Aputure Trigger Compatibility – Using Trigmaster & Plus Together

2.4G COMPATIBLE

One common question we get is how to make our triggers work together. The short answer is that all 2.4G models work with each other. The only ones that don’t are the older, first generation models of Trigmaster and Trigmaster Plus (2010). Anything thereafter is gold.

Compatible models: 

  • Trigmaster 2.4G
  • Trigmaster II 2.4G
  • Trigmaster Plus 2.4G
  • Trigmaster Plus II 2.4G

If you’re not sure whether the model is 2.4G or not, there will be a sticker on both the box and the manual. That’s how you can be sure it is indeed 2.4G.

Non-compatible models: 

  • 2010 Trigmaster (433mhz)
  • 2010 Trigmaster Plus (433mhz)

Most likely, these are not on shelves anymore – if you’re buying new ones, they should be 2.4G. However, I saw a set of 433mhz triggers in HK recently, so be sure to check just in case.

Setting units to the same channel: 

Trigmaster Plus and II have a straightforward channel setup. You press a button and see the channel number light up. Trigmasters work a bit differently – their channels work by simple addition of the 4 switches numbered 1, 2, 4, 8. So if you switch 1 and 2 down, you’ll be on channel #3. If you switch 1 and 8 down, you’ll be on channel #9, and if you switch all of them down, you’ll be on channel #15. Got it?

Obviously, Trigmaster Plus only has 6 channels, so you’ll need to work on channels 1-6 on your Trigmaster to make them communicate.

Setting units to the correct mode: 

As with using them individually, you’ll need to be on the right mode for them to work correctly.

On a flash, Trigmaster will need to be set to “Flash” mode, and Plus needs to be on “RX” mode.

On the camera as transmitter, Trigmaster needs to be on “Flash” mode and T-Plus needs to be on “TX/RX” mode.

In your hand triggering the camera, Trigmaster needs to be on “Camera” mode while Plus needs to be on “TX/RX” mode.

Let’s have a look at some examples…

Example #1 – Trigmaster Plus II as “master controller” 

  • Trigmaster Plus II as transmitter in hand (TX/RX mode)
  • Trigmaster II Receiver on flash (Flash mode)
  • Trigmaster Plus on camera (TX/RX mode)

trigmaster compatible 1

 

Example #2 – Trigmaster II as “master controller” 

  • Trigmastter Transmitter in hand (Camera mode) – even using a Sony unit!
  • Trigmaster Plus on camera (TX/RX mode)
  • Trigmaster Plus II on flash (RX mode)

trigmasgter compabile 2

As you can see, it works whether you’re using Trigmaster OR Trigmaster Plus as the trigger in your hand. In this sense, a Trigmaster transmitter I found a bit better auto-focus performance when using the Trigmaster.

Please let us know your experience or quesitions in the comment section below.

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