Our ver­dict

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Flashgun Test -

If you’re a Canon user who’d like to get away from the trial-and- er­ror ap­proach to get­ting great re­sults from us­ing bounce flash, or sim­ply want a user-friendly Speedlite that won’t faze you, the 470EX-AI is a tempt­ing choice. It did a fine job of analysing the tricky shoot­ing sce­nar­ios I pre­sented it with and pro­duced flat­ter­ing por­traits and in­te­rior shots with ease. The speed at which the mo­torised flash head moves isn’t slow, but it’s not as fast as it can be repo­si­tioned man­u­ally. Any­one who has to work quickly un­der pres­sure, such as wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers, are un­likely to find the speed at which it op­er­ates in semi-auto and full-auto modes to be quite as fast as they’d like. In this re­spect there’s room for im­prove­ment. And then there’s the price. At £499 it’s dou­ble the cost of the slightly less pow­er­ful, but very ca­pa­ble, 430EX III- RT. The fact that Canon’s new AI bounce tech­nol­ogy comes at such a hefty pre­mium makes it a rather hard pill to swal­low.

The 470EX-AI was supplied with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II for test­ing. Note that it doesn’t have a pull-out bounce card

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