What is a Flash Trigger?
The world of Wireless Flash Trigger is a vast one with five different types of triggers available, i.e. Hot shoe triggers, Hot shoe extensions, PC syncs, Slave triggers and of course the top of the range Wireless triggers. Each of these triggers works in its own special way with the best and most reliable being the wireless triggers. With that being said, a photographer does not always have the budget to spend on a wireless trigger, and sometimes a hot shoe is the only option.
There are ways and means of working around a hot shoe or a hot shoe extension trigger which involves bouncing your light off reflectors and compensating in post-production, and this definitely teaches you to be a far better photographer than if you just had the easy way out. We have selected the best Flash triggers on the market and the best prices to suit all budgets, so whether you are just starting out or whether you are a pro, there is something to suit you and your pocket.
Top 15 Wireless Flash Trigger & Controller for Photography
1. YONGNUO Wireless Shutter Release & Flash Trigger RF-603II
If you’re on a tight budget and looking for a decent wireless flash trigger for your photographic career or hobby, then the YONGNUO RF-603II C1 is definitely the trigger for you. If you purchase the set, they can be used together. The trigger itself is extremely responsive and works seamlessly without any hiccups which usually occur in cheaper brands.
YONGNUO Wireless Shutter Release & Flash Trigger RF-603II FOR Nikon DSLRs
YONGNUO Wireless Shutter Release & Flash Trigger RF-603II FOR Canon DSLRs
2. Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger Multi 5-in-1 Set
Working across four channels with a super range of 150m and an incredibly fast sync speed of 1/250 sec, you have one of the most decent wireless flash triggers in its price range. The Phottix Strato II works with studio lights and speed lights as well. It’s versatile nature, and ergonomic design makes it well worth the price.
Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger Multi 5-in-1 Set For Canon DSLRs
Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger Multi 5-in-1 Set For Nikon DSLRs
3. SMDV 16 Channel, Flash Wave III Radio Trigger 2.4 GHz Transmitter
The price is lower than our previous competitor but this SMVD which is Korean produced is definitely a winner. It works across 16 channels with a 700ft range. It works with a single lithium-ion battery which was a little disappointing, but overall the package was pleasing, with a 24-month warranty to boot.
4. Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 + FlexTT5
The Pocket Wizard Mini is a transmitter and your receiver the FlexTT5, they have a two-sided sync, with the back up ensuring that your flash fires up to 1/8000. The Pocket Wizard is also compatible across devices and with its high price its definitely worth it though.
Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 + FlexTT5 For CanonDSLRs
Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 + FlexTT5 For Nikon DSLRs
5. Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger
Priced far below the other flash triggers that we have mentioned so far, the Altura has an operating distance of 100ft. It comes with one transmitter, two receivers and a magic fibre microfibre lens cleaning cloth. Even though its operating distance is not so powerful and impressive, it is perfect for studio photography with high key shots or emotive shots where distance is not something beyond 100ft.
Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger For Nikon DSLRs
Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger For Canon DSLRs
6. StudioPRO Photo Studio Monolight Strobe Wireless Studio Flash RT-16 Trigger
This is the most universally compatible Flash trigger on the market today. It’s plug and play versatility runs across 16 channels. It has an outdoor range of 30 metres and an indoor range of 20 metres. It syncs at 1/200 second and comes with batteries. The StudioPRO Photo Studio Monolight works across strobe lights, speed lights as well as moonlight flashes.
StudioPRO Photo Studio Flash RT-16 Trigger For All DSLRs
7. Godox X1R-N TTL 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Receiver
This is simply a receiver but has capabilities that put many other receivers to shame. It supports up to 5 groups and works across 32 channels. The great thing about the Godox X1R-N TTL can also be used as a shutter release which makes it a great value for money. It operates on 100m and uses 2 x AA batteries which are not included in this super price, however with the Good you will hardly ever have to change batteries.
Godox X1R-N TTL 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Receiver For Nikon DSLRs
Godox X1R-N TTL 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Receiver For Canon DSLRs
8. Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash
The price suits even the lowest of budgets and is both your transmitter and receiver. It runs across 16 channels, and it uses 2 x AAA batteries, but they last for over a year at even the busiest photographic studio. It also has an operating distance of 30m and works over a 433MHz frequency.
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash For All DSLRs
9. Cowboy Studio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Trigger Receiver
The cowboy studio is nicely priced and really excellent value for money. It is a kit in a box and turns your shoots into an entire another world. The kit comes with both your transmitter and receiver as well as your sync cable and an in-depth manual. It only weighs 4.8 ounces and really adds value to the art of the beginner or the expert photographer.
Cowboy Studio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless For All DSLRs
10. PocketWizard 801-329 Plus X Transceiver
Top of the range receivers made by Pocket Wizard, which makes these little guys completely compatible with any other Pocket Wizard device. It runs across 5 – 10 low traffic channels which makes it perfect for the beginner. It also has a backlit LCD display for setting anything in the dark.
PocketWizard 801-329 Plus X Transceiver For All DSLRs
11. Neewer FT-16 433MHz 16 Channel Wireless Remote Flash
This is a bottom of the range trigger and receiver, however, even though it only picks up over a distance of 5m and has a syncing speed of 1/25 sec, its plug and play and perfect for the photographic novice. It also has a buzzer switch to warn you of the time to flash as well as a focus lamp which helps the newby immensely.
Neewer FT-16 433MHz 16 Channel Wireless Remote Flash For All DSLRs
12. Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger
When choosing a flash trigger Godox is really the way to go. They are nicely priced to suit most budgets even those of a beginner, and they work across 32 channels. The Godox XPro is both wireless as well as compatible with a 2.5mm syncing jack which comes with the kit. It’s fully supportive of TTL flash as well as syncing wirelessly over 1/8000 sec. It has a night friendly backlit display and is elegant enough to take on the best of shoots.
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger For Canon DSLRs
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger For Nikon DSLRs
13. LimoStudio Photostudio Photography 4-Channel Radio Remote Trigger
The LimoStudio works over four channels, and the kit comes with a trigger and two receivers. The only problem is that this trigger is simply a wireless trigger and has no upgraded or digitally advanced features including TTL. It works with monolights, strobes and off shoe flashes.
14. Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
If you have the budget, then this is the investment to make. It is one transmitter which can control up to 15 flashes at any given time. This is the wireless pro to have at your side. It also has a sound function to issue warnings and alert you to flashing. This transmitter also reads up to 30 metres in any direction on a 360-degree axis. Its equipped with the busy photographer in mind and has epic ease of control behind its ergonomic design.
Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter For Canon DSLRs
15.Yongnuo YN-622N-TX i-TTL Wireless Flash Controller
The sync speed is impressive enough with a sync speed of 1/8000 sec. It supports three groups to ensure that you do not have crossed lines. Its operating distance is an impressive 100ft. Its priced quite low and operates with the YONGNUO Receiver.
Yongnuo YN-622N-TX i-TTL Wireless Flash Controller For All DSLRs
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