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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

Has anyone has any experience with these transceivers triggers? Ishoot Pt-04d $69.99 for the pair on ebay. I thought these look like they could be a good alternative  for someone on a budget. I just ordered some to try out  and I will post my personal opinion when they arrive and after I have tried them out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100m-iShoot-PT- … 4402129%26

Video review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KNBqmIlZPA


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/100m-PT-04-LCD-3in1-Speedlight-Studio-Radio-Flash-Trigger-Camera-Remote-Control-/00/s/NjAwWDYwMA==/$T2eC16NHJF8E9nnC6H3YBQSD8ROkCQ~~60_3.JPG

Feb 03 13 03:51 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10316

Santa Ana, California, US

Not familiar with these, but having the hot-shoe attachment on the left is kind of nice. I have a wireless cable release that fits in the hotshoe, but because my PW is sitting there, I can't use the cable release in the studio.

Feb 03 13 04:03 pm Link

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Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

look interesting ... any specs?

Feb 03 13 04:17 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

Hero Foto wrote:
look interesting ... any specs?

added the link with the specs

Feb 03 13 04:28 pm Link

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Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

A-M-P wrote:

added the link with the specs

thanks

Feb 03 13 04:31 pm Link

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LA StarShooter

Posts: 1868

Los Angeles, California, US

I saw a Transmitter and receiver pair but the seller didn't seem to selling the receivers separately. I use sometimes four lights so the cheap brand I use has both receiver and transmitter settings.

Feb 03 13 04:40 pm Link

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HOT Photography LA

Posts: 28

Los Angeles, California, US

LA StarShooter wrote:
I saw a Transmitter and receiver pair but the seller didn't seem to selling the receivers separately. I use sometimes four lights so the cheap brand I use has both receiver and transmitter settings.

Feb 03 13 04:44 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

LA StarShooter wrote:
I saw a Transmitter and receiver pair but the seller didn't seem to selling the receivers separately. I use sometimes four lights so the cheap brand I use has both receiver and transmitter settings.

These are transceivers they work as both  receiver and transmitter. Well I haven't used them yet but according to the specs.

Feb 03 13 04:46 pm Link

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HOT Photography LA

Posts: 28

Los Angeles, California, US

HOT Photography LA wrote:

Ooops. Sorry about that. I just bought a pair of PocketWizard Plus III. Both are T/R and they're not cheap. But you usually get what you pay for. They operate perfectly for me with a hot shoe on a Nikon.

Feb 03 13 04:47 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

HOT Photography LA wrote:
Ooops. Sorry about that. I just bought a pair of PocketWizard Plus III. Both are T/R and they're not cheap. But you usually get what you pay for. They operate perfectly for me with a hot shoe on a Nikon.

I'm pretty sure everyone in the photographic world is well aware that pocket wizards are not cheap and that they operate to standards. But  I was wondering for those  working on a budget or just doing this as a hobby if these might be a good alternative.

Feb 03 13 04:49 pm Link

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JandRStudios

Posts: 530

Houston, Texas, US

thanks for posting, these look very promising. might just get a pair, even though i have wizards, these will be good for some sb800's

Feb 03 13 04:52 pm Link

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R Michael Walker

Posts: 11986

Costa Mesa, California, US

A-M-P wrote:

I'm pretty sure everyone in the photographic world is well aware that pocket wizards are not cheap and that they operate to standards. But  I was wondering for those  working on a budget or just doing this as a hobby if these might be a good alternative.

So did you buy a pair already? I'd be interested in info on how well they work and how well built they are.

Feb 03 13 04:56 pm Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10555

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

LA StarShooter wrote:
I saw a Transmitter and receiver pair but the seller didn't seem to selling the receivers separately. I use sometimes four lights so the cheap brand I use has both receiver and transmitter settings.

you cant slave the other three lights off the one with the receiver?

Feb 03 13 04:58 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

R Michael Walker wrote:
So did you buy a pair already? I'd be interested in info on how well they work and how well built they are.

I just came upon these today tried to find anything online with little luck only found 1 review so I order a pair  since the specs look promising but they will arrive in like 2 weeks so I will try them out and give my opinion once I receive them. I think these are pretty new or have been a secret lol

Feb 03 13 05:08 pm Link

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LA StarShooter

Posts: 1868

Los Angeles, California, US

AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
you cant slave the other three lights off the one with the receiver?

I edited my reply since the op said they had both options. I may be interested in them if they perform really well outdoors. My cactus triggers are just okay.

Feb 03 13 05:36 pm Link

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R Michael Walker

Posts: 11986

Costa Mesa, California, US

I just use simple fleaby triggers fro my studio strobes so I can afford to have all 4 lights equipped with one. Seems when the others are on slave some light fails to trigger. Especially when using soft boxes and beauty dishes. This one seems interesting since it also does speed lights. I have the cowboy rigs for that but they are not very reliable in my experience so I no longer even take them out with me. I'd like something that would support Nikon's FP mode but those are even more $$.

Feb 03 13 05:45 pm Link

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Brooklyn Bridge Images

Posts: 9766

Brooklyn, New York, US

Dont see the logic in risking cheap chinese fleabay crap when you could get proven Cyber Sync for the same $$$

Feb 03 13 07:09 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6695

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

For something that doesn't support TTL (per the specs) what's the benefit over YongNuo's RF603 or other transcievers at half the price?

