/ Off Camera Flash Cord
I thought I'd canvas opinion to find out what sort of length people think is best to go for. The options seem to be 0.6m, 0.9m 3m, 10m.
I think the cords under 1m are likely to be pretty useless at getting that off-camera look, so I'm leaning more towards a 3m or 10m but I don't want to buy something which is still too short or conversely so ridiculously long that it turns into a mass of spaghetti every time I get it out.
Any recommendations from people on here?
Interesting, I hadn't realised they're so cheap. Are they TTL?
also, most of the time you don't need ttl for off camera flash.
search for item number 110837938400 on the well-known auction site - they work for me!
I bought a pair of remote triggers for my Nikon for an off-camera workshop run recently by SeanB of this parish. They were only about £25 and work fine. He also strongly suggested (and I'd go along with it now) that you learn to use the flash(es) manually, so TTL can be ignored.
As someone above said, you don't really need TTL for off-camera flash.
If you're making the effort of using interesting lighting, you'll want the control of manual flash too.
TTL is only useful in very specific circumstances, mostly i'll be easier to shoot manual. I only use TTL for cross-pol. macro pictures, since the picture fills the whole frame. Even then, sometimes the exposure is just odd and can vary a bit.
Manual is better, and control the light with the aperture.
As for triggers, stay away from the super-cheap pt-04, they're not so good, the V4 and V5s are much better - they also work with the new laser-trigger that cactus has. Can't remember a misfire from my V5s, they're very solid triggers.
If you end up getting remote triggers get radio not infra red, the latter is rubbish.
In response to your original question, I bought a 1m bungee-style cord when I started and I find it too short. Would prefer something at least 2-3 times the length so would probably go for a 2m or 3m one if I chose again.
Thank you everyone for your replies.
In the end I decided to go with a cord rather than the wireless triggers, although I would like to end up eventually with a set of wireless triggers.
Manual use appeals but given my inexperience I decided TTL would be the safest option for a load of pictures I've got to take this weekend. If I get the time I'll play with manual but I decided it was a bit chancey to rely entirely on manual...
Sorry Snax, I didn't see your post until this morning after I'd bought a cable.
Otherwise, I'd have been interested.
Possibly the best resource for learning flash. I've had great results in a short period of time with really basic kit.
Anyway, I got two units for £60. Best range with direct line of sight that I've had with them this evening was about 150ft give or take, but I ran out of space a bit after that. I've tried them at closer range through brick walls and they were firing fine from one side of my house to the other, so through three sets of bricks and 30ft distance.
That's about it for now - just a quick play around but on first impressions they do the job. I prefer these to the (same brand) non-TTL ones I had before. Bigger than I expected though - about the size of a credit card and 2cm deep, so not the most discreet of bolt-ons, but not too heavy.
All in all, a thumbs up from me. Wish they were a bit smaller and sexier but in terms of functionality they seem to push the right buttons. Can't complain for the price at all.
BTW, these basically make my previous radio triggers redundant so if anyone wants them give me a shout, lob a few quid into an MR collection pot, and I'll stick them in the post to you.
I would be very very happy to take your redundent triggers off you if they are still available.
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