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Flash radio transmitter in the way when shooting with both eyes open

 
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Dec 18, 2009 22:55 |  #1

Hi,

I have been shooting HS football games using the both eyes open method with good success this fall.
Now with the HS basket ball season started, I wanted to keep using the same method but I ran into a small problem.
I am shooting basket ball using two small flashes triggered by RadioPoppers JRX receivers and I have the JRX transmitter installed in the hot shoe of my Canon 50D.
When shooting in portrait mode, the radio transmitter is blocking some of my peripheral vision and it really annoys me.
Does anybody else has the same problem?
Is there a solution for this?

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Dec 19, 2009 02:25 |  #2

You could use a sync cable to take the transmitter off camera.


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Dec 19, 2009 17:34 as a reply to  @ Nate P.'s post |  #3

Same problem. I just dont use that eye, or I slightly angle the camera.



  
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Dec 19, 2009 19:09 as a reply to  @ Nick Pro's post |  #4

I like the idea of taking the transmitter off camera hot shoe.
On my 50D, I have a PC screw lock connector so the cable connection should solid and reliable.
I am not sure what to do with the transmitter:
1 - Put it in my pocket, but this means that I have a cable going to the camera. Does sounds like a pain and something in the way.
2 - Attach the transmitter somewhere else on the camera, but this probably means using Velcro. I am not thrilled about the idea of gluing Velcro to my camera.

Is there a better solution?




  
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Dec 19, 2009 19:39 |  #5

Get a 1/4-20 stud and screw it into tripod socket on bottom of camera.


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Dec 19, 2009 22:35 as a reply to  @ Sledhed's post |  #6

There is no screw or attachment hole on the Radiopopper JRX transmitter so I probably need some kind of adapter.




  
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Dec 19, 2009 22:58 |  #7

I've never seen a Jrx on a camera, but I simply tilt my head enough that I can see around my Cybersync transmitter with my left eye. I probably watch the action more with the left eye than I do with my right eye in the VF.

If you have trouble doing that, I would velcro the transmitter to the camera. The adhesive that is on the good velcro will come off fairly easily. It's a good idea to pull the velcro off the camera and replace it every month or so to avoid the adhesive becoming overly gooey.


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Dec 19, 2009 23:48 as a reply to  @ DDCSD's post |  #8

I looked at a picture of the Cybersync transmitter, compare to the JRX it looks like narrower and taller.
By "simply tilt my head enough" do you mean like looking under or over the transmitter when in portrait mode?
I tried that but it did not feel to work, may be it is because the JRX is wider than the Cybersync, not sure.




  
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Dec 20, 2009 00:03 |  #9

gfm wrote in post #9231203 (external link)
I looked at a picture of the Cybersync transmitter, compare to the JRX it looks like narrower and taller.
By "simply tilt my head enough" do you mean like looking under or over the transmitter when in portrait mode?
I tried that but it did not feel to work, may be it is because the JRX is wider than the Cybersync, not sure.


In portrait orientation, I rotate my head so that my left eye is looking over the top of the transmitter. I keep the camera level and have my head at an angle when my nose is making contact with the hotshoe of the camera/base of the transmitter.

This is on a 1DMkIIn. I don't think the 50D has as pronounced and tall of a pentaprism "hump", so it might not line up as well.


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Dec 20, 2009 08:58 |  #10

gfm wrote in post #9230937 (external link)
There is no screw or attachment hole on the Radiopopper JRX transmitter so I probably need some kind of adapter.

OK, there is on a Pocket Wizard which is what I use.


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Dec 20, 2009 10:26 |  #11

OP, are you using a grip?


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Dec 20, 2009 12:22 as a reply to  @ DDCSD's post |  #12

No, I don't use a grip.
Seems like the easiest for me will be to use Velcro to attach the transmitter to the bottom of the camera. Not ideal but it will do the trick.




  
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