A simple guide to the Radio Popper PX system

When I was researching Radio Poppers it was not easy for me to understand exactly how they worked and what it’s like to use them. So now I’ve put together this Radio Popper guide detailing the ins and outs of the Radio Popper PX system.

The first stock of European specification Radio Poppers arrived for testing last month. We now have plenty of sales stock available including accessories and spares. How do they work and why are we selling them? Read on.

1 Radio Poppers are contactless. That means the camera and Speedlight have no idea that the Radio Poppers are there. The camera and flash act in just the same way as they do when using the inbuilt infra red system. Every function available using infra red is also available using Radio Poppers including Full ETTL or manual firing and 1/8000th second flash synchronisation.

2. Radio Poppers need a master or commander controller to piggyback onto:

a) Nikon users can use a pop up flash, an SU-800, or a Speedlite capable of being used as a CLS commander. These include the SB-800 or SB-900 etc. Where a pop up flash is used as the commander we can supply a handy bracket that sits in the hot shoe of the camera and places the RP transmitter in exactly the right place to pick up the signals.

b) The Canon system of using Radio Poppers needs an ST-E2 controller or a Speedlight capable of being a master. I’ve not tried the third party ST-E2 clones from China yet. All the functions including ratios and flash exposure compensation are controlled as normal from either the master unit or camera body.

The new Nikon pop up flash bracket on a D700 camera

3. Radio Popper transmitters work by picking up the electro magnetic pulses given off by the camera systems commander and rebroadcasting these as a radio signal. The electro magnetic pick ups on the RPs are so sensitive that they still work with an air gap distance of over 20mm.

Another view of the Radio Popper pop up bracket on a Nikon D700

4) Radio Popper receivers pick up the radio pulses broadcast by the transmitter up to a very long way away (further than an olympic stones throw away). The receivers then convert the radio signal into infra red pulses. This process happens so fast that there is no discernible delay. These pulses are picked up by the Speedlights optical receiver and it sees the identical signal that the camera transmitted.

5) The Speedlights require the nifty brackets that Radio Popper provide because these ensure the infra red transmitter of the Radio Popper receiver is perfectly aligned with the Speedlights eye. They also ensure the Speedlight cannot see the original IR signal being sent. We have a stock of extra brackets for Nikon or Canon Speedlights should you require a spare or replacement. It is worth noting that the Radio Popper Speedlight brackets have various slots to use when they are user assembled to cater for the different mechanical differences of the Speedlight models – clever stuff!

A Radio Popper receiver on a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight

A Radio Popper receiver on a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight showing the side mounting position.

6) The menu system looks complicated but is actually quite straightforward. It doesn’t really matter anyway because once it is set up you will just switch the RPs on or off. They just work! No firmware issues, no timings to set, no fiddly switches to break, no switch on order, no delicate hot shoes or feet to break.

7) Radio Poppers are not clever. They just relay messages, they don’t mess with flash timings they just deliver the results that Canon or Nikon intended. All the settings in camera and on flash are identical to those set when just the infra red system is being used.

8) Radio Poppers are completely compatible with the camera’s infra red system and can be used simultaneously with infra red triggered Speedlights. For example 2 Speedlights with Radio Popper receivers can be used as distant backlights while another more local Speedlight can be triggered by infra red. Or you can use a Speedlight with a Radio Popper in a soft box and use infrared for all line of sight units. Most users may well only need one transmitter and one receiver unit even in multi flash set ups.

A Radio Popper receiver on a Canon 580EX2 Speedlite showing the front mounting position.

9) The Canon ‘master’ and Nikon ‘commander’ units that are used with Radio Poppers have inbuilt focus aid illuminators and this means the system can be used in low light situations. This is one the biggest plus points of the Radio Popper system.

10) Forwards and cross brand compatibility is built into the Radio Popper system. The hardware is switchable (via a menu) to either Canon or Nikon compatibility. This can be done within seconds in the field, so if you change your camera system you can keep your Radio Poppers. You will of course need the inexpensive brackets for your new Speedlights. Because of the international limitations of radio transmitters camera manufacturers are unlikely to build radio flash syncing into the camera body. If they did, it would mean a camera bought in Europe could be confiscated at US customs as the radio frequency it transmits on would be illegal in that country and the reverse is true too.

11) Radio Popper Tx and Rx units use AAA batteries. At last a bit of common sense. However if you use a Canon ST-E2 or a Nikon SU-800 you will still need the often hard to find Lithium cells for those units.

