Canon Speedlite 430EX II, Camera Flash 430EX II User manual

Canon Speedlite 430EX II, Camera Flash 430EX II User manual
Thank you for purchasing a Canon product.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX II is a multi-feature flash unit for Canon
EOS cameras. It works automatically with E-TTL II, E-TTL, and TTL
autoflash systems. It can be used as an on-camera flash or as part of a
wireless flash system.
a Read this instruction manual while also referring to your
camera's instruction manual.
Before using the Speedlite, read this instruction manual and your camera's
instruction manual to familiarize yourself with the Speedlite operations.
s The basic operation is the same as with normal AE shooting.
When the 430EX II is attached to an EOS camera, almost all automatic
exposure control for flash photography i s handled by the camera.
Although the 430EX II is an external flash unit, it works automatically and
seamlessly like the camera's built-in flash.
r It becomes automatically compatible with the camera's flash
metering mode (E-TTL II, E-TTL, and TTL).
In accordance with the camera's flash control system, the Speedlite controls
the flash automatically in the respective flash metering mode:
I . E-TTL I1autoflash (evaluative flash metering with preflash readingllens
distance information)
2. E-TTL autoflash (evaluative flash metering with preflash reading)
3. TTL autoflash (off-the-film metering for real-time flash metering)
Regarding the camera's available flash metering modes, refer to the
"External Speedlite" specification in the "Specifications" of your
camera's instruction manual.
In the camera instruction manual, cameras having flash metering
modes 1 or 2 are called Type-A cameras (compatible with E-TTL II or
E-TTL). And cameras having flash metering mode 3 (compatible only
with TTL) are Type-B cameras.
* This instruction manual assume that you are using the Speedlite with a Type-A
For Type-B cameras, see page 37.
1 Getting Started and Basic Operation.................................
2 Using Flash ........................................................................
3 Wireless Flash ..................................................................25 B
Reference ............................................................................
Conventions Used in this Manual
n The <@> symbol in the text refers to the +/- button.
e The
symbol in the text refers to the Select1
Setting button.
s The operation procedures in this instruction manual assume that both
the camera and Speedlite's power switches are ON.
a Icons used in the text to indicate the respective buttons, dials, and
settings match the same icons found on the camera and Speedlite.
s The ( 6 4 ) I( 6 6 ) I(616) icons indicate that the respective function
remains in effect for 4 sec., 6 sec., or 16 sec. after you let go of the
r Reference page numbers are indicated by (p.**).
a This instruction manual uses the following alert symbols:
() : Warning to prevent shooting problems.
: Gives supplemental information.
Built-in wide panel
Flash head
Wireless sensor
Bracket mounting hole
AF-assist beam emitter
Mounting foot (p.9)
Locking pin
-A iContacts
Mini stand
Bounce angle index
Bounce lock release
< $ H I D > High-speed
sync (FP flash)/Shutter
Custom Function
setting button (p.6121)
button (p.18/26,29, 30)
Power switch (p.10)
Flash modeiSlave sett~ngbutton
(p 11, 19/31)
1 1
L < q p >+i-
" <e
. > SelectISett~ngbutton
Mounting foot's lock l e v e r 1 iLock-release
(P 9)
button (p.9)
Asterisked buttons have functions which remain active for 8 sec. after you
press and let go of the button. The <:,0:>~llurninationlasts for 12 sec.
LCD Panel
Manual flash output level
Flash exposure c o m p e n s a q
Max. flash range
Custom Function
cM> Manual flash
I / II
E-TTL (II)/TTL autoflash
Manual zoom
Zoom focal length
> Auto zoom
for Image sensor
Flash exposure
Custom Function
<Ct)>Second-curtain sync--J
5%> Slave flash ----A
To illuminate the LCD panel, press the <:[email protected]:->button.
The items actually displayed depend on the current settings.
Getting Started and
Basic Operation
Installing the Batteries ........................................ 8
Attaching and Detaching the Flash......................... 9
Turning on the Power Switch................................ 10
Fully Automatic Flash Shooting ...........................
Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash in the
........................ 12
Shooting Modes.................
