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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to work great and more economical than alternatives, January 4, 2012
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This review is from: CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger for External Speelights with 1 Trigger and 2 Receivers (NPT-04+extra receiver) (Electronics)
I freaked out at first when I saw the PC sync cable that comes with this set. I don't have a PC sync cable port for any of my gear. But I tried it out anyway and it works great anyway. You do not need to use the PC sync cable at all if you don't want to.

Basically you stick the transmitter into the camera hotshoe and attach the receiver onto the flash. Then power up the flash and use it in Manual mode to set the strength (e.g., 1/4 strength). Make sure batteries are fully charged and inserted (transmitter will light up if charged, if not, replace the 23A 12V inside; the receivers use 2 AAA batteries each), and that the transmitter and receiver are on the same channel.

Take a test shot. If it's too bright or dark, adjust exposure compensation/flash compensation and/or flash strength until it's just right. Then you can fire away without having to re-adjust!

I bought this set in case one of the receivers breaks; that way I don't have to order another receiver at extra cost.

Way cheaper than many alternatives like Pocket Wizard.... yeah you don't get TTL with this, but frankly even with TTL you may have to make manual adjustments anyway.
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Initial post: May 16, 2012, 8:10:33 AM PDT
Robbie says:
This may be stupid question, the screw mount, is that for the sync cord to the flash? So I can plug into strobe? I can't tell on the pics. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 9:00:55 AM PDT
Protoplasm says:
The screw mount is exactly what you think it is--a screw mount. I don't think I can post links to external sites here but if you google for "PC sync cable" or "PC sync jack" or "PC sync socket" you can find photos of what those look like. I hope that helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 11:42:27 PM PDT
I am new to photography and was wondering, will this receiver set off both 2 flashes? and would the other flash be on manual or slave 1 or slave 2?

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012, 12:46:33 AM PDT
Protoplasm says:
I only have one external flash so perhaps someone else can answer this more definitively, but from what I understand, if both receivers are on the same channel, they should both go off if the transmitter is broadcasting on that channel... the transmitter presumably sends a pulse of radio wave triggers on that channel and triggers everything on that channel at the same time. I'm not sure I understand your second question... this is a cheap wireless trigger that can't do TTL. Wireless triggers that can transmit TTL tend to be MUCH more expensive.

There also exist some propriety systems like Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) which works using infrared flashes, so you may not even need a radio trigger like this Cowboy Studios product, if you have CLS-capable hardware (generally speaking only the higher-end cameras can transmit CLS, and midrange-and-higher flashes can receive; if you have a lower-end camera you will need to buy either a transmitter, or a very high end flash that is capable of both transmitting and receiving CLS pulses).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012, 7:25:02 AM PDT
Thanks for your quick response. I have a yn560 And was basically asking if I have to set both flashes to Manual or 1 to manual and 1 to S1 or both to manual. Excuse my lack of knowledge.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012, 5:27:22 PM PDT
Michael C says:
Set both to manual

Posted on Aug 9, 2012, 6:32:08 PM PDT
cmDaffy says:
Thanks so much for your review. I had heard that there was a certain order for turning things on, and couldn't get the order right until I read your review. So far, so good. I'll try again tomorrow, and hopefully, thanks to you, I'll continue to have success!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012, 3:59:05 PM PDT
Matthew F. says:
Screw mount should be so you can mount flash on a tripod.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013, 10:14:47 AM PDT
do you know if this works with two different brands of speedlite?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2013, 1:51:59 AM PST
linda gulick says:
yes this works for any number of flashes when all set to the same channel benefit over ttl infrared control is distance and speed light need not be pointed to camera
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