Canon have today announced a new Speedlite 430EX RT-III as an immediate replacement for the 430EX II Speedlite.

The 430EX II was I found a nice unit, but the new model takes things on, most significantly with both optical or radio (RT) wireless flash control.

It adds to the growing capabilities of the EOS flash system, and at its price I think it will become very popular.

For now here are the official launch details. I may offer some further comments on its performance at a later stage:

Get creative with flash – Canon unveils the SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT

image008United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 8 July 2015 – Canon today expands the EOS system with the introduction of the SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT. Designed to further enhance shooting opportunities, the new flash replaces the Speedlite 430EX II in the range and 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 power of light in the palm of your hand
The new SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT is Canon’s most capable mid-range Speedlite flash to date. A maximum Guide Number of 43 at ISO 100 provides enough power to light subjects in a wide range of conditions, with the flexibility to work alongside additional flashes using the radio or optical remote control system. Plus, with a lens coverage range of 24mm to 105mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, the SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT offers a wide or narrow spread of light which is controllable by the user.

An ideal flash for creative photographers, 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 760D and EOS 70D, the SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT can be used instantly as an off-camera flash with output and power controllable from the camera menu.

The SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT joins Canon’s hugely 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 30m away. The SPEEDLITE 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 included orange colour filter allows users to match or contrast the colour of the flash light with the light sources around them, and an integrated catch-light panel provides the opportunity to add a sparkle of light to bring portraits to life. The SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT also features a new and enhanced illuminated dot matrix LCD display, which provides easy control over every aspect of the flash, and a multi-control dial provides shortcuts to the main functionality.

SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT Key features:
Powerful, yet compact enough to take anywhere
Simple controls and an intuitive interface
Use remote flash to create the look you want
Shoot flattering portraits using bounced light
Integrates with other Speedlites as part of the EOS Family

Pricing and availability
The SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT will be available from July 2015 with an SRP of £249.99/€349.99.

End. (08/07/15).