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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Trigmaster Plus from Aputure

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive a few of the Trigmaster plus transceivers from Aputure for review.

These units ship with 2 AAA batteries, Remote cable to hook to your camera for remote shutter control, PC cable, Sync cable, and Sync output converter. They retail for about $60.00 and, needless to say, you are covered for most of your uses right out of the box.

The Trigmaster Plus transceivers have a nice feel to them. They do not feel cheap and easily breakable in your hand. They operate on 2.4G instead of 433Hz like previous models. The button layout is simple and logical. You have a function switch to go from transmitter to receiver, illuminated channel selection via the small channel button to the right of the channel display, and a large trigger button. The power switch is located on the user's right side next to a very beefy antenna. On the other side of the transceiver are three ports: Studio flash sync, camera remote shutter port, and a PC in port.

The units have a sync speed of 1/250th of a second and a range of about 260 feet. They have plastic feet without a locking ring. At first I thought that this was going to be an issue. I do like metal feet, but these have a set of tabs on the side of the feet that do a great job of keeping them in place. There is also a hole for accommodating a locking pin from my Nikon flashes.

These transceivers can also be used for shutter control. There are two ways to do this: the first is to use the remote cable and connect it to a transceiver, turn the mode switch to tx, and you're set. The second is to use a second transceiver mounted on the top of the camera and connect with the same remote cable. When you have the triggers set for remote triggering you can use the continuous shooting mode. Just hold the trigger button down for 3 seconds and when you release the button the camera will continue to fire at a fairly fast pace. Touch the trigger button a second time and the continuous shooting is canceled. I find this a fun function for both sports and children.

The only issue I have had with the layout of the Trigmaster Plus units is the test button. The main trigger button on the unit is used for remote shutter firing, and not as a test button for your flash. Instead you have to hold the trigger button down half way and then press the channel button. That is how you test fire your flash units. It is not an impossible task, but is does get a little cumbersome when you are holding a flash meter in one hand and trying to test fire your strobes. Overall, if that is the only issue for the Trigmaster Plus units then they are doing well.

All in all, the Trigmaster Plus transceivers are a great transceiver, easy to use, very reliable, small, and use common AAA batteries. All of that along with a small size makes them a great buy. If you are in the market for triggers I highly recremend taking a good long look at the Trigmaster plus transceivers from Aputure.


  1. Hello,

    Nice review, but i couldn't see at their site that it is working at 2.4GHz. The model that works at 433MHz has 100 meters range and now, you say that this 2.4GHz has 260 feet(80 meters). How did you measure it? I'm asking, because i am also interested in their products as they seem to be good at price/quality proportion.
    Thank you. I'd be glad if you answer my question(s)

    Best regard,


  2. Hello Seuret. Those are newer specifications that are on the manual that ships with the units.

    I did rough distance testing and found them to work to a couple of hundred feet without any problems. I have more detailed range testing planned for the Trigmasters and another trigger system this weekend.

  3. I did a distance test today, and the transceivers operated to a little over 100 meters with out any problems.