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

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

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

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Podcast 276 : A Chat with Syl Arena

Podcast 276 : A Chat with Syl Arena

I’m really pleased today to be able to bring you a recording of a chat that I had with photographer Syl Arena this afternoon. Syl is like the Canon version of Joe McNally, and like Joe, his teachings aren’t specific to any one system, so not only will any photographer benefit from reading his new book, the Speedliter’s Handbook from Peach Pit Press, but I’m sure you’ll find some great gems of information in our chat today as well. So here’s my conversation with Syl Arena.

To listen to this episode, either subscribe and download the audio in iTunes, or use the player at the bottom of this post.

In our chat we discuss many different topics, but also dive into the details of the Speedliter’s Handbook, which although I haven’t read fully as of Jan 25, 2011, I have seen enough to know that it’s incredibly well put together, with a wealth of information, and beautifully illustrated with hundreds of Syl’s top quality images, and illustrations. It’s not hard to see where the eleven months that it took Syl to put the book together went.

A Sample Spread from the Speedliter's Handbook, by Syl Arena

A Sample Spread from the Speedliter’s Handbook, by Syl Arena

Syl also gives us a great lesson in Flash photography exposure, and how the shutter speed controls the ambient light in flash photography, as illustrated in the below image, shot at the same time, but with such a difference in how the ambient light (sky etc.) is recorded in the image.

Display of Controlling Ambient Light with Shutter Speed

Display of Controlling Ambient Light with Shutter Speed

If you decide to pick up a copy of Syl’s book, you would be helping to support the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast and community by using the below link. This is an affiliate link from Amazon, and although the cost of the book remains the same to you, we get a small percentage of each sale, which will help to keep the Podcast and community going.

Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites

Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook

Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Handbook


Podcast show-notes:

Links:

http://speedliting.com

http://pixsylated.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/syl_arena

Pick you your copy of the Speedliter’s Handbook from Amazon here: https://mbp.ac/shb


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