Archive for the ‘Canon Flashes’ Category
A new Speedlite or two
We’re told Canon could be announcing two new Speedlites in the first or early second quarter of 2013. Both of the suggested Speedlites could be to replace the current Speedlite 430 EX II. The guide number of the new flashes would be 45. One of them would be compatible with the ST-E3-RT radio transmitter and the other would be a standalone unit without radio capabilities. No mention of whether either would have the af assist light/video light like is found on the EX 320.
There would be no new features to the flash functionality that aren’t found on the Speedlite 600EX-RT. When questioned about the possibility of a Speedlite 600EX without the “RT”, I was told that it was possible, but not in the immediate plans.
A new radio ready flash
A new flash is in the works to replace the Speedlite 430EX II and could come as early as this fall. The new flash will be ready to work with the ST-E3-RT transmitter. The current 430 would be discontinued like the 580 was.
No word if we’ll see a flash smaller than the 430 replacement with RT capabilities. I personally don’t think we’ll see the 3xx series updated to RT.
The new flash
I finally got my hands on the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT today, and I’m looking forward to playing around with it. I probably won’t do a review, because I am 95% of the time a natural light shooter.
Below are three separate reviews done by Ron Martinsen, he’s pretty positive about the new flash.
Available Now at: B&H Photo | Norman Camera
We’re told a new 440EX-RT flash will be announced in the fall. With “RT” in the name it would be compatible with the new radio system for EOS. Obviously it’ll be smaller than 600EX-RT and have a bit less power.
No word on price point, but somewhere around $400 would be a safe bet.
Canon 590EX Speedlite
To be announced with the coming 5D replacement. As mentioned previously, it will have radio capabilities built in.
I also note that a big USA retailer has the 580EX II listed as EOL (End of life) in their system.
Expect it to be announced with the 5D replacement on February 27/28, 2012
So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering. This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without. (Read the full press release)
It’s also already available at B&H for $139
3 New Speedlites?
Received a bit of a random email saying Canon is currently testing 3 separate Speedlite models. 430 and a 580 replacement, as well as an all new flash line.
A replacement of the ST-E2 was also mentioned, though it wasn’t said whether or not it would be radio based..
1 new Macro flash is also a possibility, there is a small stature Macro flash being tested I’m told. It may be launched with a new EF-S macro lens.
LensRentals.com used gear
LR.com has added more used Canon gear for sale, including a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.
I am still sorting through photos. Getting them down to 10 in each category is taking time. Ones opinion of an image really can change depending on your own personal mood.
The finalists are coming very soon.
The Next Speedlite
A patent has shown up explaining a technology that could appear in future Canon flashes.
The replacement of the 580EX II is said to be a quantum leap forward as far as flash technology goes. We’re all eagerly awaiting it.
Patent Information (Translated)
- Patent Publication No. 2011-232461
- Published 2011.11.17
- Filing date 2010.4.26
How to determine the flash exposure
- Capacitor (GN), sensitivity ISO, aperture by calculating the distance
- If the flash can adjust the RGB primary colors, not for its calculations
- Based on the color temperature is set to flash, strobe light to calculate the distance
I get a lot of questions about new Speedlites. Especially the 580EX II.
The latest bits of information I have received have said the new flagship flash has been in development for some time and various prototypes exist. There were some issues with earlier prototypes and some redesign was needed.
Another bit of information suggested both the 430 and 580 would be updated at the same time. They may also get new model numbers beyond a version III. A new 580 prototype is said to have a higher guide number, so the model number would reflect that if chosen for production.
No word on whether or not a video light would be built into either like the 320EX.
I would only expect a flagship Speedlite announcement with or around the announcement of a higher end body.
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