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Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash replacement coming in 2013

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Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash replacement coming in 2013

A Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash replacement may be announced by the end of 2013 at a lower price than the current version.

Canon’s accessories have a pretty high quality. However, their prices might be a little too high, while the functionality may be limited. The company is also feeling an on-growing threat from third-party manufacturers, such as Nissin, Yongnuo, Debao, and Phottix, so it must do something to generate more sales.

Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash
Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash is rumored to be replaced soon by a cheaper version, that will attract more customers, who are lured away by the low prices available at the company’s competitors.

Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash replacement to be announced by the end of 2013

According to the rumor mill, Canon is working on a new Speedlite flash that may or may not replace the current 430EX II. Although a replacement would make sense as this version has been around for about five years, a cheaper alternative would also be a very good idea.

Unfortunately, opinions are divided, so additional details are required to surface before we can jump into conclusions and determine whether we are talking about a Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash replacement or a brand new and less expensive model.

New flash for Canon EOS M rumored to be introduced, too

Inside sources claims that Canon has one more surprise for EOS M users. It appears that the mirrorless system will also get a novel flash with better features. The new accessory will fall somewhere above the Speedlite 90EX.

One of the most requested flash features is the ability to be tilted up by 90 degrees, so that the flash gun can bounce the light. This would be a great addition to an impressive list of fixes done by Canon to the EOS M camera.

The firmware update 2.0.2 for the EOS M has brought a 2.3 times faster autofocus system, while the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens provides more shooting options for photographers.

Stock levels are relatively low, so new flashes might come soon

It is worth noting that the current Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash is available for $299 at Amazon and B&H Photo Video. The latter retailer is also taking pre-orders for the Nissin Di700, which costs $259, while providing more features that its Canon counterpart.

In the meantime, the Speedlite 90EX Flash for the Canon EOS M can be purchased for $99 at B&H Photo Video, while Amazon is selling it for $129.99.

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