-() Cautions for firing continuous flashes a To avoid overheating and degrading the flash
head, do not fire more than 20 continuous
flashes. After 20 continuous flashes, allow a rest
time of at least 10 min.
a If you fire more than 20 continuous flashes and
then fire more flashes in short intervals, the
inner overheating prevention function may be
activated to make the recycling time about 8 to
20 sec. If this occurs, allow a rest time of about
15 min. and the flash will then return to normal.
Installing the Batteries
Install four size-AA batteries.
- - - I$
Open the cover.
a Slide the battery compartment cover
as shown by the arrow and open it.
Install the batteries.
Make sure the + and - battery
contacts are correctly oriented as
shown in the battery compartment.
3 Close the cover.
a Close the battery compartment cover
and slide it as shown by the arrow.
Recycling Time and Flash Count
Recycling Time (Approx.) Flash Count (Approx.)
200 - 1400
r Based on new s~ze-AAalkallne batter~esand Canon's test~ngstandards
Using size-AA batteries other than the alkaline type may cause improper
battery contact due to the irregular shape of the battery contacts.
If you change the batteries after firing many flashes continuously, be
aware that the batteries might be hot.
Use a new set of four batteries of the same brand. When replacing the
batteries, replace all four at one time.
r Size-AA Ni-MH or lithium batteries can also be used
Attaching and Detaching the Flash mmmmm
4 Attach the Speedlite.
m Sllp the Speedl~te'smountlng foot Into
the camera's hot shoe all the way
(The mountlng foot w ~ lprotrude
sl~ghtlyfrom the hot shoe )
Secure the Speedlite.
a On the mount~ngfoot sl~dethe lock
lever to the r~ght
b When the lock lever cl~cksIn place, ~t
w ~ lbe
l locked
Detach the Speedlite.
r Whlle presslng the lock-release
button, sl~dethe lock lever to the left
and detach the Speedllte
0 Before attaching or detaching the Speedlite, be sure to turn off the Speedlite.
Turning on the Power Switch
Set the power switch to <ON>.
b The flash recycl~ngstarts
Check that the flash is ready.
o When the pllot lamp l~ghtsIn red, the
flash IS ready to fire (fully charged).
s To fire a test flash, press the
<PILOT> button
About Auto Power Off
To save battery power, the power will turn off automatically after a
certain period (approx. 1.5 min. to 15 min.) of idle use. To turn on the
Speedlite again, press the camera's shutter button halfway. Or press
the Speedlite's <PILOT> button.
A test firing cannot be fired while the camera's operation timer 6 4 or 66
is active.
ar The Speedlite's settings will be retained in memory even after the power
is turned off. To retain the Speedlite's settings after you replace the
batteries, turn off the power and replace the batteries within 1 minute.
Fully Automatic Flash Shooting
When you set the camera's shooting mode to < P > (Program AE) or
(Full Auto), E-TTL IIIE-TTL fully automatic flash will make it as
easy as normal AE shooting in the <P> and
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4 Set the Speedlite to cETTL>.
o Press the <MODE> button so that
<ETTL> is displayed.
When you press the shutter button
halfway, the maximum effective range
(distance) of the flash will be
-Maximum effective raAge
a The shutter speed and aperture will
be set as displayed in the viewfinder.
F Check that the < f > icon is lit in the
Take the picture.
When you press the shutter button
completely, the flash w~llfire and the
p~cturew ~ lbe
l taken
If a standard flash exposure was
obta~nedthe flash exposure
lamp (green) w ~ ll~ght
about 3 sec
If the lens focal length blinks on the LCD panel, the periphery of the flash
picture may turn out dark. Use the built-in wide panel (p.18).
<ETTL>will be displayed on the LCD panel even if the camera is
compatible with E-TTL II
If the flash exposure confirmation lamp does not light, move closer to the
subject and take the picture again. With a digital camera, you can also
increase the camera's IS0 speed.
Using E-TTL IIand E-TTL Autoflash in the Shooting Modes
Just set the camera's shooting mode to <Tv>(shutter-priority AE),
c A v > (aperture-priority AE), or < M >(manual) and you can use E-TTL
IIIE-TTL autoflash.
