Hey all, I recently came across an off shoe cord that also allows a second flash to be mounted on the hot shoe position, as well. My question is this; I know it is possible, but are there any concerns that I should be aware of if using a second cord to mount a second speedlight off camera? I currently use a 7D with an OC-E3 and a 430EX. I was thinking of using another cord and get another flash to assist in flashed HS football photography so I can drop ISO and/or increase refresh rates of the flash.Gary W.
Is there any voltage/power issues to deal with for running multiple flashes on cords?
Hey all, The main issue is to get more light on a HS football field. My 430EX works great when I can ensure that the flash trigger from the 7D will reach it. With my arm in the way, it is far from a guarantee. That is when I shoot in portrait mode, if I move the camera into landscape mode, the camera itself blocks the triggering flash.Gary W.
Quote from: Gary W. on November 23, 2011, 04:18:16 AMHey all, The main issue is to get more light on a HS football field. My 430EX works great when I can ensure that the flash trigger from the 7D will reach it. With my arm in the way, it is far from a guarantee. That is when I shoot in portrait mode, if I move the camera into landscape mode, the camera itself blocks the triggering flash.Gary W.I'm trying to get a visual of your setup. If I'm understanding you correctly you have a flash mounted above your camera on a mono-pod. You say it works when in portrait mode but not always in landscape mode. Are you using the OC-E3 or the 7D's pop up flash to trigger the Speedlight? I'm trying to figure out if you have a cord length issue or line of sight issue between the pop up flash to your Speedlight's sensor.If it is a cord length issue (which I'm guessing it is not), you can purchase an extra long cord to use in place of your QC-E3. http://ocfgear.com/ettl-cord-extra-long/They come in 5 or 10 meter lengths.If it is a line of site issue, you can build a mount to hold multiple Speedlights such as two and then use a 3rd Speedlight (which is connected via your OC-E3 cord) to trigger the 2 main Speedlights. I realize this is beyond your mentioned budget but it's an option.An excellent resource which covers what you are trying to do is covered in Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites:http://www.amazon.com/Speedliters-Handbook-Learning-Craft-Speedlites/dp/032171105X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322055433&sr=8-1BTW, I haven't tested it but I don't think you can you use two ETTL cords to trigger 2 Speedlights--at least in ETTL mode. I am curious is someone has tested this however.
Hey all, I only use the OC-E3 now and don't use the wireless trigger when shooting football, thought I should mention that.Gary W.