Flash transmitter/receiver

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  1. Bossy

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    Hey ya'll. I'm in the market for some new goodies, and I'm thinking I should get a flash setup, but I'm not sure if paying 400 bucks at this point for 1 set of pocket wizards is really a good idea. I'm not shooting for anyone but myself for the most part. I'm also looking to upgrade my flash, right now I'm using an ancient one thats probably going to explode my dslr. But I don't know what to, I could get something like a SB 700/900 but I am not that familiar with hot show flashes outside knowing how to bounce them, so something like that might be a waste. Or might not. But thats what I need your help with, anyway.

    Cliffnotes- Cheaper transmitter/receiver ok? And what flash?


     
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    If you can swing it, PWs are the way to go... I have a bag full of 'em and I have never had a failure to fire (except the time I had a dead battery in one and spent fifteen minutes "trouble-shooting" in the middle of a shoot, but that's a whole 'nother story). However, if that's not worth the cost consider the Cactus Trigger V5 - they're quite well reviewed.
     
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    Is TTL capabilities something thats a must?
     
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    Unless you are using the ttl function off camera flash, you can get manual flashes that are cheaper and work good. What are planning to shoot ? KEH has excellent condition 285hv's for around 50-60 bucks shipped. Or you can grab some sb24, 26, 28, or 80dx's ( 80 dx being the most expensive out of the bunch.) The sb's will work on the camera fine aside from you having to calculate the flash settings. All of these will work excellent off camera use.
     
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    Not really. I would suggest a ttl compatible one for on camera use. Off camera, I would say manual. Much more predictable.
     
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    Well..like I said, hot shoe flash newb. I shoot people. Places. Things. Yeah that about covers it I think :D I've used Calumet receiver/transmitter before, and I can get a set for 75 bucks, but it says it doesn't work with ttl. But I'm not sure how that affects me.
     
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    Excuse me for being the newb. Only trying to help the not so newb asking for help. Good luck.
     
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    Re read your post. I'm not one to get in online quarrels. If it was a typo, then so be it. If it wasn't, then it just seems a bit rude.
     
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    Gah I'm really sorry but I must be missing something. I appreciate your help, and I'm sorry if I offended somehow...
     
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    No worries. The sb's might be easier to find accessories for since the 285hv's zoom head is as big as mine and they recycle quicker, have pc ports, and the option for a battery pack. I have the 285hv's. It's a work horse but if you are entertaining the idea of hot shoe use, I'd just get an older sb from amazon or KEH. I use KEH. All of my flashes I have gotten from them.
     
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    In response to your first post, I was still writing when you answered about TTL. You mentioned a lot of numbers (which I've sense googled and know as flashes!)
    You asked what I shoot?

    I don't understand what TTL is, nor how it affects me/the camera. I've been googling but nothing is describing well so far.
     

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