Select this mode when you want to set the shutter speed manually.
The camera will then automatically set the aperture matching the shutter
speed to obtain a standard exposure.
Tv e If the aperture display blinks, it means that the background exposure will
be underexposed or overexposed. Adjust the shutter speed until the
aperture display stops blinking.
Select this mode when you want to set the aperture manually.
The camera will then automatically set the shutter speed matching the
aperture to obtain a standard exposure.
If the background is dark like a night scene, a slow sync speed will be used
to obtain a standard exposure of both the main subject and background.
Standard exposure of the main subject is obtained with the flash, while a
Av standard exposure of the background is obtained with a slow shutter speed.
@ Since a slow shutter speed will be used for low-light scenes, using a
trlpod is recommended.
* If the shutter speed display blinks, it means that the background
exposure will be underexposed or overexposed. Adjust the aperture until
the shutter speed display stops blinking.
Select this mode if you want to set both the shutter speed and aperture
Standard exposure of the main subject is obtained with the flash. The
exposure of the background is obtained with the shutter speed and aperture
combination you set.
If you use the <DEP> or cA.DEP> shooting mode, the result will be the same as
using the <P>(Program AE) mode.
Flash Sync Speeds and Apertures Used
Shutter Speed Setting
Set automatically (IIX sec. 1/60 sec.)
Aperture Setting
Set automatically (IIX sec. - 30 sec.)
Set manually (IIX sec. - 30 sec., Bulb)
e 1IX sec. is the camera's maximum flash sync speed.
Using Flash
Flash Exposure Compensation (*) ................. 14
FE L: FE Lock (*) ............................................15
High-speed Sync (*) ................... .
........... 16
DSecond-Curtain Sync ( *) .........................
Bounce Flash......................................................... 17
ZOOM: Setting the Flash Coverage (*) and
Using the Wide Panel ............................................. 18
M: Manual Flash ( * )
........................................... 19
C.Fn. Setting Custom Functions ( * ) .................... 21
Auto Zoom for Image Sensor Size ......................... 23
About Color Temperature Information Transmission.... 23
About the AF-Assist Beam ..................................... 23
Speedlite Control with the Camera's Menu
Screen ( J r ) ............................................................ 24
Flash Exposure Compensation
In the same way as normal exposure compensation, you can set
exposure compensation for flash. The flash exposure compensation
amount can be set up to +3 stops in 113-stop increments. (If the
camera's exposure compensation is in 1/2-stop increments, flash
exDosure com~ensationwill be in 112-stop increments.)
Press the [email protected])> button until the
icon and compensation
amount start blinking.
Set the flash exposure
compensation amount.
a Press the <@> button to set the
s To cancel the flash exposure
compensation, set the amount to
"+O "
jPress the <(?=))>button.
b Flash exposure compensation will be
If flash exposure compensation has been set with both the Speedlite and
camera, the Speedlite's flash exposure compensation amount will override
the camera's.
Using <@*
This is for setting various numeric settings. Pressing the
button increases the number, while the
(minus) button decreases
the number.
FE L: FE Lock
FE (flash exposure) lock locks the correct flash exposure setting for any
part of the scene.
With <ETTL> displayed on the LCD panel, you press the camera's
<FE L > button. If the camera does not have the <FE L> button, press
the <Jt>button.
Focus the subject.
Press the cFE L > button. (616)
A ~ r nthe subject at the center of the
and press the <FE L >
n The Speedl~tef ~ r e sa preflash, then
the requlred flash output IS retamed In
'- "FEL' w11l be drsplayed In the
v~ewflnderfor 0 5 sec
* Each time you press the <FE L >
button, a preflash will be fired and a
new flash exposure reading will be
If the subject is too far away and underexposure will result, the c f > icon
will blink in the viewfinder. Move closer to the subject and try the FE lock
ir If cETTL> is not displayed on the LCD panel, FE lock cannot be set.
ca If the target subject is too small in the viewfinder, the FE lock might not
be very effective.
