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Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave

B&H # WEHS MFR # 940-030
Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave

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  • 150' (45m) Maximum Range

You Pay: $34.95

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Attach directly to foot of any shoe-mount flash for direct connection or connect a standard PC cord to the side mounted PC terminal. Features a standard foot on the bottom and 1/4-20" standard tripod thread. Since this unit will trigger on the first flash pulse, it can not be used with digital-camera TTL systems that use a pre-flash.

Features built-in ambient light filter for outdoor use.
Constructed of aircraft aluminum and solid epoxy; virtually indestructible.
Integral 1/4"-20 threaded socket for tripod, monopod or light stand mounting.
PC terminal for use with non-shoe flash units.

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WeinHS Hot Shoe Slave
 
3.0

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Reliable (8)
  • Packs small / compresses (5)

Cons

  • Not functional (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (6)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Family photos (4)
  • Portraits (4)
  • Lighting (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Professional (5), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect item!

It worked perfectly for me. I used Sunpak 120J Pro TTL, SB-800, and Vivitar 285HV.

I'm going to buy two or three more to complete mobile studio :)

It worked perfectly for me. I used Sunpak 120J Pro TTL, SB-800, and Vivitar 285HV.

I'm going to buy two or three more to complete mobile studio :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Adequate but not amazing

This slave functions adequately, but the hot shoe for attaching a flash is a bit loose even when the hot shoe lock on the flash is engaged. The slave appears to be well constructed...Read complete review

This slave functions adequately, but the hot shoe for attaching a flash is a bit loose even when the hot shoe lock on the flash is engaged. The slave appears to be well constructed otherwise. The male PC jack is very handy.

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5.0

This thing just works

By Roger The Doger

from Reston VA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

    Use my Fuji X100s in flash c mode to trigger it and works great going to get another.

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    3.0

    Looks well made

    By CPP ED

    from Scotch Plains NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

        Works fine on my older Nikon sb28 flash but doesn't work on my Nikon SB 800 Strobes. Don't know why???

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Slave For Off Camera Flash

        By SparkyMG

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

          There are two ways to use more than one hot shoe flash unit at the same time. One is to rely on whichever version of commander/remote you have. The other is to have the remote flash fired by one of these small slaves. Works for me because I have a mix of brands of small flashes. These also work well when you are using studio flash or something like a Ranger or Quadra as the main light and have a speedlight used off camera as a remote supplimental light.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very reliable

          By fitzwilly

          from winter park fl

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

            use with second off camera flash

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Best Optical Slave

            By Jim the Photo Guy

            from Newnan, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

              Most reliable and rugged optical slave I've owned.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              It Smoked two flashes

              By DOO

              from Vineland NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                    It did work the few times I used it for about a year or so, but then I tried it on the same old off the wall brand flash that I used it on before, and when the flash fired it was unusually bright, and that flash never worked again.
                    Then I had an old Vivitar 285 and it didn't work until I turned the flash off and with the switch off it fired three or four times, and that was the last. I threw the slave and both flashes in the trash. over

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    The Answer For Slave Flash Equipment

                    By Jeff

                    from Pittsford, New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                      The HS Hot Shoe Slave by Wein is the answer for adding as many additional pieces of flash equipment as you may wish. With this enexpensive, very easy to use device any flash can be converted to a slave flash in one or two seconds. No wires, no additional equipment, no sending unit, not even batteries are needed. It is hard to believe the device even exists, that it works so effectively even at a considerable distance, and that it is priced so low - less than $40 [...]! Good bye underexposed pictures!

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Bonafide Garbage

                      By Marv

                      from Boulder, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                          Don't waste your time and money
                          It worked when I got it. I reached for it a month later and the only way I could fire it was to point my SB800 directly at it but it had to be touching it. This was true in a well lit room and a dark room.

                          Actually 1 star is way too high.

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                          • No

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                          1.0

                          Quality is Sub-Par

                          By Dan

                          from WV

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Unreliable

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                            Wein has a decent reputation historically, but like the other reviewers have noticed, they seem to be slipping.I received a new unit DOA, no hot shoe or PC sync output no matter how I tried..[...]

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            They used to make a reliable product!

