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Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

st-e2
Review Date: Nov 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: No wires any more, small size, low weight, most adjustment can be made from camera
Cons:
Flimsy builtquality, expensive battery-type, low reach of the light, no manual settings, no second curtain.

I've been using mine for about a year. The good thing is, that you don't have to use wires anymore, the ST-E2 is quite small on the camera compared to using a flash, and you have easy access to the functions it provides.
The reach of the light to the flashes is not impressive. Inside you have a 12 meters reach (35feet) and outside its limited to 8 meters (25 feet) in an 80 degree angle in front of your lens. This is limiting, especially if you want the flashes behind you. I haven't tried the full potential of the reach inside, but outside I would say the reach is much smaller than its announced in the manual. I've had difficulties to make a 3 meter reach outside.
The lower front of mine was lost the first day I used it, don't know how it happened, since it was on the camera all the time. I don't like the battery-type that is used in the ST-E2. Its way to expensive, why not use power from the camera or AA-batteries, which the flashes uses anyway.
The adjustment on the back, where you can balance several flashes in different groups works quite well, along with the highspeed sync. I do miss second curtain-sync, don't know why they didn't put that feature in there. I also miss the ability to do manual settings on the trigger, perhaps it can be done setting the flashes to manual.
If I had to do this again, I would have a serious look at pocket wizards instead, the radio-signal is way more powerful than the red light this one sends out has. The new ones does feature e-TTL, and there should be some chineese on the way also, which should offer the same.