High-Speed Sync
With high-speed sync (FP flash), the flash can synchronize with all
shutter speeds. This is convenient when you want to use aperture
priority for fill-flash portraits.
Press the < $ H I >
~ button so that
em> is displayed.
o Check that the <%H> icon is lit in the
If you set a shutter speed that is the same or slower than the camera's
maximum flash sync speed, <+ti> will not be displayed in the viewfinder.
With high-speed sync, the faster the shutter speed, the shorter the
effective flash range will be. Check the LCD panel for the maximum flash
range for the respective shutter speed.
To return to normal flash, press the < + t i l a * > button so that
turns off.
W Second-Curtain Sync
With a slow shutter speed, you can create a light trail following the
subject. The flash fires right before the shutter closes.
Press the <$H/w> button so that
c D > is displayed.
e Second-curtain sync works well in the camera's "buLb" mode.
icon will
To return to normal flash, press the < f n / W > button. The <D>
s With E-TTL IIIE-TTL, when you press the shutter button completely, a
preflash will be fired. Then right before the shutter closes, the main flash
is fired.
Bounce Flash
By pointing the flash head toward a wall or ceiling, the flash will bounce
off the surface before illuminating the subject. This can soften shadows
behind the subject for a more natural-looking shot. This is called bounce
Set the Bounce Direction
r Hold down the <PUSH> button and turn the flash head.
If the flash coverage is set automatically, the flash coverage will be
fixed to 50rnrn.
The LCD panel will also display <Zoom - -mm>.
a You can also set the flash coverage manually. (p.18)
If the wall or ceiling is too far away, the bounced flash might be too weak
and result in underexposure.
0 The wall or ceiling should be a plain, white color for high reflectance. If
the bounce surface is not white, a color cast may result in the picture.
a After you take the shot, if the flash exposure confirmation lamp does not
light, use a larger aperture opening and try again. With a digital camera,
you can also increase the I S 0 speed.
ZOOM : Setting the Flash Coverage and Using the Wide Panel
The flash coverage can be set to match the lens focal length from
24mm to 105mm. The flash coverage can be set automatically or
manually. Also, with the built-in wide panel, the flash coverage will be
compatible with ultra wide-angle lenses as short as 14mm.
Press the <ZOOM/=> button.
r Press the <@> button to change the
flash coverage.
is not displayed, the flash
coverage will be set automatically.
r If
If you set the flash coverage manually, make sure it covers the lens focal
length so that the picture will not have a dark periphery.
Using the Wide Panel
Pull out the wide panel and place it as
e The <ZOOM/;q> button will not
s The flash coverage will not be compatible with the EF15mm f12.8
Fisheye lens.
For the effective lens focal length (or crop factor). refer to the camera's
instruction manual.
If you use bounce flash with the wide panel in place, the entire display on
the LCD panel will blink as a warning. Since the subject will be
illuminated by both the bounce flash and direct flash, it will look
a Pull out the wide panel gently. Using excessive force may detach the
wide panel.
M: Manual Flash
You can set the flash output from 1/64 power to 111 full power In 113stop Increments
Use a hand-held flash meter to determine the requlred flash output to
obtaln a correct flash exposure Settlng the camera's shoot~ngmode to
<Av > or <M>is recommended
Press the <MODE> button so
that <M>is displayed.
Set the flash output.
Press the cL.C> button
The flash output bllnks
Press the
button to set the
flash output, then press the <@>
Press the shutter button halfway to
see the effective flash range
Flash Output Display
The manual flash output value will change as shown below when the
flash output is decreased or increased.
I 1
F~auresfor decreased flash o u t ~ ui
111 -0.3
112 + 0 7
112 +0.3
1 1
112 -0.3
I14 + 0 7
F~guresfor increased flash output
112 -0.7
114 +0.3
Metered Manual Flash Exposures
When the Speedlite is attached to an EOS-1D series camera, you can
also set the flash exposure level manually.
9 Set the camera and Speedlite.
o Setting the camera's shooting mode to <Av> or <M>is
e Set the Speedlite's flash mode to
<M>(Manual flash).
