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  2. Update: Sample pics from the Poppers at

    Just playing with some new toys I got in. These are the Radio Poppers wireless system that allows me to 'control' and fire my Canon 580 EX II's remotely. Keyword is 'Control' here people. Unlike the cheaper Wireless setups, these send the Canon Communication (normally infrared) wirelessly and then convert it back to Infrared through a window on the receivers.

    Also, it doesn't change how my Infrared setup works so basically 'not every flash needs a receiver'. Only the ones that may have problems with Line of Sight. With Wireless, I now no longer have 'Line of Sight' limitations. In fact, I believe they've tested this system outdoors at over 800 feet.

    The Radio Popper transmitter listens to a Master remote. This can be the ST-E2 (the one i'm using) or another 580 EX II. It listens to the Infrared, converts and sends the signal wirelessly, then the Radio Popper receiver (attached to the flash) converts the signal back to Infrared. This allows me to retain Canon communication to all the flashes right through my Camera and Master Remote. I can set ratios, power levels, control Groups of flashes, support High Speed Sync and more without having to walk over and adjust anything!

    Ok, it's all garble if you don't understand wireless High Speed Sync with Canon flashes, but just wanted to share my new Frankenstein....

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  3. I get a few questions every now and then about how I mount several of my flashes to a light stand. I just walk around Home Depot trying to find random brackets with holes already drilled into it. I use the 'Shoe' or 'Foot' that comes with my flashes or Radio Poppers and run a bolt into the thread of the shoe. To tighten things up, I tighten up the wingnut. Using random brackets, it's pretty easy to mount a ton of flashes to one single Light Stand. Just watch the video, you'll get an idea of how I mount it.

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  4. I got these a long time ago. I also have the pocket wizards, and Radio popper PX systems. I had a few questions about wireless flash systems and which is the cheapest way to go. If you're not looking for high speed sync these little China made triggers work awesome. I use them for my Sunpak 5000AF's and product photography.

    Name brand is Yongnuo and if you're just experimenting with wireless flash and don't want to spend more than 30 bucks, check out this item. It will work with most standard hot shoe mounted Flashes and even Mini Plugs and PC cords for large studio strobes.

    Hope this helps anyone wanting to play with off camera Flash systems.

    Recorded with the Canon 7D, testing 580 EX II Flash with Canon 5D Mark II.
    Wireless flash by Yongnuo found on eBay 'wireless flash'

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Photography School

Tommy Rodriguez

DSLR Photography School
Everything you ever wanted to know about photography and lighting. May, 18, 2010
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