I posted on twitter that I would be reviewing some lighting gear, Aputure mentioned it in this interview the published of me on their blog, so here it is my review of their Trigmaster Plus 2.4G and the Trigmaster 2.4. I’m doing it as a joint review simple because the differences are minimal and two reviews would just sound repetitive.
In the above picture you see the Trigmaster Plus on the left and the Trigmaster on the right. Some quick things you need to know. The Trigmaster Plus is actually a trigger and receiver in one unit, so you would need to get multiple units to trigger the flash and receive the signal. On the other hand the Trigmaster comes as a pack with a trigger and receiver. Which could be a great starting point for someone who needs a complete set to get going with. That is the major difference between the two devices. I also want to mention that both the Trigmaster and Trigmaster Plus can actually work together.
I also need to mention that although I have never used this function they both can act as wireless remotes for your camera. If your into taking self portraits or long exposures on a tripod you won’t need to invest in another accessory, if you have either the Trigmaster or Trigmaster Plus.
So let’s get into the good stuff, using them as triggers and receivers for off camera lighting. Straight away I can tell you that I like the look of the Trigmaster Plus more then the standard Trigmaster. It just looks that little bit more premium, but both devices are said to have a range of 100 meters.
I’ve used them in both studio and location work and I’ve found them to be terrific. I’m comparing them to the standard ebay Triggers, iShoots, which a lot of people buy, over and over again. I have noticed that they “go to sleep” after about 5-10 mins which I only noticed in the studio. It hasn’t really been a problem and I only notice it after a lengthy outfit change so I can’t really complain. I should mention that i’ve noticed the same sort of sleep issue with the Skyport system so it’s not that big of a deal. Apart from that they fire every time. I’ve never once had that feeling of “I wonder if it will trigger” which is great as there is one less thing I have to worry about.
I mentioned this a little above but the Trigmaster Plus is both a trigger and a receiver. So what this means is that if you have a few units you could mount one on your camera hotshoe, one on your flash and use one as a wireless remote. This would then trigger the camera to take the photo the one on the hotshoe would trigger the other receivers to fire the flash. Confused?
So in short what does all this mean? Well these are great triggers. They work well, they have a decent range I haven’t tested 100m but I have tested about 50m and they worked fine. I haven’t used the whole camera wireless shutter function but i’m sure if your into that sort of thing it would work really well. One more item I want to point out that you don’t get often these days. Both the Trigmaster and Trigmaster Plus come with batteries, so your good to go as soon as you open them up.
There are a couple of things I would like to see. Maybe getting rid of the whole wireless camera shutter release. Maybe it’s just me cause I haven’t used it. It’s not a major deal but it would be great to see them create just a dedicated trigger / receiver combo. Secondly there is no test button. Again not a major issue but I thought I would mention it.
If your getting into off camera flash and you’ve bought any of the gear that I’ve been talking about on RAW send me some of your photos. I would love to see how your going.