                            By Fred

                            from Cambridge Ontario

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                I bought 3 of these for use in some Vivitar 282 units that were sitting in a closet. One unit didn't always fire the flash, B&H replaced the unit and everything is good in my world. Combined with the 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite) by Manfrotto I can use the units as kickers to add depth and sparkle to my interior photography. A very useful low budget, low tech solution that can be counted on.

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                                • No

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Did not work

                                By John

                                from Houston, Texas

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Did not work
                                  • Difficult to Use

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                    Tried this unit on a 550ex and a 580ex; didn't work on either one. It was also very hard to attach to the hotshoe of both speedlites. I used a Wein household plug slave on an old, old, Norman power pack for a year when I was first getting started and it worked great. Needless to say this one disappointed me.

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    This is a piece of [*]

                                    By Nikon_Guy

                                    from Dartmouth, NS, Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Unreliable

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                        I was in NYC went to B&H and bought this unit. Yah sure they told me this little fella id just what you need. It will work no problem it will fire your SB-28. Nah. I got home and this Wein Hot Shoe Slave W940030 will not work with my SB-600, SB-28 or my old stand Rollie unit. It is a waste of time and money.

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                                        • No

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                                        3.0

                                        Adequate but not amazing

                                        By mschuler

                                        from Seattle, WA

                                        About Me Semi-Professional

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor Design

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                          This slave functions adequately, but the hot shoe for attaching a flash is a bit loose even when the hot shoe lock on the flash is engaged. The slave appears to be well constructed otherwise. The male PC jack is very handy.

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                                          4.0

                                          Hot on the stand

                                          By Dreamland

                                          from Charleston, SC

                                          About Me Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Everyday use
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Traveling

                                            Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                            We use this product to sync up our Canon and Vivitar flashes when we are at weddings and portrait shoots. It works really well with the pocket wizards and syncs the flashes with the cord. We don't use it much with the eye slave, so can't speak to that feature.

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                                            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            1.0

                                            Did Not Work

                                            By SjoyPhoto

                                            from Cleveland, OH

                                            About Me Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Not Functional

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                              [...] It didn't work at all no matter what I tried. Guess that's why you get for [$][...]

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                                              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              1.0

                                              one star too generous

                                              By MDWine

                                              from Northern Virginia

                                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Ineffective

                                              Cons

                                              • Not Functional

                                              Best Uses

                                              • none

                                              Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                              The hot shoe slave I received had a much smaller sensor inside of it than others that I had seen. I had to hold the slave 1 inch from the flash on the camera to get it to fire. The sensor would not read the flash or trigger if it were even 6 inches from the camera flash.

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                                              1.0

                                              Faulty Slave

                                              By Paige

                                              from Chicago, IL

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Not Functional

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                                  I purchased a wein slave, when i received i it didn't work. Then I re-ordered, 2 of them just in case. When i received them, one worked at a short distance and one didn't work at all. I would suggest just getting a radio control for your flashes.

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                                                  1.0

                                                  Not for Canon 580EX

                                                  By Oldnweiser

                                                  from Jacksonville, Florida

                                                  About Me Professional

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Compact
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Not for 580EX
                                                  • Not Functional
                                                  • Poor Design

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Portraits
                                                  • Studio

                                                  Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                                  Good contact cannot be made with the 580EX because the flash tightening wheel is larger in diameter than the slightly raised black 'ring' between the clear plastic sensor and the aluminum 'shoe' of the WEIN. (See photo)
                                                  I tried it with my 7D built-in flash and a professional ring flash at a range of powers, and because of the contact issue it fired the 580EX perhaps one out of five times. Unacceptable.
                                                  (The 7D wirelessly fires the 580EX, but I wanted this Hot Shoe Slave for non-directional use.)

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great for light weight portable studio

                                                  By media mike

                                                  from new york

                                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Portraits
                                                    • Traveling

                                                    Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                                    Just using the extra flash units I had, some light stands or tripods and two of these inexpensive hot shoe slaves, I made a great portable (very portable) studio lighting kit.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Works great

                                                    By Rhys

                                                    from Los Altos

                                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Macro Photography
                                                      • Portraits
                                                      • Studio

                                                      Comments about Wein HS Hot Shoe Slave:

                                                      Works exactly how you would expect with my SB-600 and D200. The only issue I had was I forgot to turn off TTL on the on camera flash. The pre-flashes that this used for TTL triggered the remote flash too early. Once I had that figured out/turned to manual, everything worked fine.

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