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Best Flash for Canon 70D [2021 Review]

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Published: 11/05/2021

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With its Guide Number at only 3.66 feet, the built-in flash for the Canon 70D limits your ability to take well-lit photographs. Getting an external flash that offers more features such as tilting and TTL enables you to fully exploit the 70D’s capabilities. In this review, we’ll help you identify the best flash for Canon 70D that can help you make the most out of this camera.

Our Top Flash for Canon 70D Reviews

An excellent flash for your Canon 70D offers you several benefits including, better illumination, and ease of use. Here is a look into the pros and shortcomings of the best flashes for your Canon 70D.

Brand
Best Overall
Yongnuo YN24EX
Best for the Money
Altura Photo AP-305C
Best Cheap Pick
Neewer TT560
Product
YONGNUO YN24EX E-TTL Macro Flash Speedlite 5600K...
Altura Photo AP-305C Canon Flash Light with Manual...
Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite with CT-16 Wireless...
Product Dimensions
7.87 x 6.3 x 4.88 inches
6.6 x 3.5 x 3.4 inches
10.5 x 10.4 x 3.6 inches
Item Weight
2.27 pounds
12 ounces
1.41 pounds
Best Overall
Brand
Yongnuo YN24EX
Product
YONGNUO YN24EX E-TTL Macro Flash Speedlite 5600K...
Product Dimensions
7.87 x 6.3 x 4.88 inches
Item Weight
2.27 pounds
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Altura Photo AP-305C
Product
Altura Photo AP-305C Canon Flash Light with Manual...
Product Dimensions
6.6 x 3.5 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight
12 ounces
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Neewer TT560
Product
Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite with CT-16 Wireless...
Product Dimensions
10.5 x 10.4 x 3.6 inches
Item Weight
1.41 pounds
Price

Best Overall Flash for Canon 70D: Yongnuo YN24EX

As expected at this price point, the, Yongnuo YN24EX comes with durable construction. The battery compartment is solid and appears sturdier than what is on the Godox TT600.

YONGNUO YN24EX E-TTL Macro Flash Speedlite 5600K...

Given it is a ring flash, the unit is excellent for close-up, and macro photography, something the other selections reviewed may not be so good at.

Although it is not the most flexible flash, it adjusts through 90 degrees vertically and a similar range horizontally to enable you to bounce the light.

One of our biggest dislikes with the YONGNUO YN24EX is that it takes a bit longer to attach it than the other flashes on review. It also has a two-by-two battery compartment which tends to overheat faster than the linear, organized ones.

The unit features the lowest guide number amongst our options. It can only expose subjects as far as 7.32 feet at the maximum performance, fewer than the Godox TT600.

Although this may be inadequate for open-space shoots at night, the flash is suitable for lighting almost all indoor spaces.

Pros

  • Includes a ring unlike the other selections for close-ups and macro photography
  • Better construction than the Godox TT600

Con

  • It takes slightly longer to install than our other picks
  • The lowest guide number on the list
YONGNUO YN24EX E-TTL Macro Flash Speedlite 5600K...
  • Supports E-TTL functions (FEC, FEB, Front and Rear-curtain sync, FE lock, Modeling Light), support...
  • Double-Tube Macro Flash, flash ratio can be adjusted, there are 8 levels (1/128-1/1) for the...
  • The Flash Coverage: Vertical angle: Upwards,downwards 90 degrees; Horizontal angle: inwards 60...

We review all of the best Yongnuo flashes for Canon's in our detailed guide.

Best Flash for Canon 70D for the Money: Altura Photo AP-305C

If you desire affordable and effortless off-camera photography, the Altura Photo AP-305C might be your ideal flash.

Altura Photo AP-305C Canon Flash Light with Manual...

Thanks to the TTL settings, the flash can automatically calculate the most probable lighting intensity during busy sessions. The unit also provides you with High-Speed Sync (HSS) allowing you to use faster shutter speeds.

Its extensive Guide Number is another reason we liked this flash. Unlike our best flash for Canon 70D at 7.32 feet, this unit can illuminate objects up to 10.98 feet at ISO 100. It may be more suitable for capturing photos in instances with restricted movement.

With this flash, you get a more advanced tilting range than the YONGNUO YN24EX. Vertical adjustability is through -7 to 90 degrees while sideways tilting peaks at 270-degrees for added positioning capacity.

Unlike other options on our list, it comes with a trigger. You can appropriately position your flash off-camera to get the most suitable lighting conditions for your shoots. While the trigger is an excellent addition, you will have to sacrifice TTL and HSS if you plan to use it.

Pros

  • Higher guide number than the YONGNUO YN24EX, beating it by 3.66 feet at ISO 100
  • HHS and TTL support, unlikeYONGNUO YN560 IV; ideal for quick operations

Cons

  • Lower Guide number than Godox TT600 by 7.32 feet at ISO 100
  • Over five times slower recycle times than the Godox TT600
Altura Photo AP-305C Canon Flash Light with Manual...
  • ADVANCED WIRELESS FUNCTIONS FOR CANON EXTERNAL FLASH: Incorporated 2.4GHz makes it easy to shoot...
  • WIRELESS MANUAL TRIGGER FLASH CANON: The RT-305 manual wireless Trigger has 16 channels for...
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT CANON SPEEDLITE WITH PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE: Same professional power in a...

