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| p.1 #1 · About Phottix strato II triggers |
1. They are reliable, they fire every time pretty much.
2. The batteries are easily replaceable, which is good since they accidentally get turned on and don't have an auto-shutdown (which is good because auto-shutdowns get activated by flash firing sometimes) so you will have to replace batteries fairly often.
3. The triggers have great screw-lock pc sync plugs for your camera, which is extremely nice since extended use of the pass-through trigger on your camera with a flash mounted on top will lead to them breaking.
With that, I give you this (the reason I am posting):
Every single transmitter (not receiver) has cracked in exactly the same two places: In the rear corners along the mount where all the weight is forward while the cameras are hanging down from my neck in idle position.
This is a design defect caused by the very large buttons on the back. If the plastic were solid like it is in the receivers (and if the buttons were moved to the right, for instance), then the most heavily-stressed spot would probably not ever crack like that. However, they aren't, so they did. I am no harder on my equipment than anyone else who is running (or walking at a very good pace) pretty much the whole day. I only really use these triggers with a flash mounted on top for the receptions, since I don't need that kind of light hardly any other time. They have probably been used somewhere between 30 and 40 times at the most, possibly more like 20-25 times. I have had them for just about a year now - which is right when the warranty expires. I've been supergluing them for the last 4 weddings or so.
I'm not mad, I'm just a little disappointed. However, all is not lost because they do have that great screw-lock pc sync plug, and because it is a screw-lock it should be pretty reliable.
Edited on Oct 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM · View previous versions