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Canon Flash Speedlite Wireless Remote Transmitter ST-E2

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  • Allows the wireless control of slave (remote) Speedlite flashes (except the Speedlite 220EX)
  • Can be used as on-camera master unit
  • Permits E-TTL flash with ratio control of two groups of slave units controllable over a six-stop range
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.2 cm x 8 cm x 5.1 cm
  • Weight: 100 g

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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.2 x 5.1 cm ; 281 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
  • Batteries 1 CR5 batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2478A004AA
  • ASIN: B0000C4G95
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Aug 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 is compatible with Type A EOS cameras (E-TTL, auto flash) and Type B EOS cameras (manual flash). The ST-E2 is designed to control slaved Canon 550 EX flashes, enabling simultaneous flash use in professional settings. The wireless controller has a flash ratio control, allowing for several different A:B ratios, 1:8 to 8:1 in half-step increments, as well as slave confirmation via a test transmission button, which sets off slave A, followed by slave B, at 1/64 output.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Marsh on 24 Aug 2008
As is the case with most Canon kit, the ST-E2 is overpriced. The unit does perform very well, and does exactly what it should.

However, I think it is in need of an update. The part which slots on to the hot-shoe is made of plastic, not metal, and is a little wobbly - although not insecure. The same fitting on my 580EX II flash is far superior. I dare say they could also make it less bulky.

I prefer the use of a 2CR5 battery, because the power should outlast a couple of rechargeable AA batteries. Be sure to order a battery, because it is not supplied with one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shawade on 29 July 2010
I use this wireless flash remote with a Canon 580EX flash and my Canon 40D. It also works with the same flash on the G series of cameras so in my case the Canon G9. I am taking lots of pictures of my children indoors.

To do this previously I would have to realign the bounce head on the flash as I rotated the camera to get the shot I wanted, so that the flash bounced evenly off the ceiling.

Now with this transmitter, I just leave the flash in one place in the room on its stand and then I can move around with the camera at will, firing pictures. They all come out perfectly exposed and well lit.

It is, without doubt, very expensive and given that it is basically an infra red unit, it is difficult for anyone to justify why the price is so high. Having said that it has had a dramatic effect on improving the process of grabbing some wonderful photos of my kids.

In addition, when using the 580EX flash on a Canon G9 you are basically holding a huge flashgun with a small camera hanging off the bottom of it which was always unwieldy. Now the G9 has this small transmitter on it instead which is much more comfortable and makes it feel like a camera again.

I am sure I am missing out on 70%+ of the features of this transmitter but honestly it is doing everything I need it for.

Recommended.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct 2007
The ST-E2 transmitter is a great way of getting your speedlite flash off-camera and opening up other photographic possibilities.

It has a rake of options on the back including being able to set the ratio of slave flash groups you're controlling with the device. There are 4 channels available and it can sync with high shutter speeds too at the press of a button.

Now onto the bad stuff which is mainly the price. £135 for this is robbery!!! It's very useful yes but when mine arrived I thought I had ordered the wrong thing because it was so small! However, aside from remote triggering of compatible speedlites it can throw out an infra-red focus assist beam which is useful on cameras like the 5D with no built in flash or assist beam so can maybe find a little use outside of the obvious. If it was £85 fair enough but as it is it's overpriced. It also uses a 2CR5 battery which is annoying because I can't use my rechargeable AA's.

If you want remote release for flashes there's probably not much choice and it does work perfectly so it is still recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Nov 2011
I see a lot of comments about the price of this little IR Flash controller, but its price has fallen since launch and in my humble opinion, it is worth the price even at the original price. Being able to do ETTL remotely, and control several flashes from one transmitter is great. When used creatively, it definitely makes a huge difference to the results.

When compared to radio triggers, especially those from the likes of PocketWizard, this unit is actually not that expensive. Ok, so IR isn't as reliable as radio triggers, eg when used outdoors, you are fairly likely to get mis-fires unless you are very careful with the flash's placement relative to the transmitter. It can be done, but not totally reliable.

NB. One thing I want to make people aware of is that the little red plastic cover on the front can accidentally come off - mine did and I lost it. It makes no difference to its performance, but it probably just reduced the resell value of the thing should I ever decide to upgrade to more expensive ETTL capable radio triggers.

Oh and another thing, if you rely on this transmitter in a commercial shoot, make sure you have a spare battery, I think it takes a CR5 or some other battery you can't just pick up at the corner shop.

There are shortfalls, definitely, but I still love this little transmitter, I take it with me on every shoot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Charlwood on 10 Sep 2009
The Canon ST-E2 does what it is sold to do very well. It allows you to control several groups of slaves creatively and also provides a secondary use as an extra infrared focusing beam in low light. If you can't afford radio transmitters then this is your only option. That said, it is very expensive and bulky. Nikon users get remote flash control in-built and now with the release of the Canon 7D, even more creative control than provided by the ST-E2 can be purchased in built in a Canon body. (If you have the funds.)

The ST-E2 gets four stars because it fulfills what it sets out to do. However it is now old technology. In the future it would appear that Canon will be including remote flash control in their bodies. In the mean time if you use off-camera flash occasionally it is a good product.
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