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Photography Secrets: Lost in the Sand Dunes
By Tom Bol

When Nikon introduced the SB-5000 early 2016, I almost spilled my coffee. The speedlight I was dreaming about had arrived. Most importantly, the SB-5000 used a radio signal instead of an optical signal. This meant I didn’t need line-of-sight to trigger the light, and I could fire my flashes almost 100′ away. Combined with faster recycling, more power, and a built-in cooling fan, this flash wasn’t just a bump in features; it was a speedlight overhaul. And Nikon wasn’t the only company to improve their speedlights. Canon and others had introduced radio-controlled speedlights. With these new speedlight capabilities, I needed to put the SB-5000 to the test. I wanted to see how well the new radio signal worked. How far could I trigger the flash? How many flashes could I get before the batteries started to struggle? To get some answers, I loaded up my trailer and headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado.

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REVIEW: Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Transmitter

Now Available for Pentax Shooters Review by Michael Corsentino Pentax users rejoice! After two years in development, Phottix announced that the Odin II TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter, previously available exclusively for Nikon, Canon, and Sony, is now also available for Pentax camera users. The Odin II transmitter and controller allow Pentax users to harness the power, creativity, and flexibility that are possible with Phottix’s award-winning Odin and Indra strobe systems, all right from their camera position. Much like their previous flash triggers, the Odin II for Pentax brings with it a slew of must-have features and improvements that Pentax...

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