Phottix’s Laso Makes Non-Radio Flashes Work with Canon’s RT System

Phottix Laso

Phottix has unveiled its new Laso transmitter and receiver. The units work the the Canon RT system.

While that’s nothing new for a third-party transmitter, the receiver unit is a no-brainer for someone who has a bag full of 580EX Speedlites and is starting to integrate 600EX RT units into their kit. Just add the receiver onto your 580EX, pair it with the Laso transmitter (or the Canon ST-E3-RT or 600EX RT) and you have a flash that works with the Canon RT system, which you can now mix with newer 600EX RT Speedlites. [Read more…]

Watch 2 Different Takes on an Outdoor Scene with Ambient and Flash Lighting

Yesterday, I shared a video from Profoto that discussed the benefits of high speed sync when shooting in high ambient light outdoors. In this video from Profoto, we get another look at the differences between shooting with ambient light only and adding layers of light using TTL lighting outdoors mixed with available ambient lighting.

Again, the video highlight’s Profoto’s high end AirTTL system using B2 and B1 lights but the same high speed sync can be achieved with smaller and more affordable speedlights from the likes of Canon and Nikon, or even cheaper third-party speedlights.

Canon’s New Speedlite 430EX III-RT Works as a Master Unit in RT Mode


After the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT was announced earlier this week, Canon USA revised its press release to note that the flash will work as a Master or Slave unit when using the RT (radio transmitter) mode. In optical mode, it is limited to serving as a Slave unit.

What this means is that you can build out a Canon Speedlite system with just the 430EX III-RT units and no need to buy the more expensive 600EX-RT or ST-E3-RT to serve as the Master controller for your other 430EX III-RT units.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT retails for $299.99 and is expected to ship in September 2015. More details here at B&H Photo.