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Radio Slaves" Pocket Wizard or Micro-Sync

 
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Jan 24, 2007 08:12 |  #1

Tired of being leashed to the lights. I know that Pocket Wizard has been around for awhile, and has set the standard for slaves. Micro-Sync, I believe by Tamron, could also be a choice. At around the same price, any pros and cons on both products would be of much help. Thanks


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Jan 24, 2007 08:19 |  #2

I believe the Micro-Sync is made by Tamrac, not Tamron. I haven't used one but I do know someone that owns it and from the discussions I've seen here they have limited range and are not 100% reliable, especially outdoors. There are lesser expensive ebay units, Impact has a system, Alien Bees has a wireless set up. There have been various reviews and many of them work quite well.
If you have the cash to drop then the Pocket Wizrds are great and have been proven reliable. If you have strobes with optical slave triggers then you can get things going with 2 Pocket Wizards (one for the camera and one for the first strobe) and that will enable you to fire all your strobes wirelessly.


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Jan 24, 2007 10:36 |  #3

Another advantage of Pocket Wizards is some Sekonic lightmeters can trigger PW with a radio module.


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Jan 24, 2007 10:48 |  #4

Microsync's max sync speed is 1/180s. They also run off proprietary batteries. If I had not bought into PocketWizard already, I'd have a long hard look at Elinchrom's Skyport (the universal ones). Supposed to be awesome, and they are much cheaper.

Microsync is also the same price as PW, so the no brainer to me is PW. Might end up selling the PWs for the Skyport as they are smaller, and $100 cheaper for a set. That's a pretty big difference. But Kosty has the point. My L358 Sekonic meter will run the PWs seamlessly, that's a big bonus.




  
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Jan 24, 2007 12:26 as a reply to  @ sboerup's post |  #5

Saw a prior post on cheaper Ebay units. I took that posters advice and bought one each of these for each light- http://cgi.ebay.com …ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcm​dZViewItem (external link) Been working pretty darn good for a month now (drop tested even.) Not plugging this specific brand, but works great with my ABs. I plug one of the transmitters into my Sekonic light meter and let it dangle. Works fine. Price is best part.




  
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