Speedlite 270EX

The most affordable and lightweight Speedlite (about $100 less than the 430EX), the 270EX only operates automatically. If you are at the point where your pop-up flash just isn’t enough but you don’t need or care about having lots of technical control over an external flash, this is a great option — a very inexpensive and surprisingly intelligent work of flash technology (see 8-8).

The Canon Speedlite 270EX

The Canon Speedlite 270EX

The Speedlite 270EX, just like its more sophisticated but pricier siblings, integrates with your camera to use basic ETTL technology (it does not support ETTL II) to evaluate and set the flash for near-perfect flash-illuminated exposures. As a semimanual feature, you can also use your camera’s flash exposure (FE) lock for additional creative control over your photos using this flash. Because it is completely automatic, you cannot set this flash to operate as a slave unit.

Another limitation of this flash is that you cannot swivel or tilt it, so bouncing the flash is difficult if not virtually impossible.

You should note that the Speedlite 270EX offers ETTL capability only with the EOS IX, EOS ELAN II/IIE, and EOS Rebel G models, and basic TTL operation with all other EOS cameras.

The flash’s AF-assist beam, which is linked to the camera’s center focusing point, is effective up to 16.4 feet (5 meters); it is linked to center-point focusing only (and consequently the 270EX does not have a “peripheral” effective rating).

Here are the key features of the Speedlite 270EX:

  • The flash range at ISO 100 is approximately 2.3 to 63 feet (0.7 to 22 meters).
  • It supports the ETTL preflash auto-flash system (but not ETTL II).
  • It has a hot-shoe lock with a single motion. The 580EX II has this; the 430EX does not.

Category: Canon Speedlite Lineup

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