Best Cheap Flash for Canon 70D: Neewer TT560

At only 9.45 ounces, the Neewer TT560 is our second lightest flash after the Altura Photo AP-305C at 7.0 ounces. It hardly makes a noticeable difference once combined with your Canon 70D, making it excellent for extended shoots.

Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite with CT-16 Wireless...

With it being more than twice as cheap as the YONGNUO YN24EX, it offers a budget solution. Though not as excellent as other options in our review, its performance makes it a solid, affordable flash for Canon 70D.

Another of its strong points is the higher GN value compared to our first two options. Able to illuminate objects 11.58 feet away at ISO 100, this powerful unit is better suited for taking pictures of subjects who are further from the camera at full power.

Its horizontal tilting range is similar to the Altura Photo AP-305C at 270 degrees. Although its vertical range is slightly lesser at 0-90 degrees, it still offers more adjustability overall than the YONGNUO YN24EX.

The recycle speed is similar to YONGNUO YN24EX at five seconds at its most robust operation. It isn’t the fastest level around but works fine for landscape and real estate photography.

Pros

  • Most affordable option on the review
  • Higher GN than our top two picks

Cons

  • No TTL support unlike the first two flashes
  • Slower recycle times than the Godox TT600
Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite with CT-16 Wireless...
  • KIT INCLUDES: (1)TT560 Flash, (1)Hard Diffuser, (12) Color Filters; Note: Don't support TTL and the...
  • TT560 FLASH: Compatible with Canon Nikon Panasonic Olympus Pentax and Other DSLR Cameras; Switch to...
  • ROTATION ANGLE: Vertical Rotation Angle: 0-90 degrees, Horizontal Rotation Angle: 0-270 degrees; The...

Best Flexible Flash for Canon 70D: Godox TT600

The Godox TT600 is suited for you if you want a flash for fast-action photography. Taking only 2.6 seconds to recycle at maximum power, this flash has the fastest recharge rate on our list.

Godox TT600 Camera Flash Speedlite Master Slave...

One of its most outstanding attributes, however, is the extended illumination distance. Its GN at 18.29 feet at ISO 100 offers the most extensive range on our list. In instances with limited maneuverability around the subject, this range allows you to illuminate the subject at full power when standing afar.

The unit further boasts of the most extensive adjustability on our list. It can rotate in all directions horizontally, whereas vertical rotation is like the Altura Photo AP-305C. Given its extended flexibility, you have more range to select suitable positioning.

Compatible with a trigger sold separately, the flash supports off-camera usage to give you more room to determine where lighting is best.

HSS-compatibility gives you an added feature crucial for using fast shutter speeds. The main issue is the absence of HSS itself when using the hot shoe.

Pros

  • Supports HSS absent in YONGNUO YN560 IV to enable rapid photo taking
  • Shortest recycle times amongst our reviewed flashes
  • Highest GN on the list

Cons

  • Lacks TTL support unlike our first two flashes
  • Weaker battery compartment than the YONGNUO YN24EX
Godox TT600 Camera Flash Speedlite Master Slave...
  • The number of flashes Speedlite is about 230(2500mA NI-MH battery). Full flash recycle time is up to...
  • High Guide Number: GN60(m ISO 100), short flash duration, high illumination, far Irradiation...
  • Godox TT600 flash Speedlite adopts Godox wireless X system with built-in 2.4G wireless transmission,...

Best Manual Flash for Canon 70D: Yongnuo YN560 IV

While almost resembling the third version, the Yongnuo YN560 IV comes with a few modifications, with the most important being YN560-TX support.

YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...

If you seek a flash for Canon 70D capable of extensive illumination, the YONGNUO YN560 IV is another top option for consideration. It has a GN of 17.68 feet at ISO 100, making it our second best flash for Canon 70D in terms of illumination distance.

The YONGNUO YN560 IV proves to have many seconds, with its recycling time being three seconds at full power. It is an excellent option for a quick shooting despite lacking TLL and its accompanying attributes like HSS.

The YONGNUO YN560 IV comes with an impressive build. It, however, is the second heaviest flash in our review after the YONGNUO YN24EX and may lead to faster hand fatigue than lighter options.

It does not support TTL function, although the LCD is effortlessly legible, and it has an easy-to-use interface. Given TTL has little importance in still photography, the unit is an excellent choice for listing photos and capturing landscapes.

Pros

  • Second highest GN amongst our selections
  • More extensive tilting range than the Neewer TT560 for enhanced adjustability

Cons

  • No TTL operation like Neewer TT560
  • Second heaviest flash reviewed
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
  • YN560 IV=YN560III+YN560-TX, Supports Wireless Master Function.
  • Supports Wireless Slave Function, fully supports YN560-TX, RF-603 II RF-602 Wireless Transmitter.
  • Supports Multiple Trigger Synchronous Mode. Endure the battery is fully changed.

Conclusion

Canon Speedlite flash

Any of these flashes we reviewed, will give you a more powerful flash than what you get with the built-in flash on the Canon 70D. Swapping the substandard performance of the inbuilt flash with one of them ensures better subject illumination. You can also read our review on the best lenses for the Canon 70D.

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