Even though I primarily shoot with Canon gear, if a product comes along or crosses my path that can get the job done either better or more cheaply, then I will definitely consider it. Well, about a year or so ago, I was at this event in South Carolina called “Whale of a Sale”, where you can occasionally find some super good deals on merchandise that is either slightly dated, out-dated, or just no longer wanted.
I happened across a Vivitar Auto Thrystor 550 FD and for the bargain basement price of $3, decided to give it a go. Well, now that I have abandoned the Canon ST-E2 system, and moving toward radio transmitters, I got a couple recommendations to look at the Vivitar flashes. Based off the B&H page for Vivitar flash features, it should work, albeit at full power only. But still, a second flash means more light control. So, tomorrow I will likely be stopping by a local photo store to get some radio transmitters for about $15. After a little jury-rigging, the wires should connect up just fine, and I’ll have a two light setup. Grand total in costs: $32
- Vivitar Auto Thrystor 550 FD: $3
- Radio Transmitters: $24
- Radio Shack plug: $5