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    Wireless remote flash problem?

    hmm yes im blonde is prob me lol

    Got a cheap brand wireless remote for the speedlite(430ex ii) today )from a camera shop) - anyway i cant get it to fire

    I have same channel i'm sure both areas - battery in of course - i'm sure i have them the right way round on the speedlight and camera?

    Why wont it fire ? ive tried in ettl and M?


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    think ill ring up the shop tomorrow on it if i cant get it working :/

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    Flash fires correctly on camera?
    Does the transmitter and receiver have a LED light that flashes when it transmit/receives?
    If it does then put them side by side and press the test button on the transmitter to see if the receiver lights up.

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    yes its fine on the camera - hmm I think i've just maybe found the cause why I couldnt get it to work lol - The litium cr2 battery appears to have a plastic cover on it (told you i was blonde}

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    to add now the plastic has been removed its now receiving a signal lol

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    Glad you worked it out Cat! We all have senior moments (sounds better than blonde moments)
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    yes true it could be the old age catching up on me also lol

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    Hmm test button works receivers getting signal but i cant get the flash to fire when press button on the camera ARGHHH - is there a specific setting the flash should be on???

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    take the battery out again, whack yourself on the forehead with it, and try again
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    Quote Originally Posted by photave View Post
    Depding on the brand of the remotes..... in general try the flash on M Mode. Then try the test function. I assume the receiver is conencted to the flash (i have to ask the obvious, sorry!), if so is it via a built in hotshoe on the receiver or is it via a PC sync cable?

    Perhaps a quick photo of your setup might help us with your setup?

    Try the camera on M mode to, perhaps try a shutter speed of 1/90, just to make sure they work. Some Wireless remotes have had a problem in the past of firing at the camera's max sync speed. Im not saying yours will, but it will rule that out too.

    Let us know how you go.

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    Dave, its one of those cactus type remotes - Ive tried flash on ettl and M - everything's connected as it should be is hotshoe on the receiver (not using the pc syth cable though) - flash is working fine on the camera but wont off it with the receiver on it :/ test is all working so i know the signals getting across - ...

    This is exactly like it apart from this doesnt have cactus written on it http://martybugs.net/reviews/cactus.cgi

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    take the battery out again, whack yourself on the forehead with it, and try again
    LOL dont have to take the battery out now its working (well on test anyway) lol

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    hmm interesting its the same flash model also that people had probs with - This doesn't actually say on it it's a cactus but yeah looks exactly the same - will play around tomorrow (or later) with a few different speeds etc like they saying there... Thanks for the link

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    hmm theres a dial thing under the transmitter part that goes on the camera - does that do anything?

    Really wish this thing had come with instructions lol

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    Perhaps check that the channels on the reciever and the transmitter are both set to the same settings. It's the little switches shown on the bottom on that attached link.

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    hmm - the channels fine cause works in test mode - hmm maybe its cause the connection isnt too tight on the hotshoe? ill try clamping it down more? Ill try changing the channel also in case that helps

    Battery should be fine as its brand new (bought it yesterday) ....

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    no luck - tried other channel and tightening the hotshoe connector :/

    Edited to add : dont know anyone down here with a flash i can borrow easily to test it :/
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    Given the Flash fires from the Test Trigger button it should be assumed it's either the hot shoe mount or a camera setting.

    You are mounting the sender unit in the hotshoe the right way around ?
    (Hey the plastic was over the battery, it has to be asked )

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    Definitely try connecting the receiver to the flash with a PC Sync cable. (does the 430 EXii have a sync port ??) instead of using the hotshoe.
    Have read of / heard of many instances where there are issues with some flashes and these cheaper triggers (of various different names) when connected to the hotshoe
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
    Definitely try connecting the receiver to the flash with a PC Sync cable. (does the 430 EXii have a sync port ??) instead of using the hotshoe.
    Have read of / heard of many instances where there are issues with some flashes and these cheaper triggers (of various different names) when connected to the hotshoe
    The 430ex and 430exII do not have PC sync ports. You can get third party hotshoe to PC sync adapters that work well though.

    Alas, I think you've probably got an incompatible trigger.

    Unless buying Pocket Wizards, CyberSyncs or Skyports you're always advised to take your camera and flashs to the shop and try them out first as there are a lot of incompatible combinations out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfart View Post
    Given the Flash fires from the Test Trigger button it should be assumed it's either the hot shoe mount or a camera setting.

    You are mounting the sender unit in the hotshoe the right way around ?
    (Hey the plastic was over the battery, it has to be asked )
    Well as far as i know I am - and yes the plastic on the baterry was an embarassing boo boo lol The flash doesnt fire when press test - just i am getting a signal over to the receiver...

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
    Definitely try connecting the receiver to the flash with a PC Sync cable. (does the 430 EXii have a sync port ??) instead of using the hotshoe.
    Have read of / heard of many instances where there are issues with some flashes and these cheaper triggers (of various different names) when connected to the hotshoe
    Quote Originally Posted by DAdeGroot View Post
    The 430ex and 430exII do not have PC sync ports. You can get third party hotshoe to PC sync adapters that work well though.

    Alas, I think you've probably got an incompatible trigger.

    Unless buying Pocket Wizards, CyberSyncs or Skyports you're always advised to take your camera and flashs to the shop and try them out first as there are a lot of incompatible combinations out there.
    Yeah its looking like it might be incompatible at pres :/ I'll still play around and see if i can get it to work someway

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    good chance its more the incompatibility

    I have PT04 trigger/receiver for th 580EXII and the firing accuracy is 70% at best with a variable effect range of 3-5m, pathetic compared to the Cactus V2s and V4

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