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Ikelite's TTL wireless slave. Novelty or useful?

JEFF HALLETT , Dec 09, 1997; 05:18 p.m.

Has anyone used Ikelite's TTL wireless slave unit? Several people have had varied opinions such as "I use it regularly" to "just sits in the closet". How does the thing work? I assumed it is a slave trigger but it costs enough to do much more I would think. Please help as I have no clue. Had planned on using my 430ez off camera without a cord for closeup nature work and possibly a backlight or sidelight source that the 2' cord of Canon,s will do but is too short. Will this thing do the trick and give me ATTL and any other features?


Mark -- , Dec 09, 1997; 05:55 p.m.

Though I have never used one, I have heard of some people that substitute using the slave instead of a flash bracket for macro or filling backgrounds. Might be a consideration...


Glen Johnson , Dec 10, 1997; 10:44 a.m.

The Ikelite remote flash control box watches the main light. It fires the remote light when the main light fires. It quenches the remote light when the main light quenches. This isn't really much different than what you get via the wired TTL gear from Canon. All the lights fire and quench at the same time based on the light that reaches the meter segment that has been selected via the focus point selection.

It isn't priced much differently than what you would have to spend to get an EOS wired TTL set up. Depending on how many Ikelites you buy, and which pieces of the EOS TTL gear you would need to duplicate the function, the decision can go either way based on price issues.

Probably the biggest advantage of the Ikelite is that it's wireless, so you don't have to fool with the connection cords, and the potential loose connections that can cause misfire of remote lights.

Jon Bertsch , Dec 10, 1997; 11:10 a.m.

The Ikelite slave was originally made for underwater photography. I've been using it for several years (underwater that is) and it works well for both TTL and manual flash. The land version is just the same. It gives the advantage of wireless slave with TTL. The slave will switch it's strobe off at the same time the master slave stops. As long as you f-stop selection is within the TTL range for your subject it'll work. It saves having to get long TTL cords, I'm not sure of it's working distance on land but it should be easy to use in many situations.

Philip Greenspun , Dec 11, 1997; 12:40 a.m.

I just used it on a commercial photo job and it was great. very reliable. ATTL? I don't know. Canon EOS flash intelligence sucks eggs through a straw, IMHO, so I try not to rely on it for anything more than ordinary TTL (I leave the ambient exposure in full manual mode).

The only thing I don't like about the Ikelite is that the shoe is very tight. I know that I'm going to break the plastic foot off my 540EZ one day...

Lester LaForce , Dec 31, 1997; 03:23 p.m.

Check out Galen Rowell's article for "Outdoor Photographer" on the subject "Smart Flash Outdoors" at <http://www.mountainlight.com/articles/op696.html>

Terry Danks , Apr 12, 1999; 08:26 a.m.

Does anyone have any opinions of how the Ikelite Lite-Link (about $110 at B&H) stacks up against the new Nikon SU-4 slave (which is considerably less expensive . . . $80?)

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