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Dave_Holdham
1 Jul 2010 - 6:51 PM

Hi all
could any one help or recommend radio triggers for my Canon 580ex11 and 430ex11 Flashes. I know there are an array of cheap brands and a few more expensive ranges, which is why i donít want to make a hasty mistake. I would like TTL control but i think it would be a bit out of my price range, i was also looking at sky port triggers , the cactus V4 Radio slave set and also Interfit Strobies i Sync 4 Wireless and Optical Trigger/Receiver Set, i could go , the mind boggles, any help would be great.

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cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 7:08 PM

Well if you want full TTL your gonna have to dig deep into the piggy bank.....Sad

Have a look on " Amazon " they seem to be selling a vast array of these things, With some useful buyer feedback too.

Wink

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Dave_Holdham
1 Jul 2010 - 7:24 PM

Thanks cameracat, i think i can exclude full TTL due to my pockets not being that deep,Sad i suspect it's a case of you get what you pay for, but if anyone has had good reliability with a cheap set of triggers i would be pleased to here. Smile

t_downes
t_downes e2 Member 6260 forum postst_downes vcard United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 - 9:50 PM

Hi Dave. I use the cactus wireless triggers with my speedlites and they work well. Try you tube and type the brands in and you can make your own mind up from there.

Tony

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Dave_Holdham
1 Jul 2010 - 9:59 PM

Thanks Tony i will have a look Smile

wicksy
wicksy  879 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Jul 2010 - 11:23 PM

I have a set of triggers only just getting to grips with them but good firs impressions - They are made by phottix and came from e bay - very cheap (£30.00 ish for 3 ), and they seem to work well, (can flash from different rooms r outside building, and 100 metre range outside, but no ttl I am afraid!
Chris

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Dave_Holdham
2 Jul 2010 - 6:59 PM

Thanks Chris ,
they look great for the price, i have also been looking at PIXEL TR-332 Flash Wireless Trigger for Canon E-TTL II that may be a cheap alternative to pocket wizards ( around £110 ) and have ttl. Does anyone here use these?

patkelly
patkelly  5 Ireland
4 Jul 2010 - 1:56 AM

I would recommend the canon ST-E2 although expensive it does a great job with full TTL. You might be able to pick one up on e-Bay.

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72220 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2010 - 9:30 AM


Quote: Thanks Chris ,
they look great for the price, i have also been looking at PIXEL TR-332 Flash Wireless Trigger for Canon E-TTL II that may be a cheap alternative to pocket wizards ( around £110 ) and have ttl. Does anyone here use these?

AdeMcFade got some of these triggers, for a 5D mk1, only to find that they are only compatible with 5D mk2. They do look like quite a good/cheap alternative to Pocketwizards/RadioPoppers, but check to make sure they work with both your camera body and flash guns.
I have used the cheap ebay radio triggers from HK, with great success, with the Phottix brand(PT-04) and the RF-602 being both reliable, and having good range. They do only give you manual flash control though so you need to consider this.

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kaybee
kaybee  103801 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2010 - 10:16 AM

EPZ seems to recommend these ........... a lot cheaper than Pocketwizards

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72220 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2010 - 10:46 AM


Quote: EPZ seems to recommend these ........... a lot cheaper than Pocketwizards

With all due respect Roy, the Seculine system only offers manual flash capabillities compared to FULL TTL capabilities(with additional ultra-HSS) with the PocketWizard system, hence the difference in price.
The seculine system is made in the east, and marked up as a UK product. It has less range and functionality than the RF-602 system, which is also cheaper.

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steve_kershaw
4 Jul 2010 - 11:27 AM

hi Dave
first I'm sure you know you can fire your 430 off camera with your 580 on camera with full ttl

the STE2 transmitter works well indoors but is next to useless outside, but you do get full ettl

pocket wizards are the best but very expensive,

radio poppers give full ettl, cheaper than the PWs but not sure they are available over here yet

the ebay pixel ettl triggers now have a version 2 software that is suppose to make them work better, if you search the flicker groups you will find loads of info on these,

the none ttl, RF-602 are cheap and have good feedback,

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Dave_Holdham
4 Jul 2010 - 9:05 PM


Quote: Thanks Chris ,
they look great for the price, i have also been looking at PIXEL TR-332 Flash Wireless Trigger for Canon E-TTL II that may be a cheap alternative to pocket wizards ( around £110 ) and have ttl. Does anyone here use these?

AdeMcFade got some of these triggers, for a 5D mk1, only to find that they are only compatible with 5D mk2. They do look like quite a good/cheap alternative to Pocketwizards/RadioPoppers, but check to make sure they work with both your camera body and flash guns.
I have used the cheap ebay radio triggers from HK, with great success, with the Phottix brand(PT-04) and the RF-602 being both reliable, and having good range. They do only give you manual flash control though so you need to consider this.

Thanks again Chris,
I am using the 5D MK2 so the Pixel TR-332 are compatable but as they have not been around long , they seem to have little feedback, I may just take a chance or just go for cheap manual triggers, but the way i think is if you have TTL facility why not make life easier and use it Smile

steve_kershaw

I have got 6 of the new ettl Pocket Wizards, I am on about the 5th firmware upgrade, and there are still issues, PW are supposed to be the best and if they have struggled so much to get there units working with firmware upgradable products, I would be very wary of a none upgradable product, I would search the Internet before you part with your cash

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Snapper_T
Snapper_T e2 Member 10848 forum postsSnapper_T vcard United Kingdom
5 Jul 2010 - 4:19 AM

I'm also using the RF-602 triggers. I carried out a quick test at work a while ago. http://www.flickr.com/photos/34966184@N07/sets/72157622322801364/

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