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RadioPopper releases new RadioPopper Nano Triggers

By Anthony Thurston on August 4th 2013

Are you in the market for some high quality radio triggers for your photographer shoots? RadioPopper has a long history of being a popular and battle tested brand and now they have a new trigger on the market: The Nano.

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The Nano comes in a transmitter/receiver pack, and boasts a range of 1,750 feet! That is pretty impressive, though I can’t think of a situation where I personally would ever need that kind of range. The Nano also comes with 4 channel options to keep multiple photographers from getting their gear mixed up while shooting. The Nano is also completely compatible with all other RadioPopper Products. Check out this great introduction video put together by RadioPopper:

RadioPopper Nano Introduction from RadioPopper on Vimeo.

I think it is pretty neat that these can fire off two speedlights with one receiver, and that they come with everything you need to get started right out of the box. I would be very curious to see how these stack up in performance to the PocketWizard PlusX and the Yongnuo 622’s.

RadioPopper Nano Specs

  • ​Reliable Basic Triggering

  • Extremely Easy Setup

  • Receiver Built-in Hotshoe and Sync Port

  • Touch sensitive buttons

  • Range of up to 1,750 feet

  • 4 radio channels

  • Battery Level Indicator

  • Smart Battery Saving Features

  • Compatible with RP PX and JrX

  • Made in the USA

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These new RadioPoppers are not terribly expensive either, coming in at only $69.95. Though you do have to buy the transmitters and receivers separately, making the whole package actually about $140 to get started, or $210 if you want to control two separate wireless groups. While that is not ideal, it is also not that bad considering that RadioPopper’s rock-solid reliability approaches / matches that of the first industry standard, PocketWizard…  :-)

You can learn more about the RadioPopper Nano from their product page and you can purchase your own RadioPopper Nano’s from B&H.

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. Chuck Eggen

    I have PWIIIs and yes they might be expensive with all the others on the market but they always work for me. yes, they are manual only but that’s where most of us mere mortals work most of the time anyway.

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  2. Sachin

    I have the Yongnuo 622cs and I think they are a bit ‘delicate’ compared to pocketwizards and apparently these Nanos as well. And these have the remote shutter release.
    These seem good. I am not too excited about the CR123 battery though. Why can’t everyone just use AAs? :) Makes life easier for those of us who have a lot of strobes, transcievers etc.

    cheers!
    -sm

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  3. Peter

    PocketWizards will always be in demand for their hypersync and TTL capabilities. As well as the ridiculous amount of channels and flexibility (if multiple flashes on different channels, or at an large event with multiple users of radio triggers), especially with the new TT1/TT5/AC3 set-up. Also, they have updates every once in a while and have excellent resale value should you choose to sell them!

    But unless one knows exactly why they want to use PWs, I agree that cheaper triggers would be just as fine (if someone is say, shooting in a studio and don’t mind walking to each flash for manual settings if they need to adjust)… PWs are for people who shoot next to other shooters w/ radio triggers, and/or need the flexibility of multiple channels and flash power adjustment (love my AC3).

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  4. Michael

    I have to say, just using the Yongnuo 560EX II’s, and seeing the quality, I wouldn’t mind trying those ETTL triggers as well.

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  5. curtis

    Still expensive. You can get the new Yongnuo for MUCH less, get more capability and TTL. Seems radio popper and Pocket wizard are trying to get closer to the budget flash triggers as they are losing huge amounts of market share to them. Still not there. time for them to get within 10% of the Yongnuos or it’s a no go. Recently at a class shoot and not a single pocket wizard or radio popper out of 50 students. All Yongnuos and one Phottix, even the instructor was using Yongnuos and she has been professional photographer for 30 years. If Yongnuos can make a quality product that is relatively inexpensive then so can others.

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    • M. Saville

      Curtis, with all due respect to Yongnuo etc, we do feel like there is still a noticeable difference in the overall quality of the devices between the most expensive brands such as PocketWizard / RadioPopper, and the generic / Ebay brands. I don’t know where they are actually made, but they (RP and PW) certainly have that “made in the USA” rock-solid feel to them, while most of the other brands and models feel noticeably more cheap.

      We have handled, tested, broken, repaired, and generally abused pretty much every brand of trigger on the market. We have a graveyard of trigger products that were simply built too cheaply for our standards. Without naming any names until we can do more official reviewing, we do feel that you generally get what you pay for… (The same goes for customer support, BTW. I have personally dealt with the folks at RadioPopper HQ and I must say their support team is by far the best of any company we have ever dealt with in that market.)

      =Matthew Saville=

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