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Feb 19, 2010 09:29 |  #241

The RF602s are supposed to work according to this thread, but I haven't received mine yet, so I can't personally confirm.


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Feb 19, 2010 10:38 |  #242

I discovered my PT-04TM works.


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Feb 20, 2010 11:09 |  #243
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BTW if you order a sto-fen for your flash get the one for a 580EX II. Its a little tight to get on the first time, but once you get it on it fits nice and snug.

These flashes are just a hair bigger than the 580EX II at the end of the head. if they would have not put those little design looking things on the side then it would have been a exact fit.


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Feb 20, 2010 14:07 as a reply to  @ HardcoreFX's post |  #244

I got mine in a bit ago. Brand new unit with everything included. Works perfectly.


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Feb 20, 2010 15:31 as a reply to  @ robdooks's post |  #245

Received both of mine yesterday... they appear new with diffusers and stands... AND they both operate in e-ttl fine on my T1I.

Finally maybe my rotten luck is changing.:eek:


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Feb 20, 2010 17:25 |  #246

bruceq wrote in post #9647343 (external link)
Received both of mine yesterday... they appear new with diffusers and stands... AND they both operate in e-ttl fine on my T1I.

Finally maybe my rotten luck is changing.:eek:

How do they work if you use them as bounce flashes in e-ttl?


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Feb 20, 2010 23:08 |  #247

So far, no luck with Cactus V4...they fire my 380EX just fine....any ideas, anyone?


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Feb 21, 2010 00:29 |  #248

I know mine fire with my V4s. Make sure your batteries are good, and put the flash in M mode.


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Feb 21, 2010 00:41 |  #249

leroy_sunset wrote in post #9649982 (external link)
I know mine fire with my V4s. Make sure your batteries are good, and put the flash in M mode.

:(

Threw in some fresh batteries. They will trigger only very occasionally. I know the triggers work because the LED on the receiver lights up. The Quantaray flash fires if I hit the test button on the transmitter repeatedly, then the flash fires maybe once in every 5 button pushes.

I haz a sad.

Again, my 380EX fires every time with the V4, but no manual on that flash :(


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Feb 21, 2010 04:34 |  #250

That sucks. Must be defective.


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Feb 21, 2010 06:50 |  #251

I am thinking these quantaray flashes are sensitive to trigger circuits and some of the chinese triggers don't pull the flash trigger voltage low enough. Maybe try new batteries in the triggers too.


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Feb 21, 2010 10:39 |  #252

Ok, these are my attempts thusfar:

  • Cactus V4 + 380EX: Works perfectly (but no manual mode)
  • Quantaray 900WA On Camera: Works perfectly, TTL mode activates, but FEC doesn't seem to do anything
  • Quantaray 900WA as optical slave: Works perfectly
  • Cactus V4 + Quantaray 900WA: fires only very intermittently
All done with fresh new alkaline batteries in order to eliminate that from the equation. I may slap some new batteries into my Cactus V4 receiver, just in case the included batteries don't provide enough oomph, but I doubt that's it.

mdruziak wrote in post #9650847 (external link)
I am thinking these quantaray flashes are sensitive to trigger circuits and some of the chinese triggers don't pull the flash trigger voltage low enough. Maybe try new batteries in the triggers too.

Does this mean that the flash may damage my hotshoe when on-camera? I've heard of some of the Vivitar 285HV's do this if you're unsure of the voltage.

I would truly like some enlightenment as to my above issues - sounds like, if my unit is defective, then I'm SOL because they're sold out. :(


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Feb 21, 2010 12:26 |  #253

DocMike wrote in post #9651610 (external link)
Does this mean that the flash may damage my hotshoe when on-camera? I've heard of some of the Vivitar 285HV's do this if you're unsure of the voltage.

I would truly like some enlightenment as to my above issues - sounds like, if my unit is defective, then I'm SOL because they're sold out. :(


Check this page out for a list of triggers someone tested the 900wa with:
http://www.flickr.com …iscuss/72157623​413257820/ (external link)

I doubt your flash is bad if it is triggering on the camera.

Try to set the flash to manual mode and then trigger on the camera and then the Cactus. My flash will not fire on a PT-04TM if it is in TTL mode, but works fine in Manual mode. However, my flash will not trigger at all on a CT-301P.

The other thing you can do to test the flash is to set it to manual and then short out the center pin to the metal foot with a jumper or tip of a screwdriver.

No the flash won't damage the camera. I measured less than 5V on the trigger pin of my flash.


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Feb 21, 2010 19:12 |  #254

Looks like two Open Boxes back in stock.



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Feb 21, 2010 23:22 |  #255

mdruziak wrote in post #9652071 (external link)
I doubt your flash is bad if it is triggering on the camera.

Try to set the flash to manual mode and then trigger on the camera and then the Cactus.

The other thing you can do to test the flash is to set it to manual and then short out the center pin to the metal foot with a jumper or tip of a screwdriver.

No the flash won't damage the camera. I measured less than 5V on the trigger pin of my flash.

thanks for the input. The shorting trick fires the flash, as does firing the flash on-camera in Manual mode. However, sill does not work with my Cactus V4 even when set to manual mode...fires once in a blue moon, though the red LED on the receiver lights up every time, confirming receipt of transmission. Likewise, my 380ex fires every time with
my V4,too. I'm really at a loss for an explanation.


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