It has been awhile since I bought my Canon EOS 40D. And truth to be told, I’m happy with it even though there are many other better DSLR cameras in the market now. Furthermore, I’ve invested quite alot recklessly on lenses and accessories throughout the ownership period.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Though the ISO performance of Canon EOS 40D is acceptable, I find it hard to shoot in low light condition. At ISO 3200, the shutter speed is considerably slow and more importantly, it produces visible noise. So, which much consideration and all, I’ve bought Canon Speedlite 580EX II to accompany my Canon EOS 40D so it won’t feel bored which makes low light shooting a lot easier.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Well, I bet that you all should know the specifications and the usability by now, so I won’t list them here.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

This should will be my last purchase before my next spending spree (which is not going to happen anytime soon judging on current economic situation). Besides, I’ve got to fill up my wounded ‘reservoir’. Blerrghh…

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

On the side note, why can’t Canon have built-in wireless transmitter in their DSLR line?! !@#$

p.s.: Somehow, the rule of thirds doesn’t apply well on white background. Hence, I’m forced to put the borders around the pictures.

p.p.s.: 2 days after purchasing this, there is rumour that Canon is coming up with Speedlite 700 EX. WTF?!

p.p.p.s.: I managed to grab hold of PDF version (scanned) of Canon Speedlite 580EX II user manual. Feel free to ask if you want a copy.


  1. w00t! How did you get the pure white background? I lost my flash pouch in Sun Moon Lake / Alishan, if I remember correctly.

  2. Jason : The wall outside my room. I shot during bright daylight. How could you lose that big thing?!

  3. walaue……what’s the cost?? around rm1.5k? im currently using a 430ex. kinda satisfied with it but the distance is not that good compared to urs. i want one too :P

  4. really super duper white background xD

  5. Calvin : Around that price. Go get 580EX II :P

    Jian : The wonders of white wall and natural lightings. :D

  6. Come lets blind some insects together !!

  7. Robin : I’m kind to the insects. I don’t interfere with their lifes. :P

  8. so semangat!! wrote one post on your speed light!! haha.. pro la you!

  9. Andrew : A tribute, a remembrance :P

  10. Love your photos of the Canon 580ex II

  11. William : Thanks :)

  12. I’d be very happy if I could have a copy of yr 580EX-ll user manual. TQ.

  13. Adjat : I’ll send it soon. :)

  14. The wireless transmitter is in the big flash ler …. I just bought also after saw Jason’s 580 ex II in a food session. I got it for 1.4k only …. Now I play remote flash with my 430 EX II too …. come out great result. Shadowless pix man …. coz can play flash ratio to compensate.

  15. Ken : But we need to get the transmitter which cost quite alot.

  16. Please, could you e-mail me a copy of the manual for this flash? I bought a slightly used one…manual was missing. Thank you.

  17. Randy : Will do it soon.

  18. Could you please email a copy of the manual…I rent this one but they don’t have the manual. I need to use it as a slave unit…can’t figure it out. I use two remote flashes…Thank you.

  19. dasaksa : Your email can’t accept large attachments…

  20. Thank you so much for trying…what’s the size of the document and what form of file is it? I may have an alternative…

  21. dasaksa : The PDF file is more than 10MB