Well, I finally got the Cactus gear that I ordered online at GadgetInfinity last week. I had ordered their wireless trigger/receiver combo set and an extra receiver for the purpose of getting two lights to fire. I excitedly opened all the packaging and unwrapped it all, then – stop, hold the phones, and check this out – I read the directions!
Yes, that’s right, an admitted geek read directions to make sure I utilize them right. After reading about these kinds of things on David Hobby’s Strobist site and over on the Flickr Colorado Strobist site, I wanted to make sure I don’t accidentally fry either my precious 40D or the cheapo 550EX because of improper usage.
Well, after reading through the massive 1/4 page sheet of instructions, I was confused so I sorted back through the gear and here’s what I have:
So, I am not sure what the one cable is for on the right of the trigger (transmitter). Is that supposed to plug into the transmitter, or the transceiver? If you look at the back of the transceiver, there’s a funky little plug there that looks as if it is made to accept the one female end to that spare cable. Meanwhile, the other end looks to be another RCA mini, and the side receptacle on the transmitter is built to take an RCA mini. Not sure I understand why, as the trigger would normally be connected to the hot shoe of your flash.
Finally, it looks as though in order to get these triggers to work with a Canon 550EX, I would need an adaptor cable of sorts that would change an RCA mini to a female version of that three-prong set on the 550. Any ideas from those out in the blogosphere?
Lest I forget you, dear readers, here’s a brief bout of humor courtesy of What the Duck:
HAPPY HALOWEEN EVERYONE!!!
Don’t get too hyped up on sugar – you’ll get camera shake! Happy shooting all and we’ll see you back here on Monday! Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help me sort out this wireless trigger confusion! 🙂