Pixel Soldier TF-371 Groups as easy as ABC

Photographic accessories manufacturer Pixel Enterprise Ltd. are releasing a new model of wireless flash trigger, the Pixel Soldier TF-37X. The new 2.4 GHz trigger builds on the Pawn TF-36X by adding wireless flash grouping and increased range.

Pixel Soldier TF-361

Pixel Soldier TF-371

Hong Kong: Photographic accessories manufacturer Pixel Enterprise Ltd. are releasing a new model of wireless flash trigger, the Pixel Soldier TF-37X. The new 2.4 GHz trigger builds on the Pawn TF-36X by adding wireless flash grouping and increased range.

What is Wireless Flash Grouping?

Wireless Flash Grouping is the main feature added to the Soldier TF-37X since the Pawn TF-36X. In addition to 16 frequency channels (the Dip switches for which are still buried in the battery compartment) the Pixel Soldier offers three Wireless Flash Groups A, B and C. With a simple switch on the receiver you can quickly set a flash, studio light or remote camera to any of the three groups.

What’s more, the transmitter features a control panel that allows you to select and trigger multiple groups at once. This creates seven (7) different combinations which are:

  1. A only
  2. B only
  3. C only
  4. A and B
  5. A and C
  6. B and C
  7. A, B and C (all)

Wireless Flash Grouping on the Pixel Soldier can allow a photographer to control multiple lighting setups at once. It may also be used for individually metering up to three different lights without having to switch any of them off. This could even be used with remote cameras too.

Features

  • Professional flash trigger with simple shutter remote control
  • Wake-up function wakes compatible flashes from sleep mode
  • Transmitter can control A, B and C groups individually with 7 different flash combinations
  • Receivers can be set as group A, B or C
  • Swappable shutter release cable for your camera model
  • Power saving mode on the transmitter
  • Receiver battery life of up to 400hrs with 2xAAAs: more than 10x the life of similar products
  • Low voltage design allows use of rechargeable batteries
  • Multi-power design allows use of power socket
  • Syncs up to 1/250-1/320sec on compatible cameras

Specifications

Type FSK 2.4GHz Wireless System
Operation Range 100m
Channel 16
Transmit Power -1dB
Sensitivity -97dB
Cable length 1.2m (coiled style)
Standby Time Transmitter 3 years (CR-2 lithium ion battery)
Receiver 400 hours (2x AA alkaline battery)
Dimensions (L*W*H) Transmitter 66 * 37.5 * 28.5 mm
Receiver 80 * 37.5 * 30 mm

Which model?

  • TF-371 – Canon
  • TF-372 – Nikon
  • TF-373 – Sony
  • TF-374 – Olympus & Panasonic 4/3

Compared to other triggers

Like the upcoming Phottix Strato, the Pixel Soldier offers many benefits over the popular Yongnuo RF-602 system.

  • Wireless Flash Grouping
  • Screw-down feet
  • Non-proprietary connectors
  • Versions for Sony iISO and Olympus/Panasonic 4/3, waking up flashes for those brands (RF-602 and Strato are Canon and Nikon only).
  • DC input on the receiver for battery-free usage

Compare the Pixel Soldier to other flash triggers in the Lighting Rumours Flash Triggering Guide.

Images

Courtesy of Pixel Enterprise Ltd.

Where to buy

The Pixel Soldier TF-371, TF-372, TF-373 and TF-374 have a recommended retail price of US$70 (1TX/1RX) and will soon be available on eBay from PixelHK and other sellers.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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