2 Focus the subject.
o Focus manually.
3 Set up an 18% gray card.
o Place the gray card at the subject's position.
r In the viewfinder, the entire spot metering circle at the center
should cover the gray card.
4 Press the <FE L> button. (616)
b The Speedlite will fire a preflash and the required flash output for
the subject is retained in memory.
b On the right side of the viewfinder, the exposure level indicator
will show the flash exposure level for the correct flash exposure.
5 Set the flash exposure level.
e Adjust the Speedlite's manual flash level and the
camera aperture so that the flash exposure level
aligns with the standard exposure index.
6 Take the picture.
e Remove the gray card and take the picture.
C.Fn: Setting Custom Functions
You can customize Speedlite features to suit your shooting preferences.
You do this with Custom Functions.
C.Fn-02-113: Convenient when you want to use the depth-of-field
preview button to check the depth of field.
If the Speedlite or camera's AF-assist beam is
0 C.Fn-08:
disabled, the AF-assist beam will not be emitted.
You can change the information displayed on the LCD
a C.Fn-14:
panel when the shutter button is pressed halfway. This
function can be set only with Type-A cameras.
Setting Custom Functions
1 -
Press the <:@:/c.F~>
button for 2
sec. or more so that *Qd* is
2- Select the Custom Function No.
f )*j
e Press the
button to select the
Custom Function number.
3 Change the setting.
Press the <@)> button
b The setting number w~llbllnk.
b Press the < ($3 > button to set the
desired number, then press the
> button.
b After you set the Custom Funct~on
and press the <MODE>button, the
camera will be ready to shoot.
Auto Zoom for Image Sensor Size
EOS DIGITAL cameras have one of three image sensor sizes. The lens'
effective focal length will differ depending on the camera's sensor size.
The Speedlite automatically recognizes the EOS DIGITAL camera's
sensor size and automatically sets the flash coverage for lens focal
lengths from 24mm to 105mm.
When the Speedlite is attached to a compatible camera,
appear on the Speedlite's LCD panel.
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About Color Temperature Information Transmission
When the flash fires, the color temperature information is transmitted to
the EOS DIGITAL camera. This feature optimizes the flash picture's
white balance. When the camera's white balance is set to
<$>, it will work automatically.
To see if this feature works with your camera, see the Specifications in
your camera's instruction manual.
About the AF-Assist Beam
Under low-light or low-contrast conditions when autofocus cannot be
achieved, the built-in AF-assist beam will be emitted automatically to
make it easier to autofocus. The 430EX Il's AF-assist beam is
compatible with the AF points of almost all EOS cameras. The AFassist beam is compatible with 28mm and longer lenses. The effective
range is shown below.
Speedlite Control with the Camera's Menu Screen a
If the Speedlite is attached to an EOS DIGITAL camera enabling
External Speedlite control, the camera can set the Speedlite settings.
Setting Speedlite functions
The settable functions will vary depending on the flash metering
mode and flash mode.
Flash mode
Shutter sync (1st curtain, 2nd curtain, High-speed)
Flash exposure compensation
Flash metering mode
Flash firing
Zoom (Flash coverage)
Clear Speedlite settings
Speedlite Custom Functions
9 Custom Functions
Clear All Speedlite Custom Functions
Only C.Fn-00 will not be cleared.
Flash function settings screen*
Flash C.Fn settings screen*
The screen may look d~fferentdepending on [he camera
0 If flash exposure compensation has already been set with the Speedlite,
flash exposure compensation cannot be set with the camera.
If any Speedlite Custom Functions and flash function settings other than
flash exposure compensation have been set by both the camera and
Speedlite, the latest setting will take effect.
Wireless Flash
580EX II.
Wireless Flash ................................................
Setting Manual Flash with the Slave Unit ............. 31
430EX II System ..................
Troubleshooting Guide ..................... .
Specifications ......................................................
Using a Type-B Camera ....................
Wireless Flash
With multiple Canon Speedlites having the wireless flash feature, you can
create various lighting effects with the same ease as using normal E-TTL II
The settings you input with the master unit attached to the camera are
also automatically transmitted to the slave units which are controlled by
the master unit via wireless. Therefore, you need not operate the slave
unit(s) at all during the shoot.
