I'm looking for a radio flash trigger that is compatible with Nikon's i-ttl metering system and can also be used to control the power output of my Alienbee's.
I've been doing online research, and have only ended up being more confused by the many choices. Some do one thing, others another. Some are expensive, some are cheap. Others have good reviews, some bad.
I trust the opinions offered on these forums, so what do you think?
While I have seen other i-TTL capable RF triggers advertised I have never tried them. I don't remember any other unit with i-TTL capability being able to adjust the power output of AlienBee strobes other than the PW MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.
I have been using Manual Pocket Wizard Multimax Transceivers for years, so when the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 were introduced for Nikon I added them to my kit. My PW system has worked very well for me, even when shooting events where multiple shooters were using their own PW Transceivers. When setting up, just get together with the others to make sure that everyone is using a different channel or channels. The fact that they can be used with my existing PW system gives me even more flexibility.
The PW system works very well if you want both i-TTL and manual flash control.
If you have Paul Buff strobes (Einstein, White Lightning, or Alien Bees) and don't need RF i-TTL capability, the Paul Buff Cyber Sync system is significantly cheaper and with the Cyber Commander will allow you to adjust the power output of up to 16 PB strobes individually from the camera position.