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I'm primarily an on location photographer (seniors mostly) and I also shoot alone so finding the right balance between ease of use/portability and the quality of light has always been a challenge. I started off using 2 Nikon speedlights on a bracket with an umbrella and I loved the quality of light. I triggered them with Radio Poppers which eventually stopped working. My problem with this was that I felt like I didn't have enough power to shoot in full sun and retain sky details.
When the RPs went belly up, I moved into Alien Bees outdoors. I had previously used them in studio and I like the lights, but it's a bear to move one of them around on location, on a C stand, powered by a vagabond mini. I triggered the AB with PWs. I liked the light, but honestly, I preferred the light I was getting from my speedlights.
So, as a new season approaches, I'm trying to decide what to do. I injured my shoulder last fall and carrying a lot of heavy equipment is really painful. I was hoping I could go back to speedlights, but had some questions/ideas. Could I get some of the Yongnuo flashes and use them with the new PW Flex triggers to, hopefully, surpass the 1/250 sync speed limit of my D800? I don't really want to invest in a bunch of new SBxxx speedlights so I was hoping the Yonguo's might work instead. Has anyone tried this and does it work? Second, are there any type of adapters to use 3 or 4 of the flashes at once that will also work with the PW Flex triggers?
I can use my AB set up again is necessary but it's going to be miserable with my injury and I'm trying to avoid it. Thanks in advance for any advice!