Wireless remote shutter release for Nikon D200
I recently bought a Pearstone wireless remote shutter release kit from B&H (transmitter and receiver). Price was about $39. Worked fine in available light and with Nikon flash gear. In my home studio, I got good results tripping the shutter with the Pearstone receiver, but not with the Pearstone transmitter. I'm using Calumet Genesis 200 strobes. The Calumet transmitter is mounted in my hot shoe. Because the Pearstone receiver also is designed for mounting in a hot shoe, I "velcroed" it to my tripod. Pearstone says its "smart code" enables 16,000,000 possible radio channels. I do have a tv, computer and two printers in the studio and wonder if the electrical signals are causing the problem. Thoughts?
I'll probably return the Pearstone to B&H (and hopefully edit my testimonial, which gave it high praise). My budget is $75 max. I'm considering the Satechi WR-B100 (available for $49.99 from the company or Amazon. I can't justify the cost of Pocket Wizards. Mainly grandkids.
Any suggestions, thoughts, comments welcome. Thanks much.
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#1. "RE: Wireless remote shutter release for Nikon D200" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 08-Jan-11 08:58 PM
It sounds like you want to use the Pearstone transmitter (in your hand) to remotely release the shutter on your D200 while you have a Calumet wireless transmitter in the cameras hotshoe to trigger you Genesis Strobes with Calumet wireless Recievers in sync with the shutter.
No RF or wired remote shutter releases can trigger a Nikon camera via the cameras hotshoe. To release the shutter you will need a 10 pin Motor Terminal Release cord that is compatible with the Pearstone reciever. I am not familiar with the Pearstone triggers but I assume you have the Pearsone RW N1 Freewave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon Cameras w/10 pin connections. That particular unit looks like the Receiver screws directly into the 10 pin terminal on the camera. If you have a different model you will need a Pearstone RCC-N1 Camera Release Cable for FreeWave Wireless Remotes to connect the Reciever to to your D200.
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#2. "RE: Wireless remote shutter release for Nikon D200" | In response to Reply # 1daveswan Registered since 19th Jan 2009Sun 09-Jan-11 02:50 AM
Thanks very much Marty. You're correct, I have the Pearstone RW-N1 Freewave equipment, which includes a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver is designed to fit in my D200's hot shoe, but since the Genesis transmitter is in the hot shoe, I velcro the Pearstone receiver to my tripod. The Pearstone kit includes a cable that connects into my 10 pin Nikon receptacle.
I've come to the conclusion that the two systems (Calumet and Pearstone) are not compatible. I can fire the strobes fine when using the button on the Pearstone receiver but have no success when using the Pearstone transmitter with studio strobes. (Works fine for available light or with Nikon SB 400 or 600 flash gear).
I talked at length to the good folks at both B&H and Calumet. It's difficult for them to diagnose the problem at a distance. I've decided to try the Satechi WR-B100. I know nothing about the company but a review of their web sight was impressive and they seem to have tech folks who support the products they sell. Placed my order through Amazon, which includes many favorable testimonials. We'll see.
Thanks again for your comments and friendship.
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