Dot Line Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit

Dot Line Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit

Dot Line Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit

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Product Highlights

  • Designed for Hot Shoe Mount Flash Units
  • Triggers Remote Flash to Fire
  • Range Up to 60'

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Dot Line DL-0129 overview

  • 1Description

The Dot Line Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit is a slave flash unit with a hot shoe, designed for hot-shoe mount flash units on cameras. It also fits most flash accessory hot shoe mounts. This unit employs an optical triggering that requires no electrical connection to the camera. However, for this to work, there must be a master flash electrically connected to the camera. The slave attaches to the remote flash via the built-in hot shoe, senses the light from the master flash, and then triggers the remote flash to fire. The sensor cell must be positioned so that it can "see" direct or indirect light from the master flash.

The bottom of the slave has a female 1/4-20 thread to accept any tripod or ball joint head. The slave also features a standard accessory foot that can be used for mounting into a standard accessory shoe. The unit boasts a range of up to 60' (18.3 m) from the master flash. No batteries or external power are required, other than the light from the master flash.

UPC: 034447500700
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Dot Line Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Dot Line DL-0129 specs

    Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1" (2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm)
    Range Up to 60' (18.3 m)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.5 x 2.6 x 1.3"

    Dot Line DL-0129 reviews

    Hot Shoe Photographic Slave Flash Unit is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great, but not for Canon EX 580 I bought this trigger to use with my Canon EX-580II Speedlites. This slave will only fire a Canon Speedlite one time. Something to do with how Canon flash voltage drop differs from other Speedlites. I should have asked the folks at B&H first, as I am sure they would be aware of the Canon issue. My mistake not to consult them first. I have since learned that the ones to use with Canon Speedlites are the Sonia optical triggers (I read the ones to get have green bottoms -you will see what I mean if you look at them online). B&H doesn't sell them yet. I have ordered these, but not tried them yet, so I can't vouch for the Sonia units with personal knowledge.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works w 1 flash, Not another I bought this to see if I could take 2 old flash units and make slaves for indoor bounce light in addition to the dedicated unit I have for my Nikon D80. I have a Sunpak 5000AF which was for my Nikon F100, and a Vivitar 4600 from the Nikon F3 (close to 30 yrs old) With the newer Sunpak it does not work regularly. It probably needs to take time to recharge. But the older unit flashes every time. So, for $24 I have a usefull slave for bounce light. FABULOUS!! Someone should come up with a battery powered optical trigger for these older flashes.
    Date published: 2012-07-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not work with Speedlights There must be something in a Canon Speedlight that prevents this from working. It works on my manual only flashes, but not for Speedlights. I was hoping to use it to manually fire a Speedlight (set to manual) from a studio strobe to add one more little area of light. It fired once, then not again. Tests with old manual flashes proved it worked fine with them. Not what I hoped to achieve. Thank goodness it did not cost a lot. I ended up purchasing a manual only Bolt adjustable flash that does the trick without the slave.
    Date published: 2016-06-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works under specific conditions The slave flash shoe works but the environment must be perfect. I found that if there were too much ambient light, or if my master flash brightness was insufficient, that the shoe wouldn't trigger. You defininately need line-of-site master light. I purchased it specifically so I could trigger older (20 year) flash units but found that it wouldn't trigger them. My newer Nikon speedlights worked fine. The old flash units work fine with my radio triggers. Still, I'm satisfied with my purchase as the unit was inexpensive and gives me more flash options.
    Date published: 2015-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works with DSLR I can confirm that this product works with current digital camera flashes that emit a pre-flash. (Older slaves that I had from film days mis-fire on the pre-flash and don't fire when the picture is taken with the main flash pulse). This one works just fine with my Nikon D5100
    Date published: 2011-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product I haven't got to use this for what I need it for but have tested it. This will help me to add fill on larger group shots I will be taking. I am using a Canon 50D with a Canon 430 flash on the camera. I have an older Vivatar 285 Flash that has been sitting but now will be able to acheive better group shots. I tested it setting the slave unit at diiferent angles and positions with no problems. Works good...
    Date published: 2013-10-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't work with some Canon Flashes Hot shoe doesn't with Canon 430EX11 and 540EZ. I Contacted Dot Line thru their website and they never responded yet. These Slaves should be sold with a list of flashes they work with.
    Date published: 2013-11-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fun to fiddle with...but... I'm a Professional Merchandise Photographer, and an amateur/professional general photographer. This little slave worked great with my Canon EOS 60D and Canon s95 Point and Shoot camera and the attached Classic Canon Speedlite 380. Unfortunately, when the Speedlite recharged, and a new picture was taken, it did not fire the flash. The only time It did so was when i hit the Flash Test button on the back, then it would fire. That was more of the same with my Canon Speelite 430EXII but when it did fire, boy what a difference! The Slave flash was also a millisecond delayed, so you would essentially have to do a long exposure to see that second flash fire. For under 20 dollars, it was an interesting and fun experiment but I would stick to a true wireless trigger or a tethered trigger. The construction of the item was top notch, better than I expected, but that can only go so far when talking about flash reliability on the fly and when you just need everything to work.
    Date published: 2011-08-23
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