12) We have opted for the right angled antennas for UK transmitter units because they don’t get in the way so much. Federal law in the US won’t allow the angled antenna on the FCC transmitter but here in the UK there is no restriction. The orientation does not alter the range of the units and when taking upright pictures with this antenna it just happens to be in the upright position.

What Radio Poppers can’t do:

1) Radio Poppers can not shift the flash timing at high sync speeds to optimise for the camera shutter. The camera manufacturers high speed sync timing is the one that Radio Poppers use.

2) Radio Poppers have no cable inputs or outputs so they can’t be used to trigger studio flashes, remote cameras or other brand flashes.

Radio Poppers are now in stock in the UK and are ready for same day dispatch here

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Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

68 thoughts on “A simple guide to the Radio Popper PX system

  1. Hi Helen,

    Good questions. I’ll answer the second one first. These Radio Poppers have a range of at least 400m in open air and have a great range through walls too. A similar range to a top of the range DECT telephone.

    Radio Poppers have several advantages over Pocket Wizards: They are simpler to use, they are more robust and they have a greater range.

    Pocket Wizards have several advantages over Radio Poppers: They can be used to trigger remote cameras and they can trigger other make flashes (in manual mode only).

    It’s only this month that Radio Poppers have been available in the UK from a UK distributor with warranty support, spare parts and a range of accessories. Because until now there was no competition to Pocket Wizard a great many PWs are in use in the UK.

    It might be more useful to look at the disadvantages of each system. When I use my Pocket Wizards there is a 50% chance that everything will work fine. I’m not saying the units are faulty I’m saying it’s often my fault for not switching everything on in the right order or for having one of the PW switches in the wrong place etc. I do eventually get them going but I don’t find the process easy. I must say I find setting up a new TV or programming a hard disc recorder difficult too. When it gets dark I find it imposible to focus when using the Pocket Wizard system because there is no focus aid on the units. Radio Poppers don’t have this problem.

    Radio Poppers themselves require no thinking or switch on sequence, however I must say that you do need to know how to use the cameras remote flash system.

    There will be more things that I’ve missed but I hope this helps.

    Kind regards, Damien.

  2. Thanks for this, Damien. It’s really clearly written compared to the manufacturer’s description.
    (I’m trying to find a system that will combine with my Nikon system of SU800, 2x SB800, SB900 to also fire my 2x pre-digital Metz hammerheads at very dark wedding venues (where I cannot use optical slaves due to the number of guests using flash.)

  3. Answered perfectly. We use remote flash via pop up on D700 ,this could be a future investment, thank you.

  4. Hi Corinne,

    Ask yourself if you still need to use your Metz at wedding Venues now that you have three Speddlights. I sold my 45TL Metz flashes years ago because my smaller neater Speedlights were more powerful and easier to use. If you want to continue using your Metz you will have to go down the Pocket Wizard route. When an SU-800 is connected to some Nikon cameras (maybe all but I’ve only tried the D300 and D700) the PC socket is disabled. If this wasn’t the case you could combine a Radio Popper/ SU-800 system for your Speedlights with a simple Ebay radio trigger system for the Metz.

    If you do go Pocket Wizard it might be worth getting 1 Mini, 2 Flexs and 2 Plus 2s for the Metz units. Plus 2s can be triggered by the Mini at the same time as the Mini controls TTL with the Speedlights.

    I hope this helps, Damien.

  5. Hi Damien, since getting the radio poppers from yourself I can totally agree that they are awesome. Batteries in, switch on and use just like an STE2 but with much better reliability indoors and out. They saved me the other day when my STE 2 was hit or miss indoors for the 1st dance. For me these are the only option when you need speedy reliable setup and can’t have miss fires.

  6. Delighted to hear that Radio Poppers are now available “locally”. From all the reading I’ve done on both the RP system and PW, I’ve developed a preference for the RP’s over PW’s.

  7. i’d say i understand the idea behind radio poppers a little better now so thank you, i’m still using very simple dumb triggers (ebay specials) and it forces me to learn how to set flash manually and has taught me lots of ways to get it wrong but that’s all part of the fun i guess.

    Thanks for the post,

    Bryan.

  8. I got fed up of waiting for the release of these and went with PW’s and I’m glad I did.

    The RP’s product still looks a bit baulky and amateurish to me. Velcro??
    No doubt there is a market for these but they would have to come in a LOT cheaper than the current prices to compete with PW’s.

