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May 24, 2011 20:24 |  #1

Hey guys,

I've got a 430 EX II I'd like to shoot with off camera, but I have no idea where to start looking for a wireless flash transmitter. Preferably with a transmitter and more than one receiver in case I (probably) get another flash. Anyone have recommendations in the $50-100 range?

Also, I'm looking for some good tutorials and tips for shooting off camera with one flash. I'm hoping this will open up some new possibilities. Thanks!


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May 24, 2011 20:41 |  #2

alot of people use the yongnuo transmitter/receivers. i have the interfit strobies and like them but alittle bit more than the yongnuo.


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May 24, 2011 21:00 |  #3

I have been using the yongnuo rf-603s with good success, about 45$ for a pair and they are transceivers so two sets gets you three slaves, I tested mine out at 300' plus and didnt get any misfires. Only bad thing I can find is they didnt put a lock on the shoe, so far my only misfires are when the shoe is misaligned. :)

as for tutorials visit http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com/2006/03/lightin​g-101.html (external link)
that should give you a good start


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May 25, 2011 15:25 as a reply to  @ CalebG's post |  #4

Cactus V5 transceiver system:

http://www.gadgetinfin​ity.com/product.php?pr​oductid=17567 (external link)

http://www.mpex.com/br​owse.cfm/4,17373.html (external link)

Keep in mind that these are manual only (no ETTL) just like the YN.


Some info on a few triggers:

https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=12440711&po​stcount=14


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May 25, 2011 15:32 |  #5

Just a thought (different perspective).
Upgrade your Rebel XT to a 7D and use the built in wireless if you can live with that. And you can pretty much bet on the fact that the 5D upgrade (when it comes out) will have something as good or better.

The benefits: Less stuff to carry and setup and you get a 7D
The cons: IR is not as good as real triggers (range and line of sight issues), you can't use it with your 5D.

I had just got the 50D and planned on looking into a wireless solution next when the 7D was announced. I no longer have a 50D and no longer need a wireless solution. But my wireless needs are very basic.


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May 25, 2011 15:46 |  #6

CalebG wrote in post #12473091 (external link)
I have been using the yongnuo rf-603s with good success, about 45$ for a pair and they are transceivers so two sets gets you three slaves, I tested mine out at 300' plus and didnt get any misfires. Only bad thing I can find is they didnt put a lock on the shoe, so far my only misfires are when the shoe is misaligned. :)

as for tutorials visit http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com/2006/03/lightin​g-101.html (external link)
that should give you a good start

I have those too - and I am concerned because I just got stands and brackets to use it on, but because there's no lock on the shoe, I don't feel like my flash is secure with this set up. Any experience or advice?

(otherwise they've been great for me! haven't tried them at large distances though)


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May 25, 2011 17:29 |  #7

hairy_moth wrote in post #12478108 (external link)
Just a thought (different perspective).
Upgrade your Rebel XT to a 7D and use the built in wireless if you can live with that. And you can pretty much bet on the fact that the 5D upgrade (when it comes out) will have something as good or better.

The benefits: Less stuff to carry and setup and you get a 7D
The cons: IR is not as good as real triggers (range and line of sight issues), you can't use it with your 5D.

I had just got the 50D and planned on looking into a wireless solution next when the 7D was announced. I no longer have a 50D and no longer need a wireless solution. But my wireless needs are very basic.

Haha, that kind of surpasses my 50-100 range. While I'd like to get a 7D some day, I'd like to use this with my 5D II. :)


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May 25, 2011 20:09 |  #8

I just ordered the Cactus v5 set this morning, can't wait to get it. At first I looked at Yongnuo but didn't like the fact they didn't have the locking wheel. After researching a few more options I think the v5s will be a perfect place for me to begin and offer flexibility to expand at a reasonable price.


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May 25, 2011 20:16 |  #9

Blurr Cube wrote in post #12478064 (external link)
Cactus V5 transceiver system:

http://www.gadgetinfin​ity.com/product.php?pr​oductid=17567 (external link)

http://www.mpex.com/br​owse.cfm/4,17373.html (external link)

Keep in mind that these are manual only (no ETTL) just like the YN.


Some info on a few triggers:

https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=12440711&po​stcount=14

What kind of range are you getting with these?


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May 25, 2011 20:24 as a reply to  @ Biological Contagion's post |  #10

Cactus V5s over the RF-603s. Locking feet, channel selection wheel, and no on/off switches just where you can't reach them when the flash is mounted, and takes up to 300V sync voltages (the RF-603s are still limited to 12V like the 602s); and uses a 3.5mm minijack, not a 2.5mm minijack. Hopefully if Yongnuo makes RF-604s, they'll rectify these issues. But until then....

All the advantages the 602s had over the V4s are gone. Like the 603s, the V5s are 2.4GHz, can double as shutter remotes, use AAAs, are transceivers [I.e., each unit can be used as either a Tx or Rx unit], and have the pass-through hotshoe.

The only advantages to the RF-603s are the wake-up function and the smaller size. That's it.


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May 25, 2011 20:25 |  #11

TGrundvig wrote in post #12479606 (external link)
What kind of range are you getting with these?

They are rated for 100 meters. I've got close to twice that. I did a review on them when they came out. http://rudys-rants.blogspot.com …sh-trigger-by-gadget.html (external link)




  
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May 25, 2011 20:40 |  #12

rudy_216 wrote in post #12479686 (external link)
They are rated for 100 meters. I've got close to twice that. I did a review on them when they came out. http://rudys-rants.blogspot.com …sh-trigger-by-gadget.html (external link)

Excellent review Rudy.


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May 25, 2011 21:25 |  #13

you can check this one out
http://www.adorama.com …er&utm_source=r​flaid63799 (external link)

I have something similar and it works fine. Manual only though, will probably upgrade to ETTL soon




  
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May 27, 2011 16:41 as a reply to  @ afoord82's post |  #14

I'm also in the market for a cheap ("affordable") set of trigger/receiver. The non-locking issue mentioned on this thread makes me nervous about the Yongnuo's. I Googled the Cactus, but couldn't find a price/place to buy. Any info on that?


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May 27, 2011 16:52 as a reply to  @ neophyte52's post |  #15

Never mind; missed the link in the earlier post...


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