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Anybody have hands-on experience with the Commlite T320 triggers?

 
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Feb 12, 2013 17:39 |  #1

They're said to be a new and improved RF602, but has anyone here actually owned and used them? I couldn't find much online as far as reliability goes.

http://flashhavoc.com/​commlite-comtrig-t320-review/ (external link)


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Feb 23, 2013 19:39 |  #2

996gt2 wrote in post #15603360 (external link)
They're said to be a new and improved RF602, but has anyone here actually owned and used them? I couldn't find much online as far as reliability goes.

http://flashhavoc.com/​commlite-comtrig-t320-review/ (external link)

I can't speak to their functionality with the Nikon equipment you list in your post but they work fine with my Canon 650D, Canon and Yongnuo strobes. My set came with a Canon specific cable for the wireless shutter release functionality. You'd obviously need a different cable for similar functionality with Nikon equipment. The manufacturer shows one being available. I've only had them a short time so I can't offer any experience as to their long term performance but they seem to be reasonably well made and generally solid. My only concerns from a long term wear and tear perspective would be the somewhat delicate looking pins on the foot of the transmitter unit. In order to make one trigger that will allow E TTL/I TTL passthrough with both Canon and Nikon cameras and strobes there are eight contact pins placed very close together on the transmitter hotshoe foot. I would have preferred to pay a few dollars more and have them make dedicated versions for Canon and Nikon so the pins could have been larger and more widely spaced. That said, they work perfectly so far and the locking ring on the feet make them vastly more secure than the Yongnuo 602/603 units I got them to replace. On the whole I would recommend them. For the price I don't think they can be beat.


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Feb 23, 2013 20:31 as a reply to  @ draderusa's post |  #3

The T-320 are based on the previous G430 and Ojecoco H-430 which have a pretty solid record already.

I agree about the pins, it still probably wouldn't be that easy to damage them but I would still be extra careful compared to other triggers.

If you're happy to pay a bit more for something more refined the Phottix Strato II are very nicely made.
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Feb 26, 2013 19:17 |  #4

I just bought a pair a few days ago, so far they seem to be working excellently. I like the TTL pass-through and the fact that both the Tx and Rx have locking rings (a feature I wished the RF602s had, they kept falling out during shoots!). Maybe I'll post up a short review if I have time.


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Mar 05, 2013 21:27 as a reply to  @ 996gt2's post |  #5

Is the shutter release cable included? Don't you have to specify Canon or Nikon?

Ordered a pair of Yongnuo 603's w/ C1 cable and unfortunately got the C3 cable. Vendor says he doesn't have a c1 cable so just return it. Might be a good thing since the commlite unit looks better.

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Mar 06, 2013 13:07 |  #6

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Is the shutter release cable included? Don't you have to specify Canon or Nikon?

Ordered a pair of Yongnuo 603's w/ C1 cable and unfortunately got the C3 cable. Vendor says he doesn't have a c1 cable so just return it. Might be a good thing since the commlite unit looks better.

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Yes, you specify Canon/Nikon and which version depending on your camera model.

The T320s can be used as a wired remote or a wireless remote, which is nice. Also, unlike some other triggers that I've had in the past, you do not have to hold down the shutter button in bulb mode, so long exposures are considerably easier.


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Mar 06, 2013 17:48 as a reply to  @ 996gt2's post |  #7

The T320's on Amazon (Leature) say Canon/Nikon and show a cable but at the bottom of the page it says

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T320 transmitter X 1

T320 receiver X 1

Flash sync cable X 1

3.5mm-6.35mm flash adapter X 1

Notice?Remote cable should be bought separately according to your camera model.?For details please refer to the compatibility form?
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I want the remote shutter release function. I don't see a place to specify which cable. Am I missing something?


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Mar 06, 2013 19:30 |  #8

mark f1 wrote in post #15685048 (external link)
The T320's on Amazon (Leature) say Canon/Nikon and show a cable but at the bottom of the page it says

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Package:

T320 transmitter X 1

T320 receiver X 1

Flash sync cable X 1

3.5mm-6.35mm flash adapter X 1

Notice?Remote cable should be bought separately according to your camera model.?For details please refer to the compatibility form?
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I want the remote shutter release function. I don't see a place to specify which cable. Am I missing something?

I got mine through Grace at ThePhotoGadget here: http://thephotogadget.​com …log/flash-triggers?page=1 (external link)

There are separate listings for different camera brands and cable types. She runs a great business and her customer service is top notch. She ships from China but I got mine very quickly.


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Mar 06, 2013 19:38 as a reply to  @ draderusa's post |  #9

Yea, I saw them at Photo Gadget . I'm a little leary since it took 2 months for my flash to get here from Photo Gadget. I may try them again since that looks like the best option.

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Mar 06, 2013 20:02 |  #10

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Yea, I saw them at Photo Gadget . I'm a little leary since it took 2 months for my flash to get here from Photo Gadget. I may try them again since that looks like the best option.

Thx

I looked at the Amazon link you mentioned and I believe the cable that is included in that listing is the one you need for your 60D. Unfortunately that listing is not sold by or shipped from Amazon. I don't know anything about Leature. They have a 5 star rating but there are only 4 reviews so I don't think you can tell much from that. I did look at their shipping info on Amazon and notice that the shortest delivery times are to Asia which leads me to believe you may be ordering from China with this seller as well. I personally order many many things from Amazon each year and am one of their biggest fans but I've learned the hard way to differentiate between items sold or warehoused by Amazon itself and listings on Amazon that are really transactions with a separate seller that is not backed by Amazon. Leature may be a reliable company. I just never heard of them. I do suspect if you used the contact link on the PhotoGadget site and asked Grace about estimated shipping time she'd be happy to give you a reliable estimate.


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Mar 06, 2013 21:01 as a reply to  @ draderusa's post |  #11

Agree w/ all your points, also noticed Leature didn't answer a question posted in Dec.

I will contact Grace, however I believe my package got stuck somewhere in transit. Tracking showed it shipped shortly after it ordered, then no update until the day before I got it.


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Mar 06, 2013 22:15 |  #12

mark f1 wrote in post #15685435 (external link)
Yea, I saw them at Photo Gadget . I'm a little leary since it took 2 months for my flash to get here from Photo Gadget. I may try them again since that looks like the best option.

Thx

FYI it only took 7 days for me to get it from thephotogadget's ebay store.


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Mar 22, 2013 19:57 as a reply to  @ 996gt2's post |  #13

Update - ordered on 3/7, received on 3/21, much better than the last order.

Also, first impression on T320 is good. Instructions are light years better than Yongnuo.


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