Canon Speedlite 270EX II

Product Summary


A perfect companion for users who want a small, pocketable flash unit. The Speedlite 270EX II replaces the older but much appreciated Speedlite 270EX. This Speedlite is designed more for the Canon crop DSLR users, fast, easy to use and effective. However, having said that, it is equally adaptable and usable if you have a small compact Canon camera which comes with a hot-shoe. Retailing at less than $150 the Speedlite 270EX II is one flash gun that should be part of every amateur (and in some cases even professional photographer’s) kit bag. The Speedlite 270EX II can be used as slave unit when used with specific Canon EOS DSLR units that have integrated Speedlite transmitters. This greatly enhances the potential of the Speedlite 270EX II.

Key Features

  • Lightweight compact design
  • Guide Number 27 (m, ISO100)
  • Bounce flash head
  • Wireless slave function for off-camera flash
  • Trigger your EOS camera with Remote Release button
  • Variable angle of coverage
  • Fast, silent recycling

The Speedlite 270EX II comes with a vertical bounce capability of 90˚. The flash gun comes with two settings for flash coverage for a EF lens. One is Normal in which it covers the full frame equivalent of 28mm with guide no. 72 ft. /22m at ISO 100. The other is tele in which it covers a full frame equivalent of 50mm with guide no. 89 ft. /27m at ISO 100. Alternatively it can be also adjusted for an EF-S lens to cover 17.5mm/31.3mm. The lens has a fast recycling time of 0.1 – 3.9 seconds when used in normal flash mode (lamp lights). When used in quick flash mode the recycling time is 0.1 – 2.6 seconds.

The flash gun is powered by 2 AA-size/ LR6 alkaline batteries. The external dimensions of the lens are 2.6 x 2.6 x 3.0” and it weighs 155 grams making it a light weight companion. Available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H

Sample Images by Speedlite 270EX on Flickr

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Canon 270 EX II remote trigger

Canon 270EXII-Bounce

Speedlite 270EX II Specifications

Flash TypeOn-camera, E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash Speedlite
Compatible CamerasType-A EOS cameras (E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash)
Guide Number72 ft./22m (at ISO 100); flash head at 28mm zoom setting
89 ft./27m (at ISO 100); flash head at 50mm zoom setting
Recycling TimeNormal flash: Approx. 0.1 to 3.9 seconds; Quick flash: 0.1 to 2.6 seconds (AA-size Alkaline Batteries)
Flash RangeAt ISO 100, with EF 50mm f/1.4: For normal (28mm): 2.3-51.5 ft./0.7-15.7m
For tele end (50mm): 2.3-63.3 ft./0.7-19.3m
For high sync speed (at 1/250 second): Approx. 2.3-24.9 ft./0.7-7.6m
AF Assist BeamIntermittent flash firing system
Effective range: At center: Approx. 13.1 ft./4m
Periphery: Approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m (in total darkness)
Compatible with model EOS 5D Mark II and later. Available via firmware update for: EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, and EOS Rebel XS.
Bounce / SwivelUp: 60°, 75°, 90°
Custom FunctionsC.Fn-01: Auto power off (Enabled/Disabled)
C.Fn-06: Quick flash during continuous shooting (Enabled/Disabled)
C.Fn-10: Slave auto power off timer (60 minutes/10 minutes)
C.Fn-11: Slave auto power off cancel (Within 8 hours/within 1 hour)
Power SourceTwo AA-size/LR6 Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions2.6 x 2.6 x 3.0 in./ 65.8 x 65.2 x 77mm
Weight5.5 oz./155g (without batteries)


Speedlite 270EX II Press Release

New Canon Speedlite 320EX and Canon Speedlite 270EX II

The new Canon Speedlite 320EX is designed to provide DSLR users with a lightweight and versatile external flash solution. Along with the new Speedlite 320EX regular flash functions, it includes a built-in LED continuous light option that is capable of providing full-time illumination for short distances when shooting video on a DSLR or PowerShot digital camera. Ideally paired with the new EOS Rebel T3i, the new Speedlite 320EX enables bounce flash shooting with six positions including ceiling bounce for vertical shooting, and rear-wall bounce. The Speedlite 320EX also includes a new remote firing function and can remote fire any EOS DSLR camera that has a built-in wireless remote control function or Integrated Speedlite Transmitter such as the new Rebel T3i, EOS 60D, or EOS 7D DSLRs. The new Speedlite 320EX provides photographers with all the great lighting options Speedlites are known for with the added capability to shoot HD video with a full-time LED light option.

The new Canon Speedlite 270EX II, the successor to the popular 270EX Speedlite model, is a compact, lightweight external flash option for Canon cameras including select Canon PowerShot models. Ideal for use with the new EOS Rebel T3, the new Speedlite 270EX II uses only two AA batteries and enables bounce flash shooting with four position steps from 0 degrees to 90 degrees. Like Canon’s high-end Speedlite flash models, the 270EX II allows users to control flash functions and input settings using the camera’s LCD monitor. The flash also features a quick-lock mechanism and a metal mounting foot for secure and easy attachment and reliable contact. In addition to the features of 270EX model, the Speedlite 270EX II adds a remote firing function similar to that of the Speedlite 320EX. Both new Speedlites can also be used as slave flash units in E-TTL wireless autoflash configurations with other E-TTL compatible EOS and PowerShot cameras. Canon’s Speedlite 270EX II is the new compact and versatile lighting tool for photographers empowering them with multiple light options, compact-size and portability.

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Speedlite 270EX II Available at Amazon | Adorama | B&H

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