Flash triggering guide

Phottix Strato II receiver (sides)

So you want to trigger your flash, but don’t know what equipment to get?

There are many different ways of triggering your flashes, and the number of options can be overwhelming. What’s more, some triggers are better than others in certain situations, and some are just plain rubbish, but you can’t tell this from the price alone!

With the rate of new products being released, web pages which were once a good reference are now out of date. This guide aims to be up to date in comparing the merits of each triggering system. For an in-depth guide to using different types of triggers, have a look at this article by DPanswers. For German speakers there is an excellent Strobist Hardware FAQ here.

Radio triggers have many of the functions offered by optical triggering but with more reliable signal and longer range. Some of them also act as remotes for cameras. More advanced (and correspondingly more expensive) wireless remotes will give you radio TTL and remote control of your flash power settings.

So that you don’t waste your money buying dodgy cheap triggers, or underwhelming overpriced ones, we have made a comparison table with all the important specifications. If you think anything is missing or inaccurate, contact us and we’ll put it right. With this chart you can search for products of interest, sort by price, by feature and by brand name. The listed price is for a basic kit – usually a transmitter and receiver, or a pair of transceivers. Use the table at your own risk!

Key

  • Price: estimated cost of a basic kit, usually a box set or a pair of transceivers. May vary with time/location.
  • Hotshoe: is it natively compatible with speedlights? Otherwise you’ll need a cable.
  • TTL: can you use your off-camera flashes in TTL mode with these triggers?
  • Manual: is it possible to control the manual power levels of remote flashes via this trigger?
  • Fast Sync: can it synchronise above the camera’s X-sync?
    • = High Speed Sync or FP Sync with TTL speedlights
    • = fast manual sync or ‘HyperSync’ with studio flashes
  • Shutter: does the device also work as a wireless shutter release for a camera?
  • HV: is it safe to use the receivers with flashes that have a high sync voltage?

Brand Price, USD Hotshoe TTL Manual HSS Shutter HV Range, m Frequency Channels Batteries Link
Aputure Trigmaster 45.5
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100 433 MHz 16 AAA Review
Aputure Trigmaster 2.4G 27.99
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120 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
Aputure Trigmaster Plus 60
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100 433 MHz 16 AA
Aputure Trigmaster Plus 2.4G 60
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120 2.4 GHz 6 AAA Review
Bowens Pulsar Transceiver 229.98
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100 433 MHz 4 AAA
Bowens Pulsar Tx 189.95
25 433 MHz 24 CR2032
Cactus V2s 32.95
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10 433 MHz 4 CR2
Cactus V4 39.95
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30 433 MHz 16 AAA
Cactus V5 59.95
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
Canon ST-E3 + 600EX-RT 948
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30 2.4 GHz 3 AA
ComTrig G430 59.99
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150 2.4 GHz 5 AAA Review
ComTrig H550 119.99
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150 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
CononMk 3G Two-Way 93.34
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100 2.4 GHz 32 AA Review
eBay PT-04TM 19.99
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10 433 MHz 4 AAA
Elinchrom Skyport 180
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120 2.4 GHz 8 Li-ion
Fomex Dr. Ray 249.6
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300 2.4 GHz 16 AAA
Fotodiox PocketWonder Elite 69.95
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
Godox Reemix 29.99
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100 433 MHz 16 AAA Review
Hahnel Combi TF 89.95
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AAA
Hahnel Tuff TTL 160
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200 2.4 GHz AA Review
Interfit i SYNC 4 59.99
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30 433 MHz 4 23A
iShoot PT-04 A 24.99
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30 433 MHz 4 AAA
iShoot PT-04 B 19.99
30 433 MHz 4 AAA
iShoot PT-04 C 24.99
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30 433 MHz 4 AAA
iShoot PT-04 CN 14.99
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30 433 MHz 4 AAA
iShoot Sniper 79.99
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300 2.4 GHz 16 AA Review
MeiKe MK-RC7 28.79
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
Ojecoco H-430 57.6
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150 2.4 GHz 5 AAA Review
Ojecoco H-550 90.24
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150 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
Paul C. Buff CyberSync 159.9
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AA
Paul C. Buff CyberSync+ 180
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45 2.4 GHz 16 AA
Phottix Aster 52.07
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30 433 MHz 4 CR2
Phottix Atlas 113
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100 433 MHz 4 AA
Phottix Odin 350
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100 2.4 GHz 4 AA
Phottix Strato 83
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100 2.4 GHz 4 AAA Review
Phottix Strato II Multi 98
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150 2.4 GHz 4 AAA Review
Pixel Bishop 120
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200 2.4 GHz 7 AA Review
Pixel King 130
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100 2.4 GHz 7 AA Review
Pixel Knight 180
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65 2.4 GHz 15 CR2
Pixel Opas 144
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400 2.4 GHz 4 AA Review
Pixel Pawn 74
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80 2.4 GHz 16 AAA
Pixel Rook 90
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200 2.4 GHz 4 AAA Review
Pixel Soldier 74
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100 2.4 GHz 16 AAA Review
PocketWizard FlexTT5 428
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33 433 MHz 32 AA Review
PocketWizard MultiMax 295
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500 433 MHz 32 AA
PocketWizard Plus II 338
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500 433 MHz 4 AA
PocketWizard Plus III 278
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500 433 MHz 32 AA
Profoto Air Remote 521