A&P cactus V2 not firing

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  1. themolsen

    themolsen New Member

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    just got the trigger set in the mail today...having a great time with it, but I've been getting more misfires than I imagine I should. I'll get 3 or 4 in a row sometimes. I've tried all 4 channels, and only 2 work well.

    Am I doing it wrong or should I replace the batteries in the transmitter and receiver?
     
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    -edit of lulz-

    the battery in the receiver just died. heh, it must have been an old battery because I've only had this thing unpacked for a few hours.

    I guess that was my problem?
     
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    They ship over with dead batteries, lulz.
     
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    antenna mod? f'sho
     
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    battery mod f'sho
     
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    If your flash batteries are even remotely low, the cactus wont fire consistently.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    the batteries they send are for "test" purposes and are recommended to be replaced ASAP.
     
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    good to know, thanks. even with the misfires, having wireless lighting is :bowdown:
     
  10. oliver

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    question while we're on topic here.
    If i bought another 430ex can i use two 430's with the cactus triggers to do a multi-flash setup? Or do i NEED a 580 for the master capability?
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    yeah, you can use 2 430ex's with cactus, or any other wireless trigger. The 580ex is only needed as a master if you're using the wireless TTL function. But, IMO, if you're planning on only using it as an off camera flash, you'd be better off to buy a sunpack a vivitar, or an older nikon sb flash. They're cheaper, have manual controls, and all have a PC port.
     
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    Whoops - I shot about 50 pictures at a wedding with two of those "test" batteries. I probably had 7-8 misfires, which wasn't too bad. I guess I was lucky.
     
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    :mamoru:
     
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    Thanks :coold:
     
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    the cactus' (cacti?) aren't exactly.... sophisticated.
    I found out that the triggers actually drain the battery if you don't take them out after use. but looks like you already found that out :)
     

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