Review: PixelKing Flash Triggers

I recently bought a set of Pixel King radio flash triggers for Nikon, (for Canon) for $170, with shipping (2 receivers, 1 trigger).. Pixel King radio triggers are an alternative iTTL compatible flash triggering system. I just had the opportunity to really put them through their paces – inside, outside, on the beach, in the fog and around corners. They came with all kinds of cables and accessories. You can attach the receivers to virtually any manufactures studio system without buying a thing (Normans/Speedtrons excluded). TTL and High Speed Sync (FP) modes worked excellent all day, from the very first shot on.

I used 2 Nikon Speedlight’s, on 2, channels and groups, starting with my default CLS configuration, that was already configured in my camera. I was not able to control the output power levels from the cameras CLS menu (I have a work-a-round). I have not had the opportunity to test maximum range and probably never will, but as far away as 150 feet they worked flawlessly, even in environments where I would have expected electrical interference to be an issue.

Stay tuned for next month’s detailed test shoot!!
Dave,

Pros:

– So simple to program. With both Channels and Groups, as per your CLS menu.

– The freedom to move around as you wish is invaluable!!

– Flawlessly performance in High Speed Sync and TTL mode (with supported equipment).

– They work exceptionally well out of site and around corners, from the camera.

– Small and compact design, easy to carry and use in field.

Cons:

– Battery life is OK, but not as high as advertized.

– Although I did not have the focusing issues some have complained about, I did experience a little difficulty with this. This was easily fixed with a piece of black electrical tape.

– The transmitter and receivers do look very similar and could be confusing perhaps? (if you were inebriated).

– I wish they had a test button.

Manufacturers Description

  • 7 user selectable channels, 2.4GHz two way communication, operation range over 100 meters.
  • King For Nikon
    1. Support I-TTL, TTL,M, BL, FP function.
    2. Up to 3 difference group and 7 combination on the flash transceiver.
    3. Support all the shutter speed, sync speed up to 1/8000s;using the PC socket control the studio light which also support 1/8000s sync speed.
    4. Multi controls the speedlight or studio strobe systems.
  • Interface
    • Tx – USB, PC cable outlet, hot shoe input and hot shoe output.
    • Rx – USB, PC cable outlet, hot shoe output.
  • Power Supply: Tx and Rx – 2 each 1.2V AA (supports rechargeable batteries)
  • Standby time: Tx – 5 years, Rx – 250 hrs
  • Working Time: Tx – 100Hrs, Rx – 120Hrs

 


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  1. great article, thanks for sharing. I’m just wondering if you still like these and if they work on other models not listed?

    • Hi Hilton thanks so much for your kind words. Other models not listed? Not really!! Cameras or speedlights, they are pretty limited but Rock on a few selected models that are listed!! They do not work with my new Nikon 🙁

      Regards
      Dave

  2. Christina D. Huffman says:

    While the units have worked great on my Nikon speedlites, a big surprise was the ability to get high speed sync on my studio strobes. The sync works all the way to 1/8000 giving me the ability to work with an F 1.4 and the resulting shallow depth of field. I couldn’t be happier.

  3. Bobby-I love your new website. The photographs of Jodie and JT’s wedding are absolutely beautiful. They really captured exactly what she wanted- candid shots taken with classic style. Oh, and that little boy peeking around the tree in your portraits he’s too cute:)

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