Breaking News: Canon Flash Reaches Puberty

Well, knock me down with a feather.

As of, well, sometime soon, you will finally be able to buy a Canon flash with an external PC jack. (Scroll down in the new camera PR for the flash info.)

I'd love to think we had something to do with this. Was it was the constant harping on the site? The drunken 3:00 a.m. phone calls? The "plus-sized" Strip-o-Gram we sent to Canon HQ on Valentine's Day?

Whatever the reason, no matter. Thank you Canon.

From the PR:
Speedlite 580EX II Flash

The popular Speedlite 580EX Flash is being replaced by the new Speedlite 580EX II Flash, which features a host of improvements, including a metal hot shoe with an improved locking mechanism for added durability, an external metering sensor for non-TTL automatic flash exposure control and a PC socket for use with non-dedicated slave triggers. Fully compatible with all EOS SLRs, the new Speedlite 580EX II is gasketed for dust and moisture resistance, making it possible for users of EOS-1 class digital SLRs and many L-series EF lenses to use flash safely when shooting in dusty or wet environments.

In a separate PR, Canon announced that all of its North American offices will be equipped with indoor plumbing by the end of the year.

Thanks to W.o.L. for the tip.


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Blogger Chris Parker said...

Gosh, and my boss is getting ready to place an order for about 10 of these things. Whatever will I do with them???

February 22, 2007 1:31 AM  
Blogger Matt said...


The previous 580EX had a PC socket on it also. The 550EX did not. Coincidence was that I was talking about it with another photographer and looking it this evening on an assignment.


Matt Dial
The Indianapolis Star

February 22, 2007 2:18 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Ignore my last comment -- i stand corrected. I guess it looks like a PC port at a glance.. But it is not.. I'm still not sure what that port is. I'd never taken the cover off of it until this evening.


Matt Dial
The Indianapolis Star

February 22, 2007 2:25 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Wow. That MkIII is remarkable. It's the first thing I've seen from Canon that could actually entice me to leave Nikon. More than just the framerate (10fps?!?!), the wifi transmitter options are fantastic. They have built in something that I've tried to accomplish with Nikon's transmitter and watched hotfolders with Automator actions set up to automatically upload images to an FTP server as they are captured. That's impressive.

However, if tradition holds, Nikon will release comparable features without the need for updates. But we have to wait a while. Mostly functional today or fully functional soon?

- Jon

February 22, 2007 3:13 AM  
Anonymous Cham128 said...

I'm so glad I bought the 580ex and 550ex now... still maybe i'll be able to get more of these a little cheaper now! lol

February 22, 2007 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Mark Allanson said...

Is it just me or is it pretty lame that they aren't also adding the same to the 430EX?

February 22, 2007 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Andrew Smith said...

The feature I wanted most in a Canon flash was weather proofing. I frequently use my cams in the rain and it's a pain having to carry a plastic bag around to put over the flash. Now that I'm sold on switching away from Canon flashes they finally introduce the one feature that would have made me upgrade. Too little too late Canon!

February 22, 2007 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In a separate PR, Canon announced that all of its North American offices will be equipped with indoor plumbing by the end of the year."

Lol, but lately that comment really does seem to hit the mark. Canon is having to play catchup a lot more than you'd expect for top dog. Not that they're products are terrible, or that they don't have some great innovations, but some things just seem a bit stagnant. That looks like a nice flash now, nothing to complain about *there*...

February 22, 2007 8:38 AM  
Blogger Gordon McKinney said...

ISO 3200 native! Can't wait for that to hit the 30D line.

February 22, 2007 9:13 AM  
Blogger photoimagery said...

I bought a 10d and 2 weeks later they announced the 20d.
I bought a 55oex and a month later they introduced the 580ex.
I have just bought a 580ex and a month later!!!!
I idi however buy a 5d last year and as yet???

February 22, 2007 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of more value than the PC socket is the built-in sensor for automatic flash. It's great to have an alternative to that godawful E-TTL with its preflash that makes people blink.

We forget sometimes that these units are occasionally mounted on camera hotshoes.

February 22, 2007 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Chet Piotrowski Jr. said...

Nikon, where art thou? I really don't want to sell my Nikon setup for1/3of what I paid for it.

February 22, 2007 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Jon said...

chet, I'd love for you to sell your Nikon gear for 1/3. I really like the sound of this new camera but I like the thought of affordable gear because enough people jump ship to Canon because of it.

So what do you have? Shall we make a deal?

Who mounts a flash on a camera? :)

- Jon

February 22, 2007 2:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

did you see the size of its buffer!!!!

February 22, 2007 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Ferguson said...


I *just* encountered this issue for the first time on Tuesday. I decided to rent some equipment (Canon 17-40L f/4, pocket wizards, 580ex) and the clerk I called never mentioned to me that I couldn't hook them all up.

I was hoping to try proper off-camera lighting for the first time and was totally disappointed when I went to pick them up. So I just got the lens and looked at prices on Nikon SBs and the new Vivitar.

Flashes in Canada are way more expensive. Nikon SB-25's were around $200CDN and the new Vivitar 285HV was quoted to be between $175-200CDN in three places.

Methinks I'll buy online from the USA :P

February 23, 2007 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Chet Piotrowski Jr. said...


I have a D70s an stuff from lenses from my pj days. Not much worth selling - not to mention I don't have the dough to buy a whole new set of gear.

February 23, 2007 1:03 AM  
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February 23, 2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I understand that with this new flash, Canon has changed their naming conventions. Now instead of the numbers in the flash name representing the guide number of the flash, they represent the retail price!

$400 for a flash? No thanks, I’ll stick with my 285HV, especially since I now know how to use it, Thanks Strobist!


February 24, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

I'm just starting to think about the location/conflict works we can see now that the flash is weather resistant... hurricanes, desserts, swamps, places you'd never even *consider* taking a regular flash without frying quite a bit of equipment (or yourself).

-Christopher Guess
The Daily Cardinal

February 24, 2007 9:37 PM  
Blogger MFR said...

As far as I can tell these new Canon Speedlite 580ex IIs are not available until May 2007 (Neither Midewest Photo Exchange or B&H list them at all, Amazon says release date 5-10-07). Anyone have better information? Too bad for me since my 580ex got stolen last week and I need to replace it from Ukraine.


April 11, 2007 4:41 PM  
Blogger satisfactionselling said...

Can I use the latest 580 EX II model off-camera and fire it with a remote like the Pocket Wizard or eBay transmitter? Some of the reviews I read for this product on the B&H Photo site imply that I won't be able to use it that way. Please let me know your experiences with using this Speedlite model. Thx!

February 17, 2008 2:47 PM  
OpenID mandrean said...

Matt: The 580EX has a jacket for the CP-E4 battery pack and a screw-in mount for the SB-E1/SB-E2 flash bracket, but no PC connection.


April 14, 2008 4:50 PM  

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