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RF, Wireless Flash Triggers: NEED TO CHOOSE
Old 04-18-2011, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys...I come to the PROs in search of an answer...

I have been researching radio frequency (RF) flash triggers for a few months now. I have been looking at the Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 combo for my Canon 7D and Canon 580 EXII's

I have recently read that there have been issues with the 580 EXII and that the tt5's have been known to some how negatively effect the falsh unit causing them to fail and break.

Already being iffy about the pocket wizards because I need to use the AC5 to use it to it's full potential. I wanted to ask you guys for any other recommendations.

Reason I am looking at PW and RP

I need a system that does not need line of sight to operate.
High Speed Sync is a MUST!
-Since I do not have an awesome strobe setup with power supplies. I am using my flashes as an alternative for location shooting. I found that the cheaper/knock-off RF triggers do not support high speed sync.

Last reason is that I need a reliable system. I cannot afford to have my lighting systems fail when I am in front of a client.

It took a while to decide to pull the trigger and get this setup since I know it will cost a pretty penny...but now I want to make sure I choose the right product.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: RF, Wireless Flash Triggers: NEED TO CHOOSE
Old 04-19-2011, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought the PW flex system for canon and never could get it to work properly. It worked very intermittently. I never got the high speed sync to work. I also got the wavy lines on the photo's despite using the sock and flash shoe accessory. I gave up and bought a radio popper setup and it works 100 times better. I don't like that you have to have a flash on the camera or the flash remote from canon. The flex is supposed to work without a flash on the camera and that is why I bought it in the first place. PW didn't express much interest in helping.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Guys...I come to the PROs in search of an answer...

I have been researching radio frequency (RF) flash triggers for a few months now. I have been looking at the Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 combo for my Canon 7D and Canon 580 EXII's

I have recently read that there have been issues with the 580 EXII and that the tt5's have been known to some how negatively effect the falsh unit causing them to fail and break.

Already being iffy about the pocket wizards because I need to use the AC5 to use it to it's full potential. I wanted to ask you guys for any other recommendations.

Reason I am looking at PW and RP

I need a system that does not need line of sight to operate.
High Speed Sync is a MUST!
-Since I do not have an awesome strobe setup with power supplies. I am using my flashes as an alternative for location shooting. I found that the cheaper/knock-off RF triggers do not support high speed sync.

Last reason is that I need a reliable system. I cannot afford to have my lighting systems fail when I am in front of a client.

It took a while to decide to pull the trigger and get this setup since I know it will cost a pretty penny...but now I want to make sure I choose the right product.

Thanks in advance.
First off, I have to ask you what are you using the 580 EX flashes for? If you are shooting them into umbrellas and/or softboxes then you just wasted a bunch of money. I have never been a fan of this "strobist" movement. I have always believed in using the right tool for the job. For half of what you have to spend for 2 580EX units, light stands, flash brackets, umbrellas, etc you can get a mid-level studio system that will blow away anything that an on-camera flash can dream of producing. Do you want to trust your professional reputation to something that runs on AA batteries? I certainly wouldn't.

I have been out of the new equipment loop for a while now since I have the mentality that if it ain't broke then don't fix it and my 40D and 30D are working just fine but I seem to have read some articles that the next generation 530EX flashes have wireless capability but I could be wrong on this.

There are a lot of alternatives to the Pocket Wizards. Interfit, Elinchrom, Paul C. Buff, etc all make good remote triggers and some of them are a lot simpler in setup and operation than the Pocket Wizards. Also, as was mentioned previously there are also the "poppers" that sell for $30.00 or so on EBay and other places that do a good job of triggering flashes so you have many options available to you. I use the poppers and have never had a problem with them in 4 years. I also carry a 15-foot synch cable and a Safe Synch in my studio kit as a backup in case the popper doesn't work. Good luck.
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Re: RF, Wireless Flash Triggers: NEED TO CHOOSE
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Dave, do you carry your studio strobes to the beach? How can you make them sync with the camera at 1/8000 shutter speed? The Radio Poppers are not the $30 ebay radio's. They are about $500 but give you full e/ttl and sync at any speed. I agree that the studio strobes have their place. But even if you have a generator and 10 assistants and you can live with the studio stobes limitations its not always practical.
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