on May 12, 2011
Variable radio frequency control
Awesome remote flash control
The cord for the remote flash fits my camera a bit funny.
I recently purchased this item for use with my Canon 40D and Canon 420EX. Upon initial testing, the item had far surpassed my expectations. The remote shutter worked just as advertised with both time and bulb shutter. When connected as a remote flash, the unit triggered my flash with every push of my shutter. I was very pleasantly surprised. I have no idea how they could have improved on this item.
I previously wrote a negative review on this item, but it turned out to be user error, not mechanical. Once I figured out what I did wrong with my setup, the unit worked like a DREAM!
The only downside is the remote flash cable fits a bit too snugly onto my camera for my taste, it scares me a bit everytime I disconnect it.
I seriously suggest buying this unit over any more expensive ones.
on December 17, 2011
I've used Trigmaster as a wireless cable release a few times with my Canon 5D Mark II and it works perfectly, which is what I purchased it for.
on November 14, 2012
My experience with this product has been terrible. The battery life is ridiculous -- to the point that I have to change the batteries out every other day. At first, I thought that I might not be powering down the device properly, but aside from taking the batteries out of the device when not in use, there really isn't anything else to be done.
I've also had great trouble syncing the camera trigger with the remote. It often drops the connection and must be unplugged for several seconds before it will re-sync. This happens at least twice each time I try to use it.
When the product works, it works great. When it doesn't work, it's just frustrating.
Update: I've also contacted the China-based customer service contacts listed on the website. The only suggestion I've received is to return the product through Amazon. I was also informed that the information on this listing is incorrect; the company will only supply a 12 month warranty for the product.
on April 25, 2012
I didn't buy the transmitter and first receiver here, bought the set from a friend. Just came back for a second receiver for another speedlight I bought. I wish the transmitter locked on the shoe, is fits snuggly, for the price no complaints. I have only had one misfire with these, and I think it was the speedlight batteries getting low or pushing the recycle time. These don't support eTTL, so you will be adjusting flashes manually. I like them because they are wireless and support four channels. One thing I didn't think I would use, but actually came in handy recently, was the fact you can use these to trigger the shutter remotely on my T1i. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, until those big bucks come rolling in from the wedding shots, grab these.
Works on neewer TT560/ speedlight 430EX/ speedlight 430EXII
on September 14, 2012
I bought this to replace another inferior trigger I had purchased a while back. This system is awesome. it works with everything such as; the shutter on my Canon 5D MK2, my Canon 580EX II Flash, and my mono lights. The distance used to trigger any of my equipment is amazing. I've been using this trigger for only a couple of months but, compared to what I had previously, this setup along with its great price is definitely worth it. I will be purchasing several more to put in several locations at one time. The system comes with several cables which allows you to use it on many different setups. The only thing it is missing is carrying case to put it all in and keep it together.
on August 31, 2012
My primary use for this device is as a remote shutter release. For that, the Trigmaster works fine--when it works. Nearly every time I mount the base unit on my 5DMII, I have to relatch the battery door. Every time. The door design is very poor, and I suspect that six months or a year down the road, I'll have to replace the entire unit just because of this *&!!! door. Too bad, because otherwise the device is great. One other thing: make sure you turn off both units when you finish a shoot. Otherwise, the next time you want to use the Trigmaster, the batteries will be dead. Oh, and when I need a replacement? I won't be buying this one.
on October 14, 2012
This is a good, solid product that does what it claims. I was looking for a remote shutter release that would allow me to photograph hummingbirds without getting too close, among other things. The Trigmaster allows you to take multiple continuous shots, or a single shot, if you prefer. Just press the remote button halfway to focus and the press all the way to take the shot (keep it pressed for continuous shots, if your camera is in continuous mode). I have only tested it at about 30 feet from the camera so far. And, unlike infrared remote controllers such as the Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control, you don't have to be facing the camera to control it.
