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About Canon ST-E2

A master control device for wireless Speedlite flash system. Meets professional and advanced amateur standards. Its dedicated transmitter controls up to 3 Canon 550EX Speedlites as slave units 33ft. away outdoors and 49.5ft. away indoors. It is mounted as a clip-on with shoe lock lever and locking pin.

• Type: 550EX-dedicated, clip-on Speedlite transmitter with direct contacts
•Compatible Cameras: Type A EOS cameras (E- TTL, autoflash); Type B EOS cameras (Manual flash)
• Channels: 4
•Flash Ratio Control: For A:B ratio: 1:8 to 8:1, in half- step increments or 13 steps
• High- Speed Sync (FP flash): Enabled with high-speed sync mode
•Slave Operation Confirmation: With test transmission button. *Slave A fires followed by slave B at 1/64 output.
•Flash Exposure Confirmation:
1. Before flash fires during FE lock Adequate flash exposure indicated by the flash exposure level icon lit in the viewfinder. Insuf ficient flash exposure indicated by the flash exposure level icon blinking in the viewfinder.
2. After flash fires ST-E2's flash confirmation lamp lights in green for 3 sec.
•Wireless slave SE mode cancellation: Cancels when the test transmission button or FE lock botton is pressed to turn on the slave u nit.
• Wireless Transmission: Infrared pulse
• Transmission Range: Indoors: Approx. 12-15 meters/39.4 - 49.2 ft; Outdoors: Appro x. 8-10/ 26.2-32.8 ft
Transmission Coverage: ±40° horizontal and ±30° vertical
• Battery Life: Approx. 1,500 transmissions (At room temperature and with a new set of batteries)
• AF-assist Beam: Compatible with EOS-3's 45-point Area AF and 28mm and longer lens focal lengths
• AF-assist Beam Effective Range: Approx. 0,6 to 10 m/2.0 to 16.5 ft along the periphery (in total darkness).
• SE Feature: While the power switch is set to I or HOLD, the transmission turns off automatically after about 90 sec. of non-use.
• Power Source: 2CR5 lithium (6V) battery x 1
• Dimensions: 62 (W) x 51 (H) x 80 (D) mm/2,4 (W) x 3,1 (D) in
• Weight: 100 g/ 3.5 oz (exluding battery)

The Canon ST-E2 is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Lighting, Night photography, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports photography and more.The Canon ST-E2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Professional among others.The Canon ST-E2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon ST-E2: Easy to use, Excellent interface, Fast recycling, Good exposure performance, Lightweight, Quiet, Reliable, Superior build quality and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (48),Easy to use (31),Consistent output (16),Fast recycling (13),Versatile (12),Excellent interface (11),Reliable (11),Durable (9),Good power output (6),Good exposure performance (5),Quiet (5),Superior build quality (4) Fast recycling time (3) View All
Cons:
Poor build quality (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (27),Fill flash (26),General purpose (21),Night photography (15),Lighting (10),Photography (9),Photojournalism (7),Sports photography (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (11),Professional (11),Semi-pro photographer (10),Pro photographer (6),Semi-professional (6),Photo enthusiast (5)

Canon ST-E2 Features

  • Advanced Features: E-TTL Compatible Since it is compatible with E-TTL auto flash functions, groups of 550EX Speedlites are able to take advantage of High-Speed Sync, FE Lock, Flash Exposure Bracketing, and Pre-flash evaluative metering.
  • Built-in AF-Assist Beam: The AF-Assist Beam automatically fires in low-light and low-contrast situations to assist the camera's auto focusing system.
  • Sets and Controls Flash Ratios: Transmitter ST-E2 sets and controls all functions of its Speedlite 550EX slave units. Flash ratios,for example,are controllable between 2 Speedlite 550EX groups.
  • High Speed FP Flash: High Speed FP (Focal Plane) flash for synchronization at all shutter speeds is available, even the EOS-3s top speed of 1/8000. Larger apertures can be used to obtain better background blur. And fill flash can be used for moving subjects in daylight. Weight:3.5 oz./100 g (Including battery).

Canon ST-E2 Reviews

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4.1

(based on 63 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love my ST-E2!

