clarence wrote in post #12227352
I was frustrated with this on the first day too. Make sure you turn the tt1 and lights on in the right order.
For power On, I go flash (or strobe), TT5, TT1, then camera. Then fire a test shot to calibrate and sync everything. I haven't had a missed shot yet.
On my 5D Mk II
, the usual xsync is 1/200". With the PW MiniTT1, I get 1/250" and 1/320"
perfectly clean. 1/400" starts to show some shutter curtain at the bottom of the frame. And then I set the crossover to HSS for 1/500" through 1/8000".
On my 1D Mk III
, the usual xsync is 1/250". But with the TT1 I get perfectly clean 1/500"
and full power from my strobes. And then at 1/640" I crossover into HSS.
I've bought and tried most of the yongnuo and cactus triggers over the years. After switching to the PW flex/mini, I can't imagine ever switching back.
I'm not knocking the Cactus or Yongnuos... they're a great value if you just need/want a manual trigger. But if you already have the miniTT1 and PW's, just make sure you're using them right before you switch, especially if you need/want the ETTL, ControlTL, optimized xsync, HyperSync, HSS, and/or seamlessly mixing speedlites and strobes (with remote level adjustability too).
interesting. to give PW some credit, they work fine indoors. but once you take them outdoors their performance starts to get iffy when more than 6ft away and thats just unacceptable for something that cost roughly $200 a piece. you should have seen me use the PW before all the software updates...i had to wrap my flashes in EMF mesh to get the darn PWs TT1 and TT5 to communicate.
i think the cactus v5 is where im headed now. 1/1000 of shutter is more than enough for me when working outdoors. im good enough with the flash that i can dial up or down as needed depending on conditions to really not care about the TTL features of PW. I only got my TT1 for its size (the plusIIs looked ridiculous sitting on my cam) and figured i get the TT5 to match, this all back when it was under preorder and had just been announced.
but when all is said and done, ill still keep around the PWs for when im working with other crews who dont have nonPW stuff since PW seems to be more of a standard.
OneyedJack wrote in post #12227908
I probably should have left that statement out. I am not trying to guess how the op will use them. I just think it may be valuable info for the op to know what limitations these triggers can have. Especially since the op is giving up pocket wizards.
all good thanks for the help. i am a paid pro. its just ultra embarrassing and unprofessional when im shooting say a couple who has paid me top dollar outdoors and my flash only goes off maybe 1 out of every 10 tries. you would think that PWs costing $400 a set would rock the party, but they dont. and why the heck do i have to point my plusII antenna straight up all the time? if i pay for the "mercedes" of all flash triggers, i expect seamless and dynamic operation.
now if cactus has this problem, then i might as well just stay with PW but im interested to see if cactus's "FST" is a gimmick or actually works or not.