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mtimber
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Jun 19, 2012 10:47 |  #406

Just ordered a set of 2 triggers and 6 receivers.

This with my 5d3, ipad with eyefi and 6 yongnuo yn565ex is an awesome travel kit...!


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Jun 19, 2012 23:25 |  #407

i love these triggers. i actually find myself using them in manual instead of ettl a lot. i just like how i can change the settings in my camera menu instead of walking up to each flash to change the power. saves me so much time... i do have misfires occasionally. might be the batteries getting low, not too sure

recent shot using 2 430ex2's, 5d3, and a 24L

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7353609634_6e4f0168be_b.jpg



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Jun 20, 2012 04:50 |  #408

^^Nice.


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Jun 20, 2012 10:01 |  #409

Love that shot booja. Wish I had 2x 430EX2's... I still got a non-EX2 one and it sucks walking/climbing up and down.


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Jun 20, 2012 10:04 |  #410

Capeachy wrote in post #14605752external link
Love that shot booja. Wish I had 2x 430EX2's... I still got a non-EX2 one and it sucks walking/climbing up and down.

Yeah when I got these triggers I made it a point to get all ex2 flashes just for the ability to control them with the camera.

I have 3 ex2 flashes now and 3 receivers. I want to get a 4th




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Jun 20, 2012 11:31 |  #411

^^The yn565ex works with these triggers.


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Jun 20, 2012 16:53 |  #412

I finally got a transmitter replacement. It will accept Firmware updates.
Now I am having trouble getting the Kings to work reliably with Nissin Di866 units with the transmitter on a 5DII.
I also have a Nissin Di866 MkII and a 580EXII they also seem erratic.

I reinstalled the latest firmware in all three devices to no avail.

Anyone having success with these flash units?

HSS and ratios are my two highest priority features.


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Jun 20, 2012 18:54 |  #413

David - that is disappointing. The Di866 (original) is not listed as compatible. But your two Mark II models should be fine with your 5DII. There have been a number of users reporting success. There have also been a number of reported problems.

I hate to say it to someone as knowledgeable as you, but...
Erratic = poor shoe/foot contacts and/or bad batteries.

There is such a variety in engineering specs and tolerances, and some combinations seem marginal. Cleaning the under-side of the rails on both mating devices is essential. It's the circuit ground, and is susceptible to intermittent fault when the 580EXII type clamp is not operating smoothly (which happens quite often).


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Jun 21, 2012 07:24 |  #414

Clive,
When I double checked the compatibility on the Pixel site it says the Nissin is compatible without identifying the specific model. The impression I get from the Nissin site is that the only significant difference between the two is the metal foot.

Anyway, the two I have are Mark I, and one Mark II.

The Mark II will change to manual when I change to manual via the camera menu but it sets to 1/128 power regardless of the power setting on the camera.

The 580EXII seems to change power as requested.

The batteries in the Pixel's are alkys but I admit that I just slide the speedlites into the hotshoe without taking care to see that they are properly cleaned.


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Jun 21, 2012 08:08 |  #415

My first triggers have turned up.

First impressions?

Surprised how big they are! :-)


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Jun 21, 2012 09:25 |  #416

Just did some more testing.
It appears the the Mark I Di866s will fire in HSS but there is no real flash control.

The Mark II is exhibiting unusual behavior. It will not fire, even though the pre-flash fires. Then it will fire at a higher shutter speed once, then not fire again.

I've moved it from receiver to receiver, tried it on manual, goes immediately to 1/128 power and won't budge from there.

I've but the mark Is and the mark II directly on the camera and they work as they should.

Changed batteries in the receivers and transmitter, as well as the speedlites.

I even clean the contacts.

All to no avail.


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Jun 21, 2012 17:09 |  #417

booja wrote in post #14604073 (external link)
i love these triggers. i actually find myself using them in manual instead of ettl a lot. i just like how i can change the settings in my camera menu instead of walking up to each flash to change the power. saves me so much time... i do have misfires occasionally. might be the batteries getting low, not too sure

recent shot using 2 430ex2's, 5d3, and a 24L

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Simply SPECTACULAR!...Well done! Modifiers used? Please share.


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Jun 22, 2012 15:19 |  #418

one from a recent wedding with the kings, i had to brighten the shot up a bit, but saved it nicely. If i would spend more time on it i'd take that pole and lines but...but meh.

5d Mark II
17-40 F4L
pixel kings
ETTL +3 ex.comp
HSS
580ex through white umbrella above camera

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7173731283_1dac0aae6e_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/btmlinedan/7173​731283/] (external link)
Jed and Bailey favorites (external link) by btmlinedan (external link), on Flickr


also, here's one with 1 580ex off camera to the right, bare.

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/7358953924_b49a29cb42_z.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/btmlinedan/7358​953924/] (external link)
Jed and Bailey favorites (external link) by btmlinedan (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 22, 2012 16:20 |  #419

I just ordered a set of these, and they shipped out today! Woot!
I am just starting to dive into the world of off camera flash, and have, what will most likely be a very 'noobie', question. Is there a light meter out there that will trigger my flash(es) while using these triggers. I have only skimmed the last few pages of this thread, so please forgive me if it has been covered here!
Thank you!


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Jun 22, 2012 18:07 |  #420

Great shots, :):):)

btmlinedan wrote in post #14617369 (external link)
one from a recent wedding with the kings, i had to brighten the shot up a bit, but saved it nicely. If i would spend more time on it i'd take that pole and lines but...but meh.

5d Mark II
17-40 F4L
pixel kings
ETTL +3 ex.comp
HSS
580ex through white umbrella above camera

QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/btmlinedan/7173​731283/] (external link)
Jed and Bailey favorites (external link) by btmlinedan (external link), on Flickr


also, here's one with 1 580ex off camera to the right, bare.

QUOTED IMAGE
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/btmlinedan/7358​953924/] (external link)
Jed and Bailey favorites (external link) by btmlinedan (external link), on Flickr


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