For details on wireless flash photography and operating the master unit,
see the master unit's instruction manual. The procedure below applies to a
master unit attached to the camera and slave unit(s) controlled by wireless.
1 Set the master unit.
Attach the master unit Speedlite to
the camera and set it as necessary.
Set the 430EX II as the slave unit.
e Hold down the
<ZOOM/ ;4>
button for 2 sec or more.
Check the communication
e If the master unit and slave unit(s) are
set to a different channel, set them all
to the same channel (p.29).
4 Set the slave ID.
Set the slave ID when using two (A
and B) or three (A, B, and C) slave
groups (p.30).
Position the camera and
e Position the slave unit(s) within the
master unit's wireless transmission
Set the master unit's flash mode
For shoot~ng,<ETTL> will also be
set automatically for the slave unit(s).
w w v
7 Check that the flash is ready.
When h e slave unltrs) IS ready to f~re
(fully charged), the AF-asslst beam
w~llbllnk at I-sec l n t e ~ a l s
@ Check the flash operation.
Press the master unlt's test firlng
b The slave unlt w~llflre If the flash
does not flre, adjust the slave unlt's
angle toward the master u n ~and
dlstance from the master unit
9 Set the camera and shoot.
a Set the camera in the same way as
wlth normal flash shootlng
Sample wireless flash setup
r r h
(430EX 11)
Slave B
(430EX II)
Speedlite 580EX II
8m (26.2n.)
12m (39.4ft.)
e Use the mini stand (tripod socket provided) to prop up the slave unit.
r Use the bounce feature to swing the slave unit's flash body so that
the wireless sensor faces the master unit.
Indoors, the wireless signal can also bounce off the wall so there is
more leeway in positioning the slave unit(s).
r Afier positioning the slave unit(s), be sure to test the wireless flash
operation before shooting.
at Do not place any obstacles between the master unit and slave
unit(s). Obstacles can block the transmission of wireless signals.
o Even with multiple slave units, all of them will be controlled in the same
way via wireless.
e The Speedlite's zoom setting will be set automatically to 24mm. It is
possible to change the master unit's zoom setting. However, note that
the master unit transmits wireless signals to the slave unit(s) with the
preflash. Therefore, the flash coverage must cover the slave unit's
position. If you change the master unit's zoom setting, be sure to test the
wireless flash operation before shooting.
r If the slave unit's auto power off takes effect, press the master unit's test
firing button to turn on the siave unit.
0 If the 430EX II is set as a slave unit and remains in auto power off mode
for more than 8 hours, it will not turn on even if you try to fire a test flash
with the master unit. In this case, press the slave unit's test firing button
to turn it on.
B A test flash cannot be fired while the camera's operation timer 64 or 66
is active.
Using Fully Automatic Wireless Flash
Flash exposure compensation and other settings set with the master
unit will also be automatically set in the slave units. Thus, you need not
operate the slave unit(s). Wireless flash with the following settings can
be done in the same way as with normal flash shooting.
Flash exposure compensation
High-speed sync (FP flash)
FE lock
Manual flash
Stroboscopic flash
With FE lock, if even one Speedlite will result in underexposure, the <$>
icon will blink in the viewfinder. Open the aperture more or move the
slave unit closer to the subject.
With a wireless flash system, the master unit's settings will not be
displayed on the 430EX Il's LCD panel.
Setting the Communication Channel
If there IS another Canon wlreless flash system nearby, you can change
the channel No to prevent slgnal confusion Both the master and slave
unlts must be set to the same channel No
1 press lhe
so that e
> blinks.
sr- ms'--smm
Z'8, l,-l-\L
Set the channel No.
button to select the
Press the
channel number, then press the
> button
Setting the Slave ID
Set the slave ID if you use two (A and B) or three (A, B, and C) slave
p r e s s the <ZOOMI->
so that <->
% I w-'dL?-,-,L
Set the slave ID.
r Press the
button to select the
slave ID (A, B, or C), then press the
<[email protected]> button
Modeling Flash
If the camera has a depth-of-field preview button, pressing it will fire the
flash continuously for 1 sec. This is called the modeling flash.
