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12-02-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Wireless Slave flash with a K100D

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Is anyone using mutiple flashes with their Digital SLR's? I am browsing the B&H Photo Video catalog looking at the radio slave systems and wondering if these would work. If you are using such a system can you describe the set-up and equipment that you use?

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12-02-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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I use multiple flashes, slaved to a flash. Although the K10D will not operate my AF500FTZ in any TTL mode, it does work at 1/16 as a slave driver (pun intended). The advantage over the built in is that I can turn it around so there is no eveidence in the image that I have a flash on camera.

that said, a PC terminal would be great! There is one on my MZ-S. I don't know why they left it out.
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I use multiple flashes with my K100D. The radio remotes work just fine, although there are reliability issues with the ultra-cheap ones. I find that my Chinese 16 channel works almost flawlessly when it doesn't matter and then fails on between 50% and 75% of shots when I'm shooting an event and it does matter.

At some point I'll get either the Elinchrom Skyports or Pocket Wizards, but until then I struggle along with the Chinese "poverty wizards". I currently have a hotshoe-pc adapter on order and have picked up a nice long pc cable to serve me as a backup alternative for event shooting.

Remember that you can also use optical slaves for triggering flashes.

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Has anyone tried the AlienBees Radio Flash Trigger?

I know that it's only 4 channel, and a little more money than the Chinese 16 channel models.

But I'm wondering if the range and quality are any better.

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I use wireless P-TTL setup using Pentax flashes. I like so much better than manual flash and radio slaves.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nosnoop Quote
I use wireless P-TTL setup using Pentax flashes. I like so much better than manual flash and radio slaves.
I don't believe the K100D has that capability.
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I use Pocket Wizard Plus 2s. They work very well and are reliable, with either my studio lights, or my portable set up,which consists of Vivitar 285HVs compact stands and compact umbrellas. Of course it is a manual flash set up only.

I originally had cheap imports that came with my studio kit. They were complete junk. Very unreliable.

I think with radio triggers, you get what you pay for.
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I just got my cactus trigger "poverty wizard" yesterday. Works perfectly fine with my promaster flash. In the near future I plan on getting a vivitar 285hv and a second cactus trigger, but right now I only have the one flash.

The cactus trigger is not as reliable and doesn't have the range of the pocket wizard or other radio triggers, but for $30 ($16 for extra receivers) it is significantly cheaper and looks like it will suit my needs just fine. You can get them at midwest photo exchange Strobist

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
I don't believe the K100D has that capability.
You just need to attach an external flash to the K100D.

I would sometimes do this even with the K10D - just to have ability to adjust Master:Slave contrast control ratio directly, something I find extremely convenient.
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I've got a set of the Cactus v2s as well. Works great, considering I have an old-as-dirt Vivitar 283 that I didnt' want the possibility of frying my camera (K110D) with the voltage, plus a newer 285HV. They work pretty well, I do need to get an extra receiver at some point, but right now I use one with the receiver and the other with an optical slave.

It's good fun.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
I don't believe the K100D has that capability.
You just need to attach an external flash to the K100D.

I would sometimes do this even with the K10D - just to have ability to adjust Master:Slave contrast control ratio directly, something I find extremely convenient.
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