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Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 & Receivers

29 Oct

Finally got my Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 and receivers and have been trying them out. So far I love them and have not had any misfires as people have claimed.  As a product, they are very steady and portable compared to the V2 receivers.

I was able to trigger my flash (SB-600) at distances of about 50 feet with walls in-between me and flash, and was able to trigger the flash in open spaces at a whooping distance of 180-190 feet. I did not see much of a difference in distance if the antenna was up or down.

Some of the other tests I performed were:

  • High Frame Rate fire: At about 5 fps (frames per second) with a battery grip(MB-D80) and the flash at full power, the flash was not able to keep up with every frame. I got about 1 in every 5 shot flash trigger (Note: batteries were not fully charged). I believe this is mainly due to the flash recycle time.
  • When the flash was at its lowest power 1/64th of full power, the flash was able to keep up with every frame shot.

The extra receivers I got would eventually be coupled with my current SB-600 and the future SB-24 or SB-25.

Here are a few picture of the trigger and receiver.



Photography Gear Wish List – Off camera lighting

21 Sep

Its been a couple of months now since I decided to take my photography to a another level. And from the things i have learnt so far, I believe there are somethings I need to do to make my pictures look different from any other picture i have ever taken.

Now that I look at every picture from a photographer’s point of view, I now see hard shadows, object growing out of the subject’s head, over exposed subjects and a whole lot more. My picture’s have been a lot better since I have gotten my first DSLR (Nikon D90) and a flash (Nikon SB-600). I have learnt to bounce my flash off the wall (hopefully its white) to create a bigger source of light, because bigger source’s of light casts softer light on the subject.

A gear that would help me with light control is a softbox. A softbox is a box that fits over a flash head or lamp made of black sides, with white, gold or silver interior and a translucent front where light passes through. I currently use a Gary Fong lightsphere, and this seems to do the job so far. To get creative I would have to take the light off the camera. In terms of off-camera light using a softbox, one can make the pictures dramatic or sensual. I will surely blog about this as soon as I get my hands on one.

2 Softboxes and white reflectors.

Nikon D90 / MB-D80 and Batteries EN-EL3e

17 May

I purchased my D90, the MB-D80 bundled with an extra battery online (from a prominent online camera store via Amazon) and was excited about taking tons of pictures without running out of juice. As a novice in the DSLR world, I was not quick in differentiating the fake/generic battery pack from the original one by name only. I would say anyone could have made the same mistake. Going by just the model numbers, I thought I was picking up the right battery (EN-EL3E) for the brand new D90, but to my amazement I was getting something that my D90 would not recognize. Rather than picking up the Nikon EN-EL3E, I got a plain old EN-EL3E.

After attaching the MD-B80 to the D90 body and popped in the original battery that came with the camera and the extra battery that was bundled with MB-D80, in the battery info screen on the D90, the second battery was grayed out. After shooting about 600 frames using the original battery, it ran out of juice and I was expecting the 2nd battery to kick in, but to my surprise the second battery was dead. The second battery was charged prior to installation for about 3 hours.

Here is a Nikon website that points out the real deal and the imitations

How can I spot imitation and non-Nikon rechargeable batteries

Here is what I got below. The real deal on the right and the imitation on the left.

Imitation Battery vs Real Deal (EN-EL3e)