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  • Highspeed Sync off-camera...

    What is the cheapest way to get ETTL/Highspeed sync for off-camera flash? The only option I see is getting a 580 EX II w/ pocket wizards which would come out to about a thousand bucks... :-\
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  • #2
    If you have a T3i, 7D or 60D (?) then all you'd need is a 430EX and you'd have off camera ETTL because the pop flash on those cameras will act as a commander. You just then need batteries for the flash and LoS.
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    • #3
      A long Flash Zebra TTL cord would work as well.
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      • #4
        I think you could get a ST-E2 to work as on camera commander for any compatible off camera flashes (430/580's ?) if you don't have built in commander capability.
        I'm not a Canon guy so I may be mistaken....

        The sync cord would be cheapest, but not terribly flexible/convenient.
        Last edited by sk66; 01-28-2012, 03:30 PM.
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        • #5
          If you don't mind going wired whenever you need the high speed sync, there's always this option
          ETTL Cord for Canon Speedlites | Off-Camera Flash Cord | OCF Gear
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          • #6
            On the few Canon cameras that can use the pop up flash as a master, you can't get high speed synch. The fastest shutter speed you'll be able to get is your camera's flash synch speed.

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            • #7
              ST-E2 (or Yongnuo clone of same), but you will be limited in range and by line of sight. With Radio, probably the Pixel Knights.
              I shoot with a Canon 5DmkII, 50D, and S90, and Pansonic GX-7. flickr stream and equipment list

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              • #8
                Originally posted by inkista View Post
                ST-E2 (or Yongnuo clone of same), but you will be limited in range and by line of sight. With Radio, probably the Pixel Knights.
                if you're going to spend as much for the Knights you might as well pop for the Pixel Kings and get ETTL, TTL pass through and HSS . i've had my kings for about 4 months and worked great
                7d : Tamron 28-75 2.8 : Canon 50mm 1.8 : Canon 55-250mm : 430ex ii

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                • #9
                  Just remember HSS limits the flash output so some times its not all its cracked up to be if your attempt is to over power the sun. So make sure it will do what you want before plopping down 500$ to a grand.
                  Last edited by bhursey; 02-05-2012, 12:14 PM.
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                  Canon EF lens used : 50mm f1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.5, 75-300mm f/4.5-5, 85mm f/1.8
                  Tamron Lens: 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bhursey View Post
                    Just remember HSS limits the flash output so some times its not all its cracked up to be if your attempt is to over power the sun. So make sure it will do what you want before plopping down 500$ to a grand.
                    The man speaks da truth:

                    Here is an example of a test I did. This is with a single SB600 off camera in a softbox about 4 feet from the subject:



                    On the other hand, this was lit with 3 speedlights off camera.



                    I do find it interesting that the baby speedlight has enough power to reach f13 if placed close enough to the subject.

                    So where it can be useful, usually a single flash does not have the guts to light a subject in FP or high speed sync
                    Last edited by scootermcq; 02-05-2012, 02:09 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Ya the 500-1000 I think would be better spent on a AB800 or AB1600 with a bat pack and a high quality verable nd filter. If you look at pros like chase Jarvis and zack arias you will note they do not use hss normaly. Just something to think about. The only reason I would want a ttl trigger would not be for hss but for run and gun off camera wedding situations.
                      Last edited by bhursey; 02-05-2012, 02:25 PM.
                      Cameras: Canon 60D, Canon 20D, 35mm Nikon FM2n
                      Canon EF lens used : 50mm f1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.5, 75-300mm f/4.5-5, 85mm f/1.8
                      Tamron Lens: 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
                      Strobist: Canon 580EX II , "Vivitar DF400MZ, Nikon SB-24, LP-160, YN568EX"
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                      • #12
                        Or, here is a new trick I just learned.....

                        http://digital-photography-school.co...ml#post1405077

                        Total investment:

                        Strobe $60
                        Stand $30
                        Softbox $60
                        Stratos II trigger & receiver: $100

                        $250 and I am firing studio strobes at 1/6000

                        Oh, and for outdoors Vagabond II used for $125.00
                        Last edited by scootermcq; 02-13-2012, 01:54 AM.
                        Scott
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