As an event photographer I occasionally need to place some speedlights in odd places to light the event. The ST-E2 works great for this and for portrait work. It's easy to set up and I still get my ETTL. My only drawback is range. Occasionally I will need to get a shot in a room to large for the ST-E2 to work properly. But that is the only problem I have had with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lacking features/poor build design

Although this is a necessary complement to Canon Speedlites, it has a lot of room for improvement: - In terms of build quality, it is a little too big in size. - Connection to the hotshoe is loose, and lock is of poor design. Would prefer a locking system like the one on the 580EXII which is weather sealed. - On the good side, controls are simple and easy to visualize. - In terms of functions, it lacks many of the options in a 580EXII when used as master. For example, shooting speedlites on m...

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Although this is a necessary complement to Canon Speedlites, it has a lot of room for improvement: - In terms of build quality, it is a little too big in size. - Connection to the hotshoe is loose, and lock is of poor design. Would prefer a locking system like the one on the 580EXII which is weather sealed. - On the good side, controls are simple and easy to visualize. - In terms of functions, it lacks many of the options in a 580EXII when used as master. For example, shooting speedlites on manual (the 580EXII can set the individual power remotely for each of the 3 flash groups A,B,C). - Also, you can only control ratios for 2 groups (A:B). - Uses special batteries (I would prefer AAA) - Lastly, the issue of radio vs. infrared and line-of-sight limitations. I usually need to run an extension cord from the hotshoe to the ST-E2 to point the unit so that all speedlights are fired. Another limitation is when using speedlites with softboxes (many times it is impossible to get line-of-sight).

Reviewed by 63 customers

 
4.0

Awesome

By

from Louisville, KY  -  Pro Photographer

Love the product and got it super fast!

 
5.0

I highly recommend this product

By

from Pomona, California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

i use this little guy to shoot portraits on location specially weddings....i don't have to carry truckload of strobes and heavy tripods,all i need is 2 little flashes and mini tripods. this helps a lot and very easy to use...I highly highly recommend this product.

 
5.0

It simply works as advertised.

By

from KS  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this transmitter with a speedlite 580EXII and a 420EX, and it works fine. I have used it in a number of flash configurations with a soft box and the only problems stems from me the photographer... wonderful product.

 
5.0

Gets the flash off the camera!

By

from Cooper City, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just purchased a EOS 5D III and need to control my speedlite wirelessly. This does the trick. Great for interior real estate photography. The only negative is that it works on line of sight only, but it's much less expensive than going to Pocket Wizards.

 
5.0

It's an excellent trigger for 550EX

By

from Torrance, CA

I have 3 550EX and 1 580EX for photo table setup with Harbor Digital Diffuser on each unit. This trigger works quite well with 1DS Mark-2 and flash setup I have. I don't have any AF cover fall off issue. And the hot shoe mount works quite good with a locking pin. It doesn't have a knob that you can tighten the unit on the camera but the unit is very light, and there's enough friction between the hot shoe and the trigger mount, so you don't really need to tighten it. I haven't tried long distance setup in the field as I use this for mostly product shot on the table. But it handles most indoor family gathering shots with no problem. It uses a special battery but it is readily available in many places where common batteries are sold. I always have an extra battery in the bag for just in case. This is an indispensable tool for my need and it is very reliable.

 
5.0

Love it!! Use it on 50D

By

from Fayetteville, TN  -  Pro Photographer

Had it about two years now. Works as advertised. Easy to learn. Just keep a spare battery in your bag. They last a very long time, but you have no way of knowing when it is about gone.

 
4.0

Its of great use

By

from Saudi Arab  -  Casual Photographer

package Should include 2CR5 Batries

 
1.0

Nice Idea, Doesn't Measure Up

By

from Southern Indiana  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this unit to control my Canon 580EX and 580EXII Flash units off camera while retaining eTTL exposure control. Never really got this to work very well. Especially erratic outdoors in bright light, but not great indoors, either. I ended up purchasing Pocket Wizard FlexTT5's and I love them.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Looking for the next generation model

By

from Phoenix, AZ

I've used this product for about a year now, and I have a complaint about how outdated this seems. I find myself using 580EX II's set to off for master flash work more than I use this. I am noticing that the only times I use this is when I need autofocus in low light conditions. It's not very cost effective for the price. The 580 EX II can do more than this can as a slave master and it's only a marginal cost more expensive. I hope that Canon updates this product, because it's useful, but appears to have become obsolete.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Complete Disappointment

