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I\'ve had it with IR transmitters!
Old 10-14-2004, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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the unreliability of IR transmitters is driving me nuts. I'm gonna get some radio transmitters. What'd'ya think? Pocket Wizards? Bowens? Calumet? Other?
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Old 10-14-2004, 12:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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PocketWizards are your best bet. They'll trigger your strobes reliably. Disclaimer: I haven't used the Bowens/Calumet transmitter or Quantum's FreeWire system.

Also, if you have a newer Sekonic meter (L-358/558/658) you can purchase a PocketWizard transmitter for it, so you can trigger the lights with the meter.
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I agree with John.. The PocketWizards are the way to go.. We use them in the studio and at weddings without any trouble at all.

We had the Quantum RadioSlaves for some time but started getting false triggers from sources other than us. Since we switch to the PocketWizards life has been good.

We use or Sekonic L-358's with the transmitter and that works great as well.


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Re: I\'ve had it with IR transmitters!
Old 10-14-2004, 02:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What kind of problems are you having, and which one are you using? I've been using Weins ever since they came out (12-15 years ago?) and have found them extremely reliable, unless you are outside in bright sunlight and not line-of-site to the power pack. Inside, no problem. Of course every once in while one transmitter goes bad, but I haven't had that happen in ages. What I like about them is they are small and light. I just bought a pair of Pocket Wizards because I am doing more flash outdoors, but they are heavier and more awkward than the Wein IRs, so I will only use them when really necessary.

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I have been using pocket wizards for threee years now and they work great for me. They are also durable. Dropped one into the water when shooting the image below. Took it home let it dry for a day and all was fine.

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The only complaint I have about Pocket Wizards is the form factor -- they're vertical, not horizontal. I find that when I use otehr people's Pocket Wizards, they get in the way. If you've never used a set, use somenoe else's or rent a set so that you get a feel for it.

I use the Quantum in my studio -- they've been great. I did get to see the Calumets and I like them very much! Haven't used them, but all of the major brands of transmitters should work just fine. It's the off brands with poor quality control that you should stay away from.

Best of luck in the hunt!

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This was shot with a Pocket Wizard:
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Re: I\'ve had it with IR transmitters!
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If you are just using strobes then I'd probably go with Pocket Wizards since they are starting to be built into power packs, meters and even cameras. However, if you have or use Quantum Q-flashes then I would at least investigate the Quantum Freewires. They will allow you to do remote TTL on the Q-flashes. If that isn't a need you have then Pocket Wizards are probably what makes the most sense.
 
 
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Old 10-14-2004, 01:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah, that's what i don't like about them: their vertical-ness. altho maybe that's not really a big deal. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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i'm using canon's st-e2. it works great when using it with canon speedlights (i have a 550ex and 2-420ex's). but for firing monolights (i have a couple of novatron m-300s and a cheapie jtl), it's somewhat unreliable in terms of where i have to be for it to fire the monolights and my distance from the strobes. it also doesn't like ambient sunlight at all and doesn't take much for it NOT to fire my monolights (not the case, however, when firing canon speedlights--it'll fire them in harsh sunlight) btw, in order to bypass the pre-flash when firing the monolights, i have to "dumb-down" the st-e2 with a piece of tape covering the four rear contacts leaving only the single contact at the front of the hotshoe exposed. so, i was thinking of purchasine a wein cuz i've heard good things about it, but then i'm thinking it's still a line-of-sight xmitter, so why not take the money i'd spend on the wein and put that together with some other bucks and go for the radio xmitter/receiver.
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Old 10-14-2004, 03:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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and the Calumets are cheaper
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