OneDay wrote in post #18576576
I'm trying to look into off camera flash and was looking into triggers. Obviously heard a lot about Pocket Wizards and now I'm hearing about Godox. Thoughts on what I should start with or look into before buying?
Currently I have the Canon 580 ex ii and the LumoPro LP180.
If you have an LP180R, then you should probably get a Phottix Odin or Strato trigger to use with the built-in receiver.
If you have a regular LP180, then you only need manual triggers. And you won't have TTL, HSS, or remote power control over the LP180, even if the triggers are capable of all three functions. Something like a pair of Yongnuo RF603II (~$30 for a pair) could be a good cheap way to start out.
PocketWizards (at least the TTL kind) with the 580EXII are not a great mix, as they create radio interference with the PW units, and had to have little blanket thingies wrapped around them to work well. Probably why Canon came up with the 600EX-RT.
Godox is a great system for future expansion, but the LP180 can only be fired in it. You'd get more features with Godox speedlights. You could get a $65 Godox TT600 to use instead, though, and that will let you have HSS as well as remote power control from a Godox XProC or X1TC.
While I'm at it, I'll ask for thoughts on a starter softbox kit...
The basics are that you want a lightstand and then some way to attach your light and modifier to the stand. Typically, either an umbrella adapter/swivel or a bracket.
If this is your first time out, an umbrella might be cheaper and more versatile then a softbox. And with a softbox, knowing what size of subject you're going to shoot can help you determine the right size of softbox. Mostly, I would just say to get a bracket that will let you mount a softbox with your speedlight.