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.
Crazy Kit Deal from Adorama
Adorama has pieced together a crazy 5D Mark III starter kit. All the items are regularly $8450, but can be had for $6699.95 after discounts and rebates. Add it to cart to see all the savings.
- Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body
- Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM AF Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
- Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
- Canon Backpack 200EG
- Mini SoftBox Diffuser
- 4 AA NiMH Batteries/Charger
- Tiffen 77mm Filter Kit
- Canon Pixma Pro9000 MII Printer
5D Mark III Kit at Adorama $6699.95
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
It’s really true
I have confirmed March 22, 2012 as the for sale date in both Canada and the United States. Cameras will arrive before that date to retailers, but cannot be sold until then.
It’s also rumored Canon will regulate the price of this camera starting in May. Which means, there will be a certain price point that a retailer cannot go below to sell the camera. This sort of regulation will also make such things advertising “free” things to bundle with the camera not allowed. This is good for retailers if true.
Availability in Late March
Below are the items that will be available for purchase in late March.
Availability in Late April
Below are the accessories for the 5D Mark III that will become available in late April.
Keep in mind, it may not be mass availability. However, most preorders should get filled relatively quickly. I’m told stock is quite good for the 5D Mark III.
More ISO Samples
Check out Imaging Resource for ISO samples from the 5D Mark III.
5D Mark III/X Specs
A slightly different spec list for the coming 5D3/5Dx. It mentions the camera using the 1D Mark IV AF system and not the 1D X’s 61pt AF. This is the first I’ve heard that. Definitely not a bad thing if true.
Also mentioned is an upgrade in weather sealing to match the 7D. I have heard of leaking 7D’s, so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.
Replacement of the 580?
A new flagship flash may be coming shortly. No guide number was given, but a suggestion it will use radio to trigger flashes. It may also trigger cameras.
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.
London, UK, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the new Speedlite 320EX and Speedlite 270EX II – a duo of new additions to its leading EX Speedlite range. Designed for EOS Digital SLR (DSLR) owners who want to use creative lighting techniques to make their photography more engaging, each new model is ideal for experimenting with different lighting set-ups with off-camera support, allowing users to alter subject lighting and add ambiance to a scene.
Ideal for users of the newly-launched EOS 600D and EOS 1100D DSLRs, the Speedlite 270EX II replaces the Speedlite 270EX at the entry level of Canon’s Speedlite range, whilst the Speedlite 320EX is a compact, powerful and versatile flash for users of mid-level cameras who want to take more control over lighting. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s distance-linked E-TTL II system, and can be used on-camera or as slave units controlled by a separate master unit or the Integrated Speedlite Transmitter of the EOS 600D, EOS 60D and EOS 7D. Ideal for more creative home studio shooting or general use, each model adds a new dimension to portraits or still life shots.
The Speedlite 270EX II – Compact, pocketable light
Perfect for users who want a small, pocketable flash unit, the Speedlite 270EX II is a compact, high-power flash with a guide number of 27 (m/ISO 100) and fast, silent recycling between shots. Flash settings can be manually controlled through the camera menu system, and photographers can experiment with the manual bounce flash head for different effects, as well as the zoom head to ensure efficient light distribution across the scene.
Providing the freedom for photographers to light a scene in a range of different ways, the Speedlite 270EX II launches with additional slave capability, allowing for creative, off-camera use. A new Remote Release function also wirelessly triggers the shutter release on a compatible EOS DSLR, allowing users to set up lighting without having to make repeat trips to the camera. Photographers can frame their shot, wirelessly trigger the two-second shutter release timer on the camera body, and then reposition the flash anywhere in the scene – capturing the image as the camera then fires both the flash and shutter release.
The Speedlite 320EX – versatile and powerful performance
Offering additional functionality, the new Speedlite 320EX is the ideal flash unit for amateurs and professionals looking for a secondary flash, featuring the ability to light a scene when recording movies. An LED flash offers a guide number of 32 (m/ISO 100), as well as the ability to change the flash coverage from 24mm to 50mm by manually extending or retracting the flash head. The flash head can also be rotated for more flexible bounce flash shooting, creating a wider variety of lighting effects.
The Speedlite 320EX’s slave utility allows it to be controlled by a master unit via one of four selectable channels. Flash group A, B or C can also be selected, controlling the relative power of the flash and the resulting lighting effect. The Speedlite 320EX also features the Remote Release functionality allowing users to trigger their camera from the flash.
In a first for Canon Speedlite, the Speedlite 320EX features a Video Light function, complementing bodies with EOS Movie by enabling users to illuminate low light scenes continuously when capturing HD video. When using the Speedlite 320EX in combination with the new EOS 1100D or EOS 600D, Auto Light mode ensures that the LED light automatically turns on or off according to the ambient light of the scene when in Movie mode.
Key features of the Speedlite 270EX II
- Lightweight compact design
- Guide Number 27 (m, ISO100)
- Bounce flash head
- Wireless slave function for off-camera flash
- Trigger your EOS camera with Remote Release button
- Variable angle of coverage
- Fast, silent recycling
Key features of the Speedlite 320EX
- Guide Number 32 (m, ISO100)
- Compact lightweight design
- Bounce-and-swivel flash head, with 24mm and 50mm zoom settings
- Integrated LED video light
- Wireless slave for off-camera TTL flash
- Remote Release button
- Fast, silent recycling