Problems with Triggers

As mentioned yesterday, the example self-portrait I took had some misleading EXIF data.  The thrust of the post was that EXIF data isn’t always right, and if you read through the comments, you’ll find out most of what was wrong (this is one sharp reading audience – y’all don’t miss a beat! 🙂 ).

What was most glaring though was that the radio trigger didn’t report itself to the EXIF data.  I’d noticed this in the past from the Cactus triggers when I first purchased them.  It could be due to the economical nature of the cirtuitry (i.e. they weren’t very expensive).  Or it could be due to the very nature of the devices themselves.  I’m not sure as I’ve not had a chance yet to test the heftier devices like Radio Poppers, Cybersyncs, and of course, the mecca Pocketwizards!

Here’s the part where the reading audience is more than welcome to chime in!  Do you own any of the above devices?  If so, which ones?  And of course, do they report to the EXIF data in your photos?  Last, but not least – how regularly do they report?  Because one of the things that is very useful in reproducing images (the very mark of a professional) is looking at flash data from one shot so you can repeat those settings again if needed.  So, in this vein, I am not happy with the Cactus Infinity triggers.  Yes, I got what I paid for, and they work well enough for their purpose…but I feel I am starting to outgrow them even more.  Guess it’s time to pony up, eh?  Only question is – to what?

Already, some questions are coming in about what kind of lighting was used, what the lighting EXIF was, and several have also asked about the background – some things I had a feeling would come up, so thanks to all sending in email asking for more details…much more is coming!  I promise!

In the meantime, take a break (or a photo) and enjoy the weekend.  For those of us in the U.S., remember, Memorial Day isn’t just a day of baseball, hot dogs and beer – it’s also a day to remember the fallen heroes that died defending our country…

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6 comments for “Problems with Triggers

  1. May 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I just checked some of my shots from over the weekend. I use the Cybersyncs and they did not return flash data to the EXIF either.

  2. Frank Sammut
    May 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I live in Canada but my wife & oldest child (adopted) were born in the United States.
    As a Canadian I always think about Memorial Weekend too, as with fallen Canadian soldiers, American soldiers also die for our country’s freedom.
    Unfortunately we will always have a need for these holidays, until Mankind learns to just shoot with cameras instead of guns.

  3. May 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I share you frustration at the lack of Flash metadata. It only gets worse when you are using multiple Canon EX Speedlites in E-TTL mode with two or three groups, and varying flash ratios — btw, this is using a Canon 1D III with 580 EX (I), 430 EX (I) and 420 EXs. All I get in the EXIF data is that the flash fired, but nothing else, so it is back to the old pen & paper.

    Apparently the 580 EX Mk II Speedlite communicates more with the latest series of Canon DSLR bodies, but I have no information as to whether this means more flash information is recorded in the EXIF data. Does anyone have direct experience of this with say the Canon 1D/1Ds Mk III/IV and 580 EX II Speedlite?

  4. Burt
    May 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I have five Pocket Wizard Plus II transceivers, that I use to control a variety of flashes including three Canon 580 EX II flashes and a variety of Alien Bee flashes. My LR collection includes images from my prior Canon 5D, and the Canon 5D MK II that I have used for the last year+.

    I just verified that Lightroom shows none of the PW-triggered images show flash in the EXIF. I have a very few where the flash was mounted on-camera (most lens test shots) and those _do_ show the flash as on.

    I think the PW PLUS II that I have is a one-way communication, which means that the camera sends out the command, but has no way of knowing if any flash received the signal and responded. I know that Pocket Wizard now has a model that supports TTL flash with the Canon 580 ilk of flashes. I am curious if those properly report flash triggering.

  5. June 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I have the Canon 7d and using it to fire off speedlites. It still doesn’t show up in the exif data. It would be nice if they could include that information.

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