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Oct 12, 2007 04:04 |  #1

pocket wizards. best place to get them? best alternatives? Is there something not so pricey that gets the job done?


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Oct 12, 2007 04:35 |  #2

PW's are nice because they use RF to transmit to the other PW which will control just about anything you connect it to. IR transmitters are cheaper but have distance and line of sight requirements.

You can get some radio transmitter/slave kits from eBay for less money. But in the end you get what you pay for. Go for the PW's if it won't break the bank.


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Oct 12, 2007 08:25 |  #3

The Elinchrom Skyport Universal system is a relatively new product that has been getting great reviews. About half the price of PWs and available at all the usual online retailers.

I don't own one of those sets, but I probably will soon.


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Oct 12, 2007 08:51 |  #4

scot079 wrote in post #4110189 (external link)
You can get some radio transmitter/slave kits from eBay for less money. But in the end you get what you pay for. Go for the PW's if it won't break the bank.

+1. odds are, if you go the ebay route, you'll end up buying PWs later on anyways.


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Oct 12, 2007 08:57 |  #5

I didn't even bother with alternatives because the PWII's have everything I needed. If anything else is better out there, please tell me. I may not sell my PWII's but other people won't have to pay so much either. I paid a lot for the 2 PWII's and 2 cables at B&H on sale. I can't imagine what it would have been otherwise. I buy mostly everything at B&H these days.


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Oct 12, 2007 09:24 |  #6

I should have my skyports in about a week I will let you know how I like them.




  
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Oct 12, 2007 09:43 |  #7

how do these device hook up to canon flashes since they don't't have in inputs on the them?


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Oct 12, 2007 09:49 |  #8

azpix wrote in post #4111077 (external link)
how do these device hook up to canon flashes since they don't't have in inputs on the them?

Get one of these (external link)from the Flash Zebra.


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Oct 12, 2007 12:53 |  #9

Why do you see such little mention of MicroSync's product? They're about 1/2 the price of Pocket Wizard's and seem a little more mainstream than the Gadget Infinity triggers.


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Oct 12, 2007 12:55 |  #10

ZebraFlash is the way to go. got my cables there. The same functioning hot shoe at B&H is $34.95


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Oct 12, 2007 13:50 |  #11

I bought my PWII from B&H and will not shoot in the studio without them. If you are going to invest good money you should get your moneys worth.


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Oct 12, 2007 14:15 |  #12

T.Hogan wrote in post #4112460 (external link)
I bought my PWII from B&H and will not shoot in the studio without them. If you are going to invest good money you should get your moneys worth.

I went the cheap route and got an IR transmitter for my studio strobes, hopefully it'll be more reliable than the PC cord, which works 95% of the time. I couldn't stomach paying $400 for PW's just to use indoors where IR is generally suitable.


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Oct 12, 2007 15:14 |  #13

Got the Skyport Universal set and extra receivers and I've been so happy with the result.
Sure the power button is too "exposed" and easily tripped but for the money saved compared to buying PW, not to mention the small size, its the best money I spent $ for $.


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Oct 12, 2007 15:39 as a reply to  @ airshaq20's post |  #14

i bought a set of ebay triggers just over a week ago, and played around with them quite a bit(wanted to see if i liked the whole strobist thing before i dove in headfirst). Needless to say i just sold my ebay triggers and ordered up a set of pocket wizards for myself, along with another flash, lightstand, umbrella, etc. :)
btw, i paid $360us shipped for my pocket wizard plus II's from ebay.


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Oct 12, 2007 16:44 |  #15

Kamik636 wrote in post #4113047 (external link)
i bought a set of ebay triggers just over a week ago, and played around with them quite a bit(wanted to see if i liked the whole strobist thing before i dove in headfirst). Needless to say i just sold my ebay triggers and ordered up a set of pocket wizards for myself, along with another flash, lightstand, umbrella, etc. :)
btw, i paid $360us shipped for my pocket wizard plus II's from ebay.

Well, goes to prove what I've always found to be true "buy cheap, pay twice" or "I'm too poor to buy cheap things". The cheap stuff usually has flaws that sooner or later prove to be such a PITA that you have to upgrade to what you should have bought anyway.


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