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Old 08-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Radio Triggers w/ High Speed Sync

I have been very intrigued with "strobist" style photography and I've been reading up on it for the last few months. After a lot of research I've concluded that I'm going to invest my money into a good set of speedlights and triggers.

Speedlights aside(going for 580 EX's off eBay) I'm still looking around at triggers.

Buy.com - Pocket Wizard Bundle With Flex Transceivers TT5 -801150, Mini TT1 Transmitter -801140 & G-Wiz Trunk

This seems to offer what I need, mainly high speed sync amongst other things. The Problem is that this set of triggers is very expensive. Is there another brand that is reputable, that offers the high speed flash sync capabilities?

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Old 08-10-2012, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have also been reading up on the "Strobist" style
it interests me, so i would love to know the answer also
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The other big trigger system is Radio Popper. I've not used them myself, by I know many that do and swear by them. I'm not sure of the differences between Radio Poppers and Pocket Wizards, but they are both high quality. Just out of curiosity, what will you be doing that will require high speed sync? When I use flash (and in all honesty I don't use it that often), I'm using a few manual flashes with remote triggers. They don't do high speed sync, so using them you are limited to around 1/300th with your exposure, but you adjust for proper exposure with the aperture. They do take some getting used to, and you might have to change settings on them a bit more, but you can find manual flashes for between $60 and $150 each, and the triggers are pretty inexpensive. So, for the price of one 580 EXII, you can pick up 3 manual flashes and triggers. Just a thought. Good luck.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's an example. It just lets you shoot wide open with your aperture. "Overpowering the sun" kind of thing. The portraits look really good when they are well done, to me at least. It offers a look that most photographers, at least around here, don't offer. The majority of photographers around here use natural lighting and the look is a dime a dozen. Anyway, if you are limited to 1/250 you might not be able to overpower the ambient light without pushing the strobes really, really hard.

I guess I just like being different

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I've been shooting strobist style for about 5 years. I followed the advice of the strobist himself, and picked up a few Nikon D70's, and shoot high speed to my hearts content. They use an electronic shutter, as opposed to a focal plane shutter.
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With Canon kit, the only option you have shooting HSS with Canon small flash is either with the Pocketwizard kit you mentioned or with using a Canon small flash synced to your camera directly with a cable or using a capable unit ( 580 ex, the new 600, or one of the designated Canon triggers. Don't know if Radio Poppers have a unit that allows HSS.

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I use my cactus v4 triggers and they sync up with my x100 @ 1/1000 of a second. They're cheap and fairly reliable.
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I use my cactus v4 triggers and they sync up with my x100 @ 1/1000 of a second. They're cheap and fairly reliable.
X100, huh? You do like the nice toys, don't you?
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X100, huh? You do like the nice toys, don't you?
Lol yeah my three favorite toys are my OMD, x100 and R7. I think they need a family portrait together
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