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Welcome to Lorber Films. We’re 100% independent website and review more than 30 of the most popular radio trigger systems and speedlites, all of which are compatible with Canon DSLR cameras. We not only review those made by Canon but also by third parties such as Godox and Yongnuo.
Here at Lorber Films, we’ll show you the main features that you’re likely to find on a speedlite such as E-TTL auto exposure mode, manual flash power, flash zoom, flash exposure compensation, guide numbers, high speed sync, and optical and radio wireless systems, to name but a few. This will help you choose the best speedlite that suits your needs and budget.
Canon Speedlite Review
Canon EL-1 Review (NEW)
Canon’s new flagship speedlite (due to be released at the end of February 2021; available for pre order only)
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Review
This was released in 2016. It’s Canon’s flagship speedlite. Canon E-TTL II, 2.4 GHz wireless radio communication, zoom range 20-200mm, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, compatible with ST-E3 Speedlite transmitter.
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Review
Released in February 2018, the 470EX-AI is Canon’s latest offering. Canon E-TTL II, Auto intelligent bounce head, zoom range 24-105mm, Guide number of 47m at ISO 100 and 200mm, optical wireless slave (no radio).
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Review
The 470EX-AI is Canon’s latest offering released in February 2018. Auto intelligent bounce head, Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 47m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 24-105mm, optical wireless slave (no radio wireless). Released 2018.
Transmitters & Controllers
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Radio wireless controller for the Canon 600EX II-RT and the 430EX III-RT flashes. Supports E-TTL II, range up to 50m, compact design, 5 groups or 15 individual speedlites, easy to use controls. Released 2012.
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 Review
This optical wireless controller is used for sending pulses of infrared light for Canon 550EX, 580EX(II), 420EX, and 430EX(II) flashes. Range up to 15m with direct line-of-site, supports E-TTL II, 3 groups, compact design, infrared autofocus assist lamp.
Review of Canon Spedlite 580EX ii
Product’s release date: 2008. Canon E-TTL II, Optical wireless (master & slave), zoom range 24-105mm, Guide number of 58m at ISO 100 and 105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter.
Canon Speedlite 430EX ii Review
Optical wireless (slave only), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 43m at ISO 100 and 105mm, zoom range 24-105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter. Released 2008.
Godox Speedlite Review
Review of Godox Wistro AD360 II-C (Released Oct 2015)
Guide number of 80m at ISO 100 using standard reflector, powerful bare-bulb flash head, HSS, E-TTL II, Godox X radio wireless (master and slave). Great for shooting outdoors in bright light. Has external lithium-ion battery. The AD360 II-C and AD360 are becoming outdated and have been largely replaced by newer AD200, AD600/400/300/200 Pro range.
Godox AD300 Pro Review (Release date: Apr 2020)
This flash is compact, run off batteries, and lightweight enough to fit in a camera bag. Although, it looks more like a mini studio strobe than a regular speedlite. It has E-TTL and HSS and delivers a powerful 300Ws flash. It is compatible with Godox X-series of radio triggers.
Godox AD200 Review (Release date: Apr 2017)
A portable flash that’s powerful and possesses interchangeable flash head (speedlite head or bare bulb). E-TTL II, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 using bare bulb with normal reflector, Godox X radio wireless (slave only), HSS. A lithium-ion battery powers it.
Godox AD200 Pro Review (Release date: Apr 2019)
This is the Pro version of the popular Godox AD200 reviewed above. It now includes a Colour Consistency Mode offering a variation of only +/- 100K across all flash power outputs, which is particularly suitable for commercial/product photographers. It has very similar spec and look to the cheaper AD200. Although other improvements such as increased recycle time are present.
Godox AD100 Pro Review (Soon to be released)
This new addition is aimed at the highly portable off-camera flash market, suited to event / wedding photographers who require a little extra power. It looks like a scaled down Godox AD300 Pro body but has a round Fresnel flash head similar to Godox V1. Although similar spec to Godox v1 (reviewed below), it’s a tad more powerful and has a cooling fan for preventing overheating.
Godox V1 Review (Release date: Apr 2019)
Godox V1 is a new round-head flash from Godox and appears similar, in terms of specification and design, to the much more expensive Profoto A1 flash. A lithium ion battery powers it and gives it an excellent recycle time. E-TTL, 28-105mm zoom head, and HSS. Excellent build quality. Uses the Godox X radio wireless communication.
Godox V860 II Review (Release date: 2016)
Lithium ion battery gives it fast recycle time. Similar to Canon’s 600EX II-RT but has Godox X radio wireless. Zoom range 20-200mm, guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, HSS, and E-TTL II.
Godox TT685C Review (Release date: 2016)
Similar to Canon’s 600EX II-RT but has Godox X radio wireless. Zoom range 20-200mm, guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, HSS, E-TTL II. It runs off 4x AA batteries unlike the V860.
Godox TT600 Review (Release date: 2016)
This one is basically a TT685C but without the E-TTL functionality. It has HSS, but it’s just a manual flash. Godox X radio wireless (slave/master). Zoom range 20-200mm, guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm. A budget speedlite.
Godox TT350 Review (Release date: 2017)
The smallest in the Godox speedlite range. Just two AA batteries, it is a pocketable flash. Compared to the typical 52m of most larger flashes, Godox TT350 has guide number of 36m at ISO 100 at 105mm. E-TTL, zoom range 24-105mm, built-in 2.4Ghz Godox X radio wireless (slave/master), HSS. Perfect for smaller mirrorless cameras.
