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Feb 21, 2021 14:12:02   #
d3200prime
 
I need some guidance on a flash trigger for my D500 and SB-700 flash. I made the mistake of purchasing an Altura wireless flash trigger set thinking it would work with my combination. I tried everything I could think of without success. I would love to hear the hogs set me straight on what I need to wirelessly trigger my SB-700 from my D500. I would like to have radio triggers.

Thanks.

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Feb 21, 2021 14:36:59   #
tradio Loc: Oxford, Ohio
 
I have pocket wizards that work well with my Nikon gear.

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Feb 21, 2021 14:45:25   #
GoofyNewfie Loc: Kansas City
 
I had a set of Phottix Odin transmitter and receivers that were rock-solid performers.
I’ve moved to Godox now and those have worked great for me. With the exception of my Nikon SB-5000, all my lights are Godox (Flashpoint at Adorama) have built in radio receivers and all work really well.

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Feb 21, 2021 16:26:52   #
jeep_daddy Loc: Prescott AZ
 
I use Phottix Odin for my Canon equipment too.

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Feb 21, 2021 18:25:30   #
jdubu Loc: San Jose, CA
 
I use the Pocket Wizard Flex system with AC3 controllers for ETTL and manual power control. I like this system because I can control three groups in manual or ETTL or mixed grouping. I know there are other systems out there, but I got started with a used set of triggers and 2 EX580II flashes with converted interference shields. The beauty with Pocket Wizards are they are backward and forward compatible and I can incorporate my Alien Bees into the system. So as I add to my receivers, everything works together and everything I have can be software upgradeable.

I do use Pixel Soldiers I had before the PW's that are also group controllable but in manual mode only. I use these for off brand flashes when I still need to add fill lighting on a shoot.

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Feb 22, 2021 00:33:39   #
SX2002 Loc: Adelaide, South Australia
 
This one works just fine...AUD$75...


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Feb 22, 2021 05:53:04   #
roxiemarty Loc: Florida
 
I have used Pocket Wizards at work and they are amazing, but I actually use the Photix Odin set also. A great value for the money, and they work for my speedlights and I can use them on my really old Novatron Strobes to shoot wireless at home. I just purchased a third receiver for the Odin set , Used, from Used Photo Pro. They are affordable and reliable.

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Feb 22, 2021 06:26:33   #
uhaas2009
 
I tried godex/ flashpoint and it wasn’t a 100% result of trigger the Nikon flash. I would get a other Nikon flash on camera and use it as trigger. I believe the 500 doesn’t have a built in flash what could be used as trigger.
I changed to flashpoint because I knew I needed more lights

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Feb 22, 2021 06:44:20   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
d3200prime wrote:
I need some guidance on a flash trigger for my D500 and SB-700 flash. I made the mistake of purchasing an Altura wireless flash trigger set thinking it would work with my combination. I tried everything I could think of without success. I would love to hear the hogs set me straight on what I need to wirelessly trigger my SB-700 from my D500. I would like to have radio triggers.

Thanks.


It depends if you are looking for a simple trigger or one that can provide iTTL. Pocket Wizards are the pro's choice and for good reason - they just work as advertised. However I've gotten excellent service from Yongnuo triggers - which are a fraction of the price and come in two flavors - basic trigger or ful-blown iTTL. The basic ones are around $38 for a pair of transceivers (RF-603 II), and the iTTL version at $79 for a pair (YN-622 II). The 603 can be used as a wireless remote shutter trigger, and the 622, while forfeiting the shutter trigge feature, can fully integrate with any supported iTTL flash, from Nikon and/or other vendors. It also has an optional commander module, and they fully support FP-Sync. For all intents and purposes they offer the same feature set as the more costly Pocket Wizards.

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Feb 22, 2021 07:25:36   #
Archboo3 Loc: Central Florida
 
Pocket wizards. Been using them for over 20 years

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Feb 22, 2021 07:48:24   #
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Feb 22, 2021 08:54:53   #
reguli Loc: Uruguay
 
d3200prime wrote:
I need some guidance on a flash trigger for my D500 and SB-700 flash. I made the mistake of purchasing an Altura wireless flash trigger set thinking it would work with my combination. I tried everything I could think of without success. I would love to hear the hogs set me straight on what I need to wirelessly trigger my SB-700 from my D500. I would like to have radio triggers.

Thanks.


I think your trigger is fine and the problem is a configuration problem. Did you try to set the pins on the back of the trigger (battery compartment) and on the flash to the same channel? If you do this and it is not running, it may be a faulty drive.

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Feb 22, 2021 09:07:36   #
E.L.. Shapiro Loc: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
 
I purchased my first Pocket Wizard system in 1982- they are still in service. Since I have added 5 receivers and a spare transmitter. I use mine for multiple flash setups in the studio and a wide variety of location work- someof it in pretty rough industrial sites. I have never had a misfire or any issues. I've synched with flash units at 2-city blocks away and from different rooms and floors in buildings with metal and concrete walls. Mine is the basic trigger units- no TTL -manual only.

The Yonguno units that Gene recommend are excellent as well. One of my wedding shooters uses them and they are good value for the money.

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Feb 22, 2021 09:38:16   #
d3200prime
 
It looks like I haven't found the correct settings to make this Altura work. I set the flash to manual as per the instructions and set the switches correctly. When I press the test button on top of the receiver the flash fires but when mounted and the shutter is activated on the D500 the flash doesn't fire. I guess I'll just have to play with the settings on the camera until I find the right ones.

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Feb 22, 2021 09:53:27   #
reguli Loc: Uruguay
 
d3200prime wrote:
It looks like I haven't found the correct settings to make this Altura work. I set the flash to manual as per the instructions and set the switches correctly. When I press the test button on top of the receiver the flash fires but when mounted and the shutter is activated on the D500 the flash doesn't fire. I guess I'll just have to play with the settings on the camera until I find the right ones.


Yes, look at the camera settings because the camera overrides the flash settings

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