It enables you to see the shadow effects on the subject and the lighting
balance. You.can fire the modeling flash for both wireless and normal
flash shooting.
0 Do not fire the modeling flash more than 10 consecutive times. If you
fire the modeling flash 10 consecutive times, allow the Speedlite to
rest for at least 10 min. to avoid overheating and deteriorating the flash
The modeling flash cannot be fired with the EOS REBEL 20001300 and
Type-B cameras (p.2).
About Slave Group Control
Slave group A
For example, ~fyou have the slave ID set
to < A > for three slave un~ts,all three
slave un~tswill be controlled as ~fthey
were one Speedl~teIn slave group A
Setting Manual Flash with the Slave Unit
Manual flash can be set manually with the slave unit. Do this in the
following cases:
(1) When you want to set the flash output with the slave units
individually for wireless or manual flash, as with studio flash units.
(2) When you use Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 for wireless or manual
s Hold down the <MODE>button for2
sec. or more.
<M>will bl~nk.
Set the manual flash output. (p.19)
II System
O Speedlite 430EX II (Slave unit)
O Mini stand (included with 430EX 11)
O Speedlite 580EX II (On-cameralMaster unit)
@ Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Dedicated transmitter for wireless control of 430EX II set as slave units.
O Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX 1 @ Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Flash for macro photography.
O Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
Enables the 430EX II to be connected to the camera up to 60 cm12 ft away.
@ Speedlite Bracket SB-E2
Troubleshooting Guide
If there is a problem, refer to this Troubleshooting Guide
The Speedlite does n o t fire.
The batteries are installed i n the wrong orientation.
Bb Install the batteries in the correct orientation. (p.8)
a The Speedlite's internal batteries are exhausted.
If the flash recycling time takes 30 sec. or longer, replace the
batteries. (p.8)
e The Speedlite is not attached securely to the camera.
Bb Attach the Speedlite's mounting foot securely to the camera. (p.9)
e The electrical contacts of the Speedlite and camera are dirty.
b Clean the contacts.
The slave u n i t does n o t fire.
e The channel does not match the master unit's channel.
Set it to the same channel as the master unit. (p.29)
The slave unit(s) i s not positioned properly.
b Place the slave unit within the master unit's transmission range.
h Point the slave unit(s)'s sensor toward the master unit. (p.26)
The p o w e r t u r n s o f f b y itself.
r, Auto power off took effect.
tar Press the shutter button halfway or press the <PILOT> button.
The entire LCD panel blinks.
The wide panel has been pulled out for bounce flash.
b Retract the wide panel. (p.18)
A u t o zoom does n o t work.
The Speedlite is not attached securely to the camera.
b. Attach the Speedlite's mounting foot securely to the camera. (p.9)
The periphery or bottom of the picture looks dark.
When you set the flash coverage manually, the setting was a
higher number than the lens focal length, resulting in a dark
b Set the flash coverage that is a lower number than the lens focal
length or set it to auto zoom. (p.18)
a If only the bottom of the picture looks dark, you were too
close to the subject.
b Keep at least 0.7 m12.3 ft away from the subject.
The flash exposure is underexposed or overexposed.
e There was a highly reflective object (glass window, etc.) in
the picture.
b Use FE lock. (p.15)
a The subject looks very dark or very bright.
b Set flash exposure compensation. For a dark subject, set a
decreased flash exposure. And for a bright subject, set an
increased flash exposure. (p.14)
r You used high-speedsync.
b With high-speed sync, the effective flash range will be shorter.
Make sure the subject is within the effective flash range displayed.
The picture is really blurred.
The shooting mode was set to CAW, and the scene was
b Use a tripod or set the shooting mode to <P>.(p.12)
The buttons do not work.
r The Mode Dial is set to a Basic Zone mode.
b Set the Mode Dial to a Creative Zone mode.
Compatible cameras:
Guide No.:
Flash coverage:
On-camera. E-TTL IIIE-nL/TTL autoflash Speedlite
Type-A EOS cameras ( E - n L IIIE-TTL autoflash).
