Speedlite 430 vs 540

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by fusionrx, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Looking at mating either a speedlite 430 or 540 to a 10s body. As
    the 10s is an older body, are there alot of features on the 540 that
    are of no use with an older body? Also what are the main differences
    between the 540 and 430. Is one better than the other. I see alot of
    reviews of either one flash or the other, but no comparison between.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. There is a comparison here:


    click on "Canon EOS Flash Units"
  3. The 430EZ was replaced by the 540EZ. It has a little more power, and a longer zoom head, so the maximum guide number jumped from 43 to 54 (in meters @ 100 ISO). The 540EZ also includes a wide diffuser for lenses wider than 24mm. The stroboscopic mode can also be set to pulse fster. The control layout is different too, and I preferred the 430EZ's.

    The biggest difference is that any 430EZ you buy today will most likely be considerably older than any 540EZ you can buy. Either one's a nice flash & work well on the 10s.

    The even earlier, 420EZ, is similar to the 430EZ, but lacks a locking pin in the hot foot, and is also missing the high voltage power port. But it also works well on the 10s.
  4. >> Is one better than the other

    Yes. The 540 is the better one.

    Happy shooting , Yakim.
  5. I have both the 430EZ & 540EZ that I use on my two 10s bodies.

    The 540EZ is the pick here. What I really like with the 540EZ is the little bar graph that shows what distance range the flash will cover.


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