SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Started Jan 28, 2008 | Discussions
egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

KLA1009 wrote:

Gene,

Just thought you want to know based on your info and recomendation I
bought two receivers with one transmitter. Quick ship (next day with
tracking number) and excellent communications.

Same here. Mine are on the way and the company has been excellent so far. I used PayPal with no problem.

Thanks to Gene and his posts for the suggestion!

TDong Senior Member • Posts: 1,786
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Looking good I went to my local camera and they recommend the elinchdrom skyports I bought that instead of the flashwave similar in price very good performance so far. the only downside of the skyport is the receiver has a building battery non replaceable well can be powers using external battery 5v.

Other than that very happy with the purchased

OP Genes Pentax Senior Member • Posts: 1,080
User Discussion Group

Well, now that there seems to be more than one of us using this, I created a user support group forum.

Please come join at
http://www.flickr.com/groups/flashwaves/

The idea is to share our experience with Flashwaves, any problems or issues we may have with it and share any solutions, and to share any cool modifications you guys may come up with ... rather like the Cactus triggers (though given the higher cost of flashwaves, I'm not sure who would try a mod, but I'm sure there are some of you that are brave enough and knowledgeable enough about electronics).

Gene

egarrard wrote:

KLA1009 wrote:

Gene,

Just thought you want to know based on your info and recomendation I
bought two receivers with one transmitter. Quick ship (next day with
tracking number) and excellent communications.

Same here. Mine are on the way and the company has been excellent so
far. I used PayPal with no problem.

Thanks to Gene and his posts for the suggestion!

derknipser Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: User Discussion Group

Hi, Gene.

Thanks for all, I'm still waiting for them ...

I asked about turning off the transmitter because I found no switch.

Do you know anything about that? Can you turn off the transmitter?

Thank you.

Mario

OP Genes Pentax Senior Member • Posts: 1,080
Re: User Discussion Group

Hi Mario,

Like you said, there is no switch for the transmitter. There is no way to turn it off. But that's not a problem at all. I guess as someone mentioned, these things are glorified garage door openers. So, it probably uses electricity only when you actually use it. That's my guess b/c the transmitter on my Microsync also does not have an off button/switch.

If you are concerned about the battery being drained, I guess you can just take out the battery from the transmitter. But that's probably not necessary unless you are going to store it away for a long time. For my Microsync transmitter, I don't even know how to take out the battery ... I think I have to unscrew and open up the whole thing. But it's been a year and the battery is still good.

Gene

derknipser wrote:

Hi, Gene.

Thanks for all, I'm still waiting for them ...

I asked about turning off the transmitter because I found no switch.

Do you know anything about that? Can you turn off the transmitter?

Thank you.

Mario

derknipser Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: User Discussion Group

Thank you for your answer, Gene.

Wonder how long ishipping takes to germany and if I have to pay taxes or not (german customs is undetermined sometimes ...).

Mario

egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

I had great news. USPS tried to deliver my FlashWaves kit yesterday and succeeded today! After a quick run for batteries, they both work perfectly in my apartment. I'll take them to church Sunday. If they can shoot from one end of the sanctuary to the other I will be happy.

That's with just with one 285HV on the camera. Two 285HVs remotely cross-firing at the ceiling from behind the roof arches on opposite sides should do a wonderful job of lighting the front. I won't have to resort to ISO1600 and PS the result anymore. Now I should be able to shoot less obtrusively from the back with a longer zoom.

Next project: flash clamps.

mufutau55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

So, what is the web site link to purchase this little gizmos? Anybody care to post this?

Mufutau

egarrard wrote:

I had great news. USPS tried to deliver my FlashWaves kit yesterday
and succeeded today! After a quick run for batteries, they both work
perfectly in my apartment. I'll take them to church Sunday. If they
can shoot from one end of the sanctuary to the other I will be happy.

Donna K Contributing Member • Posts: 879
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

I purchased mine here:

http://g9chon.com/

I received them in less than 1 week and had good response from emails.

Donna K

egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Donna K wrote:

I purchased mine here:

http://g9chon.com/

I received them in less than 1 week and had good response from emails.

Same here. They are superb to deal with.

mufutau55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Thank you for the link. How well do they work with studio strobes like Alien Bees, Interfit, etc.? I need to use them with combination of studio strobes and flashes.

Mufutau

Donna K wrote:

I purchased mine here:

http://g9chon.com/

I received them in less than 1 week and had good response from emails.

Donna K

mufutau55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

So do they work in the church for the distance as you have mentioned in your last message that you gonna test them?

Mufutau

egarrard wrote:

Donna K wrote:

I purchased mine here:

http://g9chon.com/

I received them in less than 1 week and had good response from emails.

Same here. They are superb to deal with.

derknipser Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Did anyone try to connect any Canon EX flash directly to Flashwave's receiver (without wires!)??? Did it work?

I tried my old Cactus triggers (series 1) and the don't work properly with my 580s. They trigger the flash without me doing anything ...

Thanks

Mario

egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

mufutau55 wrote:
So do they work in the church for the distance as you have mentioned
in your last message that you gonna test them?

Today isn't Sunday yet.

derknipser Regular Member • Posts: 301
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

egarrard wrote:

Today isn't Sunday yet.

Depends on where you are ... :-)))

Mario

mufutau55 Senior Member • Posts: 1,138
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

You only go to church on Sundays??

Mufutau

egarrard wrote:

mufutau55 wrote:
So do they work in the church for the distance as you have mentioned
in your last message that you gonna test them?

Today isn't Sunday yet.

Donna K Contributing Member • Posts: 879
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

I have two Canon 580 EX's and connected them to the shoe mount of the Flashwave receivers- no cords. I put my Canon 430 EX on a Wein hot shoe slave. All flashes were set to manual. I had the Flashwave transmitter in the hot shoe of my Canon 5D - no cords. I set the shutter speed of my Canon below 200 and fired away. Every thing worked as expected.

I think the on/off switches are a little awkward to turn on/off. but other than that, I like them !

Donna K

Doug Lenos Contributing Member • Posts: 640
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Is shipping per unit sold? If I get 4 will shipping be $100? or do they charge a pro-rated amount?

Donna K Contributing Member • Posts: 879
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

I paid $35.00 shipping for 1 transmitter and 2 receivers. The web site lists shipping charges:

http://g9chon.com/

If you email them, they will tell you what it will be. I found them to be very responsive.

Donna K

Donna K Contributing Member • Posts: 879
Re: SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Thank you for the link. How well do they work with studio strobes like Alien Bees, Interfit, etc.? I need to use them with combination of studio strobes and flashes.
Mufutau

They should work with studio strobes, as well as flashes. I'll try them tomorrow with my Alien Bees.

Donna K

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