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Old 10-27-2007, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody here use the MicroSync radio slaves?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=374395&is=REG

As much as I'd love to I just can't plunk down the cash for PocketWizards right now, and the radio slaves I have now (I think they're Speedos) just don't fire every time, and it's getting annoying.

Any opionions? Thanks!

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Re: MicroSync radio slaves
Old 10-27-2007, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never tried them personally, but everything I've read says they're unreliable -- even tripping the flash randomly. I'm not sure if there is a cheap alternative to it that's reliable. After all my research, I just saved up and bought the PW. Until then, I used a cord.
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They're cheaply made, have a pretty short range (~30 meters), and only sync up to 1/180th. of a second. I had the internals separate from the plastic covers and, for me, they didn't always fire. I returned them about 4 days after I got them, purchased the wizards, and never looked back.

I'm hearing good things about the Elinchrom Skyports. You can get the Universal set for ~$185. (You don't need the ones designed for the RX monolights unless you have Elinchrom RX monolights.) The only thing I'd be wary of is that they operate in the 2.4 GHz band along with cordless phones and all kinds of other consumer products. They're digitally encoded though, so they're supposed to be resistant to interference. Also, I haven't seen them in person but the antennas look a little flimsy to me.

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Old 10-27-2007, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well geez, looks like I may hafta just save up for some PocketWizards whether I like it or not. I don't mind using a cord in the studio, but I hate using a cord shooting strobes outside, which I do on a fairly regular basis. Maybe I can order some PWs cheaper through the school or something, I'll have to check...

Thanks Chuck and Chip, I appreciate the replies.
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another inexpensive alternative is at this link

http://www.alienbees.com/rft1.html

Lot's of folks have had good luck with these sets.

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, you've probably already looked here, but in case you didn't..
http://search.ebay.com/pocket-wizard...rprZ8QQxpufuZx
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought the really cheap and nasty wireless triggers from Hong Kong via Ebay.
Cheap and nasty but work every time in the studio and $19.95

I have never tried them outdoors but they are fine in the studio. So cheap I bought 2 so I would have an extra transmitter to fire the strobes when taking meter readings.

Type "16 Channels Wireless Studio Flash Trigger AC 110V" into the search box in Ebay.

Battery powered versions are also available.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I was at a photo shoot last weekend and a number of the photographers were using Morris 4-Channel Wireless Radio Trigger and I didn't hear of anyone having any problems with it not functioning. I asked a couple of photographers about it and they told me it sells for approx. $150.00 and you can purchase additional receivers separately if needed.

I have and still use an infrared Slave from Wein. It is the Wien Pro-Sync XL and to the best of my knowledge it isn't even made any more but it serves my needs well.

Who cares if a slave won't fire above 1/180 sec if all you need is 1/125? You have to analysis your needs and get what will serve you best. The most important thing is not what the other guy does, the most important thing is what do you do?

Good luck and please let us know what you finally decide on.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Most every camera I own sync's to a 500 th of a second. 1/500. True my digitals are a little slow right now, but I have hope for the future.
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey guys, sorry I'm late, but just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the help. After a little research I found out that I can order some PocketWizards for a discount through the school, I just don't know how much that discount is yet... so I'm going to check into that more, and I may just end up getting them. I'll report back here to let everyone know.

Thanks again!
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