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Tristar radio remote trigger kit any good?
Old 11-27-2005, 06:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a good remote radio trigger at a resonable price to fire my strobes, searching the web I found one made by Tristar, a remote radio trigger "Tristar RT-01" is this one any good? I want to use it on my Canon 350D.

My local photoshop adviced me to use a normal hot-shoe with cable conection to the strobes, but I don't want to risk a overload to the camera and zapping it.

So has anyone used this model from Tristar?

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Old 11-27-2005, 08:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never heard of the Tristar units.

You might look at the MicroSynch Digital radio units though, I rented a set and loved them. They're right around $300 for a tx/rx set, and they're SMALL which is what the draw is for me (I like the Pocket Wizards, but shooting with both eyes open, I find the transmitter to be in the way and annoying).

As for buzzing out your camera, I would think that your hot shoe adapter would have that protection built in...Better check on that for sure though, I don't know the Canon stuff all that well.
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your response,

I did have a look at the MicroSynch Digital kit and the Pocket wizard, both systems are topnotch, but both hit me to hard on my budget, that's why I am looking for an nice priced kit like the Tristar remote, they sell for about $ 140,-

The Canon 350D takes no more than 6 volts according to the manual, and some hot-shoes do not have voltage regulator build in, I simply don’t want to take the risk.

Another thing is the less cables I have to use the better, setting up 4 to 5 strobes means wires enough to trip over [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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Old 11-29-2005, 10:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use something similar up here in Canada that sells for around 150.00 CDN. It's distrubuted by Tristar.

For the most part it does the job but occasionally it will misfire. There is only one channel if that's a problem for you.

They can sometimes be fussy about the placement of the camera in relation to the trigger on the slave. I don't eaxctly know the cause but think it has something to do with my body blocking the signal or the studio head is blocking the signal.

I've seen similar kits to these on ebay for very low prices. You might want to take a gamble on one of these before you plunk down the 140.00.
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You can get a Wein Safe sync that fits in the hotshoe and allows your to connect the pc cord to it that goes to the flash. It regulates the voltage and keeps in below the 6 volt limit. I've been using one for years on my older cameras (Canon 10D, Canon G2). Works very well. I also use the Pocket Wizards, but they are quite expensive.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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One channel is not a real problem for me, I will have a look at those eBay remotes first, if they seem to be any good I might have a go at one of those.

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Dunno about the Tristar kits, but I used one of the Ebay triggers, and it worked fine. Flimsy though. It finally gave up the ghost after a drop onto the concrete. Next time, its Velcro'd to the head
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Old 12-03-2005, 09:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I decided to have go at the Tristar, those eBay remotes are cheap and might be a real good bargain but shipping to Europe and the shipping cost are too high, thus making the Tristar a good bargain.


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