Phottix Decides that All the Wireless Triggers They Have Already Aren’t Enough: Puts out the new Ares

Phottix’s new Ares triggers had better be ready for war (don’t mind me, that just sounded cool.) In all seriousness though, the company has announced yet another trigger after the Stratos TTL and Odin for Sony at Photokina 2012. The new Ares triggers are an 8-channel transmitter and receiver duo have a range of 200m and feature a “fire-all” channel function.

The unique feature about these triggers is the rotating transmitter, which can be tilted up or down depending on your preferences. They also have a 3.5mm port sync port for studio strobes, use AA batteries, have a 2.5 GHz signal, can work from 200 meters away, and a minimum sync of 1/250th depending on what your camera’s limits are.

The Fire-All function allows photographers to fire all flashes or strobes on Phottix Ares receivers set to different channels. Sorry, but these triggers aren’t TTL if that’s what you’re looking for.

The Phottix Ares will be released in October and replace some old Phottix flash triggers including the Tetra, Aster and Strato I. No word on pricing yet.

Hähnel Introduces “Tuff” Wireless Flash Trigger For Heavy-Duty Use

Ireland-based manufacturer of photographic accessories Hähnel has introduced a new entry-level wireless flash trigger called the “Tuff”. In accordance with its name, it is made from tough rubber, has a reinforced housing and is encapsuled in a silicone case, to give the photographer “peace of mind against any accidental impact” (Hähnel’s own words.) This probably makes the Tuff the ideal companion for outdoor and action shoots, where cameras and/or models are being hurled through the air (on purpose or by accident.) Or for a safari, where you risk being attacked by lions and elephants — chances are the Tuff will outlive you in such a case. But, according to Hähnel, it is also suitable for studio work (where raging models throw things at you.) Continue reading…

Hands On: Phottix Odin TTL Wireless Triggers for Canon EOS (Test at New York Comic Con 2011)

I’ve had the Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Triggers for less than a week now, but they’ve quickly turned into something that I need to have in my camera bag with me at almost all times. Recently, they saw lots of action during my visit to New York City Comic Con 2011. So how have they held up so far? And are they better than the Canon wireless flash system?

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Field Review: Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Day 1)

Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Nikon DC-2 Connection)

Whether shooting on my tripod or using the environment as a tripod, I use a wired shutter release remote. If I am shooting long nighttime exposures, landscape photography, or anytime when I need my camera to be completely still, it’s a needed item. The Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote was brought to my attention and I had to try it out. Why? Because it’s wireless. There is no chance of shaking the camera, and I don’t have to wait for the camera’s timer.

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