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Compact strobe options

Ditto as with the lenses.

Canon has eTTL-2. It's got a great reputation. The Canon cameras don't come with built-in wireless control, though. A transmitter (or master flash) on the hot shoe is required. There are quite a few third-party flashes that work with eTTL wireless control.

Nikon has i-TTL. It's got a great reputation. The Nikon cameras don't come with built-in wireless control, though. A transmitter (or master flash) on the hot shoe is required. There are quite a few third-party flashes that work with i-TTL wireless control.

Olympus doesn't seem to have a name for their TTL metering and wireless control. It's all built-in to the camera, though, and can be controlled from the camera body. There are only 2 Olympus flash unit models that support wireless control. Don't know about third-party flashes.

Opinions and/or resources about the different flash systems?

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didjiman
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
I was going to use the 2 FL-36R flashes at CC26, but with so many new stuff going on, I didn't have a chance. Now that I have some times, I am playing with them, e.g. see my last picture of the dolls. I set up one flash at full TTL and the right one at -0.7 and with a the diffuser down. I think the effect is pleasing (the dolls are also in a light tent).

The wireless system is light based, so you need to have a clear line of sight, but seems to be pretty robust otherwise. I will be using them for the Dollectible photoshoots. Will report result next week.
bovil
Jul. 18th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
The wireless system is light based, so you need to have a clear line of sight,

So is Canon's wireless TTL, and I think Nikon's. There's a company called Radio Popper that's doing RF remote control conversion for Canon eTTL-2, though.
jadecat9
Jul. 18th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I have the Canon 580EX. It's a decent flash. It works decently with a 420 as a slave in the ETTL mode....however, soon as you break line of sight...oyf!

However, for off-camera strobes, it's Nikon SB series all the way (I have 5-6 nikon flashes). And, with the wireless radio controls, it doesn't really matter what flash system you have. (I have PWs, but Paul Buff is now coming out with a cheaper version that's supposedly better than the Radio Poppers)

Edited at 2008-07-18 05:37 am (UTC)
bovil
Jul. 18th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
So the stupid question:

Do the Nikon flashes work with Canon's TTL flash metering? Yes, I know I can get a flash meter and go manual, but being able to start with auto would be nice.
howeird
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Nikon absolutely does come with built-in wireless flash command. Ask didjiman about how my Nikon set off all his remote flashes when I didn't know I had the command mode enabled. I was shooting a D70 at the time, the D80 also has it.
bovil
Jul. 18th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry, the D40/D60 series (which is what's likely in my price range) doesn't offer wireless built-in.

That's one of the big complaints about the D60, Nikon can do wireless sync, but they don't on the D60

Edited at 2008-07-18 05:56 pm (UTC)
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