Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Summer75, Oct 2, 2017.
Cool. Very very helpful. Thanks so much for answering!
Yes. Slave function. Most studio flash units and some speedlights have an optical sensor that detects a flash in the vicinity, and fires its flash at the same time as the triggering flash. The triggering flash can be any electronic flash, such as a speedlight, another studio strobe, or the built-in flash on (my) camera. ( I remember yours does not have a built-in flash)
So no RF trigger or cable needed. The main drawback is the lack of convenience in setting the flash power remotely. Your RF trigger might do that, or a zone controller, but with using the optical slave function, you have to set the power level manually.
One other drawback with optical slaves, if used with a modern TTL flash, they fire on the preflash, and have nothing left when the main flash fires & the image is taken.
With a photo booth type setting the flashes can be run repeatedly in manual mode once the correct settings are determined, so an optical slave should work well. I think they might work out cheaper than a splitter & physical wiring too!
"Cheapest Possible" How about one of the new flashlights? They have a lot of white light from a couple of small batteries. I don't know what "color" but it seems very white???
UPDATE - here's the chart.
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