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Canon Expands Radio-Capable Speedlite Line with 430EX III-RT

Taking the 2.4GHz radio transmission technology first packed into the company’s flagship 600EX-RT, Canon has just updated its mid-range flash to feature this wireless triggering capability, along with a slew of other improvements in the compact Speedlite 430EX III-RT. Much like its predecessor, this flash is designed to offer photographers a compact form factor with a guide number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm, and a zoom range of 24-105mm. This configuration balances size, power, and versatility for shooters who would like to carry a lighter load on their current job or trip. Additionally, the design has been updated to make both operation and handling significantly smoother.

Controls have been enhanced with a Multi Dial and dot-matrix LCD that allows users to cycle through menu settings and make adjustments quickly. The flash head also implements a built-in catchlight panel that will bounce some light forward when the unit is tilted upward. Another change is in rotation, with the Speedlite 430EX III-RT able to rotate 150° to the left and 180° to the right. And, it now comes with a Color Filter for matching tungsten light sources, and a Bounce Adapter for diffusing and softening the light.

Recycle speed sees a bump in performance with a 2.5-second recharge at full power, compared to the 3.7 seconds of its predecessor. Also, it still has access to optical transmission for remote triggering in addition to radio and offers advanced Flash Exposure Compensation and Light Distribution settings for dialing-in the ideal light. Additionally, it has high-speed, 1st, and 2nd curtain modes and runs on 4 AA batteries.

On top of this flash announcement, Canon has released for sale the RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter, which allows cameras with the E3-type socket to connect to remote controls using the N3-type connection, such as the TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller.

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Looks great, but can it be used as a slave to a EX600?

Yes, The 430 EX III RT can be triggered via a 600EX-RT and vice versa.  Each has a commander and recevier capability.

Yossi O wrote:

Yes, The 430 EX III RT can be triggered via a 600EX-RT and vice versa.  Each has a commander and recevier capability.

I own the 600EX-RT,will that be able to trigger the 430 EX III-RT?

@Oliver, yes it will trigger the 430 EX III-RT, that's why it has been updated to radio capability

Yes, The 430 EX III RT can be triggered via a 600EX-RT and vice versa.  Each has a commander and recevier capability.

Is there a compatible battery pack for this one?

According to the Specifications tab on Canon USA's website, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash does not have an external power source connection terminal.  It only lists four (4) AA-size/LR6 alkaline or AA/HR6 Ni-MH batteries as the power source available for the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash.

What will I need for this unit -- in the hot shoe -- to trigger my 430EX II?

The Canon 430EX II can serve as a receiver/slave to the 430EX III in optical slave mode.  The 430EX III has the optical commander function built into it as standard, so there would not be any further accessories needed to add to the flash to cause it to trigger the 430EX II unit.

Can this unit accept external power?

According to the Specifications tab on Canon USA's website, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash does not have an external power source connection terminal.  It only lists four (4) AA-size/LR6 alkaline or AA/HR6 Ni-MH batteries as the power source available for the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash.

Yes.

In the day and age of Battery Technology - why is it that only the Chinese knock-offs have realized that a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack is such a better idea that having to fumble with 4 AA Batterys?? I had hoped that this new Canon Speedlite would embrace this concept. Mind you I love my Neewer unit for this feature but still have the old 600EX for those important shoots. A day on the sidelines or in a big crowd - cheap still works just fine and less fumbling and juggling when it comes time for a battery change. What's preventing Japanese manufactures from jumping to Li-Ion Battery Packs?

For Larry Grabninski:  One can always fing AA batteries at the local store, but if you're on an extended shoot and the proprietary li battery goes dead, you're done.  Thank heavens my 5D MkII (with added battery grip) allows for emergency use of AA batteries.  What this flash needs is an external power port.

You have a bundle  with 2 Canon 600 flashes and a remote to trigger them  for around $1100. Will you have a smiliar bundle for the 430 EX iii

Unfortuantely, at this time, I do not know if there will be any kits offered in the future other than the options that are currently listed on our website.  We will have to wait until the flash is actually in stock and see if there are any changes or additional kit offerings in the future.  The best I can state is to sign up to our B&H E-mail Subscription List to be notified about future rebates, promotions, kits, or other offers that may be listed in the future.