My Equipment - kenconger
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I own both version of Canon's Speedlite, the 580EXII and 580EX (back-up).  The 580EXII is my primary flash and is Canon's top-of-the-line Speedlite. It is a substantial improvement over the 580 which had a design flaw of a weak hot shoe foot.  I have had to send the 580EX back to Canon for repair 3 times for this particular weakness.  The 580 II has a metal plate in the foot to correct this flaw.  Outside of that issue, the select dial makes changes, like exposure compensation, allot easier than the buttons on the older 550.  This flash marries up with Canon's cameras exceptionally well and I use this flash for fill flash and low light conditions if it does not disturb wildlife.