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How do I set up a 430ex off camera on lightstand?

Ana Garcia , Oct 29, 2006; 04:59 p.m.

I have a canon 20d and a canon 430ex speedlite.

I have been reading the Strobist blog. I would like to set up my 430ex off the camera on a lightstand- but i don't want to have another flash on the camera. Most of my confusion is due to that the 430ex doesn't have the "pc" connection available.

I was trying to avoid having to buy the expensive pocket wizards- assuming those would work with my flash. But I'd like any advice on how I can go about setting up my flash off camera. The Canon off camera show cord 2 just doesn't seem long enough and I don't have the knowledge or eqipment to alter it to make it longer

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question but I've been trying to figure this out all day, searching the internet but all the information I've gathered has just confused me more.


Mark U , Oct 29, 2006; 05:29 p.m.

If you don't want to add another flash, then you can always get Canon's ST-E2 wireless slave controller:


You have to take care that the slave photodiode on the 430EX can see the IR signals from the ST-E2.

You could also buy another flash (e.g. Canon 550EX, 580EX or Sigma 500 DG Super) that is capable of acting as a wireless master. Although it would need to be mounted on the hotshoe or OCSC2, you can set it so that it only controls your slave and produces no flash itself (other than signalling flash, which doesn't affect exposure) - and you'd have the benefit of a second flash if you later wanted a more complex lighting scheme.

Don W , Oct 29, 2006; 10:05 p.m.

Have a look here at # SF941 and # 201300. Get one of each and a 10-12 foot PC sync cord to connect them together and you should be good to go. You will lose the ETTL function of the flash though.

Ana Garcia , Oct 29, 2006; 11:13 p.m.

Don, Marc, thank you for the quick responses. Don this clears up my confusion regarding hot shoe adapters, I will try this method.

Mark U , Oct 30, 2006; 04:42 a.m.

You can buy lengthened OCSC2's from Paramount Cords:


That way you retain E-TTL functionality, which may be easier than being limited to whole stop increments of manual power with your 430EX as you would be if you use a PC cord connection.

Sylvia Payne , Oct 30, 2006; 11:25 a.m.


I bought a $20.00 wireless flash trigger - 16 channel item from Ebay and it works great. My son walked throughout the house with the flash and the receiver and it fired everytime. Check out "Strobist" on the web and you'll find all kinds of money saving tips and techniques on using the flash off camera. Hope this helps...

Mike Ferris - Omaha, NE , Oct 30, 2006; 12:22 p.m.

Mark...Do the new Sigmas work as a master to the Canons? My older sigma 500 super will not trip my 580's or the 430's.

Ana Garcia , Oct 30, 2006; 02:18 p.m.

Mark, thanks for the link, I didn't know they were for sale already lengthened. Sylvia I have been thinking of getting those, thanks.

Mark U , Oct 30, 2006; 03:54 p.m.

RE: Sigma flash as E-TTL master

Early models of the Sigma (is yours a recent EF 500 DG Super?) did have problems integrating with Canon units, as noted in this review:


I doubt that if you flash doesn't work with a 580EX or 430EX it would work with any other Canon E-TTL master or slave - i.e. it is probably an older, incompatible model.

Mark U , Oct 31, 2006; 04:36 a.m.

Sigma EF 500 DG

For the sake of clarity, the current Sigma EF 500 DG does work with Canon units that are wireless capable including the 580EX and 430EX, either as master or as slave.

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