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Do I need TTL radio triggers?

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Mark Spoo says:

I have been shooting for a while and using some manual radio triggers with good results. I am thinking of purchasing some dedicated TTL radio triggers. The questing is what is the benefit or TTL radio triggers and do you find them useful over manual radio triggers?

Thanks
6:20AM, 15 December 2011 PDT (permalink)

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CotswoldPhoto says:

So, really you want TTL over wireless? Then really you should have PocketWizards Flex series.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Larry.Thomas says:

If you are a Canon shooter you can also look at the Phottix Odin triggers. The Nikon gang are gonna have to wait a bit for these to arrive.
77 months ago (permalink)

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CotswoldPhoto says:

A quick check of the OP's profile suggests he is a Nikon shooter, like me.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Mark Spoo says:

I am trying to justify the cost in my mind. I think the Pocketwizzard Flex is the way to go. Just parting with 400.00+ is a bit to swallow.

And yes I am a Nikon Shooter.
77 months ago (permalink)

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CotswoldPhoto says:

Well, I agree. It is a lot. So, ask yourself, what are you trying to do that your current system lets you down on, and why MUST you go to TTL triggers instead of manual ones?
77 months ago (permalink)

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D-eye says:

An alternative to the Pocketwizard flex are Radiopoppers.
I chose to go that path as I am used to using CLS and wanted to continue using the same methods with a bit more distance in certain circumstances.

However if you are used to using manual triggers there probably isn't that much advantage in using ones that are TTL enabled.
77 months ago (permalink)

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Steve Walker Photography says:

I suppose one benefit is you can control the flash settings of the remote flashes from the camera as opposed to on the flash.
Originally posted 77 months ago. (permalink)
Steve Walker Photography edited this topic 77 months ago.

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kevinlaunius says:

Well...if you trust that your camera and flash will automatically give you the exact results you're after, then TTL (plus the extra price you'll pay) is the way to go. I've got a Cyber Sync and absolutely love it.
75 months ago (permalink)

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~Jamesy~ is a group administrator ~Jamesy~ says:

We are starting to see many excellent alternatives in the radio TTL world. I think they are very flexible as they allow you to do manual if you want or TTL in those situations where the subjects are more dynamic. As more innovate, the price will plummet - bring 'em on!
75 months ago (permalink)

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joekodak says:

One advantage of TTL over manual is hi-speed sync. TTL triggers will (usually) allow you to use a much faster shutter speed than your sync speed when using the manual triggers. If using flash in daylight this is a big plus.
75 months ago (permalink)

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jthomps says:

I bought the Pixel King transmitter and 2 receivers for my Canon E-TTL needs. They work great and I love that I can adjust everything right from my in camera Canon5D mark II menu system.

They have Nikon versions too!
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Sue Brad says:

I bought a Pixel King set to use with a Canon 5D Mark II and Speedlite 580 EX II flash, but can't get it to fire the flash. The camera menu says that the flash is incompatible or powered off. I've had lots of advice but nothing seems to work - red light shows on transmitter and flashing blue light on receiver, but no action. I can only assume the gear is faulty. Any suggestions?
71 months ago (permalink)

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jthomps says:

Sue, I would return the transmitter for a replacement. I have the same setup as you and they work great for me.
71 months ago (permalink)

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Julius, Nikonista FX ... says:

I always ask myself about the utility of TTL for remotely located flashes.

Thinking about that the exposure is measured by the lens, it is useful for a flash located on the camera, but I cant realize about to transmit this measure to a remote speedlite?

Think about a tx with passthru and a manual rx has more sense for me.

ideas?
68 months ago (permalink)

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~Jamesy~ is a group administrator ~Jamesy~ says:

Depends on the situation. I prefer manual in most controlled settinghs too but for fast paced events remote TTL can be helpful too.

With the cost of the new Yongnuo 622C (Canon only for now) TTL triggers under $100 a pair, they also do manual, why limit yourself to only manual. TTL meters the whole scene through the lens and you can always adjust ratios with TTL via groups.
68 months ago (permalink)

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