I have not tested it with a flash, but it is safe to assume it will work equally well. A word of caution about the description, though. The official description includes a Canon "D60", which is not the same as the 60D (I was unaware of the existence of such old model). If you have a Canon 60D as I do, the camera cable that comes with the Trigmaster will not work. I found out after talking to the distributor (Fotodiox, who was not the seller in this case) directly, that I could order a separate cable ($7 on Amazon). So make sure your camera model is included in the description. Otherwise, make sure you can get the right cable for it. I got the cable and it was worth it. I am happy with the Trigmaster.
on December 28, 2011
I've been using the Aputure Trigmaster from a year now, and i'm very pleased with it, has a great value for money and will do all the work that other fancy high priced, transceivers do, i never missed a flash with the Aputure, plus the build quality is well accepted, and the ability to use it as a cable release is very handy, a small thing that i like to see from the future models, is some kind of locking mechanism on the receivers, may be like the locking wheel on the transmitter, other than that it is a great product with a variety of use.
on August 21, 2012
This little unit really works well- it runs I guess on radio frequency which means you don't need direct line of sight- not sure whjy more digital flashes and such don't utilize radio freequency insted of direct line of sight devices- this unit works from quite far away too- never so much as a hiccup so far- it just works every time. One thing I did note though is that it chews through baqttery charge pretty fast- even faster than my direct connect shutter release that I also have-
With htis unit, it's awful nice being able to set the camera up, and be able to take the shots remotely from quite far distances- I'm not sure just how far away before the unti stops working, but I've gone approximately 60-70 feet away and had it work flawlessly for me- and I can have the trigger hidden and still take the photo so that it's not visible i nthe shot.
All in all, I'm very happy with htis unit- very easy to use, works every time, and hasn't let me down yet. I try to take photos of ligthening, and as soem of you will know, it's pretty difficult gettign hte timign right- even hwen using bulb mode aqnd holding shutter open for a length of time- with my old direct connect shutter release, i had to sit right on top of camera practically during hte storm, but with wireless unit, I can set the camera, relax on the couch and try to get the shots without havign to attend to camera for every shot- and this unit has a shutter lock which can hold shutter open as long as you desire too- which is nice- Bottom line is, that thanks to htis wireless remote, I'm now a couch potato, and I say let the chips fall where they may
Update: Soem have said this trigger unit drains the batteries really fast, but that hasn't been my experience- As I commented on another reviewer's comments, I had thsi trigger unti in my car all summer, used it a few tiems throughout hte summer, never had to change the batteries (although admittedly I didn't use the trigger unti too much- perhaps a few dozen times for perhaps a few dozen shots each time) and only a week ago, I took it out of the car to try it with an old old sunpack flash I had bought back in 1987 or so, and it triggered the flash every time- and again, it had hte same betteries I had put in at hte begiiing of hte summer when I bought it- Some have said this trigger unti really drains batteries- but that hasn't been my experience- I am careful to make sure both the trigger and receiver are turned off each time after using, but I haven't had to take hte batteries out to prevent battery drain or anything- I was actually kidna surprised that the batteries were fien after beign in car all summer and fall thinkign htey would be drained compeltely after reading soem of hte reviews- but they were fine- I thin perhaps if a unit drains hte batteries quickly, then perhaps it's a degfective unit- maybe I haven't used my trigger enough to experience the drain- I dunno- but for my casual use- it's worked just fien everytime I've needed to use it for quite a few months now-
on September 30, 2011
I'm a professional photographer and I have worked with many different types of wireless flash/strobe and camera systems and this one is by far the best for the money. It's easy to use and pretty well built. The range of the system is amazing and the set up is quick. The only thing I wish was different on the system was the mount for the transmitter, it's plastic and I feel that it should be metal due to the fact that it is on the camera and you are always moving around with it. I have used the pocket wizard and the fact is that yes most if not all professionals use this system, but it's just not worth the money and time. They are not all that reliable and the cost of them is too much for it being unreliable. I've gotten miss fires from the pocket wizard, where with the trigmaster 2.4GHz I have only gotten great results and great reliability. But this is just my opinion, please research what you're looking at and know what it is that you want to do with whatever it is that you are looking into buying. The next system I'm looking into is the Aputure Trigmaster Plus 2.4GHz. So for the cost and reliability of this system it's a most buy if you're on a budget or if you're just wanting to try something new without breaking your bank.