Carmen in Spain asks:
I want to move from HDR to off-camera flash. With a tight budget and so many options out there, how can I make sure I buy the right gear on the first try?
I'm not going to bore you with my lifelong history of gear buying failures but the most epic one came when I was moving from HDR to off-camera flash. I had no idea what I was doing and decided that if I was going to fail at OCF, it wouldn't be because of my equipment. I took a leap of faith and bought the best gear I could afford at the time:
5 Nikon SB-700 Speedlights (approx. $550 each)
5 Flexx TT5 (approx. $225 each)
Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 (approx. $200)
Pocket Wizard AC3 Zone Controller (approx. $100)
+Each light/receiver pair required six AA batteries.
Although this gear worked really well, it took a beating and eventually needed upgrading. The thought of spending all that money again was agonizing. The tipping point was when my bookkeeper informed me that we spent almost $2000 in a single year on AA batteries alone! I needed another option. I did some research, talked to some peers, and eventually found what I was looking for:
Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL Speedlight with built in receiver ($179 on Adorama)
R2 Pro N Transmitter ($69 on Adorama)
+A rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
At this price, I could replace almost all five Nikon speedlights for the same price as one of my original Nikon/Pocket Wizard pairs.
I ordered one Flashpoint to try and I noticed right away that:
Sold! I ordered four more Flashpoints and have been using them ever since.
What off-camera gear does the PFRE community recommend?