The wife and I did a couple of portraiture sessions with the wife as a model. In both instances, I wanted to use off-camera flash so as to produce pleasing portraits. I would have used the built-in light commander in the Canon 7D to trigger my speedlite, but I was afraid that the outdoor condition, plus the very bright sunlight might affect the infrared light connecting the two. So, I decided to use the Phottix Ares. (My initial review of the Ares is found here.)
What can I say? The Ares, as I’ve said in the title of this post, performed admirably. Because the triggers use radio waves, the sun was not a factor. I used a 70-200 lens, so if I needed to do a whole body portrait, I would have needed to step a couple of feet back. Ok, a lot more than a couple… But, there were no misfires! The speedlite fired whenever I wanted it to. The only time it failed to fire was when the speedlite went to sleep because I wasn't shooting for some time. But that was not the Ares’ fault.
So, for just $27 or so per unit, you cannot go wrong with the Phottix Ares. It is a capable, no-nonsense trigger. It could even give the more expensive brands a run for their money. Now I just need to test the operating distance of the units…
It is Highly Recommended and I suggest you get one right away!
So get yours here!
PS. More of the wife’s photos are found here.
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