By

from Springdale, AR  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this transmitter to trigger canon flashes outdoors. I first assumed that the battery was weak and purchased another - still have to be within 4 feet of the flash and pointed almost directly at it. Unfortunately I wasn't wanting to shoot photos of my flash but customers outdoors. Infrared was a dumb way to trigger to begin with but I assumed since Canon makes the thing it would work well. NOT the case at all. Don't waste your money. Also this transmitter is for ETTL only. You cannot change your speedlite's output with the transmitter if you set the flash to manual mode! Why Canon?

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Shopper  If I get this do I need anything else to control my flash units? I have a 580 II EX and an Alien Bee 800
DARYL M  Buff Flash Units - Q&A... Q: What will trip the built-in slave tripper? A: The built-in slave tripper in each flash unit is designed to sense flashes of light and fire the unit simultaneously. The tripper is sensitive to both visible and infrared flashes of light. Any light flash that it “sees” can trigger it, including the flash from another unit in your setup, a conventional on-camera flash (and its pre-flash), and/or an infrared remote transmitter. Although this gives you more options for triggering the lights in your setup, the presence of extraneous triggers must be considered when you are not the only photographer in the area. Other photographers' flash units, on-camera flashes (whether on professional or even disposable cameras), and infrared remote controls can inadvertently trip your flash units. When you are the only photographer in a specific shooting environment, the built-in slave tripper on each unit eliminates excess wiring in your setup. You can use multiple flash units and hardwire just one unit to your camera. Your camera’s sync circuit will fire the hardwired flash, and the built-in slave cell on each of your other units will fire the remaining units simultaneously. If you are shooting in an environment where other photographers are using flash units, you will need to disengage the built-in slave tripper in your flash units.
Shopper  If I get this do I need anything else to control my flash units? I have a 580 II EX and an Alien Bee 800
DARYL M  Buff Flash Units - Q&A... Q: What will trip the built-in slave tripper? A: The built-in slave tripper in each flash unit is designed to sense flashes of light and fire the unit simultaneously. The tripper is sensitive to both visible and infrared flashes of light. Any light flash that it “sees” can trigger it, including the flash from another unit in your setup, a conventional on-camera flash (and its pre-flash), and/or an infrared remote transmitter. Although this gives you more options for triggering the lights in your setup, the presence of extraneous triggers must be considered when you are not the only photographer in the area. Other photographers' flash units, on-camera flashes (whether on professional or even disposable cameras), and infrared remote controls can inadvertently trip your flash units. When you are the only photographer in a specific shooting environment, the built-in slave tripper on each unit eliminates excess wiring in your setup. You can use multiple flash units and hardwire just one unit to your camera. Your camera’s sync circuit will fire the hardwired flash, and the built-in slave cell on each of your other units will fire the remaining units simultaneously. If you are shooting in an environment where other photographers are using flash units, you will need to disengage the built-in slave tripper in your flash units.
Shopper  If I get this do I need anything else to control my flash units? I have a 580 II EX and an Alien Bee 800
DARYL M  Buff Flash Units - Q&A... Q: What will trip the built-in slave tripper? A: The built-in slave tripper in each flash unit is designed to sense flashes of light and fire the unit simultaneously. The tripper is sensitive to both visible and infrared flashes of light. Any light flash that it “sees” can trigger it, including the flash from another unit in your setup, a conventional on-camera flash (and its pre-flash), and/or an infrared remote transmitter. Although this gives you more options for triggering the lights in your setup, the presence of extraneous triggers must be considered when you are not the only photographer in the area. Other photographers' flash units, on-camera flashes (whether on professional or even disposable cameras), and infrared remote controls can inadvertently trip your flash units. When you are the only photographer in a specific shooting environment, the built-in slave tripper on each unit eliminates excess wiring in your setup. You can use multiple flash units and hardwire just one unit to your camera. Your camera’s sync circuit will fire the hardwired flash, and the built-in slave cell on each of your other units will fire the remaining units simultaneously. If you are shooting in an environment where other photographers are using flash units, you will need to disengage the built-in slave tripper in your flash units.

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