Feb 03 13 07:19 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6695

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Brooklyn Bridge Images wrote:
Dont see the logic in risking cheap chinese fleabay crap when you could get proven Cyber Sync for the same $$$

$70 for a pair is half the price of CS - and just because it's chinese doesn't mean it's crap. My RF603s have gone through tens of thousands of fires without ANY problem... just sayin.

Feb 03 13 07:22 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

Brooklyn Bridge Images wrote:
Dont see the logic in risking cheap chinese fleabay crap when you could get proven Cyber Sync for the same $$$

70/2 is $35 so not the same price but half  the price of Cybersync I also have Cybersync's

Feb 03 13 07:29 pm Link

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Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

-JAY- wrote:
For something that doesn't support TTL (per the specs) what's the benefit over YongNuo's RF603 or other transcievers at half the price?

luv my 603's for studio heads and speedlights ... wondering if the DISTANCE they will trigger is the benefit ... besides a pretty display I only working distance and signal strength to be the 2 pluses

Feb 03 13 07:48 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6695

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Hero Foto wrote:

luv my 603's for studio heads and speedlights ... wondering if the DISTANCE they will trigger is the benefit ... besides a pretty display I only working distance and signal strength to be the 2 pluses

The OP transcievers state 100 meters.

Did a test with my 603s outside:

http://jayleavitt.com/links/rf603distancetest.gif

Feb 03 13 07:50 pm Link

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Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

-JAY- wrote:

The OP transcievers state 100 meters.

Did a test with my 603s outside:

http://jayleavitt.com/links/rf603distancetest.gif

you ARE the F$#%in' man JAY ...

Feb 03 13 07:52 pm Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10555

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

last time I tried to do a 100m test, I got onto my neighbors land.  Now I can trigger his dog barking anytime with 100% reliability. those 60x are solid

Feb 03 13 08:12 pm Link

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eos3_300

Posts: 1508

Brooklyn, New York, US

A-M-P wrote:

70/2 is $35 so not the same price but half  the price of Cybersync I also have Cybersync's

Missed they were priced per pair
I hope they work for you
Faulty triggers can be a huge PIA

Feb 03 13 08:47 pm Link

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IMG - Inner Images

Posts: 80

Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

If you want reliable product try YongNuo YN-622 transceivers (YN-622C for Canon and YN-622N for Nikon)!

I have 6 unit for Canon (5D3 and 580EX II flashes) and they are working flawlessly.

There's a topic about them:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/sho … 0&page=123

Feb 04 13 03:04 pm Link

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ultimate dream

Posts: 848

London, England, United Kingdom

-JAY- wrote:

The OP transcievers state 100 meters.

Did a test with my 603s outside:

http://jayleavitt.com/links/rf603distancetest.gif

Now thats what you call a proper test. Good one dude smile

Feb 04 13 05:28 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

Well I found a video review on them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KNBqmIlZPA

Feb 04 13 06:38 pm Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10555

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

A-M-P wrote:
Well I found a video review on them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KNBqmIlZPA

they are compatible with YongNuos?  insane!

Feb 04 13 06:44 pm Link

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A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:

they are compatible with YongNuos?  insane!

Yes

Feb 04 13 08:28 pm Link

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David Nelson Photograph

Posts: 348

San Antonio, Texas, US

I use the cybersyncs in studio and have never had an issue.  On location, where access is easy I bring my alienbees and cybersyncs along, and if the location is a more difficult access I use an 580 EX II and a 430exII and control them through the camera.  Use an OFC cord to keep the 580 off the camera

Feb 04 13 08:41 pm Link

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JC Strick

Posts: 708

Dalton, Georgia, US

A-M-P wrote:

I just came upon these today tried to find anything online with little luck only found 1 review so I order a pair  since the specs look promising but they will arrive in like 2 weeks so I will try them out and give my opinion once I receive them. I think these are pretty new or have been a secret lol

Please report back!

The features and "unboxing" video posted above looks promising. Very interested to see if they actually work.

smile

Feb 05 13 09:41 pm Link

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JC Strick

Posts: 708

Dalton, Georgia, US

Do we have a review yet? smile

Mar 08 13 12:52 pm Link

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JM Fotography

Posts: 61

Laurinburg, North Carolina, US

Knock off quality is getting so good, it's hard to justify name brand on some items these days.

I'm interested in how these work!

Mar 10 13 09:19 pm Link

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GCobb Photography

Posts: 15894

Southaven, Mississippi, US

I didn't knock on wood hard enough.  The 602 transmitters I had..both went tits up within 2 weeks of one another.  One was about a year old, the other closer to 3.  I guess I'm in the market for something else.

Mar 10 13 09:32 pm Link

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FKW Studio

Posts: 106

Kew, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

These look good- if the range is close to matching Pocket wizards then I'll be hard pressed not to get these for the money.

I'm currently using cyber sync +s and a cyber commander- they work great in studio, but I have found them to be not as reliable on location- and they seem to really need good line of site for reliable triggering.

I was shooting a yacht and needed to take many exposures lighting different areas of the boat- when I got to the areas furthest away from me (maybe 100ft) I started having misfires... so yeah. Looking to get some triggers specifically for shooting location and this might be the ticket!

Just hope they work ok with my sony A99. .

Mar 10 13 10:23 pm Link