Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Review

Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Review
Big Hair Girl Big Hair Girl
She just combed the fishbone braids out of her hair and wanted a picture of the results. Throw a 70-200mm L II Lens and bounce-capable flash on the camera and move to one of those go-to locations in the house. And a nicely-lit, cute picture that took nearly no time to setup is the result.
 
In this example, the go-to spot was a hallway with white walls and a white ceiling. I bounced the flash into the wall behind and above me - making the wall act as the light source - like an umbrella or softbox. Manual exposure mode was used.
 
200mm  f/8.0  1/125s  ISO 100
Table Salt at 1x Magnification Table Salt at 1x Magnification
Your kitchen cabinets contain a huge supply of subjects for a macro lens. Even though the Canon MP-E is capable of up to 5x magnification, any good 1:1 or 1x-capable macro lens lens can make your salt look like this.
 
Lighting for this shot is from a non-modified Canon 580EX II positioned just outside of the frame and remotely fired.
 
The salt was not so pure white - DPP's clone stamp tool was used to remove the brown spots.
 
65mm  f/8.0  1/160s  ISO 100
A Lot of Legs A Lot of Legs
Sometimes, you just have to go for a camera - and a kitchen stool in this case. The ultra-wide angle lens allowed me to work in a tight space and still get the big picture.
 
And here, we have a lot of legs on a bed - at least two horses, a sheep, a dog and a girl - and I'm sure there are many more under the various blankets.
 
The dog's closer position relative the rest of the subjects give it prominance in this picture. I'm not sure what to say about the flower stem that appears to lead to a flower that in the dog's mouth.
 
10mm  f/8.0  1/60s  ISO 400
Epsom Salt at 5x Magnification Epsom Salt at 5x Magnification
A small piece of Epsom Salt appears as large as a bolder when imaged at 5x on a high density APS-C sensor. Tack sharp images are elusive at 5x. Diffraction becomes noticeable at the f/16 aperture setting I used to get adequate depth of field.
 
65mm  f/16.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Epsom Salt 5x Close-Up Epsom Salt 5x Close-Up
A small amount of Epsom Salt can provide perhaps even hours of macro entertainment.
 
65mm  f/11.0  1/160s  ISO 100
Amaryllis Flower Stamen Picture Amaryllis Flower Stamen Picture
Curved and hanging in front of a bright red background, the Amaryllis stamen are very photogenic.
 
150mm  f/11.0  1/250s  ISO 100
Amaryllis Leaves Picture Amaryllis Leaves Picture
The artistic leaves of the beautiful Amaryllis are complementary to the flower itself. This shot was lit with a flash.
 
150mm  f/11.0  1/250s  ISO 100
Amaryllis Flower Picture Amaryllis Flower Picture
This beautiful red Amaryllis Flower was lit by a bracket-mounted flash.
 
150mm  f/11.0  1/250s  ISO 100

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