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Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography by David D. Busch

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Speedlite 430EX

This less pricey electronic flash has a GN of 141, with automatic and manual zoom coverage from 24mm to 105mm, and the same wide-angle pullout panel found on the 580EX II that covers the area of a 14mm lens on a full-frame camera, and automatic conversion to the cropped frame area of the 40D and other 1.6X crop Canon dSLRs. The 430EX also communicates white balance information with the camera, and has its own AF assist beam. Compatible with Canon’s wireless E-TTL system, it makes a good slave unit, but cannot serve as a master flash. It, too, uses AA batteries, and offers recycle times of 0.1 to 3.7 seconds for 200 to 1,400 flashes, depending on subject distance.

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