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    wireless flash sync recommendations

    I'm thinking about off-camera flash. Problem is all my flashes are elderly - Olympus T30, Vivitar 283 (with big voltage), and a couple of others. Does anyone have any recommendations for a (cheap) wireless system that will stand the big shoe voltages as I don't want to spend out on new flash units? Alternatively I could make a little adapter that slotted between receiver and flash to tame the trigger voltage if someone can give me some guidance on the components.

    or I could just buy one ofthese cheap units and see if it blows up!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Set-16-C...item3a7c20ebc2

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    The cheap one says "12v or lower" and I'd stick to it. Cheap gear doens't have much margin in capabilities.

    Get with the times and get a used Nikon sb24; lotsa manual capability for not much $.

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    wireless flash sync recommendations

    Pocket wizard makes a super cheap trigger now for only $100 it's the replacement for the $160 plus 2 basically, it's pretty neat, personally for the extra $30 I would just get the Plus III but that's me


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    Cactus radio triggers, off of the bay from china. Gadget Infinity was the vendor, as I recall.

    V2 or V4s' are the bunch I have. Not fancy, works reliably for me, and I believe that are rated to 300V. I use them on all sundry old flashes I have except for my ancient pack and head GN 200 in feet ' Braun that goes to 585v trigger voltage on full power. I save a wein optical trigger for that baby; it has killed lesser vendors' optical offerings after a few days use.

    I think one tx and a pair of rx's of the Cactus are about $70. I have three sets of them now, and all still working after more than 4 years. Keep spare batteries in the box or bag, and remember to turn off the rx;s when stored and you will stay happy.
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    If the Pocket Wizards are out of your range, check out the wireless triggers and receivers from Cowboy Studios. I bought a trigger and two receivers for about $25 US off Amazon. You can get extra receivers for around $15 each. I'm sure they're not as well made but they've held up well so far. Just as importantly they've been reliable performers. No TTL with these babies, but that's no a biggie for me.

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    Thanks guys. I'll look at the recommendations

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    I use Wein hot shoe optical slaves for stand mounted flashes. I can trigger them either thru on camera flash or thru a Wein infrared setup that pop's one flash. For on camera high synch voltage flash with a low synch body, Wein use to make a special hot shoe adapter just like the optical units that takes care of it. I don't find it at B&H tho.
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    Wein dropped it. The safe sync I guess was either no longer sourced, or cost them too much hassle.

    I returned one that died after one week of use, and they sent me two optical triggers and said sorry, can't replace your item - no longer made.
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    The trigger thyristor in my cheap Cactus wireless receivers are rated at 400 volts. It's difficult to find such a component rated lower than 250 volts.

    Seems strange that the usual answer to using (alledged) wimpy DSLRs with old flashes is to use a radio trigger whereas now the worry is that the trigger might be damaged!


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    Or build this:

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