Reviews and Problems with Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
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Value for money 10
Overall quality 10
It's an excellent trigger for 550EX
30 July 2012
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: quiet, Good Exposure performance, Superior build quality
Conclusion: I've used this product for about a year now, and I have a complaint about how outdated this seems.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.
Conclusion: I've tried using this thing for a variety of different shoots, from portraits to action sports and it simply does not work well. The line of sight needed for it to work is frustrating. I love you Canon, but can we get a radio transmitter instead? For the price of this transmitter, save up a little extra and purchase two radio transmitters instead.
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: When I get a shot off with this transmitter it is usually awesome. Problem is that it seems to work less than a third of the time. I can shoot once then try to shoot a similar pic with in a few moments and it won't work. I have changed batteries rebooted the system, reconnected the transmitter, checked slave settings, with no luck in the field. Then I can get it home and using the same settings as out in the field and it will work.
Conclusion: Great device for activating my 2 Speedlites 430EX IIs. Works good. Nice and light weight. One Major Problem: I have noticed this device tends to run down the batteries, even when the power is shut off, and that there are no rechargeable batteries in market for this model. Bad move on the designer’s part. Fortunately for me I have rigged up my own rechargeable batteries and modified the switch to prevent it from drawing current.
Pros: quiet, Good Exposure performance, Superior build quality, Fast recycling time
Cons: runs down batteries when shut off, no rechargeable batteries on the market
Conclusion: Just got the ST-E2 and I lost the AF cover first day out... I noticed earlier in the day that it comes off really easy. I have lost the cover...Bad design. It should have snap in tabs to keep it in place. Overall it works OK.
Conclusion: I'm a fine art wedding and portrait shooter and I use Radio Poppers in conjunction with the ST-E2 alongside 3 580EX II's. This means I never use the optical IR flash by itself. Only with Radio Poppers. As a team this becomes an excellent Non-Line of Sight Wireless High Speed Sync master. The feature set is lame compared with it's equivalent competitor but it does three things simply, reliably and well: AF, command flash and it's lightweight.
Conclusion: I use mine to trigger three 430EXs. I've no complaints, performance wise, that are not inherent to optical triggering. (Although a native Canon RF based wireless solution would be AWESOME!) I also use it as a focus assist when taking lower light natural light pics. It'll make a lens that likes to hunt snap to as if it were plenty bright. (Makes my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II seem like a much better lens.
Pros: lightweight, great as a focus assit
Cons: line of site, poor performance in sunlight, battery dies without warning, non-standard battery