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Good, economical remote trigger set up.

cnl390

San Antonio, US
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cnl390 Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jun 2007
Mon 03-Mar-14 07:20 PM

I am currently using a D90 and an SB800 flash. And while I am comfortable with the Commander mode I would like to a) increase range b) not have to worry if the IF sender & sensor are correctly pointed at each other & c) I might like to add additional remotes.
Can you recommend a good reliable trigger and receiver that will not break the bank?
Thanks

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f5titan

HILO, US
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#1. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 0

f5titan Platinum Member Nikonian since 12th Jul 2006
Mon 03-Mar-14 06:48 PM

For many years I used the reliable Quantum series of RF remote triggers with Nikon F3's, Speedotron pack & head 800ws flash systems and Nikon flash components.
Today I use the PocketWizard PlusX (2 pack) RF system which is light weight and versatile.
There are many smaller, simpler (and less expensive) systems available.

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cnl390

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#2. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 1

cnl390 Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jun 2007
Mon 03-Mar-14 08:03 PM

>For many years I used the reliable Quantum series of RF
>remote triggers with Nikon F3's, Speedotron pack & head
>800ws flash systems and Nikon flash components.
>Today I use the PocketWizard PlusX (2 pack) RF system which is
>light weight and versatile.
>There are many smaller, simpler (and less expensive) systems
>available.
>
Thanks for the input. I really like the PlusX and believe it is perfect for my level of photography. Now let me exhibit my ignorance. Will my D90 still control the SB800 or will both the camera and flash have to be set manually?

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mfphoto1

Cincinnati, US
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#3. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 0

mfphoto1 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Oct 2005
Mon 03-Mar-14 10:27 PM

I use the cactus v5 system good for off camera flash and can also be used as remote shutter release. can also be setup as remote shutter release while triggering off camera flashes. http://www.adorama.com/CACWFTV5D.html?kbid=912610

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MEMcD

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#4. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 04-Mar-14 06:06 PM

Hi Charles,

The Pocket Wizard Plus X is strictly Manual flash control and therefore Manual exposure control as well.

Best Regards,
Marty

MEMcD

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#5. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 04-Mar-14 06:21 PM

Hi Charles,

If you don't mind using Manual flash control the Pocket Wizard Plus X is extremely reliable. Paul C. Buff CyberSync's are another less expensive option.

If you want i-TTL flash control the Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 Transmitter combined with one or more FlexTT5 Transceivers are also very reliable. They can also be combined with other PW Transceivers (Plus II, Plus X, MultiMax) to remotely trigger the camera and or combine the Speedlights with Strobes.

Radio Poppers also has a System priced in the same ball park as PW though I have never tried them.

Best Regards,
Marty

cnl390

San Antonio, US
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#6. "RE: Good, economical remote trigger set up." | In response to Reply # 5

cnl390 Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jun 2007
Wed 05-Mar-14 10:41 AM

>Hi Charles,
>
>If you don't mind using Manual flash control the Pocket Wizard
>Plus X is extremely reliable. Paul C. Buff CyberSync's are
>another less expensive option.
>
>If you want i-TTL flash control the Pocket Wizard MiniTT1
>Transmitter combined with one or more FlexTT5 Transceivers are
>also very reliable. They can also be combined with other PW
>Transceivers (Plus II, Plus X, MultiMax) to remotely trigger
>the camera and or combine the Speedlights with Strobes.
>
>Radio Poppers also has a System priced in the same ball park
>as PW though I have never tried them.

I am bidding on a used Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 on ebay, but I also found a pro photographer here in town selling his entire lighting set up on craigs list. He has 3 PW Plus for $80.

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