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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryS View Post
    I only said rtfm because every flash is different, and the custom functions are so cryptic....

    430ex is cf1, set to 1.
    See now I don't have to read my 430 manual. I still haven't had the time to play with the set up yet maybe tomorrow...
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  2. #12
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    Okay, it's custom function 1 on the 430 and custom function 14 on the 580.

    Here is a snap I took today using my triggers.

    430 on the dash, 580 behind the seat and a vivitar filling a bit through the windshield. I had the 580 in the trunk pointed towards the front but I was getting a lot of misses with it there, disappointing.



    It's an Eagle Summit if anyone was wondering. Oh ya and that's the kit lens.
    Last edited by Nickcanada; 03-09-2009 at 04:41 PM.
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  3. #13
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    which hongkong triggers are you using Nick? I heard the new one (CTR-301) are better.

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    I got PT-04 II they are suppose to be updated as well..... damn those CTR-301s look like a much better design than the PT-04s. At least they look much more stable. That's always the way eh? you buy something and than BAM you find something better. I've been thinking of buying some cables so I don't need to mount the flashes to the trigger.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
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  5. #15
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    well i've got the CTR-301 versions and so far have been impressed with them. there are no pc sync terminals so the only way to use them is to mount the flash directly into them which is a downside for me really. but so far so good. no misfire at the moment. experimented a little, i have placed one flash on the other room with door closed, and the cheap little thing did its bit, it fired away. i've seen those PT-04 (not sure if I or II) and i must say they are pain to use. the salesman on the shop had hard time putting batteries on them!

    been thinking of upgrading to PW minitt1 & flextt5 in future but that can wait until they are available here. CTR-301 will do for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickcanada View Post
    I do not trust these cheap things to hold up the flash.

    I've got a lot of missed syncs so far at 1/200, dark strip going through the frame but so far no misses.
    i had the same problems with the cactus triggers...cept i got a lot of misfires too. if the receivers were too close together or close to something big and metal...or if it just felt like not working...then it wouldn't. but it sounds like these you have are a lot better than the cactuses. sometimes i'd have to just pull the batteries out of everything and put them back in, unmount and mount the flashes back to the hotshoes...all while a "model" was waiting on me. and i'm a cusser, so you can imagine the barrage of f-bombs and gd's that were flying out of my mouth. so it was just in everyone's interests to get some reliable ones...most importantly, my sanity.
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  7. #17
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    1/200s is too fast for most of these kinds of consumer triggers. 1/125 or 1/160 works much more reliably, and since the light flash is so fast, you still get sharp shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam75south View Post
    i had the same problems with the cactus triggers...cept i got a lot of misfires too. if the receivers were too close together or close to something big and metal...or if it just felt like not working...then it wouldn't. but it sounds like these you have are a lot better than the cactuses. sometimes i'd have to just pull the batteries out of everything and put them back in, unmount and mount the flashes back to the hotshoes...all while a "model" was waiting on me. and i'm a cusser, so you can imagine the barrage of f-bombs and gd's that were flying out of my mouth. so it was just in everyone's interests to get some reliable ones...most importantly, my sanity.
    I gave cybersyncs a lot of thought but that's a big investment. If I really start using them a lot than I'll probably get some of those new pocket wizards so that I can use TTL.
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  9. #19
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    the strobists got to you didn't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adam75south View Post
    the strobists got to you didn't they?
    LOL, no not really. When I did the engagement shoot I used the hotshoe cord and it was really very convenient using TTL and not worrying about messing up my flash power settings if I was moving the light closer or further away. To be honest I don't even know how far I'm going to take this stuff. I still really love available light shooting and on camera flash is still the most convenient way to shoot with flash. I'm not sure where off camera flash is going to fit in. Down the road if I get into studio portraits, mono lights are probably the way to go due to the modeling lights.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
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