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Thread started 24 Oct 2011 (Monday) 23:53
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POLL: "Which Remote Trigger do You Use?"
Canon IR (ST-E2/ 580EXii/ 7D/ 60D as Trigger)
3
6.4%
Pocketwizard II
4
8.5%
Pocketwizard Control-TL
8
17%
Radio Poppers
5
10.6%
Cybersyncs (Paul Buff)
10
21.3%
Yungnou
15
31.9%
FireXwire (Quantum)
0
0%
Skyport (Elinchrom)
2
4.3%

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Oct 25, 2011 12:45 |  #16

Peacefield wrote in post #13303424 (external link)
Me, too, though I have the I version.

Traded in my Cybersyncs for them and am absolutely delighted. No ETTL, but that's okay since I normally shoot M. What I like best is that the transmitter has a hotshoe and ETTL data passes through. This allows you to still use the on camera flash in ETTL and you still get the focus assist beam. That and the price make these the right choice for me.


The pass through ETTL is a HUGE plus.. I do not have them but I may have to switch.


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Oct 25, 2011 12:48 |  #17

Another Cactus V5 user here. I have so far been really happy with their performance.


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Oct 25, 2011 13:15 |  #18

scorpio_e wrote in post #13304324 (external link)
The pass through ETTL is a HUGE plus.. I do not have them but I may have to switch.

You know what, I thought so too, until I found a better way to do it. I have my flash on camera (as usual) and attach the trigger through the PC port. If you do it this way, make sure you get a locking PC cable - i got mine from flash zebra - and then find a way to secure it to your flash/camera. I use a small bungee cord to bungee it to my flash.

I actually like this way better now, even though it takes a few minutes to set up. I feel my flash is more secure on the hotshoe rather than a few inches up on a cheaper hotshoe.

gjl711 wrote in post #13304336 (external link)
Another Cactus V5 user here. I have so far been really happy with their performance.

When I had a problem with the triggers overheating, they told me they have fixed the problem and had mine replace no problem. I find they are great, and its really interesting to see them making silent improvements (fixed the battery door, solved the overheating problem, etc) without telling anyone. They are a stronger unit now than they were when they first were announced.


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Oct 25, 2011 16:12 |  #19

I thought I might be a pocket wizard hater because I was having big problems controlling multiple remote flashes when practicing for an upcoming wedding. The flashes would trigger just fine with the PW in the hotshoe of my 5D2 but as soon as I mounted an on camera flash and plugged the PW into the PC port on the 5D2, the PWs would only fire some of the time. But it worked fine for my second shooter (Nikon D80, go figure). Getting a screwlock cable from flash zebra seemed to solve the problem. The only issues we had at the wedding this weekend was that from time to time we overheated the flashes because 2 of us were triggering them. But the Plus IIs worked great. I shot a Canon 5D2 with a 430Ex II on camera, my second shooter was on a D90 with a YN560 on camera, and we used 3 YN560s on stands with PW PlusIIs. Worked great.


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Oct 25, 2011 16:42 |  #20

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It just depends on what Flash/flashes I'm using
I'm definitely going to be looking at the PW mini's with the AC3 though


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Oct 25, 2011 19:16 |  #21

Red Tie Photography wrote in post #13304495 (external link)
I feel my flash is more secure on the hotshoe rather than a few inches up on a cheaper hotshoe.

On the Stratos, the hot shoe is right over the original hotshoe; I tend to not even bother changing out the trigger when I don't need it because it's completely incidental. I've been really happy with the quality and reliability.


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Oct 25, 2011 20:13 |  #22

wdwpsu wrote in post #13301851 (external link)
I totally bought in to the Control TL system by PocketWizard. It's reliability has been suspect all along. As a result, I'm thinking it's time to move on.

I don't care so much about the price as much as I want the reliability.


By the Control TL system, are you referring to the Flex units? I have three Flex TT5 units and they work whenever they feel like it, not whenever I need them to (which is all the time!)

Yes, reliability would be so nice. I've gotten used to my TT5 units misbehaving but they really should just work, all the time, forever (especially at that price! Plus an AC3 Zone Controller). Too much $$ invested to quit on them yet but man, are they frustrating!
Wish I'd never sold my 550 flash


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Oct 27, 2011 09:26 |  #23

PhotoMatte wrote in post #13306640 (external link)
By the Control TL system, are you referring to the Flex units? I have three Flex TT5 units and they work whenever they feel like it, not whenever I need them to (which is all the time!)

Yes, reliability would be so nice. I've gotten used to my TT5 units misbehaving but they really should just work, all the time, forever (especially at that price! Plus an AC3 Zone Controller). Too much $$ invested to quit on them yet but man, are they frustrating!
Wish I'd never sold my 550 flash

Yes. Sounds like we're in similar shoes. That's why I'm looking for an alternative.


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Oct 27, 2011 16:51 |  #24

I shoot manual for all my OCF, therefore the Yongnuo have been perfect for my needs. I have only had them for about 6 months, but they have been rock-solid so far.




  
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Oct 27, 2011 16:57 |  #25

nicksan wrote in post #13303519 (external link)
Cybersyncs work well for me.

Me too as well.




  
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