Flash Waves Wireless Synch Kit
By Joe Farace
Whether in the studio or on location I prefer wireless flash unit tripping for many reasons, like having one less cord to fall over. Untethered shooting has lots of additional advantages for photographers who may be less clumsy than me. The connections are positive and you’re free to move around to get the perfect angle, unrestricted by synch cord length or all-too-frequent cord failure. Poof! It just stops working—usually when you’re in the middle of an important session, too. On a more practical level, using a wireless electronic synch kit such as Booth Photographic’s Flash Waves isolates your digital SLR from the studio flash, eliminating the chance of voltage feedback into the camera. Bang!
I’ve found the Flash Waves kit to be an important accessory, especially for on-location shooting. What sets Flash Waves apart from similar units is that it’s tiny, relatively inexpensive at $249.95, and quite versatile. Booth Photographic doesn't provide a pouch for it, but the whole magilla fits inside Lightware’s sturdy and attractive $23.97 GS400 case. It has a belt loop, too.
Flash Waves synchronizes at shutter speeds up to 1/250 second, which should easily match up with your favorite digital SLR or MF camera. It has a 165-foot operating range, but my guess is that it’s a typically conservative rating and you could probably push it more, especially when you use it to trip electronic flash units placed outdoors to highlight a building for low-light or nighttime architectural photography. Wedding and press photographers will appreciate the fact that the system offers five coded channels to eliminate misfires by locking out other strobes.