Canon today announces the latest addition to its EX Speedlite flash unit range, the Speedlite 430EX II.

According to Canon the high-powered compact flash, the Speedlite 430EX II has a guide number of 43 (m/ISO 100 at 105mm) and an inbuilt wide panel to allow coverage suitable for wide angle lenses to 14mm.

Replacing the Canon Speedlite 430EX, the Speedlite 430EX II offers fast, silent recycling and full control via the menu system of compatible EOS cameras.

Canon say the new flash will come with a number of new features including improved recycle times, a new metal mounting foot with redesigned connection pins and a new quick release and locking mechanism is also incorporated.

When mounted to compatible EOS digital cameras, the Speedlite 430EX II detects whether the sensor is full frame, APS-C or APS-H. The flash’s zoom position is then automatically adjusted, optimising flash coverage and the amount of charge needed per shot.

Other features on the Speedlite 430EX II include 1st and 2nd curtain flash synchronisation, exposure compensation, and an expanded range of nine custom functions.

The Speedlite 430EX II is available from the end of July 2008 priced at £209.99.