Getting annoyed with the CLS, need some suggestions on receivers.

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  1. Restomage

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    Well, Nikon's CLS system is really starting to annoy me, and with my newly acquired 80-200mm, its nearly impossible to get my Sb-600 to flash from that far away using the CLS so I'm looking for some sort of wireless transmitter/receiver. I'm currently using my camera as the commander. I was thinking of getting an SU-800, however that's a little too pricey for me so I'm looking for a cheaper alternative. Anyone have any suggestions?
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    ha! i was just in this spot 2 months ago. drove me bloody mental.

    went to the cybersync units and i couldn't be happier. ALWAYS fires, from any angle, distance (tested myself to 350') and in all kinds of conditions. Great little receivers and the price is perfect.
     
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    I use Cybersyncs. Range is great and they are very reliable. Never had one misfire on me yet.
     
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    The cyber syncs are probably the cheapest reliable triggers out there. There's other options, but they can get as pricey as paying over $400 for two transceivers to fire one flash.

    Also, keep in mind that unless you go with something like the Radio Poppers or wait for Pocket Wizard to release their Nikon compatible triggers, you're going to lose all TTL capabilities and you will only be able to fire the flash manually.
     
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    If it was daytime CLS can't compete with the Sun.

    You'll find most are using radio triggers of one sort or another.

    I get acceptable results with these.
     
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    I think the CLS system is great, but it's very limited as any flash based trigger system is. You really need to go with radio poppers if you want any consistency or reliability.

    This is one of the reasons don't care if my Canon pro bodies have a flash (I prefer they don't)... I wind up having to use real lights and triggers anyway. :)
     

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