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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
Buy a $6 backup transmitter and you have a great setup for wireless Strobist style photography! I've used these for over 2 years now and they have worked reliably for me. My only issue is the transmitter died and would not work even after adding a new battery (ok, actually it did work for a moment after adding the new battery - but then it stopped - I think due to the poor build quality and the electrical connections). You can buy a new transmitter for $6 though so this is a non-issue! (now)

As an alternative, the new Yongnuo RF-602 and RF-603 units are available that have a better build quality, more name brand recognition, and similar price point value. Especially since the RF-603 series are transceivers and all take AAA batteries that is a great benefit -- HOWEVER, the NPT-04 is better for the following:
1) The receivers are smaller (not so long) and allow you to use them on L-bracket mounts for CowboyStudio Photo / Video 16" Speedlite Flash Softbox with L-Bracket, Shoe Mount & Carry Case
2) The base of the transmitter and receivers have a "screw lock" to tighten to whatever they are sitting on (hotshoe, umbrella clamp, etc) while the RF-602/603s do not and are more likely to fall off a light stand if not properly secured.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
For the price these things actually work well. They feel pretty cheap, but I didn't pay very much for them at all. They probably won't last forever, but I expect I should get at least a year or two if not longer. From my week of testing them out I have yet to get any misfires. They work great with my Canon 60D and 430EX II speedlites. I haven't tested the Max Distance, I just use them in my studio and medium size rooms. So if you are looking for something on the cheap end, these totally work and are recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
I should first note that this system has no camera setting sync capability. It is a wireless flash trigger system only. I figured as much when I bought it at such a cheap price. I just wanted to make it clear for others who may not know otherwise.

This system works great and I can hardly wait to get another flash and add it to the second node for more versatile lighting control.

Like the flash I bought [...] for $39 to go with this system, each receiver node has a very cheap, tiny, unattached battery cover that is likely to get lost. And, also likewise, this is the only thing negative I have to say about this system. Just be sure to take extra precaution whenever you change-out the batteries.

I should also point out that the transmitter has no obvious user-accessible way to replace its built-in battery. I don't know if it is expected to last the lifetime of the system, if it is somehow charged through the camera's contact, or if I am expected to pry it open. But, I figure I can cross that bridge when I come to it. For now, this system works great and is a great bargain.

Read this paragraph only if you are bored and have nothing better to do: At first, I thought I had received a dud. The transmitter LED would flash when the test button was pressed. But, I could not get any response from either receiver node. I always try to check things thoroughly before returning them. So, I began to troubleshoot, quickly finding out my new batteries were the dud. Finally inserting batteries I knew to be good, the first node worked great. I tested it fully with an attached flash and the transmitter on the camera. And, it still worked great. Again, being thorough, I tested the other receiver node. It didn't work! I inspected the node for anything obvious and did notice excessive anti-rust oil on the contacts. So, I pulled out an eraser, gave the contacts a quick rub, and retested. Voila! The whole system works great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
I began searching for a wireless flash trigger after upgrading from a Canon 60D to a 5D MkIII, losing the wireless sync ability that the on-board flash provided. Solutions to this problem include purchasing a Canon 580ex or 600ex to create a master/slave setup (optical), a Canon Speedlite Transmitter (radio), or an inexpensive wireless flash trigger (CheapLights / CowboyStudio NPT-04). The cost of the NPT-04 is a very small fraction of the alternatives, so the choice was simple.

Let me hit some of the highlights of what to expect if you purchase this device:
- This device (transmitter + 2 receivers) allows wireless FM triggering of up to two off-camera speedlites

- Line of sight is not required for this to function; I have hid a speedlight in my DIY'd cardboard lightbox and it still fired every time

- Speedlites function only in manual mode with this device: ETT-L is not supported (if the flash is left in ETT-L mode, it will still pop, but at full power)

- Each unit has a screw-lock mechanism to secure the transmitter to your camera and each receiver to a cold-shoe (or screwed into a tripod head); the only concern may be the plastic base of the receiver snapping under the weight of the speedlite - when the speedlite is attached, exercise care when moving the unit around to minimize the stress put on the base of the receiver.

