Featuring sophisticated advances in design and performance, the
Speedlite 380EX is a new clip-on flash unit that replaces Speedlite
300EZ as the mid-range model for Canon's popular EOS system. Developed
in conjunction with Canon's EOS Elan II cameras, the Speedlite 380EX is
also fully compatible for TTL automatic exposure with other EOS system
When used with an EOS Elan II or IIE, Speedlite 380EX carries the
technology of electronic flash photography to an incredible new level of
precision and creativity with exclusive features including:
* Canon's unique E-TTL evaluative pre-stored flash exposure control
* FE Lock for a new dimension of creative control.
* FP Flash that enables flash photography with shutter speeds of up
to 1/4000th sec.
* Second Curtain Sync which is controlled through one of the
camera's Custom Functions.
With all EOS cameras, Speedlite 380EX offers a wide range of other
creative and operational features including:
* 90-degree bounce capability with flash exposure confirmation
* Six-position auto zoom head for flash photography from 24mm to
* A powerful guide number from 69~125/21~38 (ISO 100, ft./m)
depending on the auto zoom head position.
* Automatic shut-off after 90 seconds to save energy and extend
SPECIAL FEATURES FOR USE WITH EOS ELAN II & IIE CAMERAS:
E-TTL (Evaluative TTL) is a major step forward in flash photography Q
the third step in the evolution of Through-the-Lens flash exposure
control systems. Conventional TTL and A-TTL flash systems measure and
control flash illumination reflected from the filmUs surface during
exposure. With E-TTL, flash exposure is measured and controlled by the
Elan II/IIEUs 6-zone evaluative metering sensor in combination with the
AIM system. Subject position, ambient light level, evaluative metering
and pre-flash data are instantly analyzed. Flash output is then
controlled to provide a natural balance between subject and background,
in any shooting condition. Difficult situations that often fool
conventional TTL systems, such as heavy backlight or even bright
reflections from glass or mirrors, are recognized and dealt with
automatically by E-TTL. And E-TTLUs integration with CanonUs AIM system
means that you can concentrate on an off-center subjectUs peak
expression, without the requirements imposed by other systems to lock
focus and recompose.
FE Lock (Flash Exposure Lock) provides an AE lock function for flash
photography. Available exclusively with the combination of the Elan
II/IIE and Speedlite 380EX, FE Lock takes advantage of the cameraUs AIM
system and 9.5% partial metering capability to isolate flash readings to
a small part of the picture area. With FE Lock, the Speedlite 380EX
preflash fires when the cameraUs AE lock button is depressed, storing AF
and metering data for up to 16 seconds. This provides enough time for
adjustments: Not only can the shot be recomposed, but the background
exposure can also be altered for maximum creative control.
FP FLASH (HIGH-SPEED SYNC)
When used with EOS Elan II or IIE cameras, the Speedlite 380EX can be
set to FP Flash mode for use with shutter speeds from 1/180th to
1/4000th second. This gives the photographer extended creative control
over ambient light photography in a flash mode. FP sync is ideal for use
with high-speed films, for fill-flash portraits, and for close-up and
scientific photography. Unlike conventional flash, guide numbers
decrease as shutter speeds increase: Please refer to the GN chart on the
back page of this Sales Guide. FP Flash is usable with the Creative Zone
modes of the Elan II & IIE cameras - Intelligent Program, Shutter-
priority, Aperture-priority and Manual.
OTHER SPEEDLITE 380EX FEATURES THAT WORK WITH ALL EOS
BOUNCE FLASH CAPABILITY & EXPOSURE CONFIRMATION SIGNAL
For enhanced "natural" flash photography, the head is tiltable from 0
degrees to 90 degrees while still providing TTL automatic flash
exposure. A green LED on the back of the 380EX glows to confirm proper
flash exposure after the shot.
AUTOMATIC ZOOM HEAD
The head of the Speedlite 380EX automatically zooms to six different
positions, providing proper coverage angles for lenses with focal
lengths from 24mm to 105mm. When used with a Canon EF zoom lens, the
zoom head will automatically adjust to meet the focal length being used.
This feature enables higher flash output at the longer camera-to-subject
distances required for telephoto focal lengths. The user can see the
setting as indicated by a series of red LEDs on the rear of the unit.