    I see problems in fitting Radio Poppers onto a Lovegrove Tri-flash bracket or any speedlight softbox etc.
    What do you think Damien?

  9. Hi Richard,

    Radio Poppers with brackets attached to Speedlights go onto any normal cold shoe by using a Manfrotto 262 metal foot plate. You can also fit the Radio Popper bracket plates to the Lovegrove Gemini missing out the cold shoe thing altogether. Much more solid.

    Both systems have pros and cons. I’ll be teaching with my PWs for some time yet as the demand to learn how to get the most from them is still there. I’ll then switch to Radio Popper only for the 2012 season. It will be easier for me :)

    Thanks, Damien.

  10. Hi Brian,

    Indeed using simple triggers is often the way most people start and eventually they resort to them also. Most big flash rigs benefit from full manual control. Most fast changing environments benefit from full TTL control.
    With Radio Poppers the choice is yours.

    Cheers, Damien.

  11. Hi Thorsten,

    I’ve been doing the research just as you have. None of the distributors or retailers seemed to want to trade Radio Poppers so we stepped in. RP users are happy bunnies on the whole and customer satisfaction means a lot to me. Maybe I’ll meet you in Dublin in a few weeks?

    Cheers, Damien.

  12. Been using Radio poppers for a year controled by a Nikon Commander, am delighted. A big bonus is that you can quickly balance the light soures using the fast to use Commander panel.

    One problem, the bracket does not work well with the five batteries fitted to speed up cycle time, or it it operator error?

  13. Good to see your stocking these fab units Damien – I’ve been using these for about 6 months now after having lots of teething problems with the Nikon PW units (early adopter woes) – thankfully the RadioPopper system works an absolute treat and works so seamlessly with the fantastic Nikon CLS system.

  14. Hi Mate, I have been on one of your Urban portraits courses, THE BUSINESS………… and most of my work is in that line. Im about to invest through your good selves a triggering system, so what do I go for the PW or the poppers? I just want to be able to trigger the speedlights in sunshine and at a longer distance, Thats all…. I`m using a Canon 5d mk 2. Thanks Mate. Chris…………

  15. Hi Chris,
    Keep it simple and go for the Poppers. They will do exactly what you want without any issues or hassle. If you can use the regular infra red system you can use Radio Poppers. I suggest you use them in conjunction with an STE2 on your 5Dmk2.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

  16. Hi Alan,
    I was all fingers and thumbs with the PW system too. It always worked eventually but I was always making mistakes in the switch on order or something like that. The Radio Poppers just work as you say.

    Regards, Damien.

  17. Hi Damien. I’m in the market for a wireless speedlite set up. I’ve done quite a lot of studio and landscape photography but have only used the speedlite on camera and as fill in close up portraits. Now I have my hands on 580EX, 580EXII, 430EXII, and the STE2. I’m learning slowly how to handle them but for sure I can’t use them outside in the bright sunshine.

    i had thought of PW because they will let me do HSS but there seems to be a ( small but not insignificant ) chance they will fry my unit! I would have put up with the “sock” on my flash etc but not chancing ruining it.

    I quite like being able to use ETTL but manual is important to me too. BUT I don’t fancy lugging a580EX with RP transmitter attached on top of my camera! If I use the STE2 I had assumed I would be stuck in ETTL mode and not be able to use manual. Is this correct?

    I would go with a cheap dumb trigger but worry that a sync speed of ( probably less than ) 1/200s is a bit limiting. OTOH all my HSS pictures have been taken very close up and so I might never use HSS wirelessly. What are your feelings about this issue?

    Anway thank you so much for your informative site and for taking the time to read this.

    William

  18. Hi Damien, I also have problems with my PW’s firing which is a worry at weddings; I must admit that I forgot (or just was not aware) of the start up process. What is the start up process? I’m well and truly invested in the pocket wizards now and very much doubt I’ll go for the poppers.
    I bought my PW’s from Lovegrove Consultancy as they were the best price, I’m in need of a second Flex would you have any recommendations as to alternative places to purchase one?……can I have yours :D
    Regards,
    Jamie

  19. Hi Jamie,

    My PWs will be up for sale soon. I have a couple of workshops and 1:1 training sessions to do with them first. I will keep a basic set of both Nikon and Canon units – one TT1 and 2 TT5 of each. Switch on process is top down. ie Speedlight, Mini, camera or Speedlight, Flex, Mini, Camera.

