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Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave

B&H # WEHSXL MFR # 940-040
Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave

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  • 600' (183m) Maximum Range

You Pay: $64.99

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Extended range model. 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.

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-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (8)
  • Reliable (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Strong construction (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This one works.

    If you are going to use a hot shoe slave, I recommend this one. Why? Because it works.
    I have three other Wein slaves, and have mixed experiences with them, but...Read complete review

    If you are going to use a hot shoe slave, I recommend this one. Why? Because it works.
    I have three other Wein slaves, and have mixed experiences with them, but this one is consistently reliable.

    Features that are good to have are the cold shoe with 1/4" thread to mount onto a cold shoe support or screw onto a tripod, etc. It also has the option to use a PC cord; this means you can place the flash in an area that might possibly be out of line-reach with the main flash source and extend the hot shoe slave via the PC cord into a more direct line of sight. However, this particular slave is highly sensitive (600' range) and likely you will not encounter this need, except in very bright environments and distances.

    This particular slave works best in commander/master flash manual mode which does not emit a pre-flash; for that scenario, use the HS-XL D (for digital).

    The HS Hot Shoe Slave has been hit and miss for me; perhaps I got a lemon, or perhaps the 100' range reflects its diminutive sensitivity. However, the little PN Peanut Slave with 100' Range has worked flawlessly for me. It is also very inexpensive but requires a PC cord, which is sometimes an advantage.

    Remember, don't use this with pre-flashes.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor qualiaty control

    I've always been satisfied with Wein products in the past, but this item suffers from lack of quality control.

    I ordered 3 identical units. One had a cosmetic defect--a...Read complete review

    I've always been satisfied with Wein products in the past, but this item suffers from lack of quality control.

    I ordered 3 identical units. One had a cosmetic defect--a flaw in the clear plastic coating that was so obvious that I'm surprised it made it out the factory door. But I use my products (and they get scratched with use), so I tested it and determined it was OK, and kept it.

    While testing the first unit, I tested the other 2 units. One was completely dead, and the other unit fired about once in 3 attempts. And all tests were done at a distance of about 25 feet.

    I kept the cosmetically damaged unit, but had to return the other two defective units.

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    1.0

    Poor qualiaty control

    By RES

    from AK

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unreliable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

    I've always been satisfied with Wein products in the past, but this item suffers from lack of quality control.

    I ordered 3 identical units. One had a cosmetic defect--a flaw in the clear plastic coating that was so obvious that I'm surprised it made it out the factory door. But I use my products (and they get scratched with use), so I tested it and determined it was OK, and kept it.

    While testing the first unit, I tested the other 2 units. One was completely dead, and the other unit fired about once in 3 attempts. And all tests were done at a distance of about 25 feet.

    I kept the cosmetically damaged unit, but had to return the other two defective units.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Find another optical slave unit to use.

    By JR

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable
      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

        The quality one the first one purchased was very poor and returned for another. The second one would not sync with other speedlites I was using, and only the speedlite triggered with the camera transceiver would be seen on the memory card. I returned the second one also. It's the product, not the sales service.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        poor build quality and does not function

        By Forrest

        from Colorado

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • none

        Cons

        • Does not function
        • Poor build quality
        • Unreliable
        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

        Very poor build quality. The plastic back cover is slathered with glue and mounted off center overhanging into the flash shoe slot...so the flash will not fit. OK, I;ll fix that but it doesn't matter because it fails to fire the flash at any distance...including point blank.

        Don't buy

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        hot product

        By photofred

        from germany

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

          best hot shoe to fire a second flash, large range

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works Great

          By Dave Black

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

              I use couple of the Wein HS-XL for cave photography. They have great range. I owned a pair for several years and they both went bad at about the same time. When they went bad they lost the extra long range and have the range of a normal Wein HS. I liked the Wein HS0XL so much that I brought two more to replace the two that partially failed.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              works

              By mabeknot

              from upstate NY

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

                  It works on my Olympus FL40, which is what I wanted, so if it keeps working it's a ten.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  IBeen using for 25 years and love it!

                  By Peter the caver

                  from Ocean View, Hawaii

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

                    This is the most sensitive strobe slace
                    that I have found. The hot shoe version is more reliable than the versions that use a cable (which eventually will wear and break). It generally fires every time, even at long distances and around corners, especially in dark areas (we mainly use them for cave photography).

                    We've been using them for over 25 years, and the ones we haven't lost are still working fine.

                    A nice feature is that they never go off if one sweeps a bright light across the sensor. This is not the case for some other slaves, like the Firefly.

                    Some drawbacks: a) they don't seem to work on the Sunpack flashes, but do on the Vivitar ones (we use the 285HV); b) they are so sensitive that they go off if anybody else is taking pictures in the area, even fairly far away (in this case, an infrared or radio flash might be better); c) there is no way to make them ignore pre-flashes (we solve this problem by using the Manual mode on the camera); d) they cannot be set off by an old-fashioned flash bulb (which we use sometimes), like the M3B.

                    It seems like the ones made prior to 1990 are a bit more sensitive.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This one works.

                    By Bob at Creativ-Eservices

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Not for pre-flashes
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

                      If you are going to use a hot shoe slave, I recommend this one. Why? Because it works.
                      I have three other Wein slaves, and have mixed experiences with them, but this one is consistently reliable.

                      Features that are good to have are the cold shoe with 1/4" thread to mount onto a cold shoe support or screw onto a tripod, etc. It also has the option to use a PC cord; this means you can place the flash in an area that might possibly be out of line-reach with the main flash source and extend the hot shoe slave via the PC cord into a more direct line of sight. However, this particular slave is highly sensitive (600' range) and likely you will not encounter this need, except in very bright environments and distances.

                      This particular slave works best in commander/master flash manual mode which does not emit a pre-flash; for that scenario, use the HS-XL D (for digital).

                      The HS Hot Shoe Slave has been hit and miss for me; perhaps I got a lemon, or perhaps the 100' range reflects its diminutive sensitivity. However, the little PN Peanut Slave with 100' Range has worked flawlessly for me. It is also very inexpensive but requires a PC cord, which is sometimes an advantage.

                      Remember, don't use this with pre-flashes.

                      Share this review

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Wein Hot shoe Ultra slave

                      By Barrera

                      from San Jose, Costa Rica

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Convenient Interface
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Lighting
                        • Night Photography
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

                        It works great. I already have 3 of these slaves and so far I haven´t had any problems. They are quite sensitive and well built.

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                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Need Sync?

                        By chrismayerphoto

                        from Huntington Beach, CA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Convenient Interface
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • Lighting
                          • Night Photography
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Wein HS-XL Hot Shoe Ultra Slave:

                          these little puppies do the job when you need your battery powered strobes to fire off outdoors in bright sunlight! I use them everywhere.

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