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FlashQ: The Tiny, Colorful, Flash Trigger for you?

By Anthony Thurston on April 24th 2014

The wireless trigger market is already heavily saturated as it is, just ask all those employees that got laid off at PocketWizard a while back. But, apparently, there is a niche not yet covered by today’s trigger market, and that is what FlashQ hopes will attract you.

FlashQ is a new wireless 2.4ghz flash trigger/receiver system that is incredibly small, making it ideal for smaller cameras. Not only is the new trigger/receiver set small, but they are available in a variety of colors so you can trigger your speedlights in style.

FlashQ

I have to say, I do like the small form factor of these little triggers. But, at the same time they look a little “cheap” to me.  I’m not sure what exactly gives me pause, maybe it’s the look of the plastic.

Here is the lead engineer on the FlashQ project talking about these new triggers…

From what I have seen, these little triggers come in black, white, pink and blue. I just wish there was something here besides the size and weight that set these little guys apart from the rest of the market.

[Rewind: PocketWizard lays off close ot 505 of their workforce]

 

Even TTL would be a welcome addition to these triggers, but they do not support that. These are colorful dumb triggers. Which is not a bad thing at all, but given that they are on IndieGoGo trying to raise money I would have thought that maybe they would have included something unique about them in the feature set.

FlashQ On IndieGoGo

FlashQ currently has 25 days left on its IndieGoGo 60 day campaign, yet has only managed to amass 14%, or almost $3,500, of their $25,000 goal. So maybe, as I suspected, the market is just too saturated for a new trigger like this that doesn’t really offer anything new except for styling.

What are your thoughts on these FlashQ triggers? Do you think there is space for these in the market? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.

 

 

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Max

    I agree with some of the opinions about the trigger market being saturated, but now days people are trying to go find what best works for them. Yes PW has been the giant of the market and yes there are a bunch of triggers out there, but it comes down to $$, Why should i buy 2 PW when I can get 3YN for the same price? reliable perhaps, but what if the YN does the exact same thing as the PW, and save you $$? as soon as i saw these tiny triggers I kind of like the simplistic Idea, Design and of course like any other 2.4ghz frequency it should do the job. I don’t care about TTL, and is a preference to everyone. I like to be in control of my lighting as it creates consistency.

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  2. Julian

    If they were going for style – there should have been a silver option. At least that would fit retro styled cameras so prevalent in the mirrorless market.

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  3. Tee

    I have mixed feelings for this project. As stated in the article, I wish it had a little more to it like ttl or a rechargeable battery. That being said… I like the form factor. I haven’t seen any other flash trigger that small and compact. I have a set of pocket wizards and don’t even think about putting them in my bag when I travel or go out unless it’s for a job. I wish canon put a flash trigger into all their cameras. I can see myself having this little one with me all the time. The day I read about it I signed up for an indigogo account and was a click away form ordering one but something just said let’s wait and see. I am rooting for them, but I feel like I want to wait for version 2 with ttl.

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  4. Stan Rogers

    It sure sounds like they’re aiming for the smallest possible niche: fashion-conscious photographers (who wouldn’t be caught dead with any of the “gross” triggers currently on the market if there were a choice) using compact system cameras (or advanced compact fixed-lens cameras — let’s face it, anything that looks like a DSLR or a large bridge camera already says “photo dork”, and a pretty trigger isn’t going to help) having colour-matched external flashes capable of manual control (or thyristor-style “auto” mode), who are aware of and wish to use off-camera flash techniques, and are willing to forego TTL.

    I’m not a rich man, and I can probably afford to take that target demographic out for coffee. And I know several places locally where it would be no trouble to fit ’em all.

    If it were in the stores (especially places like Best Buy) where folks could pick it up on impulse before figuring out that it’s more trouble than it’s worth (to them), it might sell well, even if it’s rarely seen in the wild or used at all. But as a “destination” product (online/mail order or something you’d choose over the alternatives at a large photo retailer)? With TTL it would be a whole different story.

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  5. Nick

    HSS?

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    • James

      Considering the (a) minimal design and (b) minimal cost, I wouldn’t expect to see HSS on this…

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