WTB Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket
haha, resurrecting this thread again since i'm thinking of doing exactly what TS mentioned
My question is, the command flash signal flickers a few times then causes the slaves to fire.
On the other hand, it is stated that these 'Hotshoe Optical Slave Flash Trigger' (from tagotech) are triggered by another flash.
So, are these triggers able to sync. with the Nikon CLS or will they fire the slaves the moment they detect the 1st flicker of the CLS command flash?
Pardon me if this is a dumb question
usually is when the flash mounted with 'Hotshoe Optical Slave Flash Trigger' placing too close to the fluorescent light, so when the fluorescent flicker, it will trigger the flash.
if you are using optical slave, your master flash have to set it to manual mode, so it will not trigger the remote flash prematurely, master flash on auto mode will work too, however, you must make sure the sensor of the master flash does not affected by remote flash, causing underexposed or erratic flash output.
If the master flash is on manual it won't be affected by the remote flash... or am I thinking of something else?
if the master flash is set at manual mode, it will not fire pre flash, so won't not trigger the remote flash prematurely.
and when the master flash is set at manual mode, it will have constant flash out put, irregardless remote flash fire or not.
If the master flash is set at auto mode, it will cut the power output once the flash sensor read sufficient exposure, the problem will arise if the sensor of the master flash also read the flash from remote flash at the same time, it will not able to produce consistent output, since the master flash can't differential which light is from which light.
Yes, I missed out on one portion of your sentence, which mentioned auto mode. My apologies.
What is CLS ?
Auto flash mode is a mode found in most Nikon flash old and new plus some old flash.
It auto adjust the flash output according to distance via a sensor on the flash.
There are some ways to rig those kinda optical triggers though, came across them after some research
But unless you buy real expensive ones, cheaper models negate the wonderful Creative Lighting System i paid for when i bought my SB-600/800!
Save the trouble rigging 'budget' optical/radio triggers and just get a Nikon strobe. At least an SB-600.
Personally I consider it a good lesson in flash mechanics.