Canon has expanded the EOS system with the introduction of the Speedlite 430EX III-RT, which replaces the Speedlite 430EX II. It provides a collection of advanced features, including integrated radio control, opening up a world of creative lighting options for enthusiast and professional EOS photographers alike.
The new unit is Canon’s most capable mid-range Speedlite flash to date. A maximum guide number of 43 (metres, ISO 100) provides enough power to light subjects in a wide range of conditions. With a lens coverage range from 24mm to 105mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, the Speedlite offers a wide or narrow spread of light which is controllable by the user.
The Speedlite 430EX III-RT enables users to experiment with off-camera lighting set-ups, working alongside Canon’s existing radio or optical wireless flash control systems as a master or slave. Also compatible with cameras that feature an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, including the EOS 7D, 60D, 70D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D and 760D, the new Speedlite can be used as an off-camera flash with output and power controllable from the camera menu.
The Speedlite 430EX III-RT joins Canon’s flexible Radio Transmitter (RT) system, providing users with the flexibility to control up to five groups of RT flashes with up to 15 flashes per group, at distances of up to 30 metres away. The 430EX III-RT can also be controlled by Canon’s ST-E3-RT or Speedlite 600EX-RT units, further expanding the available options for professionals and enthusiasts.
Reduced in size compared to its predecessor, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a portable additional source of light and offers faster and silent power recycling – ensuring the flash is discreet and always ready for the next shot. Additionally, the bounce adapter allows for a softer spread of light from the flash, perfect for shooting indoors when a more natural, flattering light is required.
An integrated orange colour filter allows users to match or contrast the colour of the flash light with the light sources around them, while a built-in catch-light panel provides the opportunity to add a sparkle of light to the eyes and bring portraits to life.
Also featured is a new and enhanced illuminated dot matrix LCD display, which provides easy control over every aspect of the flash. A multi-control dial provides shortcuts to the main functionality.
Pricing and availability
The Speedlite 430EX III-RT will be available from July 2015 with an SRP of £249.99/€349.99.