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Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

Review Date: Oct 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap in comparison to pocket wizards. Fairly reliable (I have not had mine fail yet). Can be used as a focus assist if metering manually. Gets the flash off camera!
Odd battery - expensive and hard to find. Big, looks dated. No 2nd curtain sync. If using as a focus assist (no strobe) manual metering must be used as the camera still thinks theres a strobe attached and meters accordingly. Only operates two channels. Must keep line of sight (at least a bounce) with strobe. Pretty fragile looking body.

It gets the flash off camera whilst maintaining full ETTL, though I rarely use ETTL it is a nice feature to have when set-up speed is an issue. This is why I bought it and it meets my expectations, though canon should really update it...
Although a line of sight must be maintained with the strobes a bounced signal also works so this is rarely an issue (and could be solved with radio poppers). It would be better if the unit ran off AA batteries for convenience. My main gripes are the lack of second curtain sync and when using the ST-E2 as a focus assist only the camera still thinks a strobe is attached and so under exposes the shot.
All in all though I knew what I was buying and am pleased with the product - I'll definatley be in line for the ST-E3 though if it ever comes out. In my opinion the ST-E3 needs to run on AA batteries (or even AAA), have 2nd curtain sync, operate 3 groups, be smaller and more robust and most importantly, let the camera know when no strobe is attached!