Photographer Vanessa Joy talks about the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon SpeedLite 470EX-AI at a glance:

  • Auto Intelligent Bounce Head
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 154′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 120°, +/- 180° Rotation
  • AI.B Full-Auto and AI.B Semi-Auto Modes
  • Optical Receiver Mode
  • LCD Panel
  • AF Assist Beam
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries

Photographer Vanessa Joy walks you through the features of Canon’s Speedlite 470EX-AI at a lively kids’ birthday party. Enjoy.

If you want to know more about the Speedlite 470EX-AI, the Canon Digital Learning Center posted a set of technical/instructional articles.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI sells at $339 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Specifications Leaked

Speedlite 470EX-AI

Specifications of the upcoming Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI leaked at Digicame-Info (and are machine translated).

  • Auto intelligent (AI) bounce mode of “Full Auto” and “Semi Auto”.With an electric head rotation device, the 470 EX – AI automatically determines the optimal bounce position eliminating unnecessary shadows.
  • The guide number is 47 (105 mm). It is driven by 4 AA batteries.
  • It covers the field angle of 24 – 105 mm. Wide panel (14 mm adapter) allows light to spread wide. Clip-on bounce adapter that makes light more soft.
  • Equipped with a dot matrix display that can display more detailed information.
  • The setting can be quickly changed with the shortcut button and the controller wheel.
  • EOS 8D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 77D, EOS 800D, EOS 760D, EOS 750D, EOS 200D, EOS M50.
  • Size 74.6 x 130.4 x 105.1 mm. Weight 385 g (excluding batteries).

So, what is about the “AI bounce” feature of the Speedlite 470EX-AI. If I got the machine translation right, the flash automatically sets the appropriate bounce angle.

And, btw, have you seen the EOS 8D Mark II in the list above? Most likely a translation error. Or is an EOS 80D Mark II coming? Unlikely :) The EOS 5D Mark II is listed two times, so I guess machine translation mistake.

Canon set to announce a flash for mirrorless shooters in 2018?


A few weeks ago some new and unreleased Canon gear was spotted through the registration at a certification authority. Among these gear was a flash. A new rumor states this new Speedlite is

[…] geared towards smaller cameras and mirrorless shooters, but give prosumer level features

I assume a flash geared towards MILCs means a flash with a small form factor.

Apparently this flash was already scheduled to get announced Summer 2017. For unknown reasons it has been delayed. The announcement may happen in January or February 2018, along with the also recently spotted EOS M50, Canon’s upcoming new entry in the EOS M family, and a camera we know nothing about (so far).

Stay tuned.


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT price drop (savings up to $245)

Canon Speedlite

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT at a glance:

  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Radio Transmission
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 197′ at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Zoom Range: 20-200mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7 to +90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • 1.1-1.5x Improved Continuous Shooting
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Bounce Adapter & Hard Color Filters
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT got a price drop (savings up to $245, depending by the kit): B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT after the break.

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM and SPEEDLITE 600EX II-RT overview videos


Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM at a glance:

  • World’s lightest macro lens and features Image Stabilization for EOS M series digital cameras.
  • World’s first lens with a built-in Macro Lite which, when enabled, automatically supplies light to your photos as needed, helping to provide a better sense of depth and dimension.
  • World’s first autofocus lens capable of focusing at infinity in normal shooting and macro shooting with up to 1.2x magnification.
  • Hybrid IS helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lensesà help deliver outstanding results at all zoom settings by reducing chromatic aberration.
  • Equivalent to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) for flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes, macro distances and beyond.
  • Acute lens top shape helps provide accurate image capture even at short working distances.

Just a bunch of videos to showcase and introduce the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens for EOS M system, world’s lightest macro lens with a buit-in LED ring, and Canon’s new flagship flash, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT. Both are available for pre-order and will ship in a few weeks.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM appears to a pretty cool lens. Not only it is very affordable ($299.99) but it also has the totally cool feature of built-in leds. And it is lightweighted (it’s all plastic, even the mount). This lens will soon be part of my EOS M kit!

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA