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Hahnel Combi TF wireless Remote Control and wireless Flash trigger for Olympus Cameras
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Hahnel Combi Wireless remote control and flash trigger is a dual purpose, four channel radio trigger dedicated for Nikon, though supporting other makes. It offers the basic functionality of either flash triggering or shutter release with auto-focus.

When I bought this item I could not discover from Hahnel's website or the Amazon description exactly what it did and didn't do, so I'm going to set it out here for anyone else who needs it.

The device has two purposes:

Purpose 1: Remote shutter release
Used in this way, you mount the receiver on the camera and connect it with the supplied connectors. There are three types supplied, which fit all current Nikons. If you half press the control it auto-focuses the camera. If you fully press it it takes a picture. If your camera is set to Bulb then you press it once to start the exposure and again, slightly longer, to finish it. If your camera is set to repeat exposure, you just hold it down. You can also switch it to four second delay, for which the transmitter and receiver both flash. Naturally, you could also set your camera to whatever delay you want and use it in that way as well. An illuminated button on the control tells you whether you've autofocused or are taking the shot.

There's also a setting for non-Nikon cameras, which uses more battery. Naturally, you'd also need the appropriate cable.

Purpose 2: Flash Triggering
You can also mount the trigger on the camera hotshoe and it will trigger the remote to fire a flash via a hot shoe, or via a studio light cable, which you have to buy as an extra, Hahnel Studio Light Cable for Combi TF Wireless Remote Control and Flash Trigger. This is triggering only, and does not do TTL, for which you would need two-way transmission and reception. Both the trigger and receiver have more dots on them than just triggering, so, depending on your model of flash and camera, it may transmit more information, but, essentially, this is for use with manually set flash.

IMPORTANT
Although you can buy an extra receiver, Hahnel Combi TF Additional Receiver for Nikon Cameras, you cannot use the same transmitter to both trigger the flash and trigger the camera, because, in order to be in sync, the camera has to control the triggering of the flash. You could happily buy an extra set, put it on a different channel (there are four to choose from) and use one pair to trigger the camera and the other to trigger the flash, but the same pair can't do both at once. You would want the additional receiver if you wanted to only trigger flash by radio, for example if a lot of people were taking pictures at the same time with on-camera flash which kept setting off your lights.

What this really does
Given the number of people carrying cameras these days, if you want to trigger lights at a distance you really need to be using radio not optical if you are working in a public space. You can buy a PocketWizard system, but each end is three times the price of this pair. The PocketWizard does much more, and if you want TTL flash and multi-group flash remote control, then the PocketWizard is much better. It also has a lot more channels. However, at this price Hahnel is hard to beat. It's a very established brand, used by lots of pro photographers and videographers as a main alternative to original equipment manufacturer accessories, and, generally, has a good reputation. If the kit does fail (none of my Hahnel kit ever has), Hahnel is good at replacing it.

For remote triggering the camera, this is convenient, though less specified than the Hahnel Giga T Pro II Wireless Remote Control for Nikon DSLR with Timer and Time Lapse.

Bottom line: this is good kit, as long as you understand what it does and doesn't do. If you need TTL flash, grouped flash, or other complex setups using Nikon SB-800 Speedlights or SB-900s, then you should either use the built in Nikon Creative Lighting System or go for Pocket Wizards. If you are using studio strobes in a public setting, then this will be fine. If you are using studio strobes only in a studio, then a simple Infrared trigger should be sufficient.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A 'Godsend' !

Total control over my Canon 7D from quite a distance. The wireless trigger works a full 360 degrees around the camera also, and this little unit is ideal for capturing birds / small mammals etc ! Set your camera up on a tripod, manually Prefocus on your 'feeder' on the bird table, go sit down in the summer house / shed etc with a Beer / or wine, and wait.

The only thing I've noticed is that if the small control is left 'loose' in your camera bag or pocket, the button is very easy to depress, thus depleting your battery quicker. I have cut down the 'blister pack' that both units came in and I keep them in there as it's very hard to press the button through the 'blister'.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2011
Always a little suspicious of "3rd party" accessories, I was pleased to find it works straight out of the package exactly as advertised on my 50D. And having upgraded the camera, it works perfectly on a 7D as well! Much more convenient than using the self timer. The remote flash is useful when taking pictures from different positions, especially with kids who always seems to look anywhere but at you until the camera is put down! Just be aware that the flash has to be used on manual, TTL is not transmitted with this, but it's not a problem and the pictures I've taken don't seem to suffer from this. An excellent product well worth buying! Just one warning, DON'T put the remote transmitter in your accessory bag unless the push button is protected, otherwise you will find the little battery has gone flat! (This can happen if you put it in your pocket too!) Much cheaper than the Canon equivalents!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2012
I have just got a panasonic GX1. Having read the intructions it says that the camera will only work with optional (and expensive) remote lead. Not true. This remote control system works fine with the GX1. It is simple to use and my only gripe is with the instructions which are frankly hopeless. But the product is easy to set up given a bit of thought!

ONE FINAL BIT OF ADVICE --> the lead that plugs the camera into the remote socket must be set the right way round (black end to camera and grey end to receiver) otherwise it will not work.

Hope this is of use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
There are many occasions when I want to be able to use the camera without having my eye against the viewfinder, usually shooting wildlife which seems to take exception to my presence or an another way of taking and being in a picture without the uncertainty of the self-timer.

This device was ideal and, as many reviewers have said, worked straight from the box without difficulty. It may be expensive for a facility not used too often but it is a lot cheaper than some others and it is very useful. With a little patience and planning, some stunning shots can be obtained.

Certainly worth a thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
At last a good remote for my Panasonic G series, I have been used to being stuck with wired remote or having to pay a fortune for kit that weighs a ton, this is neither, it good value and does the job & my wife will be pleased as I can now be in the pictures.
One drawback, [hence 4 stars], if a separate flash is mounted on top of this unit on the camera, it has to be adjusted in manual mode as there is no direct connection to the camera electronics for auto adjustments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2010
This is just a fabulous bit of equipment to own. It's a remote control for use with the camera's Bulb (and other) functions. It's a Flash trigger with the capability of firing a standalone Speedlite NOT secured to the camera.
And after I spend another few quid on another cable I'll be able to fire my Bowens Studio Lights by simply pressing the shutter release button on my Canon 5D Mk II. HAPPY DAYS!
It came with 2 cables for different connector ports. It's simplicity itself. I can't recommend this highly enough. Sorry my review can't be longer but I have to go and play some more, with my new toy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
This does exactly what I wanted, and more, with my Panasonic Lumix G3 / FL360E flash

This has 2 uses

1) Wireless remote control camera shutter trigger
The receiver piece clips on to the camera shoe and a cable which is supplied goes from this receiver to the remote socket on the camera (Please note this is black one end & grey the other, it only works the right way round). The Transmitter then simply becomes a remote trigger to operate the shutter. It has a half press which can be very useful if using the autofocus in difficult lighting conditions.
If you need to use a flash you can clip the flash to the receiver unit so they are stacked, camera, receiver, flash -
There is however 1 problem with this. If your camera and flash are matched then they would normally communicate to achieve the best exposure, with them stacked this will not happen. The receiver has no contact points on it to talk to the camera so the flash is simply triggered to go off on your manual settings. There is however another way! The receiver is quite light and will happily dangle on the cable beside the camera - thus the camera and flash can be directly attached and will work on their automatic settings to give me my best results.

2) Off Camera flash trigger
The transmitter is placed on the camera as if it was the flash. The actual flash is clipped to the receiver unit which in turn is clipped into a tripod or whatever else you want to use. It only works on manual setting and when you press the shutter on your camera, the transmitter tells the receiver too tell the flash to fire.

Simple but genius. Highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
This accessory just works: it is well made, simple to use, and effective. It is also less restrictive than a cable release and operates over a distance of up to 100m, so is ideal for getting those often unobtainable shots of wildlife. And, with the Lumix G1 and similar Panasonic cameras that have a fold forward viewing screen, is also excellent for self-portraits or group portraits. It works well when using flash on camera using the supplied lead, and as a remote flash trigger. The one small drawback is that flash has to be used in manual mode, so TTL flash metering is not possible. Other than that, 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2011
Contacted Hahnel direct to ensure would fit 50D and Metz Flash which when place flash on manual setting worked perfectly. Excellent product. Now looking to add extra receivers. Would recommend as photographer myself.
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