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.