Tuesday Tech Talk: Canon ST-E2

This week, the Tuesday Tip is more of a Tech Talk. I got an email from someone inquiring about the Canon ST-E2 asking about how to use it, and what it is compatible with. Taking a cue from this, I decided to make it a video tip from the MacbookPro,and set things up to give a basic primer on what the ST-E2 looks like, how it mounts to your camera, and how it triggers off-camera flashes electronically. Hopefully this will help demonstrate the purpose of the ST-E2 in a better light (bad pun, sorry)! Because it was recorded from the Mac this go around, there will not be a Flash-based version of the Tip this week.Sorry in advance for any that might prefer the Flash version.

One note on the video content: I said in the video that the ST-E2 supports the entire Speedlight flash family.While that is true, I did get the nomenclature wrong.As it turns out, the 400 series Speedlights are the 420 EX and the 430 EX, with the 500 series ones numbering at 550 EX and 580 EX.The ST-E2 will work with them all, albeit with some limitations on the earlier versions.For detailed specs, there is good information at Canon and the product sheet maintained by BH Photo.Those direct links are provided here for anyone who is interested.

So, that is the tip for this Tuesday: an ST-E2 Tech Talk.If anyone would like to see more gear in action, or has a question about how to use gear, feel free to email me or post in the comments section.Happy shooting, watch those apertures, and we will see you tomorrow!

Canon Product Sheet for the ST-E2

B and H Photo Product Sheet for the ST-E2

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6 comments for “Tuesday Tech Talk: Canon ST-E2

  1. June 24, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Nice video! The ST-E2 is one of my favorite Canon accessories – I use it all the time.

  2. June 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Heh, thanks Brian. Rather amusing that I didn’t have the camera turned on for that first shot. I just didn’t feel like going back to re-edit. Fun stuff regardless.

  3. Angelo Jacinto
    June 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    The ST-E2 makes wireless flash so much simpler to do. I try using it on the 580EX when I’m in a hurry, but I just find that the ST-E2 makes things so much simpler to configure. 🙂 All the buttons are there, and it’s not buried in menus. 🙂 Canon’s LCDs can be quite cryptic the first time around.

  4. June 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the 580 Angelo – do you find yourself using it in master or slave mode with that?

  5. Angelo Jacinto
    June 25, 2008 at 1:08 am

    I use the 580EX as a slave for the ST-E2. I do use the 580 as a master if I don’t have the ST-E2 with me from time to time. But I find myself liking the simplicity that the ST-E2 offers, and the controls as much easier to work out. I wish Canon would redo the LCD of their flashes and make it more intuitive to understand.

  6. Josh Wardell
    January 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

    The video seems to be missing. Could you repost it? I just got an ST-E2 off ebay but the instructions are missing. Though its general use is obvious, I’d like details on all the controls.

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