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Unread 03-08-2013, 12:27 AM   #16
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kind of dumb question. I've been wanting to do a wireless light setup but I've been reading that the D3100 isn't capable of doing so?
You can always get remote triggers that go in the flash shoe, or if you have two Nikon flashes you can use one to trigger the others. Higher-end Nikons can use their pop-up flashes to trigger remotes (aside from the pro models that lack pop-ups), but as you say I don't think the D3100 has that option.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:02 AM   #17
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You can always get remote triggers that go in the flash shoe, or if you have two Nikon flashes you can use one to trigger the others. Higher-end Nikons can use their pop-up flashes to trigger remotes (aside from the pro models that lack pop-ups), but as you say I don't think the D3100 has that option.
So my best bet is to buy a remote trigger or to buy another flash that can trigger my other one?
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Unread 03-08-2013, 04:17 AM   #18
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Getting radio triggers is lots cheaper if you're okay with having to control your flash manually.
Also, a big flash on top of your camera just to control the remote flash is a bit overkill - it's expensive, but also bulky and heavy compared to a radio trigger, and usable in less situations : the flashes communicate with infrared, which means you need line of sight between them. Radio triggers on the other hand, don't need line of sight, and have a long reach, especially inside buildings.
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Unread 03-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #19
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kind of dumb question. I've been wanting to do a wireless light setup but I've been reading that the D3100 isn't capable of doing so?
I'm not familiar with Nikon, but my guess is that it doesn't have built-in wireless communication to the flash, but you can almost certainly use other means of doing off-camera flash:
1) Get a wireless transmitter that fits on the hotshoe, and an accompanying wireless receiver that fits on the flash. Examples, Yongnuo RF-602 or Cactus V5.
2) Or, get off-camera flashes that will work as optical slaves - that is, they watch for any other nearby flash, and flash simultaneously. Use the D3100's pop-up flash to trigger the optical slaves; turn the power of the pop-up flash way down if you don't want it to influence the exposure. Examples: Yongnuo YN-560.

I use a combination of both, depending on what I'm doing. My common setup is the wireless transmitter on the camera, the wireless receiver on my 430EXII, and two YN-560s set to optical slave mode. When I squeeze the shutter button, the wireless trigger makes the 430EXII flash, and when the YN-560s see it they also flash.

Note that optical slaves won't work so well if there are other flash users in the vicinity. Rather, they'll work too well - they'll go off any time anyone's flash fires, thereby rapidly draining your batteries, potentially overheating, or simply not being recycled and ready to flash when you need them.
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I'm not familiar with Nikon, but my guess is that it doesn't have built-in wireless communication to the flash, but you can almost certainly use other means of doing off-camera flash:
1) Get a wireless transmitter that fits on the hotshoe, and an accompanying wireless receiver that fits on the flash. Examples, Yongnuo RF-602 or Cactus V5.
Thanks! I'll totally look into the Cactus V5
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Unread 03-08-2013, 01:53 PM   #21
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Just be sure you get a trigger with a hot-shoe fitting because your flash doesn't have a PC (flash cable) connector.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 04:51 AM   #23
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I have whatever the most recent YongNuo triggers are, and I like everything about them aside from the fact that they burn AAAs pretty fast. (RF-603?) They're pretty decent though.

I can't imagine using an optical slave at a con with all the flashes around...
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A good thing to have also is a model release somewhere close by.
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Unread 03-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #25
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I have whatever the most recent YongNuo triggers are, and I like everything about them aside from the fact that they burn AAAs pretty fast. (RF-603?) They're pretty decent though.
Yongnuo RF-603's on Amazon around 30 bux and seem to be D3100 compatible.
Great value. I picked up 3 YN-560's when they were going for about 45 bux. I like the price performance ratio.

Yes, understanding manual flashes would not be a horrible thing. After a while (practice!) you will get to know what power / zoom you need at what distance automatically.

mostly you should right now, be able to pull off reflector only or 1 off-cam flash and reflector and get good results. Study lighting books for a while and learn to use available light as much as possible. Get the tools as you need them. Less gear is more valuable when you are hauling it around everywhere.
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Unread 03-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #26
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What types of modifiers do you like to bring?
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Gunna preform a bit of necromancy here on this thread

Honestly, I spend most of the time at the last few cons I've been at with my 7D out and my Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens on it. I have brought some of my other lenses with me as well as my 580EXII flash, but I would say 80% of the time is spent with that combo.
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