Speedlite 380EX provides outstanding power for a mid-range flash unit,
with a guide number range from 69 to 125 in feet (21 to 38 in meters) at
ISO 100, depending on the position of the zoom head. The 50mm guide
number is 102 (31 in meters), producing a usable distance range from 2.3
ft. to 56 ft. with ISO 100 film when using a standard EF50mm f/1.8 II
Speedlite 380EX is equipped with a Save Energy (SE) function that
automatically shuts off the flash after 90 seconds of inactivity to
conserve battery life. Power automatically turns on again with EOS
cameras when the shutter button is depressed or when test firing button
Type: Direct coupling shoe mount automatic flash permitting TTL
automatic flash with Canon EOS cameras and E-TTL exposure control with
EOS Elan II cameras. Auto zoom and bounce functions plus high-speed sync
mode, FE Lock mode, AF Auxiliary Light and shoe lock.
Compatibility: Compatible for TTL operation with all Canon EOS
cameras (except Elan II/IIE) and T90 cameras. E-TTL exposure control, FE
Lock, FP Flash, and second-curtain sync only with Canon EOS Elan II &
Normal output (ISO 100, m/ft.)
Zoom Position 24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm 70mm 105mm
Guide Number 21/69 23/76 28/92 31/102 33/109 38/125
FP Flash output
Zoom Position 24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm 70mm 105mm
GN @ 1/125 13/43 14/46 17/56 19/62 20/66 23/76
1/250 10/33 11/36 14/46 15/50 16/53 19/62
1/500 7/24 8/26 10/33 11/36 12/39 13/43
1/1000 5/16 6/20 7/23 8/26 8/27 9/31
1/2000 4/13 4/13 5/16 5/18 6/20 7/23
1/4000 3/9 3/9 4/12 4/13 4/14 5/16
Color Temperature: Equivalent to daylight, approximately 5500
Flash Coverage Angle: Zoom position is automatically set to any of
six positions according to focal length data received for the lens when
shutter button is partially depressed. If no data is received from the
lens (such as when using non-coupled lenses) zoom position is
automatically set at 35mm. In bounce flash position, zoom is
automatically set at 50mm.
Zoom Positions: Six. (24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm & 105mm) Zoom
positions are indicated by red LEDs on the back of the unit.
Bounce Positions: Four. (0, 60, 75, 90 degrees)
Flash Synchronization: Synchronization speeds in normal operation
vary according to camera exposure mode with normal maximum speed of
1/125th sec. Using Elan II or IIE cameras with the Speedlite 380EX set
to FP sync, high-speed synchronization from 1/180th to 1/4000th sec. is
possible. FP sync is only possible in Intelligent Program, Shutter-
priority, Aperture-priority and Manual modes. Flash synchronization is
normally set for first curtain. (In other words, flash fires at
beginning of exposure.) Second curtain sync (flash fires at end of
exposure) is possible with Elan II or IIE cameras via setting on camera.
Flash Connection: Shoe mount for fully automatic operation. Also may
be connected via Canon off-camera TTL flash accessories.
Exposure Control Modes:
(1) New E-TTL prestored evaluative control with EOS Elan II or IIE
(2) FE Lock with Elan II or IIE cameras.
(3) TTL auto flash control with other Canon EOS and T90 cameras.
Auto Flash Confirmation: Green LED lights for 2 seconds to confirm
automatic exposure after the flash is fired.
Automatic Flash Range:
Normal Operation: Effective from 2.3 to 56 feet (0.7 - 17 meters)
when set to 50mm position using ISO 100 film.
FP Sync: Effective from 2.3 to 33 feet (0.7 - 10 meters) at 1/250
second, varies with shutter speed.
Display Signals (on flash): LEDs indicate zoom position, coupling
with Elan II cameras (E-TTL indicator light), ready light, auto flash
Autofocus Assist Beam: Fires when necessary in low light conditions
using Elan II/IIE cameras with center focusing point selected, or when
using other EOS cameras only having center focusing point. At all other
times Canon EOS cameras will emit beam.
Save Energy (SE) Function: Power automatically shuts off after 90
seconds. Will automatically turn on again with EOS cameras when the
shutter button is depressed or when test firing button is depressed.
Power source: Uses 4 AA-size alkaline, NiCd or lithium batteries.
Recycle times and number of flashes per set of batteries varies with
temperature and battery type.
3-1/8 in. (W) x 6-5/8 in. (H) x 2-3/8 in. (D)
80mm (W) x 169mm (H) x 61mm (D)
Weight: 9.5 oz./270g