WRITTEN BY: BRUCE LOVELACE

UPDATED: April 2, 2024

Canon 270EX II Alternatives

Canon 270EX II update alert! Top flash alternatives to light up your photos. You now have more choices that can replace the 270EX II flash as your go-to accessory when you need more than the pop-up flash that comes built- into your camera.

The 270EX was released in 2009 and the superior 270EX II was released in 2011. The 270EX II added remote shutter triggering and slave mode.

Since the original post, several cheaper alternatives have come to the market. In tis post, we explore whether the 270EX II is still worth the money.

Canon Speedlite 270EX IIPortable Canon Speedlite 270EX II


You know I was a big fan of the 270EX II. I had two of them. There are a few Canon 270EX II alternatives that might make sense for you, depending on your own preferences.  

You can go super cheap with a third-party brand, but you run the risk of getting a unit that is unreliable or has a very short working life.

You can also save money and choose an alternative flash gun that doesn't have bounce capability. You can also go bigger and get more power and get a generic flash not made by Canon. Here are four substitute flashes for the 270EX II:


1.  Canon EL-100

The Speedlight EL-100 is my top recommended alternative to the 270EX II, which has now become discontinued. The EL-100 has several features that the full-sized alternatives have, but in a much smaller and more affordable package. The 270EX II does not have theses features and is priced at almost half of the list price of the 270EX II.

See the comparison table below between the Canon Speedlite EL-100 and the Speedlite 270EX II.

CANON EL-100 VS 270EX II
Speedlite Flash Comparison

Canon Speedlite EL-100
Canon Speedlite 270EX II
MODEL CANON EL-100 CANON 270EX II
Release Date November 2018 February 2011
Guide Number 85 (ft) 72 (ft)
Slave Capable Yes Yes
Remote Trigger Receive or Send Yes
Swivel Yes 330 degree No
Bounce Flash 0 to 90 degrees 0, 60, 75 and 90 degrees


The only way you'd want to stay with the 270EX II is if you had to have the smaller size and if you bought it used. (See the advertisement for used gear at KEH elsewhere on this page. The reviews on the EL-100 left on Amazon by other Canon shooters are historically extremely high.

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2.  Pentax AF-200FG

Similar size     -     No bounce feature     -     Very affordable

Pentax AF-200FG

The Pentax AF-200FG flashgun is an alternative to the Canon 270EX II.  It has a wide-angle dispersal of light to accommodate moderately wide-angle lenses.

This accessory takes 4 AA batteries and is rated at 300 flashes on a fresh set of Alkaline batteries.

Excellent size for travel and comes with a protective pouch. No bells and whistles-just a basic alternative to the 270EX II and simple to use.

  • It is about $20 less than the Canon 270EX II.
  • The AF-200FG is 2.7 x 3.3 x 3.7 inches and weighs 6.9 ounces
  • Guide Number 20 at ISO 100/m
Front view: Pentax AF-200FG

If we compare this substitute with the Canon 270EX II, I think the Pentax falls short.

It will be better in terms of capacity because it take uses 4 batteries in stead of two. That means it will give you a longer period of time before you have to replace the batteries.

You should also benefit from a faster recycle time between flashes. That's important if you are shooting one photo after another in quick sequence.

The guide numbers are almost the same, 20 vs. 22.  The lack of bounce flash to me is not acceptable.

  • The 270EX II is 3 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches and only weighs 5.4 ounces
  • Guide Number 22 at ISO 100/m


3.  Neewer Flash and Bracket

Wireless     -     Affordable     -     Bracket included


The Neewer Digital Camera Flash comes with an adjustable bracket. 

This gives you the ability to shoot with the flash above the lens with vertical shooting. That's good for keeping any shadows directly behind your subject, rather than have distracting shadows cast off to the side of your subject. 

You can also rotate it to bounce upward off the ceiling. That gives you a more natural looking overhead lighting, rather than the harsh look of direct flash 

This alternative flash fires without wires that connect the remotely mount flash directly to the camera.


Canon flash Alternative
Neewer Flash With Bracket

No camera connection is required-it synchronizes with your camera's built in flash. That keeps any wires out of your way. You do take the chance of long term use as it's been reported that some may have reliability issues.

Looking at a sampling of customer feedback with this Neewer flash unit there's been a wide variety of customer satisfaction ratings. That's a red flag that quality control might not be at a level that will give us the confidence we want with a product we are planning to use.


4. Bigger 270EX II Alternative

Bigger     -     Swivel and Tilt     -     More powerful

Neewer TT560 flash gun270EX II Flash Alternative


This is larger than the Canon Speedlite 270EX II. If you don't mind the extra size and weight, it could be a good substitute for you.

BY FAR, IT'S BEST FEATURE IS THAT IT TILTS AND SWIVELS.

That gives you the flexibility to aim the flash in almost any direction and bounce it off a large surface for more pleasing lighting on your subject.

This 270EX II alternative gets the highest customer ranking from quite a few buyers.

The TT560 has several modes and has a over-temperature protection system to prevent damage from rapid firing.

Guide number is 38 (ISO 100). It takes 4 AA batteries instead of two with the 270EX II.

This more traditionally sized flash unit has a ton more compatibility with many of the speedlite accessories, like diffusers, reflectors, and mini soft boxes. This model comes with a built-in reflector panel and a wide-angle diffusion panel.



Additional Links to Canon 270EX II Alternatives on Amazon:

You can learn a lot about any camera or accessory by reading the opinions of other photographers who have purchased them.  No matter where you buy, Amazon is a good resource for finding out what other consumers like and don't like about there.

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