Type-B EOS cameras (TTL autoflash)
431141 (at 105mm focal length, IS0 100 in meterslfeet)
24 - 105mm (14mm with wide panel)
A u t o zoom (Flash coverage set automat~callyto match the
lens focal length and Image sensor size)
Manual zoom
Flash head swing (bounce flash)
Color temperature
information transmission: Flash color temperature information transmitted to camera
when flash is fired
Exposure Control
Exposure control system:
Effective flash range:
(Wlth EFSOmm fl1.4 lens
at I S 0 100)
Flash exposure
FE lock:
High-speed sync:
Flash exposure
E-TTL IIIE-TTLTTTL autoflash, manual flash
0.7 - 24.3 m 12.3 - 79.7 ft.
* High-speed sync: 0.7 - 12 m 12.3 - 39.4 fl. (at 11250 sec.)
?3 stops in 113- or 112-stop increments
Flash exposure confirmation lamp lhghts
Flash Recycling
Recycling time:
Flash-ready indicator:
Normal flash: Approx. 3.0 sec. (with size-AA alkaline
Red pilot lamp lights
Wireless Slave
Transmission method.
Transmission range:
Slave-ready indicator:
Modeling flash:
Optlcal pulse
Reception angle: Approx. +40" horizontal, Approx. k30"
AF-assist beam blinks
Fired with camera's depth-of-field preview button
Custom Functions: 9 (20 settings)
AF-Assist Beam
Linkable AF points:
Effective range,
1 - 9 AF points (28mrn or longer focal length)
At center: Approx. 0.7 - 10 m 12 3 - 32.8 ft.,
Periphery: Approx. 0.7 - 5 rn 1 2.3 - 16.4 ft.
Power Source
Four size-AA alkaline batteries
* Size-AA Ni-MH and lithium batteries also usable
Battery life (flash count): Approx. 200 - 1400 flashes (with size-AA alkaline batteries)
Power saving:
Power off afler approx. 1.5 min. to 15 min. of idle operation
(60 rnin, if set as slave)
(W x H x D):
72 x 122 x 101 mm / 2.8 x 4.8 x 4.0 in
Approx. 320 g 1 11.3 oz. (Speedlite only, excluding batteries)
s All specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards.
Product specifications and external appearance are subject to change without
Manual Flash Guide No. (IS0 100, in meterslfeet)
Using a Type-B Camera
If you use the 430EX II with a Type-I3 camera (TTL autoflash EOS
camera), note the features available and not available below.
When a Type-B camera is used with the 430EX II set to autoflash,
<TTL> will be displayed on the Speedlite's LCD panel.
Features Available with Type-B Cameras
TTL autoflash
Flash exposure compensation
Manual Flash
Second-curtain sync
- Manual flash and stroboscopic flash with wireless flash
Features not Available with Type-B Cameras
E-TTL IIIE-TTL autoflash
FE lock
High-speed sync (FP flash)
Autoflash and flash ratio setting with wireless flash
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise
specified in the instructions. If such changes or modifications should be made,
you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class
B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radiolTV technician for help.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numerique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing.
Batter~esshall not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the
Dry batteries shall not be subjected to charging.
European Union (and EEA) only.
This symbol Indicates that this product is not to be disposed of with
your household waste, according to the WEEE Directive (20021961
EC) and your nat~onallaw. This product should be handed over to
a designated collection point, e.g . on an authorized one-for-one
basis when you buy a new similar product or to an authorized
collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic
equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could
have a possible negative impact on the environment and human
health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally
associated with EEE At the same time, your cooperation in the
correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage
of natural resources. For more information about where you can
drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your
local city office, waste authority, approved WEEE scheme or your
household waste disposal service For more information regarding
return and recycl~ngof WEEE products, please vis~tw . c a n o n europe.comienvironment.
(EEA: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
This Instructions booklet is dated May 2008. For information on the camera's
compatibility with system accessories marketed after this date, contact your
nearest Canon Service Center.
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