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benji25
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Oct 13, 2014 20:17 |  #1

I want the simplest way to get HSS with off camera flash. I do not need wireless control (i.e. I can walk and change them). Am I correct in thinking that the Mini TT1 and the Flex TT5 will achieve this?


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Oct 13, 2014 20:36 |  #2

I own PW tt5's .......junk!! antenna's are fragile and the shoes crack with no effort. The AC3 is super convenient but the misfires are not fun!!

Look else where for more reliable triggers. You'll have misfires with 580exii's or 430exii.

I lend them out to my brother as I resorted to using them for dummy triggers for studio strobes. Worst $1200 bucks of triggers I've ever spent in my life.


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Oct 13, 2014 20:50 |  #3

YN622c if you are using HSS capable speedlites. If you are using another kind of light it would help to say




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Oct 13, 2014 21:20 |  #4

I will be using speed lights and alien bees.


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Oct 13, 2014 21:28 |  #5

I have sets of PW mini and tt5s to sell you I'd you're absolutely set on them. Just don't expect them to work beyond 15 ft in distance with speedlites. They do look pretty cool as paper weights.

Phottix or 622c are the ways to go.


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Oct 13, 2014 21:57 |  #6

benji25 wrote in post #17211384external link
I will be using speed lights and alien bees.

Just be sure that you understand that HSS is a speedlite thing and is completely different ftom hypersync, supersync or other methods of fooling studio strobes timing to get a similar effect.




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Oct 13, 2014 22:05 |  #7

Speedlites (Canon's brand) work fine in HSS with YN-622Cs, as does the YN-622C-TX.

ABs do not work with the 622C's fixed timing Supersync (= Hypersync). But they probably do with the 622C-TX's adjustable timing Supersync. (I haven't yet seen reports by users.)

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Oct 14, 2014 05:24 |  #8

I read a lot complaints and I can only write obtain your information at PocketWizard to read what you are doing wrong.

Cracked flash feet are there to protect the equipment to high impacts doing lots of damage. You can replace the feet yourself and you can spares for good price in the shops that sell PocketWizards.

After the new cooperation PocketWizard stepped even more the development for flashes and camera's.


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Oct 14, 2014 11:49 |  #9

mmmfotografie wrote in post #17211808external link
I read a lot complaints and I can only write obtain your information at PocketWizard to read what you are doing wrong.

Cracked flash feet are there to protect the equipment to high impacts doing lots of damage. You can replace the feet yourself and you can spares for good price in the shops that sell PocketWizards.

After the new cooperation PocketWizard stepped even more the development for flashes and camera's.

But they're very expensive and they're prone to problems with interference.

Almost all the competition is cheaper and more reliable. I suffered a love hate relationship with mine, loved them because they were the only way to do what I wanted. Hated them because they were unpredictable.

The happiest time they gave me was when someone paid for them on Ebay so I could buy something better.


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Oct 14, 2014 12:01 |  #10

Phil V wrote in post #17212388external link
But they're very expensive and they're prone to problems with interference.

Almost all the competition is cheaper and more reliable. I suffered a love hate relationship with mine, loved them because they were the only way to do what I wanted. Hated them because they were unpredictable.

The happiest time they gave me was when someone paid for them on Ebay so I could buy something better.

Yes in combination with a 580exII from Canon there is a problem that that flash is sending out a interference that disturbed the communication between PovketWizards.

You can compare it like having two babies crying next to your ears and you are asking yourself why you can not understand what your wife is saying.


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Oct 14, 2014 12:12 |  #11

So it sounds like the votes go to yongnuo on this one?


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Oct 14, 2014 12:25 |  #12

benji25 wrote in post #17212439external link
So it sounds like the votes go to yongnuo on this one?

For speedlites certainly.




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Oct 14, 2014 12:44 |  #13

AlanU wrote in post #17211315external link
I own PW tt5's .......junk!! antenna's are fragile and the shoes crack with no effort. The AC3 is super convenient but the misfires are not fun!!

Look else where for more reliable triggers. You'll have misfires with 580exii's or 430exii.

I lend them out to my brother as I resorted to using them for dummy triggers for studio strobes. Worst $1200 bucks of triggers I've ever spent in my life.

You must be being really rough on them. I've had mine for years and they're in mint condition. I've even dropped them a few times (onto cement, to boot) and had the battery door come off —I thought them broken—, but it was easy to put it back into place again. Same thing with the shoes: I still don't like that they're plastic, but they've held together even though I tighten the knob real tight to prevent them from coming off the flash bracket and falling.

To the OP, yes, that PW combo will do what you want.


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Oct 14, 2014 13:17 |  #14

Alveric wrote in post #17212512external link
You must be being really rough on them.

To the OP, yes, that PW combo will do what you want.

Well... i rarely use mine and the test button seized on my mini. Props to PW though; they replaced it quickly.

With 580EXii speedlites, I had to slip a ridiculous shield/sock on the flash. And even then, they'll fire intermittently.


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Oct 14, 2014 13:55 |  #15

I'm lucky, I guess, I never had a 580EX. They work fine with my Metz, but, the Metz doesn't play nice with them in terms of HSS: past a certain speed I start getting the dreaded 'half the frame is dark' problem. The Canon 430EX-II does HSS flawlessly all the way up to 1/8000 with the PW's no problem. Go figure.

PW have their work cut out for them trying to reverse engineer and/or suss out most flash and camera makers' protocols, so some glitches are to be expected here and there: not really the fault of PW.


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