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Nov 30, 2012 10:57 |  #1

I have a XTi, For a flash I have the Speedlite 430 ii. I know the 430 ii can be used remotely, but can my XTi trigger it?




  
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Nov 30, 2012 11:00 |  #2

I dont think so but dont take my word for it I dont have one .

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Nov 30, 2012 11:05 |  #3

Kevrhutch wrote in post #15308420 (external link)
I have a XTi, For a flash I have the Speedlite 430 ii. I know the 430 ii can be used remotely, but can my XTi trigger it?

No, not by itself. The XTi doesn't have built in wireless flash control.

However, you can get an external module called an ST-E2 or ST-E3 that will work with the camera and control flashes off camera. In many ways, this is better than the newer cameras that have on-board wireless flash control (it uses IR light instead of visible flashes of light to communicate...and an ST-E2 or ST-E3 has a bit more range and doesn't tend to overheat the way the on-board can). The ST-Ex modules also can emit a focus assist beam in low light situations, which can come in very handy (so can your 430EX, but the module sitting in the hot shoe is a lot smaller than the flash).

There are also third party clones of the ST-E2 available, that are a lot cheaper than the Canon OEM. If you search for "Canon ST-E2" on eBay, you'll find both OEM and the clones I'm sure. Some of the clones I checked out didn't have the focus assist feature, but were actually were rated for greater range than the Canon, although they also carried a warning about overheating under hard use (which isn't a concern with the Canon).

Keep in mind that all the Canon Speedlites that can be used off camera up until very recently utilize light emissions to communicate, so your off camera flash locations are limited to line-of-site over about a 60 degree angle of view in front of the camera. This is somewhat restrictive. It can be very tricky to set up a flash arrangement that keeps the flash out of an image being made with a moderately wide angle lens.

The newest Speedlite model, the 600EX-R and ST-E3-R use radio based communications, so there is no longer the same limitation locating your off camera flashes. This is quite a nice improvement, very cool... But a pretty expensive proposition to put together a set of flashes and a controller. The alternative is purely manual flash with some sort of cheap radio transmitter and receivers, that only serve to trigger the flash, don't offer exposure control or multi-flash ratio settings or any of the other stuff that can be done with wireless flash.


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Nov 30, 2012 11:06 |  #4

Not without an additional bit of gear. Your options are: another canon flash capable of serving as a master (580exII, 580ex, 550EX, 600rt), or an ST-E2 if you want to use the canon wireless system. Another option would be radio triggers. Inexpensive models like the YN RF603's will fire the flash in manual mode, but not retain ETTL. More expensive radio triggers like the YN RF622 will retain ETTL, but your camera lacks the internal controls to get the most of out them.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 11:20 |  #5

Out of the thousands of photos taken I've never needed a remote flash


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Nov 30, 2012 11:24 |  #6

Lone Rider wrote in post #15308493 (external link)
Out of the thousands of photos taken I've never needed a remote flash

Then you have limited your imagination.




  
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Nov 30, 2012 11:25 |  #7

Lone Rider wrote in post #15308493 (external link)
Out of the thousands of photos taken I've never needed a remote flash

:p Really depends on what kind of photography you're doing. You should try it, off camera flash opens up another world of creative photography techniques. It's so much fun I recently added a 2nd 600EX-RT and possibly 2 more by the year's end.


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Nov 30, 2012 12:41 |  #8

thanks for the info.




  
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