There are on the market a wide variety of triggers, more professional with numerous functions for professional photographers, such as Pocket Wizzard, Profoto, Phottix, etc., and then those that are more economical and within reach of the amateur photographers or even advanced as those of YongNuo, Hahne, Visico etc.
And we have the FlashQ of LightPix Labs which is a class apart.
And you may wonder why they are a class apart? The LightPix Labs does not intend to compete in the professional photography market, but enter in a very specific market that is to those who like photography, but do not make photography his profession and do not want a full technology trigger with TTL, but something that is practical, portable, quick to put into operation and above all highly reliable.
The particular configuration that we will analyze is the new FlashQ Kit F + in Midnight Black, which can be bought online for for $ 62 USD.
The cameras with which it is compatible already include the Sony cameras with Multi Interface Shoe (MIS), Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax, Olympus, Lumix, and in terms of flash in addition to the native brands include Metz, Nissin, Pixel etc. .
The tests that I had the opportunity to have done with two different cameras:
The Sony brand new A7R II, and an older camera, tne Nikon D300.
- Size: 25 x 25 x 15mm
- Operating frequency: 2.4GHz low-power digital radio
- 160 radio channels
- Operating range: 10m
- No TTL, up to 1/250 sync speed *
- PC Sync cable (via Func. Port) for studio strobes
- More than 100K shots in a battery only
- 6 months of battery life in standby time
- LED: Green – turning on / off; Red – Shooting; Blue – pairing
* In cameras with flash sync at this speed.
Presentation and packaging:
The FlashQ triggers come packaged in a printed traditional cardboard box, in a minimalist way. The dimensions of the package are really small which is impressing for the equipment back inside 7.5 x 12.5 x 4cm. If we were to compare with the packaging of other triggers would certainly need 3 packages for each of the equipment, or a bigger package. And this package come the 3. Surprising!
When you want to acquire this equipment the most important decision you will have to take the color.
The LightPix Labs, to create various colors in the manufacture of these triggers wanted to create a fashion concept and clearly different from the traditional professional triggers
The one I’m analyzing came in Midnight Black, however the colors available in addition to the tested color are: Snow White for white, Knight blue for the Blue and Pink Macaron for pink.
Standard kits range in price from $ 39 to $ 42 depending on the option – come with a transmitter, a receiver and a Micro-USB cable for PC sync.
Kits “F +” range from $ 55 to $ 62 – come with a transmitter and two receivers and two cables.
You can however also buy receivers individually for $ 20 to 22 US $ and build your flash kit according to your needs.
The images are not elucidating enough to show how small are these triggers, so put a 10 cent coin in order to realize that as they are small and portable.
In fact, they are the smallest triggers quality that have tested and I have seen.
Replace the batteries in the Flash Q units is something done without any problem. The batteries are easy to find in the CR2032 market and the battery life is (supposedly) also amazing six months of standby time and 100k shots, yes 100 000 shots on a single battery, this according to the manufacturer, because I had no opportunity shooting still 100,000 shots to check. 🙂
When it comes to working with speedlites, you must remember that they will not transmit any TTL information.
They are simple remote triggers.
Some of you may be questioning but why not TTL?
Basically cost, size and the need to have TTL be compatible with numerous manufacturers.
Therefore, either as mentioned at the beginning of this analysis, this trigger is for a different market segment.
Who needs is the FlashQ?
Photographers with basic flash and requirements that need to flash off camera, in the street, in the studio, etc.
If you want to shoot with flash off camera either on the street or in the studio the FlashQ are perfect for this.
Its small size is perfect for a Leica M or any rangefinder whether film or digital or other mirrorless cameras like the Sony A6000 line.
They are so small that hardly will notice that they are mounted, unlike virtually all other remote trigger.
Tests and Conclusion
The triggers come factory configured, this means that work out-of-the-box, without any effort or configuration needed.
During the test, we put the transmitter on the camera’s hot shoe, and the receiver on the flash. They instantly matched without problem.
And both the test button and when the camera automatically fires the flash was fired without fail or lag.
The beauty of the Non-TTL is that you can mix any kind of flash, without worrying about the brand. For example I photographed this photograph with two flahs off camera with Sony A7R II with a flash Pixel X800N for Nikon and a flash Aperlite YH500-N.
What does it mean that you can really mix and match things.
Wath about the range?
So how far they can really go? These triggers are rated for 10 meters.
Usually the standard advertised is often much more generous than the reality. Well, we have them more than 30 meters and they shot flawlessly. What is more than three times the distance that they are classified!
This test was done on the outside where there were no walls, objects or any radio frequencies that could interfere and this may have been the key to such good results.
Something important: This trigger works on radio frequency and unlike optical Speedlites with these do not need to communicate in the same line of sight, just sync and go!
Triggers come synchronized factory, but if you purchase more units or you are shooting in places with more photographers are using the same frequency can change the frequency for this just follow the instructions that come in small and simple manual.
Additionally you can mount the receiver on the flash base and then install a camera tripod screw or traditional adapter that already use in your camera with your tripod.
Not so good:
Can not say I did not like, after all the use of these triggers will to a less advanced use, but being that all photographers may want to consider using this type of triggers, the less positive here consider, is that although it may use with any type of flash is that its construction is entirely made of plastic and have a professional flash how to use consider use in situations in which the weight may cause the drive to enter rupture particular in situations where the flash is making weight on the torque receiver. The TTL was welcome.
Highly recommended! These small units are impressive. If you are not a professional, and want to make creative photography with off-camera flash is a great, easy and will surely give life to your photos that is what these units were created for photographers who want to go further but do not require a photography course to use flash.