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Good quality optical trigger for hotshoe flash.....

 
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Oct 12, 2018 08:28 |  #1

Can anyone recommend a good quality hotshoe optical trigger? All I've found are the cheap ones that I can not get to work properly in a daylight environment. I would love to find one that is as reliable (or nearly as reliable) as the optical trigger on my Elinchrom Ranger which will easily trigger in bright environments. I don't mind paying more for a quality trigger but I can't seem to find one. Thanks for any suggestions! Links are appreciated :)




  
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Oct 12, 2018 14:41 |  #2

If you use the Wein IR (not visible light) trigger transmitter and receiver, that is a good unit.


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Oct 12, 2018 15:58 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #3

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm looking for a trigger that will reliably fire from the flash from another light.




  
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Oct 12, 2018 16:07 as a reply to  @ jra's post |  #4

Oh, you want what is called a 'slave' unit, to detect the primary flash to trigger a remote flash.
In that case, you are dependent upon optical sensor, and the issues created when shooting outdoors in powerful sunlight!

I have no suggestion in that case.


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Oct 12, 2018 18:33 |  #5

jra wrote in post #18727405 (external link)
Can anyone recommend a good quality hotshoe optical trigger? All I've found are the cheap ones that I can not get to work properly in a daylight environment...

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but is this not why radio triggers are popular? :) Have you considered just getting some cheap Yongnuo RF-603 IIs instead?


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Oct 13, 2018 10:04 as a reply to  @ inkista's post |  #6

I am using an RF system (Elinchrom Skyport). Sometimes I would like to throw in a Speedlite as an accent light. Considering that the Speedlite will not trigger with the Skyport, the easiest solution I can think of is a simple optical trigger.




  
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Oct 13, 2018 10:17 |  #7

www.flashzebra.com (external link)

But there is only so much you can do in bright light, if your current optical slave isn't working, I'm not sure how much better any other one will do.

My brain is moving slow this morning, but couldnt you somehow use a PC connection to connect to a cheap radio trigger?


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Oct 13, 2018 11:43 |  #8

'good quality optical trigger' is an oxymoron!

Since you already use the Elinchrom Skyport, why not simply get a $99 Elinchrom receiver?! https://www.elinchrom.​com/skyport/receiver-plus.html (external link)


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Oct 13, 2018 13:52 |  #9

Wilt wrote in post #18728092 (external link)
'good quality optical trigger' is an oxymoron!

Since you already use the Elinchrom Skyport, why not simply get a $99 Elinchrom receiver?! https://www.elinchrom.​com/skyport/receiver-plus.html (external link)

Thanks Wilt....that's exactly what I need. I didn't even know it existed.




  
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