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Jan 31, 2011 16:33 |  #1

So whats the big deal here? Should I feel compelled to dish out over $100 per Pocket Wizard over buying some cheapo $25 Cowboystudios triggers/receivers (external link) ? If so, why? There is just way too much information regarding these things for me to comprehend it at my current level in flash photography so can anybody explain this to me in laymen terms?


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Jan 31, 2011 16:38 |  #2

Dont buy the cowboy triggers. Bad user reviews here. I wouldnt suggest PWII's either. The only reason to get the PWII's is the range. They fire at ungodly distances, but you dont probably dont need that much. Consider two middle ground options. The higher middle is the cybersyncs from the folks who make alien bee lights. They do 95% of what the PWII's do, at half the price. Another option is the RF-602's available on amazon or ebay. They are reliable at less cost.




  
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Jan 31, 2011 16:42 |  #3

I have both of the above mentioned units, and could not be happier.


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Jan 31, 2011 16:45 |  #4

Personally I found no reason to keep my four PW IIs. I went with Elinchrom Skyports because I knew I wanted to make the jump to studio strobes someday and I knew it would be Elinchrom.


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Jan 31, 2011 16:46 |  #5

If I was starting from scratch, I'd get Cybersyncs. Reliable. Fairly inexpensive.


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Jan 31, 2011 16:57 |  #6

Question here....I have pocketwizard plus II's. I also have the sekonic meter, that has the module to trigger the pocketwizards. Do they have a module for other triggers as well?




  
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Jan 31, 2011 17:19 |  #7

ootsk wrote in post #11751088 (external link)
Question here....I have pocketwizard plus II's. I also have the sekonic meter, that has the module to trigger the pocketwizards. Do they have a module for other triggers as well?

Nope. That is one big +ve for PW Plus II. I love mine. used to use AB CS and then moved to PW Plus IIs and mini/flex system.


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Jan 31, 2011 19:09 |  #8

What flashes are you using? if you're using speedlites like the 430EX II then I would look at the Canon specific Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 paired with a Mini TT1 and Zone Controller AC5 on your camera. This gives you amazing control over your canon lights. I still use my pwII's to trigger my non-Canon lights but for Canons the other triggers are really worth the cost.


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Jan 31, 2011 19:13 |  #9

If you want the gold standard for professional use, buy pocketwizards, plain and simple. the distance that they fire at isn't good for just firing at a long distance - but ensures that they fire EVERY TIME at close distances. tech support is great as well. plus you're buying into a system - your plus IIs can be fired with the Mini tt1 and Flex tt5 if you decide you want to be able to control flash power remotely.

I currently use the Mini tt1 and Flex tt5s along with an AC3 to control flash power from the camera via an analog dial on the AC3. Quick, painless, simple, good range, no menus to contend with, it just works.


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Jan 31, 2011 19:14 |  #10

Another vote for the Elinchrom Skyports here.

100m range was good enough for me and I knew I would be moving to Elinchrom lights in the future.

But you cant go wrong with the Pocket wizards.


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Jan 31, 2011 19:49 |  #11

Check out the new Cactus V5's. I just got them, and love them! Great range and incredibly reliable so far for me. From all the reviews they are just about as good as the PW II's and a lot less expensive!

BTW, I used those Cowboy Studio triggers since last March. Never had a misfire and not one of them has died yet. And I used them quite a bit. Not a bad trigger for $25, to be honest.


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Feb 01, 2011 05:52 as a reply to  @ pantherphotos's post |  #12

What do you think about the phottix ones ?


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Feb 01, 2011 06:31 as a reply to  @ Davidoff's post |  #13

Got a set of the Yongnuo RF-602 trigger and three receivers. So far I am impressed with not only reliability but triggering distance. Total for firing three OC flashes manually... $100.
Ultimate would be the new PW flex system including TTL, but I cannot justify the cost difference.


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