Canon 270EX II

Following the very basic 90EX, the slightly more advanced 270EX II is Canon’s most affordable flashgun.

Canon 270EX II

Canon 270EX II

With a reasonable maximum Guide Number of 27 (at 50mm), it’s powerful enough for most day-to-day subjects. Featuring a pull-out head, it has two manually selectable zoom positions – 28mm and 50mm. Tiltable upwards by 90°, this head’s light can be reflected off a ceiling, but it lacks the ability to be rotated, restricting its bounce capabilities. There is also no built-in bounce card or dedicated AF illuminator on this flashgun. The device has an on/off switch that does, however, feature a slave position, allowing it to be triggered wirelessly off-camera as part of a compatible setup. There are no other setting controls on the 270EX II though, meaning that manual power control and all other flash modes must frustratingly be set via an attached camera’s flash menu. 

The 270EX II does have one unique trick up its sleeve though, as it allows users to trigger an EOS camera with the remote release button found on its side. To use this function the camera must be set to its Self-timer/Remote Control mode, with a 2-second delay taking place before the shutter is released. 

Powered by two AA batteries, the flashgun has a recycle time of
3.9 seconds when used with alkaline batteries. Like the Nikon, it’s also truly pocketable, weighing just 155g and measuring 66x65x77mm (WxHxD). With a metal hotshoe, and very good build quality, it will survive being flung around in a kit bag with ease. While not one of the all-singing, all-dancing options, this flashgun would be well suited to those Canon shooters looking for a blend of power and portability.

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This review was first published in the March 2016 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.