Canon Launches New Speedlite 430EX III-RT

July 8, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Canon rolled out its newest flash unit today, delivering several firsts to its 430EX series. 

The Speedlite 430EX III-RT is the first in the line to deliver radio-controlled wireless flash shooting. A replacement for the 430EX II, the III-RT is also the first with an SCF-E2 color filter, which Canon says helps to balance color temperature under incandescent lights. The flash also incorporates an SBA-E2 bounce adapter to soften light and minimize shadows.

Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the 430EX III-RT delivers shorter recycle times down to 0.1-2.5 sec, depending on power setting. It features a zoom flash head with a range of 24-105mm and a maximum guide number of 141 feet at ISO 100.

Flash exposure can now be adjusted within a 6-stop range of +/-3EV, and in increments as small as 1/3 or 1/2 step via a new control dial. Various light distribution modes help quickly align the flash’s output with the photographer’s desired effect and field of view. For instance, a Guide No. Priority mode automatically sets flash distribution toward the center of the composition while an Even Coverage mode sets flash distribution for a wide-angle shot.

The Speedlite 430EX III-RT also features high-speed sync.

Additional features include:

* remote shutter release

* a new control dial

* illuminated dot-matrix LCD

* a built-in catchlight panel

* multi-camera sync shooting

* 10 custom functions to adjust power control, AF assist and more

* 8 personal functions to control LCD color, dial settings and more.

The 430EX III-RT ships in September and is available for pre-order now for $300.