Trigger Chart

On May 29th I’m giving a talk at the photo club I belong to on using small flashes in photography. I put together this chart comparing different triggers so everyone wouldn’t have to worry about trying to get all the details.

Cost Benefits Drawbacks
PocketWizard Plus X $100 each – Huge range (1200′)
– Reliability
– Works on any flash w/ manual power control
– Large
– Expensive
Elinchrom Skyports ~$100 each + cables – Good range (400′)
– Reliability
– Compact
– Works on any flash w/ manual power control
– Battery built in to receiver
– Power button on receiver not recessed
– No shoe lock on transmitter
Gadget Infinity Cactus V2s $30 a pair? – Low cost
– Works on any flash w/ manual power control
– Reliability
Radiopopper P1 $150 each – TTL and manual control at camera
– Very high sync speeds w/ FP flashes
– Need newer flashes
PocketWizard Flex $250 each – TTL and manual control at camera
– Very high sync speeds w/ FP flashes and large strobes
– Need newer flashes
– Sometimes they can be finicky
IR Commanders (SU800 & ST-E2) $250 & $210 – TTL and manual control at camera – Limited range
– Need line of site
– Need newer flashes
Optical Triggers $10 – $40 – Cheap and easy
– Triggered by any flash
– Limited range
– Need line of site
– Triggered by any flash