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| p.1 #13 · Wireless E-TTL Flash Trigger for Canon - What are my options? |
Hey Jaz. I've had both the RadioPoppers and the PocketWizard TTs. I've also used other wireless triggers and am now using some inexpensive YongNuo triggers and manual flash. I do still have the TT1 and TT5 set and use them occasionally when I don't have an assistant.
There are issues with both the RadioPoppers and the PW TT's. I didn't like my RadioPopper P1's (the earlier version) because they required that you tape the fiber optic sensor to your flash and attach the triggering system with velcro. All in all it was a cheesy setup, seemed like a DIY workaround and used the infrared instead of going Radio all the way. That plus the fact that they were a bit tricky to set up and get going consistently.
I like the concept of the PocketWizard TTs. They are well integrated with the flash system, are made fairly well and don't require that you modify your flash with lame velcro add-ons and the like. That said, there are some fairly major issues with the system. It was released before they could really dial it in and the design of the system has some huge issues with RF interference when using the Canon 580ex flashes (both versions). Apparently, the system works fine with 430ex and 550ex but with the 580's it requires that you put a big cloth "sock" over the body of the flash and add a little cube to the hotshoe to keep the RF from squelching the signal. It simply shouldn't require this amount of workaround. I love the concept and the feature set of the TT's. Using the AC3 controller is just awesome to manually control the flash output from your camera. It's just a little too much to set up for me when doing weddings. I need to be able to get my wireless flashes up and running quickly and the TT's just aren't reliable enough for me to do that at the moment.
So, I'm using the cheapies. Those inexpensive YongNuo manual triggers fire almost every time for me, they're cheap and I can trust them. As much as I love the idea of my PW's, they're just not there yet for me to trust them on a paying gig. YMMV, but this is just the experience I have had with these systems.