    I hope this helps.

    Damien.

  20. Hi Steve,

    We will be selling the Jrx System in due course. We are awaiting our next shipment of Radio Poppers as I type and we will review our stock items for this winter weddings season soon. It’s just a question of time to create the web pages, test and measure sample units and put stock on the shelves. We are 85% of the way through our Elinchrom shop project and will review RP when Elinchrom is complete.

    Kindest regards, Damien.

  21. I could be wrong (it happened once) but I believe the Canon speedlites communicate with a pre-flash. The infra-red is for focus assist in low light.

  22. Hi Naturalight,

    Canon Speedlights and the STE2 have a focus aid that emits a cross hair pattern of visable red light. The infra red receiver on a Speedlight and the infra red transmitter on the STE2 are behind what looks like looks like black plastic. The Speedlight does emit a preflash of normal light that the cameras internal meter measures prior to the the shutter opening. If a Speedlight is used on camera as a master the regular flash tube is used as the data communicator as it emits both visible and infra red light. This communication burst is different to the exposure pre flash. Complicated stuff but I hope this helps.

    Regards, Damien.

  23. Hi Pedro,

    It’s a good question but I don’t have the Metz to test it out. However the RPs just take the IR signal, send the code via radio and rebroadcast it as IR again at the other end. So if the Metz works with the Canon IR system it will work fine. You will need to find a method of attaching the RP to the flashgun.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

  24. Hi Damien

    I’ve just purchased some Radio Poppers from you.. a receiver and transmitter. On first glance they look great and simple to set up if using ettl… but I was under the impression from the above article (unless I’ve really missed something) that I could use my STE2 camera and manually set the flash power using the groups function. Unfortunately as is usually the case the RP manual is pretty lacking in any helpful information and the vids aren’t much better.
    Basically.. I want to as you say above, use a speedlite at distance with the RP attached and then use a closer speedlite which will be triggered by infra red. The option to control one or both of these speedlites manually was something I thought the RP’s could do but for the life of me I can’t work it out. A few forums I have visited have suggested that the STE2 can’t do this as it hasn’t a manual mode.
    Could you give me any advice or tell me its not possible?
    Many thanks… and awesome delivery as always!
    Pete

  25. Hi Pete,

    There is no way to set the power of each group manually from the ST-E2. The ST-E2 can set the ratio of group A and B when using TTL. However, the ST-E2 can trigger the Speedlights when they are set locally in Manual mode and this is how I like to work when using off camera flash.

    The Radio Poppers act as non inteligent radio repeaters for the ir signal and as such offer no aditional features over the Canon or Nikon systems. You just switch them on and they work.

    I hope this helps,

    Sorry for the delay in replying.

    Damien.

  26. This has been very helpful thank you Damien, my question as I was reading it was how Radio Poppers compared with PW’s and you answered this in your reply to Helen so once again many thanks,

  27. Damien,

    Currently have 3 Flex-5s, a mini, and an AC3. The camera is a D700, and I own 3 SB-700s.

    I am disappointed to learn directly from PW support that FV-lock is not supported. I just assumed it was before I made my purchase – and why wouldn’t you as the general advertisement is “supports Nikon CLS”.

    This, for me, is a big deal as I find it much faster to “lock” an initial value – then adjust – than it is to “walk” a manual setup into place – especially since Nikon TTL has become, really, very very good. And of course, when locked, Nikon CLS, when using an SU-800, emits no visual pre-flashes.

    My question is, since the Poppers are just translating IR, one would assume they would properly translate FV lock communication impulses as well.

    I am surprised that I never find mention of FV lock in most threads – it’s just a very powerful thing – in the same way that AF-on is on the focus side. A way to let the camera make automated adjustments, and then, in an instant, with no menu fumbling, revert to manual manipulation if necessary.

    Thanks

    Fred

  28. Hi Fred,

    I feel your frustrations. I can’t help you because I don’t have your set up and I never use FV-lock on my D700. RP’s just relay the exact CLS commands so they should work as expected but check with RP that they will do exactly what you want before any purchase. PW rewrite firmware on a regular basis so perhaps they are working on a solution right now ;)

    I hope 2012 rerwards you with a shooting system that just works as it should.

    Kindest regards, Damien.

