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Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter for Canon 580EX II, 430EX, 430EX II Speedlites
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- Wireless flash controller for the Canon 420EX and 550EX and other Canon flashes.
- Indoor transmission range of approximately 40 to 50 feet
- Outdoor transmission range of approximately 26 to 33 feet
- 1,500-transmission battery life
- Turns off after 90-second idle
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|Included Components||Requires One (1) 2CR5 Lithium Battery, Sold|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 3.4 x 5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.45 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
I really like the convenience of this wireless setup because there are no cables to trip over and that makes it really easy to move my lights around and try different angles. With a two flash setup, you can easily change the ratio between the two flash units on the back of the transmitter without touching anything else. This often helped me get better shots because I could quickly modify the light setup to capture a moment without stepping out from behind the camera.
I would prefer radio control but this setup is very compact and I did not have any problems with the Speedlites not firing even if they were not quite in direct line of sight. I even turned my shoot-through umbrellas around to act as reflectors, effectively blocking the line of site between the camera and the Speedlites, and they still fired so apparently there is a bit of flexibility in that line of site.
Update 5/25/2007: Although the STE2 worked well for portraits in relatively small rooms, I recently tried to use it for some wedding formals in large churches, reception halls, and outdoors and found it didn't work so well.Read more ›
I got this transmitter after being inspired by the potential an off camera flash can have after reading Strobist. I got two 430EX flashes to get a very portable and easy to set up lighting system.
The STE2 Transmitter allows you to control an unlimited number of flashes in a few different ways. As long as the visual signal can reach the flashes, they will fire (indoors this is easy because the signal bounces off walls).
The STE2 lets you control the relative flash output between two flashes (or groups of flashes) through a simple control on the back. For example you if you set it to 1:8 between A and B, B will get 8 times the 'power' as A.
Even without two flashes, the STE2 lets you move the flash away from where the lens is and creates more pleasant lighting. Additionally, if you take photos of people with glasses or of objects within glass, you can angle the flash so that glare is eliminated.
All in all a great investment, I doubt I will mount a flash directly to the camera ever again.
First off, awesome idea!
Unfortunately, the idea wasn't perfected.
Getting your camera off the flash has gotten MUCH easier over the years - wireless triggers, ETTL cables, hotshoe-slaves, PC-Sync cables, you name it.
The problem is getting that flash to carry ETTL wirelessly. So far only a few transmitters do it, and they're all VERY expensive (requiring not only a transmitter, but also a receiver for each flash). That's where this little guy steps in.
The STE2 pops in your hotshoe and wirelessly triggers your Canon flashes (with slaves). The first problem here, is the "Canon" part - unlike the other options which work with ANY brand of flash, this one works with the Canon system. If you only own Canon flashes, no problem! If you own a mix, you've got a problem (the Canon's don't come cheap!)
The next problem is that it's line of sight based. This means it has to be able to "see" the other flashes. Not so much of a problem indoors (it'll bounce off walls and generally hit the flash), but outdoors you'll have issues. Sunlight, especially, causes signal loss and (especially using multiple flashes) it's not something you want to have to rely on (you'll spend time either trying to correct it, making sacrifices or not notice that half your flashes didn't fire (which would be too late)).
If you already own a Master/Slave flash (like some canon 580EXII's), try that on wireless mode to see how well it works outdoors, that should give you an idea of what to expect from this. Unfortunately, with it being unreliable, I just can't recommend it for anyone planning to use it outdoors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As long as you are in a direct line of site it does well. I wish it didn't have to be in a direct line of sight though.Published 7 months ago by D. Howell
Does a great job. However, I wish I had purchased one with a radio rather than infrared transmitter.Published 10 months ago by Steve
I love my two Canon Speedlite flashes, which I use sometimes on-camera, and sometimes off-camera with the ST-E2 infrared controller. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alan Z
It is nice must-have item for full frame Canon camera for wireless photography. It is working perfectly just like its description!Published 12 months ago by SONG
I picked this up dirt cheap second hand thinking it would hold me over until I could afford the 600EX speedlite and new radio wave transmitter. Read morePublished 15 months ago by GreatSoul