Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?
The 430EX II will fit in nicely...if you need a paperweight or a doorstop.
I just picked up my second 600EX-RT during the recent Adorama $420 sale. Now I'm experimenting with different two and three flash set-ups including my 430EXII. I can use the 430 as a third flash if I use the 600 as an optical master. I have an OC Gear 32' ETTL cable, so can use my "on-camera" master, off-camera as Syl Arena describes in his book. This works pretty well, essentially giving me the ability to actually use the master to provide more than fill light. Of course, including the 430 means I can't use the superior radio triggering with all its advantages.
Eventually, I'll get a third 600EX and either a ST-E3-RT or the Yongnuo equivalent, but I'll work with what I have for now. I'll hang onto my 430EXII to use on-camera when I want to bounce flash and don't want to mess with multiple speedlites.
Thanks ... That was my impression also. I've sold the 430ex earlier today. I will get another 600 if the need arises.
In this day and age of built in radio tx the 430 EX II is starting to look less useful. Unless you only use one flash in ETTL on camera only, it kinda blows. Been thinking about selling mine too. My Yongnuo flashes are just way more useable.