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CanonST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter
 
4.4

(based on 222 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (91)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (173)
  • Easy to use (145)
  • Consistent output (79)
  • Fast recycling (66)
  • Versatile (54)

Cons

  • Weak output (6)
  • Poor quality (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Not interchangeable (3)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (106)
  • Portraits (106)
  • General purpose (83)
  • Night photography (55)
  • Lighting (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (61), Pro photographer (40), Professional (34), Photo enthusiast (33), Enthusiast (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (98), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wireless Freedom

This unit works as advertised. It lets you control remotely a compatible Canon Flash head (or several).

It works great indoors, but there are some limitations relating to the infrared...Read complete review

This unit works as advertised. It lets you control remotely a compatible Canon Flash head (or several).

It works great indoors, but there are some limitations relating to the infrared communication. RF (Radio Frequency) signals would be much better because line of sight would not be required.

The 'user interface' also seems to be coming from a different decade. The unit is also much bigger than expected.

Using the flash off camera, conserving ETTL capability is very useful. I recommend this unit. I wish for an updated version though, smaller and using more reliable RF signals. This would improve outdoors performance too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

In a couple of words: it works.

I would give it a five except for two features
1. The power off resets the high shutter speed to 1/200th of a second, wwhich if you forget this (eas...Read complete review

I would give it a five except for two features
1. The power off resets the high shutter speed to 1/200th of a second, wwhich if you forget this (eas to do), blows out the shot and it is often lost forever. You have to remember to hit the H>>> button so you can use a shutter speed higher than 200th/sec. I use ten to twenty times that.
2. The battery is not good for very many shots, no matter which one you buy. Sad.

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4.0

Works fine

By KP

from Vermont

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro

    Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

    For my purposes, macro off camera flash, it works fine. I don't need distance or anything fancy. This is easy to use and fires both my off camera flashes flawlessly.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works Great for ME

    By Clint

    from Goldendale, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

      I've used this product with great results for over a year on my Canon 5D III. I'm sure it will work with all Canon cameras but of course I don't own them all.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great accessory1

      By Joe

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Group Settings

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Portraits
      • Still Life

      Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

      I will be using it for some still life & occasional portraits where I will be using 2 or 3 of my speedlites for side/backlites when I do not need 1 mounted on my 6D.

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      • No

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      5.0

      ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter

      By Gena

      from Australia,Melbourne

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

        Hi,

        I live in Australia Melbourne, I bought several items from this store and thus far I have experienced nothing but the best in service, customer and product quality.

        The ST Speedlite Transmiter is an excellent item and I would Personally Recommend it to any photographer.

        The quality of service in this store is such that If I were to find another store that offered the same items at a lower price I would still buy it here.

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        4.0

        Good, Basic

        By MinAZ

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

          This is a good basic optical transmitter. It does everything you would expect EXCEPT it does not have group C. If that matters, then this will not fit the bill. There is no earthly reason why Canon should have left that out - more the pity because otherwise this is a great little device. It is really easy to use and works seamlessly as it should.

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          4.0

          Just what I needed.

          By duckhook95207

          from Stockton, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

            Great for off camera flash photography. Not as expensive as radio.

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            • No

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            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Unreliable

            By Sharon

            from White Plains, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                Was so excited to have a transmitter that worked in TTL mode. Tested it with great results, but on my first shoot, it worked about 30-40 percent of the time. Was extremely frustrating to have no idea why it was working. Was indoors (heard it didn't work well in direct sunlight) and had the speedlight positioned on a softbox a few feet in front of me and a litle bit to the right. After a few days, I finally figured out what I was doing "wrong." The transmitter couldn't send out a signal to my speedlight when I turned my camera sideways and to the right to take a vertical portrait shot. Unbelievable. I obviously adapted and turned my camera left, but be forewarned: this thing is ULTRA sensitive. You can only have limited lighting set-ups because of this. Returned it and am going with the Pocket Wizard.

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                5.0

                So Far no problems

                By Clint

                from Goldendale, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                • Needs A Larger Booklet

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                I use this to fire my Canon 430 EX flash in order to control the light on the subject. One can place the flash away from the camera in order to get more definition on the subject.

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                5.0

                So Far It's Good

                By GMan

                from Erie, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                  I have only used this once so far and I like the freedom this unit allows as opposed unrolling and rolling up a tangled flash extension cable.

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                  1.0

                  not good for outside

                  By Kenji Nakamura

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                  It works fine indoors, but it fails whenever I try to use if outdoor. Maybe because of the sunlight the transmitter doesnt communicated with the speedlight. I lost many great shots during a fashion photoshoot because of it. I would recoment it for indoors photoshoots, not for outdoors..

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                  4.0

                  Very good

                  By Luiz Netto

                  from Recife, PE - Brazil

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                      A very nice equipment, lighweight and versatile

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                      4.0

                      Works as designed

                      By Dcm1024

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                          I purchased this to use my flash off camera for portraits, and it works as intended. I would prefer to have the new 600 -RTs and ST-E3 due to the radio transmission function, but they are not in my budget at the moment.

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                          5.0

                          Love it.

                          By Tony

                          from Burbank

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • A little pricey

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                          I've only just started using my ST-E2, but I have to say I'm ashamed it's taken me this long to get one. Works as advertised and I'm happy to report that so far, there's nothing bad I can say.

                          My only gripe is that like many of my Canon Products, it seems a bit pricey for what it does. Also takes what seemed to me to be an obscure battery, but just might not be familiar with it.

                          Fo get one and get your flashes off your cameras!

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                          5.0

                          JUST WHAT I NEEDED

                          By Tony

                          from Fayetteville, GA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use

                            Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                            I recently purchased another 430ex and thought I already had the option on my camera for slave shots. After watching tutorials about my camera I found I needed a transmitter to make this option work. I was about to puchase a more expensive model but decided to call B&H first. The rep I spoke with explained that for my needed this would be a prefect solution.
                            Thanks B&H

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                            5.0

                            Works well

                            By Cerise

                            from Bronx

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                              Easy to use, lightweight

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Easy to use

                              By Marc

                              from Montreal, Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                                  Used with Canon 5D Mk III, 600EX-RT and (2) 430EX II. Easy to use. If you need more control, use a 580EX II or a 600EX-RT as the master.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works as it should

                                  By eMac

                                  from Nortern California

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                                    I am very pleased with this device. I am new to lighting with more than one flash, am tired of the extrememly low cost wireless triggers and receivers. This works every time, useful indoors and in smaller areas. Works fine with 24x24 softbox on ring, again in smaller areas. I haven't tried to use softbox outside yet, weather has been too wintery and cold.

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                                    5.0

                                    Glad I found this!!!!!

                                    By Mel

                                    from Mel

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                                      Works very well on my 5d Mark ii with my 430EXII. I have used with up to two flashes. Works consistently. Easy to use and lightweight.

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                                      4.0

                                      Excellent Transmitter

                                      By cooper.gary

                                      from Washington, DC

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • General Use
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                                        Used with Canon 5D Mk II, 580EX and 430EX. Only drawback is the ST-E2 can only control two slave groups. If I need three slave groups, I use a 580EX as the master.

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                                        5.0

                                        Works Great and Easy to Use!

                                        By Marshred

                                        from Southwest, LA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

                                          I am using this to fire two Canon Speedlites. A 430EX-II and the new 600EX-RT. It only took a few minutes to have the everything working. It is so easy to use the ratio adjustment to shift the balance of light between the two Speedlites. Very happy with it!

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