A&P Canon flash crew - got a quick question

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  1. saebryan

    saebryan New Member

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    Anyone know of a way to use the 430ex as a wireless unit w/o having to own the 580? Is there an accessory to signal it or anything like that on the market?

    thx:wavey:
     
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    Mr_Penut Elitist Member OT Supporter

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  3. saebryan

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    :eek5: thx that should do the trick.
     
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    PW are expensive..
    there are cheap RF units on ebay, or get a canon ST-E2 transmitter.

    Alternatively, if your flash is close enough you can get a hotshoe extension cable
     
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    Ill check the ebay alternatives. Cables are an option but the cramp my style
     
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    mobbarley speaks the truth. Do you need ETTL or not?
     
  7. saebryan

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    yea i do unfortunately
     
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    also a good point, reverend tits.
     
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    Then stick with the ST-E2 or pick up a light meter and cheapo PW knock-offs. Aren't they like $20-50?
     
  10. STE2 = $209 + shipping

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...s&Q=&sku=164264&is=REG&addedTroughType=search


    Pocket Wizzard Plus 2 = $189

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...353&is=REG&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation








    True with the pocket wizzard you will need to buy 2, one to transmit and one to receive but you will get more range + more functions I'm not going to list them because I provided the link so you can just as easily read the features and specs without me posting them. STE2 may have it's advantages but you cannot use that with other things like studio lighting and whatever for the future.
     
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    The canon transmitter has more functions than a basic PW you mean...

    Also you might be better off hitting up ebay for a 550ex or 580ex, they will trigger your 430 and you will then have two flashes :noes:

    canon transmitter or master speedlite is the way to go, the only caveat would be ~10m maximum, reasonable line of sight if outdoors.
     
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    with the canon transmitter you can get ETTL, manual and multi modes, with more than one flash you can get A:B ratio, A:B + C, you can also turn the head flash off (if using a speedlite on the camera). etc etc.
     
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  14. I guess I worded that poorly, obviously a canon transmitter will have more control functions when communicating with another canon product vs aftermarket communicating to a canon product.

    What I meant was distance and options of using them for other things is a good thing about pocket wizzards. My only gripe with Pw's is their size, personally I use the microsync radio slave and i've never had a problem, and the transmitter is tiny, you can put it in your shirt pocket, I got my friend to cut down the cable and leave enough for me to velcro the transmitter to the battery door of my flash unit so that it's out of the way and I don' thave to have it in my pocket with the cord all getting in the way, I have enough cords coming from my camera/flash. And i've never used the STE2 so :dunno:

    And I agree getting another strobe to use as a master would make alot of sense because it would fix his want to be wireless and he would gain a strobe.
     
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    hey they are pretty nifty.
     

  16. the transmitter is like the size of a 2 SD cards stacked ontop of eachother. You can use hotshoe or you can use the cable, personally i use the cable so I can use my hotshoe for my flash. And if you get the pair that the receiver has the single prong end you can plug it right into lights some might need an adaptor, or you can use the cable. I was kinda keeping it a secret but I guess now the secret's out. Definately worth the monayz though :hsd:
     
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    Thanks for all the help. Everyone has presented some good ideas. I feel like the 580 would be the best way to go simply because I would then have a second flash unit. Hopefully I can find a decent one on FM or somewhere for a reasonable price.
     
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    cable is a good idea, the hot shoe mount looks like it would snap if you bumped it.

    they seem to be about the same price as PW's though, i dont see why anyone would choose them over PWs except for size.

    oh and great secret :ugh:
     
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    Max range 100 ft. Max sync speed focal plane: 1/180 sec.

    :bowdown:
     
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    wow, thats a bit primitive. I guess there is no free lunch when it comes to size vs power.
     
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    You can cut the cable and extend it if you like.

    I made mine 12' long.
     
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  23. Look at the STE2's range, the STE2 also takes your hot shoe out of the equation for adding more light. :nono:

    And I'm sure you can also use a cable with PW's but those things are huge, try walking around in nice pants with that huge transmitter in your pocket..
     

  24. 12' hot shoe cable?!?! :eek3: God dam! :noes:
     
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