- This is exactly the same as the CowboyStudio NPT-04 unit; I almost bought the Cowboy Studio version instead based on reviews, but this would have been foolish

- The only inconvenience is that the flash may enter standby mode if not used frequently enough

- The quality is excellent at this price point

At this point, this biggest question you might be asking yourself is this: "Can I live without ETT-L?" Manual flash control provides the ultimate in consistency and predictability when working with speedlites. Set your camera to underexpose the ambient light as needed, then add the appropriate amount of flash power to add fill or key light. If the image becomes overexposed, reduce the flash power or move the flash further away. If the image is still underexposed, increase the flash power or move the flash closer. This very simple technique takes the guesswork out of your camera's interpretation of the lighting needs and gives you full control. The NPT-04 handles manual control perfectly.

Furthermore, if you don't already have a second speedlite, the full manual (non-ETTL) Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlight Flash for Canon and Nikon. GN58. would be an excellent complement to this product. Having the ability to wirelessly control two speedlites provides excellent flexibility over a single light source.

In summary, this device does exactly what it's designed to do. You won't get ETT-L support, but you do get consistent and reliable manual flash performance. At this price point, you couldn't ask for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
So I purchased these as theyre basically a rebranded version of the cowboy studio triggers. And this was cheaper and came with an extra reciever.
Overall, the quality of these triggers are decent, and out of many shots (mainly indoors) I had only one misfire.
Dont expect for a great quality trigger, but they work as needed and at very attractive on a limited budget.
I will edit this review once the weather gets better and I can use these outside more.
One note, I opted for free shipping, but they took forever to come and didnt actually ship within the stated period. (4 stars for product, not for shipping)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
I received the package only to find out the receivers did not match the transmitter. In addition the transmitter had a dead 12V battery I had to go out and replace. ($8 and an hour later) the transmitter had two switches while the two receivers had 4 switches. The customer service people called me back several times and returned my emails immediately, hence the two star rating. Otherwise one star would suffice. Needless to say I sent them back to amazon and ordered another set from CBS and couldn't be happier.

19 days later. Just received a new set of triggers and they work just fine. Customer service said 19 days ago they would send another set out and they kept their promise. 4 stars now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was astounded at this item's price, and feared it would not perform correctly, but it works GREAT! Freeing me up in my studio to move around with no Novatron flash tripping sync-cord is very liberating! LOVE this device, and it works GREAT! I store it without the batteries in it, and I'm still on my first set of Triple-A's after 6 months of use. Very high marks from me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
Cheaplights NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger and 2 Receivers Set for Canon Nikon Pentax

I purchased this set at the recommendation of an instructor who taught a lighting class I recently attended. He highly recommended this set for several reasons. First, battery life seems to last forever and second, they 'never' misfire. I began using these about 6 months ago and in the hundreds of exposures I have taken I have never encountered a misfire.

Several months ago I purchased another receiver which is used for back lighting. The strobe which this receiver controls is mounter behind the backdrop, facing forward, and usually has a colored jell attached to it. As before, it fires every time without a problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
The Cheaplights trigger/receivers work really well. I would say it triggers my flash units approximately 85% of the time. I would recommend this product for someone that wants to practice using their flash oFf camera (i.e. a student or a hobbyist) . I would NOT recommend this product if you're a professional photographer because of the 15-20% miss fire rate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
The name "Cheaplights" does not describe the quality of these triggers. They are of excellent quality and build and will last a long time. The only thing that I would have liked to have is two cables for the receivers, but PC cables are not expensive so no big deal. They work as needed and will set off any flash that is set to manual to at least 70 feet that I have tried. Reliable, I have not had a misfire from them yet. I highly recommend them, save yourself a bunch compare to pocket wizards cost.
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