View Full Version : Wirelss triggering - a quandary

17th March 2012, 03:12 PM
I'm in a bit of a quandary here. I've got an FL-50 unit and an uber long extension cord which gives me TTL, but I need much more distance sometimes, and I find the cord unwieldy to use. So I'm looking at wireless triggers. Optical's no good because I occasionally need to get the flash behind things.

My options seem to be some kind of 3rd party wireless trigger setup, but I suppose that would lose me TTL. The best option, though, would be to trade the FL-50 for an FL-50R. The trouble is the best price I can see for an FL-50R is about 290 and it looks like I'd get about 150 at most for the FL50 and I'm not sure I can justify 140 for the feature.

So the questions are:
1. Any recommended 3rd party wireless trigger systems?
2. Is the upgrade worth the extra money over 3rd party?

Ideas anyone?

17th March 2012, 03:29 PM
Rent a FL50r from Ian's Renta n Oly to see if it is does what you want.

Bikie John
17th March 2012, 03:52 PM
I just got some radio triggers by Phottix. Their basic model is called the Aster. Not dirt-cheap but nowhere near Pocket Wizard prices, I think the basic set of 1 transmitter and 1 receiver was less than 50 and extra receivers are 30-ish. No electronic TTL control, of course. As far as I can tell they work pretty well - I did a still-life where the radio flash was underneath a piece of black velvet and it triggered just fine. I haven't tried long-distance stuff, I think they claim to work at up to 100 metres in radio mode.

http://www.phottix.co.uk/ - they are pretty new to the UK, imported and distributed by a company in Maidenhead. Mine came through the local branch of London Camera Exchange.

Ciao ... John

17th March 2012, 03:57 PM
Hi a wireless trigger are quite cheap but you would have to manually set the flash, as you say if you can get 150, then you could look at the metz 50 which is wireless and fully TTL for around 150 from WEX with the discount code.


17th March 2012, 04:02 PM
If you settle for standard non-TTL triggers, getting the exposure correct manually isn't nearly as difficult or time-consuming as you think it might be.... it's not something I do every day, but am still normally within a stop of getting right at first attempt.

17th March 2012, 04:06 PM
I use a generic set, made primerily for canons,
Cheap as chips and can be fired through brickwork, no need for line of sight. I'm not certain but thinking the FL50r has an optical slave, and would'nt be up to this?

17th March 2012, 04:18 PM
Thanks all. That was very helpful.

I had a think about it and for the kind of use where I employ off-camera flash I pretty much have it on manual, so I think I'll go for 3rd party wireless.

I'd looked at Phottix and it got some pretty good reviews. I think I'll pull the trigger on a kit with a couple of receivers (I've got a cheap manual flash as well)

Thanks again *chr

23rd March 2012, 11:15 AM
Well, the units have arrived (2 receivers and controller) and they're great. Thanks for the help all. *chr

23rd March 2012, 02:29 PM
Just noticed this thread and as usual too late.
I have a FL-50R and also a FL-50.
For my off flash stuff I use a Strobies setup. 2 Receivers and one transmitter (80 total) usually mounted on 2 minitripods or handheld.
I really enjoy them and have had some good results.

23rd March 2012, 03:06 PM
They look identical to the Phottix Aster, they must be the same bit of kit.