  29. Hi, I’m thinking of selling my Ranger Quadra to buy more 580exII’s and also the RP PX’s but I wanted to know if you had to buy a receiver for each flash? or is there a way around this? I have the STE-2 an used to use pocketwizards with my nikon setup…but now I’m not sure wether just to go PW’s.
    Thanks

  30. I was really keen to get hands on these, but since I found out that these can’t be used with studio lights, it makes whole choice a lot harder. It could a pricey investment for flash units only :( Really neat product, but I’m wondering if there is a way to connect this to studio lights.
    Thanks. A

  31. Hi Martin,

    If you do sell your Ranger Quadra let me know. I’ll soon be in the market for one. If you stick with PW’s you can use your Nikon Flexs in standard receive mode connected to 580EX2s or Nikon Speedlights via a short cable. This will be fine for Manual stuff and provide extra Speedlights when you need them. The Mini transmits TTL signals and standard signals simultaneously. I regularly use a mix of Nikon and Canon Speedlights when I’m shooting and they can all be triggered by any make of camera.

    Each Speedlight will need it’s own receiver unless you are going to cable between them but this defeats the use of radio.

    Best regards,

    Damien.

  32. Hi Armands,

    Nope RPs are just for Speedlights. They are infra red repeaters that use radio and that is it. My advice is to commit to using manual and go with Ebay triggers for all your flash units, big or small, or use Pocket Wizard TTL and regular mixed, or if your studio strobes are Elinchrom stick with Skyport and add universal speed receivers for your Speedlights.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

  33. Hello Damien,

    I came across this site and you have some great info on the Radio Popper PX, which I’m in the market for.

    I have just one simple question… Would one PX receiver work with both the SB-800 & SB-900? In other words, if I set it up to work on my 800 can I use it on my 900 without changing anything? Does IR line up etc…?

    Thank you in advance!
    Kevin

  34. Hi Kevin,

    Yes, the RP reciever bracket has different slots for the 800 and 900. It’s a push fit unis so it can be changed at will.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

  35. So my business partner and I shoot separate systems.

    He shoots Canon and has 580 EX II’s and I shoot Nikon and have a SB-910 and a SB-600.

    The main reason we want to go to a RP or PW system is for high speed sync, so we
    can shoot with off-camera flash in bright, direct sunlight. However, we would like
    to avoid purchasing two entirely different PW systems for Canon and Nikon; seems like
    a waste of money when we often use each other’s flashes. Also, we would have to have
    separate flashes, or remove all of the PW’s and swap them out for the other system
    after a few shots.

    Now, would the RP units allow us to each have our own commander on a photo shoot
    and set off each others’ Nikon and Canon flashes WITH Auto FP/HSS capability? Obviously
    this would be in manual mode, however, I am wondering if Canon flashes will work in
    high speed sync with my Nikon camera, for example.

  36. Hi Elle,

    I’m sorry to say what you are after is not an option with any system that I know of. The RP system just rebroadcasts the signals from the camera to the Speedlight and as we already know the Nikon signal does not trigger the Canon Speedlight and visa versa. I use both Nikon and Canon Speedlights in Manual mode triggered by any make of camera using cheap Ebay triggers but I can’t use HSS.

    I hope this helps.

    Damien.

  37. Thanks for the response Damien, I appreciate it. Looks like we’ll have to invest
    in separate lighting systems!

  38. Elle, you CAN use the the RP PX transmitter on either Nikon or Canon but not at the same time (Nikon flashes with Nikon cameras only, Canon flashes with Canon cameras). You need to select which brand is currently being used via a menu choice on the transmitter.

    By the way, you cannot mix and match Nikon and Canon lenses or almost anything else either. This is way partners or groups of photographers often commit to a single brand for the efficiency you mention.

    = tommy

  39. I am so happy that I found this post, finally i understood how it works! i have Nikon SU-800 and SB-800 flashes. was researching all day long to prepare for tonight’s photo shoot. this post solved all my problems, thank you for clarity!

  40. I use Nikon equipment and a D700.

    I recently discovered a slight problem when using the Radiopopper PX transmitter to control manual power settings of flashes wired to JrX receivers. Normally, this works fine except in the following situation.

    The problem occurs when I also use the regular iTTL controls on my Master and initiate Flash Value Lock, for my Nikon iTTL flashes. In this case the Radiopopper PX transmitter decides to turn off all of the signals to fire the manual power controlled flashes. As long as I can see the FV lock symbol in the viewfinder, the G1, G2 and G3 controls do not do anything and no manual flashes fire. Using the F3 data feedback option on the transmitter, no number shows up at all after the shutter fires. The iTTL flashes fire normally of course from the IR signal. When I press FV Lock a second time to turn if OFF, then the PX transmitter works correctly again to fire the flashes attached to the JrX receivers. I have tried this many times back in forth with the same result. I tried it with my SU-800 as master and also with SB-900 as master. It really does not make any sense, but it seems to be a fact. I have contacted Radiopopper via email to confirm this design glitch but have not heard back.

