Speedlite 270EX - With The Tilt
Speedlite 270EX - With The Tilt

Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 25 March, 2009: Canon announces the launch of the entry level Speedlite 270EX, an enhanced flash designed for EOS and PowerShot users. Replacing the popular Speedlite 220EX, the Speedlite 270EX is aimed at photographers wanting to expand their flash photography beyond the built in flash and those who want a small: pocketable flash unit to complement their EOS-1D or EOS 5D series. The compact Speedlite 270EX builds on the success of its predecessor, with more power than usual for its class and size.

The Speedlite 270EX includes a host of new features not available with a built-in flash that push the boundaries for the entry level flash market. These include the addition of a zoom head, ensuring efficient light distribution and bounce flash head, enabling light from the flash to bounce off a ceiling to produce pictures with more flattering lighting with softer tones and depth. Improved circuitry offers near silent recharging and enables similar recharging times as its predecessor, despite being powered by just 2 AA batteries.

Key Features include:

* High power flash with a maximum guide number 27 m
* Fast, silent recycle times
* Manual flash output (settable via camera menus)
* Speedlite controllable with compatible camera's menu
* Zoom head
* Bounce flash head


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  1. most places I’ve heard of will show you to the door for using a flash unless you are some drunk girl with an its-bitsy P&S (and the 1-series is many things but subtle is not among them :P )

  2. lol this is the cutest flash evar. If they had got the head to swivel I would get one just for fun!

  3. I’m poor :(

    Actually I see your point, I can easily forgive and forget the PC port, but I still think Manual control should have been physically on the flash, since it is inherent in E-TTL II (the camera actually makes most of the decisions and communicates them as a manual setting to the flash) so they would only be out the buttons if they put it on the flash, well and an LCD of course, then they’d have to backlight it, and put a button on it. So thats 4 buttons, and an LCD on top of what this already has. I see why they chose not to do it, I just really wish that hadn’t been the direction they took this. Though as long as the 430 EX II price drops I’m happy.

    You see, I’ll find use a hotshoe adapter to get PC sync out of it, then use cheap radio triggers to sync them. This is because my personal aesthetic to lighting is to surround the subject in light, which has more to do with the quantity of lights rather than the quality. I do of course have a 580 EX II, which I like very much, and it is a superb flash for working on camera or slightly removed (via OC-E3) and a 550EX I got because it has a broken hotshoe, which is a nice remote.

    However, if I can apply settings to the flash with a camera, then remove the flash, but have it retain those settings I might buy a good two or three of them for starters.

  4. The Flying Scotsman on

    Yossarian Says (stupidly!): “I would have rushed to buy it, if the manual controls were also on the flash body. I am looking for a tiltable small sized medium power flash to use with my Pana LX3 (in manual flash mode) as well as on my 40D.

    Unfortunately Canon blew it again.”


    Canon blew it? How? What would EVER give you the lame-brained idea that a Canon EOS system flash would cross-work on a Panasonic camera?????????? Are you looney???????

    In that case, Panasonic blew it by not making their cameras compatible with Canon flash units. Or Nikon. Or Sony. Or any other *DEDICATED* flash units.

    Buy a Metz *system” flash with interchangeable shoes for your Pansonic **AND** your Canon 40D.

    Problem solved – and we won’t have to see *you* blowing any more dead donkeys.

  5. I can’t wait for this flash to come out. I think it would work great with my Rebel Xsi.


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