SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Started Jan 28, 2008 | Discussions thread
OP Genes Pentax Senior Member • Posts: 1,080
Correction, the true cost of Radio Popper is $559+

Genes Pentax wrote:

derknipser wrote:
Genes Pentax wrote:
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But it looks like it requires a separate IR sender/transmitter like
Canon STE-2 which costs over $200 by itself. Do other camera
manufactures have those, e.g., Nikon?

Yes, Nikon has its SU-800 IR sender.

Ok. Nikon SU-800 is $250.

From what I understand the only thing that the Radio Popper really
helps is in extending the range of the IR sender. In case of Nikon's
SU-800, it's 20 meter range. But with radio popper, it increases the
range to about 100 meters. No doubt that is a significant increase
in range.

Realistically though, what percentage of the users really need that
type of range? With Microsync's 30 meter range, I never even got
close to ever pushing it's limit except in test situations. Same
thing with Flashwaves ... which I still haven't been able to test its
max range.

So, my thought is that if someone really wanted the IR sender with
its TTL capability, they would have it already for $200~250. If so,
Radio Popper is probably a good investment. Better than spending the
money on other wireless slaves. (Assuming that they don't need
multiple channels and they have only flashes from the same camera
manufacturer.)

But for regular camera enthusiasts who have not yet invested or are
not willing to invest additional $800~1000+ in either Nikon or Canon
gear, Radio Popper may not be such a great choice.

For Flashwaves, the true cost was what I paid for it. I didn't need
to get any more cables or adapters. Everything I needed came with
it. But for my $200 MicroSync the true cost was about $250 ($200 +
$20 for cables + $30 for hot shoe adapters). For each additional
Microsync receivers, my true cost would've been $180 ($130 for
Microsync receiver + $20 for another cable + $30 for another hot shoe
adapter), which was one of the things that encouraged me to try out
Flashwaves.

Likewise, the true cost of the $175 Radio Popper is $375+ for Canon
users or $425+ for Nikon users.

I read the website and Radio Popper P1 is $175 for just on transmitter. Receiver is another $175. A set of a transmitter with one receiver is $349.

So, $349 + $210 for Canon or $349 + $250 for Nikon.

Gene

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