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| p.1 #1 · Picking a Radio Trigger: Manual vs E-TTL (aka PW Mini vs Plus III) |
I've been researching radio transmitters/receivers for my first light modifier and off camera flash setup. I will be purchasing the radio transmitters/receivers, stand, and softbox. This thread is just in regards to the radio trigger part.
Is it better to buy a bunch of inexpensive PW Plus III's and learn manual modes but have access to great features like zones etc.
Have a stripped down transmitter (MiniTT1) and receiver (FlexTT5) with E-TTL?
Cost IS a factor, and to start I'll be using only 1 light. This setup will be used on location, not in a studio type setting.
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I've been primarily an available light shooter for 4 years, mostly doing Nature, Architecture, and Landscape stuff. However, as of late a lot of friends, church people, etc have been asking for work and I'm not one to turn it down (because I like a lot of different types of photography, and planned on expanding anyway). I do have and have used my 580EX II flash. But I would say I'm a novice at it. I have gotten decent results, but it was mostly through chimping.
So, I figure that I should try for the Joe McNally "one light" setup just to get started, which will include a small/medium softbox (I'm thinking a Chimera Super Pro Plus 24" x 32"), a 9'-12' light stand, and my 580EX II flash, which I already own. My second light modifier purchase will more than likely be a (very) large shoot through umbrella/second stand/second flash.
Relevant currently owned gear:
5D Mark II + BG-E6
580EX II Flash
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, Canon 24-70mm 2.8L (Mark I), Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
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I am not interested in PW alternatives (Odin, Radio Popper, etc.). I realize there are PW detractors, I've read a bunch of threads regarding them. Please only respond regarding these two options. I'm leaning towards manual, as it seems like it's something I should know.