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Sep 28, 2009 22:29 |  #1

So, I'm about to purchase some PocketWizard radio triggers and a light meter and I've a few questions. FYI, I currently have 2 Elinchrom 400BX monolights and I also have Canon 580EX I and 420EX flashes.

I am considering purchasing (2) FlexTT5 transceivers and (1) MiniTT1 transmitter. Is there any reason why I should buy a 3rd FlexTT5 instead of the MiniTT1?

Also, if I wanted to use my flashes (i.e. for a background light and hair light) in conjunction with the monolights, can I do this by:

1) attaching one FlexTT5 to one of the monolights and tripping the other monolight optically?
2) attaching the other FlexTT5 to one of the flashes, and then tripping then tripping the other flash optically or as a TTL slave?

I'm all but positive that #1 will work but I have my doubts about #2.

Cables: I think these are the cables that I need to go along with these triggers. Please correct me if I am wrong.

1) MM1 for connecting the FlexTT5 to the 400BX monolights. Would I ever need a cable longer than 1'?
2) CM-N3-ACC for connecting a FlexTT5 to my 5D for remotely triggering the shutter.

As for the light meter, I am looking at the Sekonic L-358 Flash meter with transmitter module. Is there another brand/model in this price range that you would recommend over the L-358?

Thanks for the help.


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Sep 28, 2009 22:36 |  #2

BTBeilke wrote in post #8724549 (external link)
As for the light meter, I am looking at the Sekonic L-358 Flash meter with transmitter module. Is there another brand/model in this price range that you would recommend over the L-358?

HI Blane,

Within the Sekonic product line, the only place to go, and still have PW integration, is UP. That would be either a used L-558R or the current L-758DR. The other Sekonic meters can't accept the Pocket Wizard transmitter module. Unless you want/need spot metering or the ability to create custom profiles then there's no reason not to get the L-358. That meter has become a very popular and well liked meter. If you can find a used L-558R it's got the built in transmitter module and the 1 degree spot meter. It's everything that the L-758DR is with the exception of custom profiling and used prices are probably pretty good, but you don't see a heck of a lot of them out there for sale.


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HI Blane,

Within the Sekonic product line, the only place to go, and still have PW integration, is UP. That would be either a used L-558R or the current L-758DR. The other Sekonic meters can't accept the Pocket Wizard transmitter module.

Rob,
Maybe it's because it's late, am I misunderstanding what you are saying to Blaine ? Are you saying the L-358 will NOT take the PW transmitter module ? If so, that is not right. I have the L-358 with the module....and it trips the PW's, which as you know I have connected to AlienBees, and sometimes a Canon 430EX.


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Sep 29, 2009 03:48 as a reply to  @ george m w's post |  #4

No George. What I'm saying is that if you still want the PW transmitter module and don't want an L-358 then the only other choices are L-558R and L-758DR.


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Sep 29, 2009 09:19 |  #5

BTBeilke wrote in post #8724549 (external link)
So, I'm about to purchase some PocketWizard radio triggers and a light meter and I've a few questions. FYI, I currently have 2 Elinchrom 400BX monolights and I also have Canon 580EX I and 420EX flashes.

I am considering purchasing (2) FlexTT5 transceivers and (1) MiniTT1 transmitter. Is there any reason why I should buy a 3rd FlexTT5 instead of the MiniTT1?

Also, if I wanted to use my flashes (i.e. for a background light and hair light) in conjunction with the monolights, can I do this by:

1) attaching one FlexTT5 to one of the monolights and tripping the other monolight optically?
2) attaching the other FlexTT5 to one of the flashes, and then tripping then tripping the other flash optically or as a TTL slave?

I'm all but positive that #1 will work but I have my doubts about #2.

1 will work BUT if there are any ETTL flashes in the mix you'll probably end up triggering the optical monolight with the pre-flash, and it won't fire during the actual exposure. There are optical triggers that will supposedly learn to ignore pre-flashes but they're *expensive* for optical triggers . . .

BTBeilke wrote in post #8724549 (external link)
Cables: I think these are the cables that I need to go along with these triggers. Please correct me if I am wrong.

1) MM1 for connecting the FlexTT5 to the 400BX monolights. Would I ever need a cable longer than 1'?
2) CM-N3-ACC for connecting a FlexTT5 to my 5D for remotely triggering the shutter.

Thanks for the help.

1: correct cable, longer than 1' would be rare. you'll be attaching it to the monolight somehow so length's not an issue.

2: also correct, that's the cable that will let you do whatever you want with a FlexTT5 on a remote camera. Other cables will work, but only in basic trigger mode, no ETTL auto-relay.




  
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