New to this forum, and i need some advice on what triggers to buy for my flashes. This seems like a large, active forum, so i thought id give it a shot!
I have a 40D and two Sigma 530 Super, which i have been triggering with some cheap ebay-triggers for some months (Blazzeo Meg-Trig). Works perfectly in regular conditions, very few misfires even with two flashes. Only problem is that it outputs several flashes (like 3-5), but thats not the problem im adressing in this thread. The triggers cost me 18$ each, and they give great value for your money.
Seeing as i am combining my two favorite hobbies, snowboarding and photography, i need reliable triggers for cold conditions. Thats where the problems start. These cheap triggers refuse to work properly in cold (about 3c-5c and colder) conditions. Since i shoot snowboarding, this is a major issue. I have alot of misfires, and because i am using multiple flashes, its a even bigger problems. Shooting with these triggers in cold conditions is like playing russian roulette with light. There is no telling wich, or if they all, or none of them will fire. I just got contacted by a magazine that might want me to cover some events for them, and i need triggers that can make me seal the deal.
I need triggers that are reliable down to -30celsius, and have fairly good range. Ive looked at PocketWizards, but they are very expensive, and seeing that this is just a hobby (for now) i cant defend buying those 200$ each-triggers, especially when i would need three PW Plus II. I have taken a look at Elinchrome Skyport, and AlienBees' CyberSync-system. Anyone tried the 530 Super with any of these systems?
Some blog said that he had some major issues with his 530 Super and Skyport, with about 50% failing rate, which is totally unacceptable. Anyone tried this setup, and can (un)confirm this? Either way, this looks like a good priced setup as far as i can see, and i assume it would work well in cold conditions too. Anyone tried it?
Any thought on AlienBees CyberSync? Dont know if these work well in cold conditions either, but they are fairly priced and they seem to have good solutions. Dont know if they are fully compatible with my 530 Super though, anyone tried that setup?
And then, we have PocketWizards. I guess they are as reliable as a radiotrigger can get, but they are very expensive. I stumbled across some problems adressed in this thread, although that was a 500 super. If i at first go ahead and buy some expensive PWs, i wont accept any problems like the one adressed in the thread i mentioned. Have anyone tried the 530 super with PWs?
Alot of questions here, but i really need some advice, and some first/second hand experiences. Thanks for your time!
edit: just thought i'd mention it, i dont need E-TTL-support or loads of channels. Just a reliable trigger for cold weather.