? A firmware upgrade service is available for the Di866 Mark II, which provides a service terminal to upload the latest software. A charge for the firmware update service will apply, varying depending on the area. Please check at your local dealer for details about the update service.
Color and Auto Rotate Display bears simple and user friendly features of our design concept
The Color Display will automatically follow camera angle in different position and six icons interface gives user friendly operation and representing different menus – Auto, TTL, Manual/Av, Multi, Wireless TTL (Master/Remote) and Customer Setting.
Various Functions – TTL, Manual/Av, Multi Flash
TTL: Supporting Canon E-TTL/E-TTL II , Nikon i-TTL/i-TTL-BL and Sony ADI/P-TTL. Flash light is automatically controlled by the camera but the flash exposure value can be compensated.
Manual: Flash power can be adjusted manually at 22 levels, from full power to 1/128 power at every 1/3 stops. The appropriate distance to the subject is shown in the display in accordance with the aperture value set on the camera.
Av priority: The flash light can be automatically controlled by the photo sensor built-in the flash unit instead of TTL metering. The F. Stop can be set from F1.4~F16. The distance at the F-stop set on the flash and camera is shown in the display.
Multi Flash: The power ratio can be set from 1/8 to 1/128.
The best solution for off camera flash technique
The Di866 Mark II Wireless TTL system support Canon/Nikon/Sony wireless TTL system. Di866 Mark II can be used jointly with Canon, Nikon and Sony original flash as either Master and Remote (Slave).
The Di866 Mark II also supports digital (pre-flash system) and analogue (film type camera’s flash and/or studio flash under both of Manual and Av. priority mode.
Multi-Flash: Repeating flash for multi-exposure image in one frame.
The power ratio can be set from 1/8 to 1/128.
The Di866 Mark II provides an extra small flash (GN12) below the main flash. This small flash gives a fill-in light while bouncing the main flash. Bouncing the light may shadow the underside of face, and this fill-in flash brightens up the shadow. The power ratio of Sub-Flash can be set from 1/1 to 1/128
Auto Zoom covers 24~105mm focal range. Light diffusing panel covers wide 18mm (35mm format)
TTL exposure level is accurately calibrated for standard balance in accordance with Nissin’s standard. If any adjustment is however required, or if you like to set your own preferable level, it can be adjust for about +3Ev. ~-3Ev. by every 1/3 step.
Quick Loading Battery Magazine
The Di866 Mark II has battery magazine system same as Di866 professional and Di466. A convenient battery magazine provides all four AA-size batteries slot in the same direction, so that the batteries can be correctly inserted without fail even in the poor light condition.
External Service Box
External Power Pack Socket – Di866 Mark II supports Nissin Power Pack PS 300.
X terminal – Di866 Mark II has X-terminal socket for flash synchronization.
USB Service Port – Di866 Mark II provides a USB port to update the latest firmware.
Rear curtain sync and High speed shutter
In Rear curtain sync., the flash fires just before the rear curtain closed. By using this function at slow shutter speed, a moving subject will appear with such moving
High speed sync. is recommended for daylight flash photography.
Flash head tilts up to 90°and rotates horizontally 90°to the right and 180°to the left.
Fill-in reflector and Light diffusing panel installed