Flash & Accessories
Extensive lighting possibilities with a single flash
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|LumiQuest announced three new flash-modification kits this year. The Wedding/Event Kit includes a Quik Bounce flash reflector and the FXtra gel holder with eight gels. The Strobist Kit offers a similar setup, with a Promax Softbox III and FXtra setup. The Location/Portrait Kit includes the SoftBox III, a Snoot XTR for accent light and the FXtra holder with gel set. Estimated Street Price: $55 (Wedding/Event Kit); $55 (Strobist Kit); $79 (Location/Portrait Kit).|
|Sto-fen's Omni-Bounce is a simple unit that secures over the front of a flash to soften and spread the harsh directional burst of light. It's available in green and gold for correcting the white balance of fluorescent lights or adding warmth to skin tones. List Price: $19.|
|Several Micro and Mini Apollo solutions are available from F.J. Westcott for adding softbox diffusion to on-camera and off-camera flashes. The smaller 8-inch Micro Apollo affixes to almost any flash unit for an average diffusion of one and a half stops. The compact 16-inch Mini Apollo is available in a Mini Speedlite Kit that mounts quickly to a standard light stand without the need for an adapter ring. List Price: $35 (Micro Apollo); $77 (16-inch Mini Apollo); $107 (16-inch Mini Apollo Speedlite Kit).|
Getting the flash off the camera gives you more control over your lighting for making photographs at the next level. Modern flashes offer technological wonders like infrared TTL communication for off-camera, wireless triggering. Infrared communication is still limited by distance, physical obstacles and bright ambient light conditions, however, which can make them less versatile and less reliable than a flash triggered by a radio unit. Radio triggers even can work through walls up to a point. When comparing systems, you should be aware of TTL abilities, transmission range, maximum sync speed and the number of controllable channels and zones.
|Elinchrom's Skyport Speed Transmitter and ELS Universal Speed Receiver controls flash power, shutter speed and modeling lamp on multiple strobe units at up to 393 feet, including Elinchrom units and other brands. The transmitter offers five selectable trigger modes and eight frequencies to select from.|
|MicroSync's compact, no-frills transmitter and receiver system includes four selectable channels for working around any signal interference. Receivers also can be used with off-camera flashes through the optional sub-mini to PC sync cord.|
|Phottix has just released Nikon- and Sony-compatible versions of its popular Odin TTL flash trigger and receiver set, which includes an operating range of more than 328 feet and wireless control over four operating channels, TTL functions, power and zoom settings.|
The PocketWizard Plus III extends the control capabilities of the previous Plus II from four channels to 32. This includes 16 selective Quad-Zone Triggering channels for wireless control over four separate zones of flash settings that can incorporate multiple flashes in each zone.
|Compatible with Canon and Nikon, RadioPopper offers two radio trigger systems with a range of more than 1,500 feet. A single PX Transmitter will let you control unlimited amounts of flashes with each PX Receiver, which is compatible with the TTL capabilities of both Canon and Nikon flashes.|