Pocket Wizard

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  1. D40

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    Right now I am useing the D200 on camera flash to fire an SB-600 but find that this is not as reliable as I would like. I am planning on getting another SB-600 and some umbrellas. Can anyone explain some about useing something like the pocket wizard? Would I need one on the camera and than it would fire the SB-600's or would I need something attached to the SB-600's as well? I am looking for more range and reliability when useing off camera flashes so...?
     
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    For a two flash setup, you would need 3 pocket wizards. One for on the camera, and one on each flash.

    Read up on strobist ( http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ ) he goes into much greater detail than I.
     
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    How about two Pocket Wizards and an optical slave for one of the sb-600's? With PW's you are shooting in manual mode anyway, no need to worry about preflash. Say something like this.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/62712-REG/Wein_W940030_HS_Hot_Shoe_Slave.html
     
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    Ok, so I would need one PW for each flash, that answeres that. I just noticed that with the on camer trigger, the distance and direction of the flash to the camera affect how well it works. There is not kit that has a main transmitter on the camera with recievers that connect to the flashes is there? The PW are $200 or so each which gets sorta $$$;) Thanks I will look on that web site later tonight!
     
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    You will also need a PC socket adaptor for your SB-600's. Pocket wizards are the best though.
     
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    That would work. Of course there's the limitation of the optical slave as originally mention. There's other wireless triggers that are reliable though.

    Yep. But most expensive. I have four and I'm thinking about a third, but I've been using Alien Bees lately. Most studio strobes have optical slaves built in and mainly I shoot in low light places.

    One PW for each flash and one for the camera. 3 total if you want to go completely wireless. Then you need two 3.5mm monophone to hotshoe cables. About $600, but totally worth it if you must have the best and you must have reliability. They're transceivers so it means that they can transmit or receive. You can use the same PW you use on the hotshoe of the camera on one of your flashes the next day. That means if one breaks, you're not totally screwed.

    Plus they're the industry standard. I just ordered a light meter that can trigger PW's. There's also certain brands of strobes that have PW modules in them and will fire via a PW.

    There's other brands out there though. Elinchrom Skyports are considered extremely reliable and worth the money. They're about $300 for a transmitter and two receivers. There's pros and cons of course, but everyone I know that uses them are happy.

    There's Alien Bee Cyber Syncs which are new but are proving reliable and even cheaper than the Skyports right now. These don't have the range of the PW, but nothing that I have seen has the advertised range of up to 1600'.

    It's personal preference and budget. Go with what you can afford. If you think you'll need the PW's, then start saving.
     
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    There's also the Nikon SU-800 infrared commander. That sits in the D40's hotshoe and communicates with the SB-600s. It has the disadvantage that it is infrared rather than radio, but it does permit much more control by/from the camera. It can be converted to radio with a Radiopopper system.

    Best,
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    Ok, well for starters I would just get 2 PW, one for the camera and one for the SB-600. Ok, so to see if I understand this:

    ~One pocket wizard goes on the camera.
    ~Then I need one of those hotshoe pieces to put the SB-600 on that way I can connect a 3.5mm monophone to hotshoe cable to the hotshoe and PW.
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    I am wondering why as an amateur you are considering 2 PWs at 400 bucks total when you could have the Gadget infinity triggers for about 50 bucks total for 2 receivers and 1 trigger?

    Thats what I use now and have triggered my flashes as a test from over 350 feet away. I cannot imagine myself ever needing more, nor paying 180-200 per unit. If I was pro, sure why not, but as an amateur, unless you have the money to toss away... consider looking at your more reasonable alternatives.
     
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    i was wondering the same thing as jerry, but if you want pocket wizzards and can afford it, why not i guess.
     
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