AmazonBasics Electronic Flash
Sell at an unbeatable price. No frills manual speedlite. Ideal for budget home studio. Although easy to use, you’ll need to invest in a wireless trigger set and get it off camera. Made by Godox, sold by Amazon. Guide number of 33 metres at ISO 100 and 35 millimetres.
Triggers (Transmitters and Receivers)
Godox XPro-C Transmitter Review
This is a top of the range controller for the Godox X radio. Supports E-TTL II and HSS. Easy to use with five individual group buttons and possesses large display. Up to 32 channels and 16 groups.
Godox XT32C Transmitter Review
This is a mid-range controller for the Godox X radio. Supports E-TTL II and HSS. Easy to use and adequate display. Up to 32 channels and 16 groups.
Godox X2T-C Transmitter Review
An updated version of the X1T-C, Godox X2T-C possesses better display, easy access to wireless groups, and a more intuitive menu.
Godox X1T-C Transmitter Review
The cheapest and simplest of the Godox X controllers/transmitters. Supports E-TTL II and HSS. Fiddly buttons and small display. Up to 32 channels and 5 groups.
Godox X1R-C Receiver Review
It is a Radio X wireless receiver. It can be attached to Canon speedlites as Canon 580EX II to enable it to be incorporated into Godox radio system. It requires a Godox controller.
Yongnuo Speedlite Review
Review of Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT II
One of Yongnuo’s most popular speedlites and almost identical to the Canon 600EX II-RT. Conon E-TTL II, Canon RT2.4 GHz wireless radio communication (slave and master), zoom range 20-200mm, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, compatible with Canon ST-E3 transmitter.
Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT Review
Although similar to the YN600EX-RT, it has 20-105mm zoom head, built-in LED light, and slightly more powerful. Canon E-TTL II, Canon RT 2.4 GHz wireless radio communication (slave and master), zoom range 20-105mm, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 105mm, compatible with Canon ST-E3 transmitter.
Yongnuo Speedlite YN568EX III Review
Has many similarities with Canon 580EX II Speedlite. Canon E-TTL II, optical wireless (slave and master) Guide number of 58m at ISO 100 and 105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter, zoom range 24-105mm.
Yongnuo Speedlite YN685 Review
Although uses Yongnuo’s proprietary 622C radio wireless system (slave only), it is compatible with Canon cameras. Built-in radio receiver triggered by YN-622 transmitter. Full Canon ETTL. Zoom range 20-200mm, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100.
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 IV Review
No ETTL. Manual flash output. Built-in radio transceiver uses RF-603 radio triggered by YN560-TX (II) transmitter (slave and master).
Review of Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 III
The same as YN560 IV above. Can only act as a slave.
Triggers (Transmitters & Receivers)
Review of Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter YN-E3-RT II
An updated version of the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT and almost identical to the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter. Uses Canon RT radio wireless system. Now works with more recent Canon cameras. Supports HSS, E-TTL II.
Review of Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter YN-E3-RT
Similar to Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter. Supports HSS, E-TTL. Uses Canon RT radio wireless system. Unfortunately, has a few compatibility issues with newer Canon cameras.
Review of Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter ST- E2
It has improved range than Canon ST-E2, even though it’s almost identical to it. Takes AA batteries. Wireless communication is by infra-red pulses, which require line-of-sight with the slave speedlite. It is designed to work with the Canon optical EX wireless system.
Review of Yongnuo YN-622C-TX Controller
E-TTL radio controller using Yongnuo 622C radio. Can be used to control a YN-622C radio receiver or YN685 speedlite, which themselves can be attached to a Canon 430EX or 580EX to add full radio wireless communication.
Review of Yongnuo YN-622C II Trigger Kit
Two YN-622C II radio wireless transceivers are what is present in the trigger kit. Using Yongnuo 2.4GHz 622C radio system, each unit can act as a receiver or transmitter that supports E-TTL II. The YN-622C-TX controller can also control each unit.
Review of Yongnuo YNE3-RX Receiver
E-TTL II radio receiver. Uses Canon 2.4GHzRT radio system. This unit allows older CanonEX Speedlites as 580EXII to be controlled by any RT speedlite master or ST-E3-RT and to be added to Canon radio system.
Review of Yongnuo RF-603C II Kit (Manual transceivers)
Contains a pair of RF 603 II transceivers, which can be used as either a receiver or transmitter. These cannot change power settings or communicate E-TTL information and are simple manual transceivers. They use the Yongnuo RF 603C radio.
Review of Yongnuo YN560 TX II Transmitter
This is an updated version of the manual transmitter for the YN560 IV Speedlites & YN560. Better LCD layout, compact body, and locking hotshoe clamp. Can be used to trigger the RF-603C transceiver mentioned above since it uses the RF503C radio system.
Review of Yongnuo YN560 TX Transmitter
The dedicated transmitter for the YN560 IV & YN560 III Speedlites. Can be also be used to trigger the RF-603C transceiver mentioned above since it uses the RF603C radio system.
Neewer Speedlite Review
Review of Neewer TT560
This one always appears near the top of search results when you type speedlites on Amazon and is one of the cheapest. Ideal for beginners, it is a very basic “no frills” manual speedlite. You’ll need to invest in a pair of radio triggers to get it off camera although it’s easy to use. Similar to the AmazonBasics Electronic Flash made by Godox for Amazon. Guide number of 33 metres at ISO 100 and 35 millimetres.
Review of Neewer NW565EX
If you’re looking for an on-camera flash that has E-TTL auto exposure capabilities, then this one is a great budget choice. It also has a sufficient 18-180mm zoom and a powerful flash with Guide number of 58m @ 180mm & ISO 100). For this price, It’s an excellent value even though there’s no High Speed Sync.
Review of Neewer NW-670