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11-14-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Wireless Flash Trigger Recommendation

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a brand of wireless flash trigger that falls somewhere between the cheaply-made $20 E-bay triggers and the Pocket Wizard?

Thanks,

Robert

11-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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Cactus V5, Yongnuo RF-602, and Radiopopper JRX triggers are the first ones to pop into mind
11-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #3
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Thanks I'll check these out.

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11-14-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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The Cactus V5 gets my vote, just a really solid trigger, it never misses even at long range and through walls. I think I paid $68 for a set after shipping. They ship from Hong Kong though, so it takes about 2 weeks, don't know if that's a deciding factor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by adpo Quote
Cactus V5, Yongnuo RF-602, and Radiopopper JRX triggers are the first ones to pop into mind
The 602 uses the half-press to send some data so on some Pentax bodies (different pin behavior than Nikon/Canon), you might get no more than 1/125th sync speed before you have black bars. I reported this a while back. Some people have no problems, but others do.

I've been using RP JrX happily....remote control of speedlight/strobe power levels is something you get addicted to once you try it. Only negative is no Einstein support yet despite asking them for a year
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Reviews of the Cactus v5 can be found here: Cactus Cactus V5 Duo reviews - Pentax Camera Accessories: Database and Reviews.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
The 602 uses the half-press to send some data so on some Pentax bodies (different pin behavior than Nikon/Canon), you might get no more than 1/125th sync speed before you have black bars. I reported this a while back. Some people have no problems, but others do.
There is a simple modification involving a capacitor that will fix that, it only works on the Nikon version.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
I've been using RP JrX happily....remote control of speedlight/strobe power levels is something you get addicted to once you try it. Only negative is no Einstein support yet despite asking them for a year
This sounds interesting. I started browsing their site.

So you are using Canon/Nikon flash that have TTL?

Having the ability to control power level remotely would make the sad Pentax wireless flash situation a bit better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sjwaldron Quote
So you are using Canon/Nikon flash that have TTL?
Yep...the Nikon compatible flashes are better. Their quench pin timing isn't programmable and it seems like they developed it w/ Nikon flashes, so the Canon ones don't have as many power level adjustments.
Non-Nikon flashes also work as long as they have the TTL quench pin for old Nikon film bodies.
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For the receiver you have a choice of AC-powered or battery powered. If your flash doesn't have a pc port, you can get this adapter: FlashZebra.com: Female Hotshoe with Miniphone Jack (female) (Item #0128)
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I have the Cactus V4's and they work great... Can only assume the V5's are an improvement...
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Another vote for the Cactus V5
Midwest Photo sells them here in the states if you're willing to pay a few extra dollars to get it quicker
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions -- I had done a little research before I posted this inquiry, but I hadn't run across the Cactus, the Paul Buff or the Impact lines -- proof of what a great resource this forum is.
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Hi,

Sorry to dig up such an old thread! I just want to make sure I understand this correctly. I've got a Pentax K-5. If I bought a Nikon flash that has TTL, and a set of RadioPoppers JrX, then I could use the Nikon flash, with my Pentax camera, in manual mode, and I could control the flash power levels remotely?

TIA,
Daniel
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