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Old 11-16-2005, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be purchasing some alienbees flash units, question is for non-cord work, i would obviously need a controller of some sort.
Is there much difference between alienbees own controllers http://www.alienbees.com/remotes.html versusu mamiya's pocket wizard(s)?
thanks
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Old 11-16-2005, 02:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm going to be purchasing some alienbees flash units, question is for non-cord work, i would obviously need a controller of some sort.
Is there much difference between alienbees own controllers http://www.alienbees.com/remotes.html versusu mamiya's pocket wizard(s)?
thanks

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I went through a similar series of questions earlier. I also found an EXCELLENT alternative to those higher priced wireless/radio setups and it works excellent with my 20D.

Wireless Radio Remote Flash on eBay

I purchased TWO of these, since I have two AB800's and I often use them at the lowest power setting. The problem with ABs when you do use the lowest output setting is that sometimes, the slave doesn't "see" the main flash and, of course, the slave doesn't fire. So, I needed two of these wireless remotes. Anyways, I received them this week and I tried them for the first time tonight - one remote receiver on each AB800 and the single transmitter on the flash hot shoe of the camera body.

I am MORE than happy with them, and the price just can't be beat. A lot nicer on the wallet than Pocket Wizards or even Paul C. Buff's radio remotes. I may someday pick up some PWs but for now, seeing as I use my AB's mainly indoors, this is the best economical alternative.

P.S. Another small benefit of these is that my wife can now fire the Bees using her Digital Rebel, which doesn't have the PC sync socket. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

You won't be disappointed with them if you take the plunge.

I'll post some images from tonight's session as soon as I'm done PP.
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As promised..
Old 11-16-2005, 05:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's one of the images from tonight's session..


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Old 11-16-2005, 07:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey there Jacob,

what ever you do, do not buy the A/B wireless remote (if it is the only remote you are going to use) it is a hunk of junk. I bought it and I failed to fire about 1/4 of the time. The only good thing about their wireless remote is the ability to adjust the light out put with out haveing to climb a ladder, I can stand by my subject trigger the light and ajust without having to move. I kept the remote for that reason. I use Pocket Wizards to fire the lights while takeing photos it is a bit redundant but it works better than the whitelightening remote alone.

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Old 11-16-2005, 08:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm going to be purchasing some alienbees flash units, question is for non-cord work, i would obviously need a controller of some sort.
Is there much difference between alienbees own controllers http://www.alienbees.com/remotes.html versusu mamiya's pocket wizard(s)?
thanks


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I agree with what Ron said. DO NOT buy AB's remote system.

Any of the other options out there should work just fine though....I personally use the Quantum Radio Slave with mine, but again, any of them should work just fine.
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Old 11-16-2005, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm also using AB's. I use Calumets Lite Links radio controls. Looked at the Pocket wizards but liked the fact that with Calumets remotes they can be used as either a transmitter or receiver with a flick of a switch. Plus they have 4 different channels (helps when you have multiple shooters at a wedding) They also have a 3 year warranty. They cost about the same as Pocket wizards but for my money are more versatile. BTW I bought these 2 years ago and they have been flawless in operation.

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Old 11-16-2005, 03:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Looking ahead, if you are going to use a light meter, always a good idea, remember that if you buy the Sekonic, you can get the link chip for the pocket wizzards. It makes metering the flash set up very easy. I know, the old guys can do it with their eyes closed. For me, it works well to have the light meter automatically fire the strobes for a solidly accurate metering.
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get the pocket wizards, they are made much better...
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Old 11-16-2005, 11:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The Sekonic 358 is the meter I use and it has two flash modes. One that will fire the strobes and another that sees when the strobe fires. You don't need to buy the PW module and you don't need PWs. Why pay all that money for such an esoteric remote system when the cheaper one works very well. Unless you're shooting outside a lot, I'd save the $$ and get the bargain wireless system.

With the bargain eBay remotes that I found, there is a button on the top of the transmitter which is used to trip the strobes, from which the Sekonic can then see and meter the light output.

Works like a charm.
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Old 11-17-2005, 01:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Looking ahead, if you are going to use a light meter, always a good idea, remember that if you buy the Sekonic, you can get the link chip for the pocket wizzards. It makes metering the flash set up very easy. I know, the old guys can do it with their eyes closed. For me, it works well to have the light meter automatically fire the strobes for a solidly accurate metering.

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Hi gun, well i have the minolta autometer IV.
Not sure if the link chip will work for this, guess I'll have to do my hmwk before purchasing. Thanks for the tip.
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