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Now I know what it smells like when.....
Old 08-27-2004, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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.....You burn out a mono light.. I had just shot over 1,000 pictures within a 2.5 hour period at full power and through a 16x20 box with no cooling fan or ventelation from the box....with the modeling lamp cranked up to a full 250 watts....I had a few blank shots where I thought I must have had a sudden failure of my radio slaves...so I paused the session and swapped them out and continued shooting...and then at the end of the shoot....the light just didn't fire...and the modeling lamp turned off......I thought to myself....Hmmmm.....I wonder what that could be from....which was when I pulled the hot muther F'ing thing off the stand and suddenly realized that they weren't intended to work at super hot temps.. .....this thing was near fire hazard! I pointed my studio fan at it and managed to get the box off without gloves...Ouch! ....And boy did this thing stink! Man...I have a studio filled with bruned out mono light smoke...and I happen to have a shoot tomorrow.. good thing I have more lights to fry tomorrow.. Oh well.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

I wonder if this thing is worth the shipping cost of sending it in...or just scrapping it and buying a replacement.. it's a 12 yr old Ultra 1200 (White Lightning) one of my first lights.....a real work horse that I worked to death. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

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wonder if this thing is worth the shipping cost of sending it in...or just scrapping it and buying a replacement.. it's a 12 yr old Ultra 1200 (White Lightning)

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Give Buff's service department a call and you might be surprised at how economically they repair their lights.

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Hi JP,

I hate when that happens. I'm glad you made mention of that because I have no redundany with my studio strobes. Yes, I have four of them, but I have no replacement bulbs. I guess I should sell a kidney and get some spares.

I hope all is well with you, sir! Have a most excellent weekend.

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Re: Now I know what it smells like when.....
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Thank you Mike! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I am having a most excellent weekend as a matter of fact.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Yep! (nodding head)

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Thank you Wayne, ... I gave them a call and they mentioned it would be a $50.00 inspection to see what the matter is with it... which is fair.. and who knows... I have a bad feeling that it will be a costly problem... he mentioned something about a : board" which may need replacing...kinda like a mother board of sorts... I am not really in tune with the technical insides of the lights...I just know they are very reliable when not mistreated like I was treating it..

Well, this could be an interesting topic in a wayh because right now, I have a 10D in the repair shop getting a new shutter...( still haven't gotten it back yet)...and now a mono light...and I also somehow snapped the mount on one of my 4i senders..I am looking at roughly 1200.00 in repairs this month... These shoots aren't exactly free..even with digital, things do break.. On top of the cost of buying this epuipment, to use to set me apart from the guy with the camera next door, I still have to maintain it...and they do get used... I shot 1021 pics yesterday and 604 today.. The average shutter life span on a 10D...is roughly 30K cycles.. I have 9042 on the new body right now..yet I have had it for only 3 months now.. I sure with Canon built these things like Honda builds their motors....or how White Lightning builds their strobes..

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maybe get a back up pack too?? hehe
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