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Jun 26, 2015 14:40:11   #
mcraven
 
im thinking of getting pocket wizards to control my 2 sb600 flashes. I see several different ones to choose from. can someone tell me what would be a good choice for the sb600's.. thanks.
 
Jun 26, 2015 16:45:46   #
tsilva
 
do you actually mean pocket wizard brand or are you talking generic wireless triggers? are you planning on shooting fully manual flash, or are you wanting to use ittl?
Jun 26, 2015 16:52:10   #
CaptainC
 
mcraven wrote:
im thinking of getting pocket wizards to control my 2 sb600 flashes. I see several different ones to choose from. can someone tell me what would be a good choice for the sb600's.. thanks.


The ONLY Pocket Wizards that will work with the -600 flash are the Flex/TT5. The 600 is a consumer-level flash with no connection for the Plus series.

I am assuming you really mean Pocket Wizards and not using that brand name as as a generic term.

There are other less-expensive systems out there that seem to work quite well, but the PW system is the gold standard.
Jun 26, 2015 17:05:40   #
mcraven
 
wanting to shoot manually
Jun 26, 2015 17:10:18   #
hcmcdole
 
I have the old Pocket Wizards Plus II (at about $180 each a few years back) - manual only which means doing all the settings at the flash. Expensive but it was reliable and considered the best at the time.

I recently bought the Yongnuo flash controller (622 for Canon but they have it for Nikon too) where you can go TTL or Manual and control everything from the flash controller (power level, EV, zoom, and a couple more settings) - saves a lot of back and forth between camera and flashes. These are a lot cheaper than the new PW flex and mini. You can buy the controller and two remotes for the price of one PW Flex or Mini.
Jun 26, 2015 18:07:03   #
tsilva
 
CaptainC wrote:
The ONLY Pocket Wizards that will work with the -600 flash are the Flex/TT5. The 600 is a consumer-level flash with no connection for the Plus series.

I am assuming you really mean Pocket Wizards and not using that brand name as as a generic term.

There are other less-expensive systems out there that seem to work quite well, but the PW system is the gold standard.


Actually you can get adapters from Flash Zebra or Paramount Cables that will allow the 600 to be used with any of the PW equipment, but they are trigger only and can only be used in manual.
 
Jun 26, 2015 18:13:52   #
CaptainC
 
tsilva wrote:
Actually you can get adapters from Flash Zebra or Paramount Cables that will allow the 600 to be used with any of the PW equipment, but they are trigger only and can only be used in manual.


Yeah - I should have added that.
Jun 26, 2015 18:25:10   #
mcraven
 
ok thanks. I will look into the yongnuo triggers..
Jun 27, 2015 06:36:21   #
CO (a regular here)
 
CaptainC wrote:
The ONLY Pocket Wizards that will work with the -600 flash are the Flex/TT5. The 600 is a consumer-level flash with no connection for the Plus series.

I am assuming you really mean Pocket Wizards and not using that brand name as as a generic term.

There are other less-expensive systems out there that seem to work quite well, but the PW system is the gold standard.


The PocketWizard Mini-TT1 also supports TTL metering. It's a transmitter only so it's used on the camera's hot shoe only. You can have a Mini-TT1 on the camera and the flash on a Flex-TT5 or use two Flex-TT5's. The Mini-TT1 is great because of its small size. These units come in versions specifically designed for either Nikon or Canon cameras. Here are links to quick guides:

Nikon version:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/upload/photos/815Mini_Flex_Nikon_QG_ENG_v3.0.pdf

Canon version:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/upload/photos/788MiniTT1_FlexTT5_Canon_QG_LPF380v2.2_English.pdf
Jun 27, 2015 07:42:57   #
Bensson
 
Ever consider Photix Odin? It's a ttl system at 60% the cost of PW
Jun 27, 2015 19:41:07   #
speters (a regular here)
 
mcraven wrote:
im thinking of getting pocket wizards to control my 2 sb600 flashes. I see several different ones to choose from. can someone tell me what would be a good choice for the sb600's.. thanks.

I don't know the specifics of the sb600, but I liked (and like)using the TT5's from PW. I shoot Canon and use them with my 580 EX II's and always enjoyed their performance and reliability (now a days I use a bunch of 600 RT's).
 
Jun 27, 2015 20:08:02   #
jdubu
 
I have used the Photix ttl system, but really like using the PW flex system much better.

With the addition of the AC3 controller, you can simply dial the power of 3 groups of flashes 3 stops up, down or off. And it can be done in TTL or manual, all from the top with a switch and a dial for each group. No need to go into menus and scroll around.

As Captain C said, the gold standard and worth it.
Jun 27, 2015 20:18:50   #
Bensson
 
You can do the same with the Photix Odin
Jun 27, 2015 21:31:46   #
jdubu
 
Bensson wrote:
You can do the same with the Photix Odin


Yes, you can get the same results, but for me, it's easier to spin a dial for a setting than pushing a button for each incremental change. I don't need to look at the controller to make a change... it's either the left dial, middle dial or the right dial and each 1/3 stop is a click i can feel.

These and other remote companies will give you results, it's a matter of performance versus your wallet.
Jul 2, 2015 14:24:15   #
bkyser
 
I've actually had good luck with the Yongnuo 622 tx and YN 622 transceivers, much less expensive, and you do have the option of using TTL, and can easily set the power of the flashes right from your camera if you want.

I used the old PW system, and it wasn't nearly as idiot proof (in use....and I'm a pretty big idiot) There are cheaper ways to go with straight manual, but so far, the YN622 system (with the TX and as many transceivers as needed) is something that even I can understand.
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