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Canon Speedlite 430EX II to replace Speedlite 430EX  
Monday, June 9, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon today has rolled out a replacement for the Speedlite 430EX. Called the Speedlite 430EX II, the refresh of the company's midrange flash unit adds a metal shoe that incorporates the locking mechanism first introduced with the Speedlite 580EX II, 1/3 step output control when the flash is set to Manual and full configuration via the rear LCD menus of recent Canon digital SLRs as well as the PowerShot G9 and S5 IS.

The 430EX II also boasts 20% faster recycling times, plus silent recycling.

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Hot Shoe: Views of the Canon Speedlite 430EX II, including sitting atop the Canon EOS 40D. Click either photo to enlarge (Photos courtesy Canon)

The 430EX II retains the appearance, layout and basic features of its predecessor, including 24-105mm zoom head coverage (with a pull-down wide angle panel that extends coverage to 14mm), the same bounce and swivel range for the head and a 105mm guide number of  43/141 (metres/feet, ISO 100). Also like the 430EX, the 430EX II lacks a PC sync socket or high voltage port.

Canon USA will announce the price and ship date on July 8, 2008, though the Speedlite 430EX II is expected to sell for roughly the same as the Speedlite 430EX, or about US$250-300 in the U.S.
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