Flash news: Canon launches Speedlite 430EX III-RT

If you were waiting for a new Flash accessory for your Canon DSLR, Canon has announced the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external flash unit.

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What’s new is that for the first time, the Canon 430 EX series boasts radio-controlled wireless flash shooting capabilities. This helps prhotographers to be more creative in controlling light This unit suits both amateur till a bit advanced photographers in capturing creative portraits.

Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc said “Canon is proud to offer outstanding photographic accessories that help enhance a photographer’s overall creative experience when shooting with our EOS DSLR cameras. The new Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a very responsive flash unit having new wireless capabilities that enable users to create more professional lighting effects than if they were to rely on their camera’s pop-up flash alone.”

Compared to the earlier Canon Speedlite 430EX II, this model features enhanced functionality and operability with features such as wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (with master and slave functions in radio mode but slave function only in optical transmission), and now comes with shorter recycling time and quicker firing. This multi-functional flash unit makes more advanced flash shooting easy for any photographer with its intuitive, user-friendly operation, abundant bounce and swivel shooting functions and advanced features including a maximum Guide Number of 43/141 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync. In addition, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT has been reduced in size and weight compared to its predecessor.

Another new feature in the 430EX series of flash units are the inclusion of the SCF-E2 Color Filter which helps balance color temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. Enhanced functions include broader bounce angle range and flash exposure compensation via the new control dial. Also included are two cases – one for the flash and one for the filter and adapter.

If you are looking for a primary flash being an amateur photographer or looking for a secondary flash, this might be the one for you.

Pricing and Availability
The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

This will be available by July 20, 2015. Pre-order links below.

Links to purchase: B&H, Adorama, Amazon

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