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Hi I am looking for suggestions for a wireless transmitter for my T2i that supports E-TTL II flash metering.

My current set up is using T2i doing outdoor portraits, and would like to have my 580EX II in a lightstand/tripod that is off camera in varies height/distances from my subject.

Here are a couple of ideas:

1, Upgrading the T2i to T3i, not the best idea, but at least I get to reuse the grip/batteries.

2, Pocket Wizard - costs $300 for a pair, but does get the job done and supports E-TTL II metering while using radio frequency.

3, Canon ST-E2 - costs $230 for a new one, acts the same way as the T3i upgrade, minus the flippy screen. Uses infrared to transmit signal.

4, YONGNUO Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 - Off brand ST-E2, it's cheaper and it uses regular double A batteries where as the Canon uses propriety batteries.

5, Generic wireless flash triggers like this one, Ebay $40. This I think only have a "fire" mode, and I would have to manually adjust the flash power output my self going back and forth to the flash unit.

Also, I would be using my Manfrotto tripod to hold up my flash plus a shoot through/reflective umbrella. Is there a connector that holds the umbrella and has a mount for the flash unit?

Umbrella suggestions would also be appreciated.

-Flash Newbie
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post #2 of 8
To be honest ETTL doesn't work as well once you start using light modifiers and different lighting positions. I've been using a YongNuo 2.4GHZ Transmitter for a while now and have been quite happy. Manual light isn't as tough as you think and you quickly learn how to eyeball light/exposure. I don't use a meter and hardly ever have to exceed 1/4 to 1/2 power on my setup to achieve good light. The YongNuo is roughly 30bux for a transmitter/receiver combo but I'd suggest getting a kit with multiple receivers they're relatively cheap. It runs on 2.4Ghz, has 16 selectable channels and I've had reliable fire's up to about 150' though I wouldn't count on that I'd say a good range to keep in would be 75' or less with them. But for an inexpensive wireless trigger they've kept me quite happy.
post #3 of 8
Triggers......

http://cgi.ebay.com/Yongnuo-RF-602-w...item3cb779cdf6

Flash/Umbrella Mount..
http://cgi.ebay.com/Flash-Shoe-Umbre...item1c1b4e5e16

That is the mount I use and its been quite nice, good and sturdy and had no issues with it.
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Thanks JeremyFr, will look into the triggers and the umbrella mounts.

BTW, is there any way to change the FEC (flash exposure compensation) in camera through one of the wireless transmitters while taking pictures? does the Yongnuo support changing the FEC in camera?
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Just a point of reference, was talking to my neighbor who's a photog for a local newspaper, and he had casually mentioned that the ST-E2s are particularly bad. Wasn't the first time I'd heard that either.
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Originally Posted by PlucknPlay View Post
Thanks JeremyFr, will look into the triggers and the umbrella mounts.

BTW, is there any way to change the FEC (flash exposure compensation) in camera through one of the wireless transmitters while taking pictures? does the Yongnuo support changing the FEC in camera?
The YongNuo's don't send any data to flash except for Wake and Fire, so no flash compensation etc. When I say you're full manual you're full manual lol. But like I said you get pretty quick at eyeballing light etc.

If you want some good info and help on Off Camera Flash and manual off camera, check out the Strobist, just google Strobist. He is an amazing resource for off camera flash, and the community formed around him is not only huge but extremely helpful. I've learned a lot from his site and community.
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Just add another to the list, Cactus triggers are popular and inexpensive.
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by JeremyFr View Post
If you want some good info and help on Off Camera Flash and manual off camera, check out the Strobist
Second this.
Strobist.com
Hobby is that dude. Click the lighting 101 link on the right hand panel and begin to rethink the way you look at speedlights and lighting.

Quick footnote:
Buy good wireless transmitters (ie get pocket wizards) or go wired.
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