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Oct 11, 2012 19:01 |  #1

i was using a 580 exII as a fill for the side of my pick up, fresh batteries two days ago. a flextt5 on my 5dII and a flex on the gorilla pod holding the 580exII. I slapped on the 85mm 1.8, fired a test flash and backed up enough to get the truck in the frame. tried taking photos, no flash. I walked closer and closer testing it and had to get about 10 feet from the flex before I got a flash. what happened to the "awesome range" of PWs radio freq? both flexes got fresh batteries as a troubleshoot but did not change anything. all channels matched and the 580 had the sock on...


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Oct 11, 2012 19:40 |  #2

If you were really only getting 10 feet then something is wrong. Maybe there was radio interference in the area? Did you test in the studio? Did you try changing channels? It's not a bad idea to have a backup hotshoe adapter and extension cable in your kit. I made my extension cable out of cheap speaker wire. For $20 you could have a 50ft extension to use in emergencies.


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Oct 11, 2012 19:47 |  #3

I had so many issues like that, with my 580 EXII units not being fired by my PW Flex units, that I finally bit the bullet and bought three of the new 600EX-RT speedlights, as well as an ST-E3. No more problems!


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Oct 11, 2012 19:49 |  #4

I bought a 600ex rt today in hopes of evolving my kit from the 580 exii+pw, but I could only afford one for now...


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Oct 11, 2012 22:51 |  #5

Hate to say it but I had enough of those problems to make me sell my Flex and Mini. While I had them I did extensive testing, trouble shooting, swearing, Off camera cords, special brackets, special hot shoes, RF socks, forum searching, frequency changes, more swearing, etc, etc. Oh and before long both of my once bullet proof 580 EXIIs developed ETTL problems and had to be serviced multiple times. Many reports confirm that using the Flex/minis will cause these problems.

Can't say I miss them at all!


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Oct 12, 2012 19:38 |  #6

Night_owl wrote in post #15110152 (external link)
i was using a 580 exII as a fill for the side of my pick up, fresh batteries two days ago. a flextt5 on my 5dII and a flex on the gorilla pod holding the 580exII. I slapped on the 85mm 1.8, fired a test flash and backed up enough to get the truck in the frame. tried taking photos, no flash. I walked closer and closer testing it and had to get about 10 feet from the flex before I got a flash. what happened to the "awesome range" of PWs radio freq? both flexes got fresh batteries as a troubleshoot but did not change anything. all channels matched and the 580 had the sock on...

I would keep the pocket wizards and sell the flash. I had the same problems when i had the 5dmark 2 and tt5's even with or without sock. Tried different channels and was just too inconsistent.


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Oct 12, 2012 19:52 |  #7

squaresnappr wrote in post #15114979 (external link)
I would keep the pocket wizards and sell the flash. I had the same problems when i had the 5dmark 2 and tt5's even with or without sock. Tried different channels and was just too inconsistent.

keep the tt5s?

I bought me a 600ex-rt with hopes of setting myself up for a future speedlight setup. I shoot with a 5DmkII right now so I don't have 100% bells and whistles. oh well, I can problem solve in M when it boils down. I hated to spend so much on just one 600 when the $ would have added a 589exII and another tt5. I will say though, in the hour or so of playing i think the 600ex-rt has easier menus to operate it.


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Oct 12, 2012 20:15 |  #8

Night_owl wrote in post #15115028 (external link)
keep the tt5s?

I bought me a 600ex-rt with hopes of setting myself up for a future speedlight setup. I shoot with a 5DmkII right now so I don't have 100% bells and whistles. oh well, I can problem solve in M when it boils down. I hated to spend so much on just one 600 when the $ would have added a 589exII and another tt5. I will say though, in the hour or so of playing i think the 600ex-rt has easier menus to operate it.

I have tried skyports, ebay triggers and pocketwizards. Out of the three, IMO, I feel the pocketwizards are the most consistent. I also shoot studio strobes and feel I get consistent results with PW. I am also happy with the distance I get with the PW.

Congrats on the 600 and have heard from others how good that flash is.


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