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Any dumb triggers that are compatible with PW Mini TT1?

 
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Feb 24, 2014 10:35 |  #1

I have the PW Mini TT1 and I use it to fire 2 speedlights mounted on Flex TT5 receivers. I want to trigger a 3rd light with just a dumb trigger. Fully manual control, and I don't want to pay the premium for a 3rd TT5. Do I have any options?


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Feb 24, 2014 10:50 |  #2

ay jayy wrote in post #16713402 (external link)
I have the PW Mini TT1 and I use it to fire 2 speedlights mounted on Flex TT5 receivers. I want to trigger a 3rd light with just a dumb trigger. Fully manual control, and I don't want to pay the premium for a 3rd TT5. Do I have any options?

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Feb 24, 2014 18:15 |  #3

ay jayy wrote in post #16713402 (external link)
I have the PW Mini TT1 and I use it to fire 2 speedlights mounted on Flex TT5 receivers. I want to trigger a 3rd light with just a dumb trigger. Fully manual control, and I don't want to pay the premium for a 3rd TT5. Do I have any options?

Regular Pocket Wizards will work. Takes some setup in the TT1 firmware utility.


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Feb 25, 2014 10:53 |  #4

^ yeah, i think the plusX is the only other option that I've found. it's less than half the price of the TT5, so not bad.


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Plus X FTW. But make sure your 3rd light can be plugged in to it.


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Feb 25, 2014 11:36 |  #6

I use the Mini TT1 with Flex TT5s and older Plus IIs often. I don't recall any special setup for the Plus II since they are manual only. If you can't connect a sync cord to your third light or don't want to, a digital optical slave will work. A digital slave ignores the pre-flash as someone mentioned. I have the Morris DS-1 ($30) which works, although the instructions printed overseas were terrible, so I had to call the US based company for the right setting. Seagull is another brand that makes such a digital slave ($15) but I haven't tried that one.

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Feb 25, 2014 17:28 |  #7

CAPhotog wrote in post #16716450 (external link)
I use the Mini TT1 with Flex TT5s and older Plus IIs often. I don't recall any special setup for the Plus II ...

My recollection is that it had something to do with making sure the TT1 was signaling on a channel that the Plus II recognized since the ControlTL channel capabilities was greater.

Could also be faulty memory. :-)


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Feb 25, 2014 21:46 |  #8

ay jayy wrote in post #16713402 (external link)
I have the PW Mini TT1 and I use it to fire 2 speedlights mounted on Flex TT5 receivers. I want to trigger a 3rd light with just a dumb trigger. Fully manual control, and I don't want to pay the premium for a 3rd TT5. Do I have any options?

I do this often (e.g. two Einsteins with PowerMC2 for background or rim, with a manual Alien Bee or two for key and fill).

A TT1/TT5 on the hot shoe will transmit on two channels at the same time, one Control-TL and one standard channel.

A TT5 (or PowerMC2) will receive only on one channel type at any given moment in time, either Control-TL or standard.

Thus, in your situation you can set your hotshoe TT1 or TT5 to transmit on for instance Control-TL 11 and standard 4. Then your two Speedlites on TT5 receivers will listen on Control-TL 11 and you can have the third light plugged into a Plus I/II/III listening on standard 4.


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Feb 25, 2014 21:59 |  #9

dmward wrote in post #16717323 (external link)
My recollection is that it had something to do with making sure the TT1 was signaling on a channel that the Plus II recognized since the ControlTL channel capabilities was greater.

Could also be faulty memory. :-)

Could very well be or depend which version of firmware was included. I just don't recall doing anything special to get them to work. As for memory, I sometimes wonder if for everything new I learn today, does something else get left behind?




  
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Feb 26, 2014 00:16 |  #10

CAPhotog wrote in post #16717934 (external link)
Could very well be or depend which version of firmware was included. I just don't recall doing anything special to get them to work. As for memory, I sometimes wonder if for everything new I learn today, does something else get left behind?

As you say don't have to do anything special to get them to work. The configuration utility allows you to set Control TL and Standard channels if you want to use something different than the defaults. On mine, for example, I've changed the Standard channel to 18, that way I can use the PWIII's in Quad Zone triggering.




  
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