The flagship Speedlite flashgun in the Canon range, the Speedlite 580EX II has a guide number of 58 (metres @ 105mm, ISO 100) and offers full ETTL flash metering with all current cameras.
Who is it for?
The Speedlite 580EX II is for any photographer looking to take their photography to the next level. It offers all the creative control of a portable light source you could need. It will work for everything from candid portraits in dark conditions to complex wireless multi-flash setups in a portable studio environment.
- E-TTL flash metering
- 24-105 mm zoom head with 14mm diffuser
- Guide Number of 58
- Wireless master or slave
- Fast and near silent recycling
- Stroboscopic flash
This is the ultimate Speedlite flashgun for all photographers from events and sports to wildlife and portraits. With full master/slave capability it can be used to control one or more remote slave Speedlites for more complex lighting set-ups, making possible to use as a truly portable studio light source. It can also act as a slave and be controlled by another Speedlite 580EX II, an ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter, or the MT-24EX or MR-14EX macro Speedlites.
Back view of the 580EX II flashgun.
The zoom head covers lenses from 24-105mm and the wide-panel diffuser allows coverage for lenses as wide as 14mm. The flash autozoom detects the sensor size and ensures optimum coverage for all lenses, even on EOS DSLR cameras with sensors smaller than full-frame. This means less wasted light, faster recycling and more flashes per charge. The recycling time is actually 20% faster than with the previous version of this flashgun - the Speedlite 580EX. It is also almost completely silent. With full manual control as well, you can take charge of your flash lighting to give exactly the look you want.
It features a stroboscopic flash mode and second-curtain sync flash to allow really creative flash usage in a wide range of situations. Coupled with the CP-E4 battery pack, you can expect your flash and batteries to last a while – the total number of full-power flashes goes up from around 100 with the internal batteries to over 400 with the battery pack. The recycling time is also reduced – down to less than two seconds for a full-power flash.
To ensure accurate white balance when the camera is set to either flash white balance or auto white balance the flash transmits its colour temperature to the camera as soon as the image is taken. Although it is compatible with all digital EOS cameras, when used with the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III, the extra weather sealing on the flash and the strengthened flash mount mate perfectly to retain the all-weather performance of these cameras. You can also control all the flash settings and custom functions from these cameras, as well as from the EOS 40D, 50D and EOS 5D Mark II.
The flash head will autozoom to fit the sensor size of the camera the flash is attached to. This ensures no light is wasted by firing the flash over too wide an area, with the added advantage of faster recycling and longer battery life.
Colour temperature transmission
When used with an EOS digital camera newer than the EOS 20D, the flash will transmit the colour temperature it fired with to the camera so that the camera can set an accurate white balance providing it is set to Auto White Balance or Flash white balance.