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Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger Multi 5-in-1 Set for Canon - Transmitter and Receiver (PH15651)
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|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 3.15 x 6.77 inches|
|Item Weight||0.82 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.8 pounds|
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|Item Weight||0.82 lb||—||3.68 ounces||5.29 ounces||—||—|
|Size||Canon-Set||For Canon||pocket size||—||Two Receiver Set||—|
The Strato ll Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Trigger System gives photographers incredible control over their cameras, speedlight flash unti, and studio lighting equipment. Four channels and four groups provide unparalleled control in the studio or on location. The Strato ll can also be used as a wireless or wired shutter release for your camera. The 2.4 GHz transmitter and receivers offer ranges of more than 400ft with sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second. Transmitters feature an innovative TTL pass-through hot shoe allowing full TTL mode to be used with dedicated camera mounted flash units. Receivers offer a unique flash wake-up function that reduces battery usage. The trigger sets come with all dedicated cables and receivers and are compatible with Strato 4 in 1 transmitters. The triggers set includes a hot shoe TTL transmitter and a non TTL receiver.
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I ordered the Canon transmitter and two receivers to start off with. Tried them out with two Nikon SB-28 flashes, some Vivitar 285HV flashes, a couple of Canon's old ATTL 430EZ flashes, and Canon's ETTL 420EX and 430EX flashes. ALL of them fired using the Canon remote. The remote has a functionality that allows your flash to go to sleep then the remote wakes it up when it's time to get back to business. This function only worked on the ETTL flashes that I have. Once the 430EZ (the old ATTL flash, not the 430EX) flash went to sleep, that was it. So if you really need your flashes to be able to go to sleep and wake up, make sure they are compatible with these remotes.
Reliability so far seems excellent. Being able to use commonly-available AAA batteries makes these units a little bulky but that's an acceptable trade off considering the flexibility that affords. I'm using Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries which hold a charge for several months, and they work great with these.
As far as how they work, they're pretty slick. There are 4 channels, no big deal there. What I like the most is that each remote can be assigned to one of 4 groups. Then at the transmitter, you can choose any combination of groups that you want to fire. Seeing which groups are active is very easy since they put a subtle red light at the top of each of the buttons. Each button is independent so you don't waste time cycling through 16 combinations if it were just one button. Each remote blinks green every 5 seconds or so to make it easy to tell if you remembered to turn on the remote or not.
I won't get into other details that other reviewers had mentioned. I just wanted to let it be known that the remotes do work with other brand flashes that accept a 6-volt trigger signal (at least all the ones I had to test with,) and it's not just restricted to Canon. They simply won't have the wake-up functionality that several of Canon's ETTL flashes will enjoy.
Since it worked out so well, I ordered a couple of Nikon remotes to use with the SB-28's that I have (my favorite flashes.) Not sure if the sleep function will work or not, but it can be disabled in the flash itself like I've done for years with the el-cheapo remotes. Canon isn't so kind to their users and don't have that sleep-disable feature in many of their flash units.
If you're looking for an alternative to more expensive solutions like Pocket Wizard, or wanting to step up from the cheap wireless triggers, you would do well to give these some serious consideration. I'm expecting these to be in my lighting bag for many years.
I won't go into all the technical garb(others have done that) but I will say these units are solid,fire every time(so far)are super easy to set up and use plus they look really slick.
They are simply the best in this price range and even more functions or buttons than some of the expensive competitors. That is definitely saying something.
YES I did my research and I did look at Cyber Commander(Very confusing pricey),The supposed Godly Pocket Wizards(Very pricey,less functions and bells than Stratus II)plus MANY other manufacturers.
On top of the new features and improvements they are backward compatible with the older Stratus units(this is great as if you are on a tight budget you can easily get the older cheaper units or used ones)!They didn't have to do that,they just did.
I will update after more extensive usage.
OH,Also I had a slight problem with a lightbox,speedlight set up(not receivers fault)but heres a fix for ya.
As of now I am EXTREMELY satisfied!Thanks,Mako
I'm sure the units themselves work great and I'm disappointed that Phottix hasn't introduced a version for the new cameras.