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Looking at buying a canon Speedlite flash but not sure which one is right for you? Investing in a hot-shoe flash can be an intimidating step for many photographers. In my opinion this flash is only a marginal improvement over the pop-up flash found on most Canon SLR cameras, and therefore does not make economic sense for most photographers.
Unlike its larger brethren, it cannot be swiveled from side to side, and its angled bounce head, which allows you to bounce light off a ceiling, is pretty wimpy compared to the full-size flashes. Despite a price that is more than half that of the larger EX II, it lacks many useful features such as the infrared beam to help you focus in the dark, and the ability to act as a remote slave in multi-flash setups.
However, there are a few cases where this little flash makes sense. You are shooting with a Canon Powershot G11 or similar hot-shoe-equipped pocket camera that would be absurdly overwhelmed by the weight of a full-size flash. You are shooting with one of the Canon professional cameras such as the 1D or 5D that lacks a built-in pop-up flash, and you want a small, lightweight device to create on-camera fill flash. If your camera has a pop-up flash, you can emulate the bounce ability of the EX with an accessory like the Lightscoop for a small fraction of the price.
The EX II is my preferred flash for most event-photography situations where I am shooting with the flash on the camera. The larger starts to seem monstrous by comparison. In the bargain the also offers more power than the , and other slightly enhanced capabilities. But the real deciding factor for the is the master control function. In my opinion, the additional power is not worth the extra cost. Invest in that mothership one time to get your master unit, and then for any additional slave flashes, I would simply buy the less expensive EX II.
So, in summary, I recommend: links point to Amazon where you can get a price EX — Only if your camera lacks a pop-up flash, or you really need a tiny, pocket-sized flash despite the limitations.
I hope this helps with your flash purchase decisions.
Canon Speedlite 420EX Flash Specifications