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Additional information relating to Canon Speedlite 200E

One of the problem faced by many camera manufacturers such as Canon is, in order to serve the market demand, they have many camera models of various specification and budget fit to satisfy users demand Although many entry SLR cameras usually have a built-in flash readily available for casual shooters when it requires to use artificial illumination; but shoe mount flash is often considered a necessity for more serious photography. Canon has designed many powerful flash units to meet such expectation and demand. However, as Canon is the largest camera manufacturer in the world, they do have many other cameras such as the compact portables and even digital compacts. Some of which Canon has included an accessory shoe in order to permit photographers who wishes to have a more powerful flash to be used on those cameras. Back in 1988, one of such unit was a very compact Canon 160E. The tiny flash is compatible with many Canon EOS cameras as well as providing an option for pro-consumer Canon portables as supplementary flash for their cameras. A few years later, Canon replaced the 160E with this redesigned TTL Canon 200E in 1990.

The 200E is a standard hotshoe-mounted flash unit, delivering TTL flash exposure for any compatible Canon SLRs or pro-consumer portables. It is a bare basic auto TTL flash, not too sophisticated in features but cannot operates in manual mode. More or less, it is intended for general applications and for some Canon EOS SLRs which may not have a built-in flash to use (such as EOS1000, EF-M etc.). Small & compact and at a guide number of 20, it has limited power output. Well, for the creative minds, for fill-in and synchro-sunlight photography, this is a good portable unit. Further, its advantage of light weight (approx.130g), small dimension is also a good alternative when portability is an issue for traveling

The flash coverage is equivalent to that of a 35mm lens and expanded to 28mm when the optional clip-on panel is used (which will dilute the power output further. The 200E also has a built-in red autofocus assist light, with a working range approx. 1-5 metres, and only works with center AF if a multi points AF SLRs is used. This mini Canon flash uses four standard alkaline AA batteries but Ni-Cd cells can also be used. However, Canon advises lithium AA cells is not advisable.

Compatibility Issue: -
E-TTL operation is NOT possible. Canon actually upgraded the 200E with a newer 200EX which permits E-TTL. The 200E, in this case, only works in A-TTL at most and automatically syncs with your camera to set the proper exposure values. TTL Operation: - workable with all other EOS cameras.

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Technical Specification: -

Type: Direct-coupling clip-on type TTL automatic flash (w/auxiliary preflash for AF)
Attachment: Clip-on
Synchronization: 1st. curtain sync. ONLY
Guide Number:
20 m/65 ft.(ISO 100)
Flash Coverage: Covers the field of view of 35mm lens (28mm with wide panel attached)
Recycling Time: 0.3 to 1.7 sec.
Number of Flashes: 400 to 4,000 with Alkaline
Color Temperature: Same as Daylight
Flash Duration: 1 ms. or less
Flash Control System: TTL automatic control by metering light reflected from the film plane (A-TTL also enabled with compatible bodies);
Note: -With Canon EF-M, which has not TTL control, it is usable but full power at each burst
Flash Coupling Range and shooting distance:
0.7-7m/2.3-23 ft. (Based on ISO 100 film. The shooting distance range changes according to film speed.); 1-5m/3.3-16.4 ft.
AF Auxiliary Light : -Automatically emitted when the shutter button is pressed halfway if necessary.
Power Source: 4 x AA Alkaline or Ni-Cd rechargeable/
Dimensions: -
64 (W) X 104 (H) x 41 (D)mm / 2-1/8" (W) x 4-1/16" (H) x 1-5/8" (D)
Weight:
130g/4.6 oz without batteries 230g/8.1 oz with batteries.



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Additional information relating to Canon AF TTL Speedlite 200EX

One of the problem faced by many camera manufacturers such as Canon is, in order to serve the market demand, they have many camera models of various specification and budget fit to satisfy users demand Although many entry SLR cameras usually have a built-in flash readily available for casual shooters when it requires to use artificial illumination; but shoe mount flash is often considered a necessity for more serious photography. Canon has designed many powerful flash units to meet such expectation and demand. However, as Canon is the largest camera manufacturer in the world, they do have many other cameras such as the compact portables and even digital compacts. Some of which Canon has included an accessory shoe in order to permit photographers who wishes to have a more powerful flash to be used on those cameras. Back in 1988, one of such unit was a very compact Canon 160E. The tiny flash is compatible with many Canon EOS cameras as well as providing an option for pro-consumer Canon portables as supplementary flash for their cameras. A few years later, Canon replaced the 160E with this redesigned TTL Canon 200E in 1990.

Designed for automatic operation only, the 220EX Flash Unit excels at providing natural-looking balanced flash exposures. When attached to the EOS IX, EOS Elan II/Elan IIe/IIe, or EOS Rebel G, the 220EX incorporates the superior technology of Canon's unique E-TTL evaluative pre-stored flash exposure control system, FE Lock for a new dimension of creative control and FP Flash(High Speed Sync) for flash photography up to maximum shutter speed. When used with other EOS cameras, or the T90, it operates as a TTL auto flash (off-the-film flash metering).

When in E-TTL operation, flash exposure is measured and controlled by the camera in combination with Canon's AIM system. Subject position, ambient light level, evaluative metering and preflash data are instantly analyzed, including heavy backlighting or reflections from background windows or mirrors.

Compatibility Issue: - E-TTL Operation: EOS IX, EOS ELAN II/IIE and EOS Rebel G etc. TTL Operation: All other EOS cameras and even the older Canon T90

Guide Number: -72 ft/22 m (ISO 100)
Flash Coverage:- 135 format 28mm lens covered / IX240 24mm lens covered
Number of Flashes: -250 to 1700
Recycling Time: - 0.1 to 4.5 sec.
Flash Range: -2.3 ft./0.7m to 63 ft./22m (ISO 100)
AF Assist Beam: -Built-in (linked to center focusing point, 2.3 ft./0.7m to 16.4 ft./5m)
Custom Functions: Shoe Lock: Provided
Power Source : -Four AA batteries (NiCd or lithium also usable)
Dimensions: -2-9/16(W) x 3-5/8 (H) x 2-7/16 (D)
Weight: -5.6 oz. (160g) excluding batteries

Flash Photography:- Part Index Page | 2 | 3 | 4 - Canon 540EZ site
Selective Canon TTL Flash Models:- 160E | 200E | 300EZ | 300TL | 420EZ | 430 EZ | 480EG | 540EZ | Macrolite | Other non-TTL Canon flash models
Useful Resources at Julian Loke site: - Instruction Manual(s (PDF) for Canon 420EX | 580EX AF-TTL Speedlites.
Suggestive weblink:- Canon Flash Resources at Photonotes.org or Bob Atkin Flash FAQ section

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