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Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

st-e2
Review Date: May 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: No more cords
Cons:
Flimsy mount, bulky construction, obscure battery, no second curtain

I see the ST-E2 as a necessary evil if you want to have off-camera ETTL flash without shelling out for PocketWizards. It works, at least for the scenarios it was designed to, but don't expect too much magic out of it.

As far as what annoys me about it, here are some things:

* It's bulky - I really think it could be shrunk quite a bit if Canon wanted to update the design

* The mount doesn't feel secure - it's just a pin that comes down. I would've preferred a tighter locking mechanism, like the screw ring on a flash or the lever on the OC-E3 cord. I shoot on the move, and I just don't feel comfortable shoving the camera in my bag or letting it dangle around too much with this thing on

* THERE IS NO SECOND CURTAIN SYNC. For me this is a real failure. I love the "shake and bake" style, letting the shutter drag and then crystalizing the subject right before it closes. In my opinion, most flash shots are either not affected or benefited by using second curtain. Looks like with Canon my options for this remain keeping the flash on-camera, or using the OC-E3 cord, which is intended for a bracket (yuck) and is too short and clumsy for holding the camera in one hand and flash in the other (or having someone else hold the flash, putting it on a stand...you get the idea)

* On-camera flash exposure compensation goes from -2 to +2 EV. On the flash, I can adjust it from -3 to +3. Why???

* Can't adjust flash zoom

* Can't switch the flash from ETTL to Manual

Here my gripe is not only with this transmitter, but with the entire Canon flash system. I was reading Joe McNally's book The Hot Shoe Diaries, and I got really jealous of all the control that Nikon flash system lets you do with their transmitter or master flash - like switching the flash from CLS (Nikon's ETTL) to manual, adjusting flash zoom, and pretty much every other setting - all without touching the slave flash. To be honest, I feel a little cheated after spending all this money on Canon's flash system and still feeling so limited.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Feb 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, great image quality, good build quality, inexpensive
Cons:
Filters can get expensive, can't MF in AF mode

First off, I'm not a professional photographer, more like a very involved amateur. That said, my first priority in equipment is *always* image quality. And that's why I love my 28-75.

This lens is on my 350D 99% of the time, and the only other lenses I'd consider using are those that our outside its range.

My favorite feature is the 2.8 aperture across the range. Note that it's plenty sharp wide open.

Colors are good, a bit warmer than Canon lenses in my opinion.

Not sure what else to say - I just wanted to recommend a great lens.