2. The Quantum Qflash TRIO QF8 BASIC is just the head and QTTL adapter, with the flexibility to upgrade to the FreeXwire radio system in the future.
3. These two variations of the Qflash TRIO QF8 provide photographers with four choices.
Qflash TRIO QF8C for Canon digital cameras.
Qflash TRIO QF8CB (BASIC) for Canon digital cameras.
Qflash TRIO QF8N for Nikon and Fuji digital cameras.
Qflash TRIO QF8NB (BASIC) for Nikon and Fuji digital cameras.
4. The QF8 is known for its power. Once the TRIO or BASIC is attached to your camera’s hot shoe and connected to one of Quantum’s Turbo external, portable and rechargeable battery packs with the included CQ8 long power cable, they have the capability to trigger rapid-flash firing throughout a long shooting day.
5. The combination of the Qflash TRIO QF8 and the Turbo 3, for example, provides 1,050 full-power flashes and 7,500 1/8 power flashes in automatic/TTL mode as well as 3 frames per second at moderate distances. Recycling time is extremely fast at 1 second for this flash/power back pair.
6. Both the TRIO QF8 and QF8 BASIC include three variations of QTTL: Auto, Manual and Advanced Multi. The Auto mode uses the light sensor on the front of either unit. With the QTTL modes, a variety of lighting set-ups are possible: QTTL on just the TRIO on-camera, QTTL with ratios between the TRIO and remote Qflashes, and QTTL on just the remote flashes.
The Advanced Multi variation of QTTL is particularly versatile, as it allows any combination of QTTL, Auto, and Manual settings on the TRIO and remote flashes.
Wedding photographers will appreciate the Program mode, with which they can create and save as many as 8 separate configurations.
7. The FreeXwire TTL radio transmitter on the QF8 TRIO (and an add-on to the BASIC) not only communicates with other remote Qflash TRIOs, but also controls an unlimited number, including older Qflash models paired with FreeXWire receivers.
In addition, the QTTL signals have proven to be more reliable than many other competitors’ flashes and will carry its signals 5 times as far. Plus, the signals can be received without line-of-site, which is common on many cameras’ optical links.
8. The Qflash TRIO is also an outstanding studio light, with its parabolic reflector. It is easily removed to shoot with bare bulb, wide angle, diffused and telephoto reflectors.
9. Quantum also included a USB port, so photographers are able to download updates.
10. The four types of Quantum QF8 flashes (TRIO for Canon and Nikon and BASIC for Canon and Nikon) are the same size and weight. The dimensions are 4.09 inches (10.4cm) in length, 3.33 inches (8.5cm) in width and a height of 5.85 inches (14.9cm). The units weight 20 oz. (567g).
11. The Qflash PILOT QF9 Command Unit is an optional accessory that is essentially a complete TRIO, without the flash head. The command unit control remote Qflashes and mounts to a hot shoe.
12. As professional-grade flash equipment, Quantum products are priced for professionals. The Q58 TRIO is available from many retailers for $875, the Q58 BASIC for $648. The Turbo 3 battery pack mentioned in #5 above is the most expensive at $624.
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