Canon 580EX - whats its do that my 420EX doesn't?

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  1. Jon K

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    Hey guy s- getting back into photography. I currently have a Canon 420EX Speedlite which has served me well, but with my new 50D, grip, 16-35 F2.8L, and other new hardware, I feel my 420EX is dated.

    I am a bit out of the loop, but getting back in it - what does the 580EX offer me that my 420EX doesn't? Thanks guys!
     
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    It has more power
    It recycles faster
    The new 580EX II has weather sealing
    The 580 can be a wireless 'Master' unit (or a slave unit) in Canon's wireless flash system. While your 420 can only be a slave (needs a master).
    I'm not sure if the 420 can be set to manual power settings
    I think the 420 is compatible with an external battery pack, but the newer version, the 430EX isn't while the 580 is.
    The 580 has a control wheel on the back, which makes it very easy to change the settings and go through the menu.
     
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