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D800 Third Party Wireless Shutter Release and Flash Trigger -TESTED

walk43

Pennsylvania, US
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walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Mon 09-Apr-12 04:50 PM | edited Mon 09-Apr-12 09:03 PM by walk43

In another thread on this topic, I mentioned that I had decided on trying the Phottix Strata II Multi 5 in 1 Trigger Set on my D800. I use remote triggers alot when I position my camera closer to trees and bushes and stand remotely so as not to scare the subjects (birds etc.)Well, I received the Strata this morning, set it up and tested it.

Bottom Line: It works great as advertised!!

1. As a wired shutter release connected via 10 pin connector it works.

2. As a wireless shutter release connected to the 10 pic connector with the receiver hanging from my tripod ..it works.

3. As a wireless shutter release connected to the 10 pin connector with the receiver mounted to the D800 flash shoe ..it works.

4. As a wireless shutter release connected to the 10 pin connector hanging from the tripod and a SB-600 on the D800 hot shoe in single flash mode.. iTTL works.

5. As a wireless shutter release connected to the 10 pin connector and the receiver mounted to the D800 hot shoe, and a SB-600 on the Strata hot shoe in single flash mode.. iTTL works.

6. As a wireless shutter release connected to the 10 pin connector and the receiver mounted to the D800 hot shoe, and a SB-600 on the Strata receiver hot shoe in CMDR mode, triggering remote flashes with iTTL, .. it works


I did not test the Strata's independent flash triggering capability to other slaves since I didn't take the time to test something I do not see using. The unit works as a wireless shutter release in all the modes I tested and use regularly. When I want to trigger wireless flash units I let the D800 and SB-600 handle that in CMDR mode. But I think the Strata is supposed to do that...not sure.

Now a few points:

It is very well built and packaged and feels good and solid in the hands. The units have nice thumb wheels to tighten the receiver (and transmitters when slaves are used on remote stands). The directions are very sparce but correct. It took me about 15 minutes to figure it all out and be certain about everything. If you read a few reviews on the product you can find out all you need to know from the pro evaluators...but from a user...I like the unit and it works.

Only 1 small negative. Initially I could not plug the 10 pin connector into the D800. Not wanting to mess up the D800 connector jack, I did not try to force anything but I could not get the screw lock on the cable plug to screw down on the D800 port and tighten to the D800. After getting a flashlight and lookng closely at the D800 connector port and the 10 pin plug on the Phottix cable, I found the one of the pins in the cable plug was bent toward the middle and therefore the plug was not seating in the D800 solidly. After I used a jewelers screwdriver to straighten all the pins, the 10 pin cable plug 'snapped' into the D800 just fine and tightened down nicely...although tough for big fingers to turn.

Yes...I recommend this unit to anyone wanting what appears to be a solid product that works. Cost is $100 from the NYC retailers.

Also...it works around corners and at great distances. I triggered the D800 on a tripod inside my house while I stood outside the house about 40 ft away.

Questions welcome.

Dan
(Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40)
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PerroneFord

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#1. "RE: D800 Third Party Wireless Shutter Release and Flash Trigger -TESTED" | In response to Reply # 0

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Mon 09-Apr-12 03:28 PM

I remember seeing your query on another thread and I meant to ask you this then...

Was there some specific reason you shied away from the PocketWizard system? It seems to offer all you have mentioned here and several other advantages as well.

Just curious.

Thanks.

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walk43

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#2. "RE: D800 Third Party Wireless Shutter Release and Flash Trigger -TESTED" | In response to Reply # 1

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Mon 09-Apr-12 03:58 PM

So,that's a good question. Orignally I had a Vivitar unit on my D90 that didn't work too well but it and others like it were about $35. At the time I didn't want to spend $170-$200 or whatever to use only the basic things I use it for. When I chose the Phottix at $100 it seemed to give me all I needed and a little more for less than the Wizard. It works wired for at-hand macro work and wireless for tripod work where I stand back or out of sight with the camera set-up in a blind. So that was my reasoning. However...just like the typical tripod 'migration path' where I am on my third one because I didn;t want to spend the money...I hope I don't need a Wizard in 2 years and have to try to sell the Phottix. I am not a pro and don't do flash work much except on my macro stuff and I have the Nikon R1 System for that...it works great.I just do this for fun and try to keep the cost down so I can spend it on other gear. Thanks for asking though...it reminds me to rethink some of my decisons before I act.

What might the Wizard do that I could use?? I guess I could send this back!!

Dan
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PerroneFord

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#3. "RE: D800 Third Party Wireless Shutter Release and Flash Trigger -TESTED" | In response to Reply # 2

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Mon 09-Apr-12 07:30 PM

Well for me, one of the BIG things the wizards do, is allow me to trigger off zones. This may not be a need you have right now. But it lets me fire a set of remotes/strobes in one place, or another set in another place. Either independently, or at the same time. They also have a high-speed sync mode which lets you trigger speed lights and some other lights at speeds higher than 1/250. For fill flash, or for things that are moving VERY quickly, this can be a terrific advantage.

They also relay for each other. So if you get out of distance, you can set another unit in the middle and move further away, and the unit in the middle will act as a relay to the further most point. You can set up MANY this way. You may never have a need for that, but I was reading a story during the winter Olympics where a photographer needed to trigger remotes for the bobsled event. And by relaying, was able to put remotes the entire length of the track. Over 2 miles if I remember correctly.

It sounds like you got a good system at a VERY fair price. I am not knocking it at all, was just curious if you'd considered the Wizards and decided against them for some reason. I see price was an issue in your decision making, so that is WELL understood.

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walk43

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#4. "RE: D800 Third Party Wireless Shutter Release and Flash Trigger -TESTED" | In response to Reply # 3

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Mon 09-Apr-12 08:52 PM

Thanks Perrone,

You are correct that I don't need that tech yet. My next goal is to master Focus Stacking for my macros and that certainly does not need strobes or zones!! I suspected that the Wizards would do special things for those of you who need them. I just never knew how you used them. The story about the bobsled photographer is really interesting... gives me an inside look at how many of you guys do your work. From the sounds it, you guys and gals can get quite busy. I appreciate the time you took to share that and teach me a little more about the profession.

Dan
(Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40)
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