In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are three of the best external flashes for Canon Rebel T3 cameras currently available on the market right now. With the T3 being such a popular camera, it is no surprise that we always see photographers reaching out for advice on their camera of choice.
When planning this article out we have tried to ensure that we have a flash available for most budgets ensuring that we have something to recommend for all of our readers. Where applicable when covering each of the flashes we will also be linking to more modern variants of that flash model that you can check out if you have a higher budget and want the new additional features of the most recent models.
The Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash – High End
The Canon 600EX-RT supports various radio wave communication systems allowing you to control a maximum of five groups of camera flashes to be triggered by a master or remote control. Although most of the questions we seem to receive are from either vloggers, street or landscape photographers, if you are planning on doing any portrait or studio based photograph this could be a massive advantage for you.
The image to the left shows the filter holder that is included with the Canon 600EX-RT as standard. You are able to use with both the official Canon color filters as well as a number of gel-based filters from third-parties to further customize your photograph.
Depending on the type of photography that you are planning on using your T3 for, this could be a key feature to look for in an external flash for a Canon Rebel T3.
The Canon 600EX-RT has eighteen custom functions that you are able to use during your photography sessions allowing you to quickly and easily switch the flash between the various modes or functions to get the flash activation that you want.
The image to the right shows the dot matrix LCD screen that is fully backlit for ease of use in low light as well as both the flashes control system and user interface.
The system is very easy to use, even if you are not familiar with the Canon flash system or a technical person. The interface is clean and easy to navigate allowing you to easily find the setting that you need to tweak.
When mounted to your Canon T3’s hot shoe, the Canon 600EX-RT offers you a full swivel rotation based on one hundred and eighty degrees in each direction. This allows you to easily bounce the flash off walls or ceilings near your location to get the exact flash exposure that you require for your photograph.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX Speedlite Flash – Mid Ranged
Considering its price, we feel that the Canon 430EX has an excellent and robust build quality that lets the flash take more than its fair share of knocks in your photography bag when traveling to various locations without sustaining any serious damage. The metal foot on the base of the flash will fit comfortably into your Canon Rebel T3 hot shoe with a firm and secure grip.
When compared to previous versions of the Canon 430EX, the mark two has around a twenty to twenty-five percent quick recycle time between flashes without running the batteries down any quicker.
As you would expect for a budget to mid-range flash, both the interface and control system on the flash is pretty basic but do get the job done. The user interface is easy to pick up and quick to navigate allowing you to quickly and easily customize or tweak the performance of your flash as required.
A bounce card and flash diffuser are held in the head of the flash as standard to allow you to customize the performance of flash activations but their effects are limited. Picking up a third-party set of budget-friendly flash diffusers or bounce cards will help increase the performance of the flash without needing to break the bank.
The Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite – Entry Level
That said, this is an entry-level flash that leaves plenty to be desired. If you are an entry level hobbyist photographer or a photography student then the Neewer TT560 will get the job done but if you are doing any sort of paid client work then we would highly recommend either of the flashes above.