    Can anyone else with the PX transmitter, JrX receivers and Nikon equipment confirm this so I know it is not just my PX transmitter?

    = tommy

  41. Hi Glasgow Wedding Photographers,

    The feedback we got from our RP customers was they are a bit cumbersome and bulky. That is why we no longer sell RP products. There really isn’t a great remote TTL system out there except for the new Canon one. I use manual flash triggering because I have Fuji, Canon and Nikon cameras and I can use any make of Speedlight in any rig :)

    Good luck with your shooting. Stay inspired.

    Damien.

  42. Hi Damien,

    I’m on a hunt for new triggers. Very puzzled by massive offer around. I’m a simple guy who likes that things work with no much fuss around :)

    Currently I have 3 speed lights. 2x 430, 580 and also for weddings I’m about to purchase Elincrome Quadra set up. So far I was using Calumet triggers. They are good, but if I have to do dark wedding backlit flash images, I do get a lot of misfires. I guess it is because flash is behind people. That is why I’m on the look out for new system which could fire my flashes. Not sure if the same system would fire Elincrome heads, but it would be nice if they would do.
    What would be your recommendation on this? Pretty much always use flashes in manual mode. Thanks. Armands

  43. Hi Armands,

    What you need are Pocket Wizard Plus 3s. Loads of oomph, perfect for manual working and bomb proof. I use Ebay cheepies because I want my delegates to have the freedom to recreate what they learn on a budget. But my PWs are never far from my side, just in case.

    Regards, Damien.

  44. Hi Damien,

    Thanks on suggestion, but my worry is that I won’t be able to put the flash on the camera. During reception I normally have a transmitter on the camera via hotshoe and then on top of that would be the flash.

    Need to have a closer look on that.

    Thanks for the suggestion. A

  45. Hi Armands,

    There are other options including using the PC output of the camera to drive the radio transmitter etc. Where there is a will there is a way.

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

  46. These are sold as European model, does it mean that they can only be used in Europe. I currently live in Japan and not sure if the radio frequency etc etc would be ok to be used here too?

  47. Hi Taru,

    I’m not sure what frequencies the Japanese government has allocated to radio triggers. It’s worth contacting Radio Popper directly to find out :)

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

  48. Hi Damien,

    I like the sound of these! But if you wanted to use a flash meter, how would you fire the flash?

    I’m guessing you’d have to use the test button on the master flash which is on the camera, unless I’ve missed something.

    Thanks Laurence

  49. Hi Laurence,

    Shoot a frame with the flash meter where you want it. However there is little point using a flashmeter with TTL. If you are using manual mode for the flash get yourself an Ebay trigger set with an extra receiver for the meter. Three unit sets on Ebay start at about £30. Don’t ask me to recommend one though. They come and go so fast. The ones I use are no longer made.

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

  50. Thanks Damien,

    It’s the flexibilty I want – TTL in some fast moving situations, manual in others, manual+flash meter when there’s time.
    I like the idea of one system that I can rely on, indoors & outdoors, to do all these with my 3x canon 550ex

    Cheers Laurence

  51. Hi Laurence,

    Your requirements point to the new Canon radio ttl/ manual system. There is no comparison. Don’t waste your time with Pocket Wizard or Radio Poppers you will ultimately be disappointed. Pop your existing units on Ebay and buy new.

    Kind regards, Damien.

  52. Hi,

    Just wanted to know if it is possible to have 2 nikon speed lights each with a radio popper PX in the same group to increase power output or can the radio poppers only have one flash and receiver per group? i need as much light as possible for shooting action sports in bright sunlight and sometimes have strobes distances of more than 5 meters away which limits power output dramatically.

    Example 2 speed lights in group a, 2 speed lights in group b and one speed light group c. Can the radio poppers handle a set up like this?

    Thanks for your time

  53. Hi Rory,

    The Radio Poppers are dumb units. They just repeat what your Nikon CLS is doing so if you have the knowledge to set up groups on your SU800 or pop up flash the Radio Poppers will relay that signal to the remote flashes.

    I hope this helps.

    Damien.

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