Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ebay wireless flash trigger

Finally, my ebay wireless trigger arrived. I immediately went to the post office to pick the item up. When I got home, I installed the battery on the receiver and tested the setup.

The first test didn't set-off the 430EX flash. I pressed the test button. Still no flash. Oops! I forgot to turn on the receiver unit.

Tested it again. Still no flash. I pressed the test button, this time the flash fired.

I removed the transmitter and mounted it the other way. It's now sticking out on the backside that it touched my forehead when I peeked through the viewfinder. Still no flash.

Re-mounted the transmitter the right way and tightened the screw a bit more. Success! I mean the flash fired. But the image was almost pure white. The flash was set to 1/4 power.

I lowered the flash output to 1/32. Flash is not within line of sight.

I changed the setting of the shutter to 1/200. The image was half black.
I decreased the shutter speed to 1/80. The image now looks ok.
But sometimes the flash is totally out of sync or sometimes the flash don't fire at all.

In conclusion, the ebay wireless flash trigger is a really cheap and fancy way to get your feet wet in off-camera flashing. But note that it is unreliable and should not be used for professional work. You're probably better off using a wired setup or get the more expensive pocket wizard.

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