Further development of Canon's flagship Speedlite has led to the production of the 580 EX II. This is the premier Speedlite for all photographers, including professionals. Newly designed to match with the EOS-1D Mark III in terms of improved dust- and water-resistance, body strength, and the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu (EOS-1D Mark III only). Other features include improved communication reliability through its direct contacts, and recycling time is both 20% shorter than the 580EX and is completely inaudible.
Approx. 20% faster recycling time compared to 580EX
Superior build quality, including a metal foot for higher rigidity
Max. Guide No. 58 at 105mm setting (GN 190, feet)
Auto conversion of flash coverage with compatible digital SLR cameras
White Balance info communicated instantly to compatible digital SLR cameras
Full swivel, 180° in either direction
AF-assist beam, compatible with all AiAF points on every EOS SLR
Dust- and water- resistance to match the EOS-1D Mark III
E-TTL operation with all EOS digital SLRs; PowerShot G2, G3, G5, G6, and Pro1; and the following EOS film cameras - EOS-1v, EOS-3, Elan 7N series, Elan 7 series, Elan II series, Rebel T2, Ti, K2, GII, G.
TTL operation with all other 35mm EOS SLRs, and Canon T90.
190 (at ISO 100, feet) / 58 (meters); flash head at 105mm zoom setting
Number of Flashes
Approx. 100 to 700, with fresh AA-size alkaline batteries
Approx. 0.1 to 6 seconds, with fresh AA-size alkaline batteries
(At ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4) - Approx. 1.6 to 98.4 feet / 0.5 to 30m
AF Assist Beam
Built-in; covers all focus points in EOS cameras with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 45 AF points; Distance range - 2 to 32.8 feet (0.6 to 10m) at center; 2 to 16.4 feet (0.6 to 5m) at periphery
Fourteen Speedlite Custom Functions built-in; set on Speedlite's LCD panel
Four AA-size batteries - alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable Ni-MH usable
External Power Source
External power supply - compatible with Dust- and water- Resistant External Power Pack, Canon battery pack CP-E3 and Transistor Pack E
3.0 x 5.3 x 4.5 inches /76 x 134 x 114mm
13.2 oz./375g, without batteries (4 AA alkaline batteries add 3.5 oz./100g)