Episode 325 : Syl Arena on the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite & ST-E3-RT Transmitter

by | Mar 6, 2012 | Gear, Podcast, Review | 0 comments

On March 2, along with the long awaited EOS 5D Mark III, Canon announced a major update to their Speedlite range, with the 600EX-RT becoming the new flagship strobe. What’s perhaps even more exciting though, is that they also announced the ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, which takes their native solution away from Line-of-Sight Infra Red triggering, to a 2.4 Ghz radio based wireless control system.

Now, I haven’t had a chance to play with this new system yet, but my friend Syl Arena has, and he kindly agreed to come onto this week’s episode to tell us all about it!

In this episode we touch on…

  • System Components
  • Sync Speeds
  • Individual Control of Flashes in Groups
  • LED Color / Color Coding
  • Channel Scanner
  • Compatibility with older Canon Speedlites
  • Using the system work with Profoto/Other Studio Lights
  • Is this system a game changer?
  • What does Syl think of the 5D Mark III?

As this was an ad-lib chat between Syl and I, there is no transcript this week, but Syl has put together a great First Impressions blog post and video to take you through these new products and why they’re important, so do check these out too, AFTER you’ve listened to this Podcast. 🙂

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new Speedlite gear, but now, let’s make do with a few photos from Syl’s blog.

© Syl Arena - ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter

© Syl Arena – ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter

© Syl Arena - 580EX and 600EX-RT Back Panels

© Syl Arena – 580EX and 600EX-RT Back Panels

Here are some of Canon’s press release photos of the new gear.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Back Panel

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Back Panel

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Back Panel

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Back Panel


Show Notes

Syl’s First Impressions Blog Post: http://pixsylated.com/blog/canon-600ex-rt-first-impressions/

Syl’s Video: http://pixsylated.com/blog/video-canon-600ex-rt-speedlite-st-e3-transmitter/

Syl on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/syl_arena

Music by UniqueTracks


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