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Hensel Remote System - FUBAR!!
Old 03-23-2006, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone here use the Hensel remote system with Integra Pro Plus heads? If so, could you please comment on this?

Before buying the system, a HenselUSA rep told me in an email, that, "The radio transmitter has three channels and a firing channel with the ability to fire all the other channels - so it's true it only has four channels but each channel has the ability to fire, power up and down, and control the model lamps. But then you have to switch back to the firing channel to fire them all off."

Now that I have the system myself (three heads) I'm finding the above to be NOT true, from the manual or my experimentation.

What I'm finding is that there is NOT one "firing channel" in the system - there are just four separate channels. Meaning if you are using three lights, each on its own channel for remote power adjustments, there is no way of firing all the lights without, 1) changing the channel on each light to the same, or 2) turning on the optical slave on the lights that are not on the transmitter channel (defeating the purpose of a radio triggering system).

Meaning that the Hensel radio system is even worse than my first impression.

When I asked the Hensel rep about also using Pocket Wizards with the system, he responded, "Lastly I have many clients using both systems but normally it is because of distance issues as the Wizard is 300 foot versus 100 foot for the HENSEL. If they are using both close up - then the Wizard is used for the trigger, metering and they hand hold the HENSEL remote and make power adjustments - NOT using HENSEL for triggering - as they have a Wizard receiver plugged into the Integra units.

What he didn't clarify was that it seems he meant having a PW receiver in EACH light for firing, as that seems to be the only way to use the Hensel system for power adjustments and the PW for triggering WITHOUT switching to optical slave mode.

Does anyone have any experience with any of this, or comments?

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Don't buy Hensel now - WAIT!!!
Old 03-23-2006, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's an update on the Hensel remote system...

As I quoted above, the HenselUSA rep told me the remote worked a certain way. And it doesn't. He didn't say this functionality would be available sometime in the future... he said this is how it works. And it doesn't.

It turns out now, from his latest email to me that, "The new units shipping in late April will have the transmitter that has the firing channel - right now we are not shipping Integra Pro Plus units until the change over occurs."

Right now I'm trying to determine if this change will also happen for the Porty Premium, as I've ordered that as well and I'm told it's coming from Germany.
So, anyone thinking of buying Hensel stuff... WAIT!

Arrrrrrgh!
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Re: Hensel Remote System - FUBAR!!
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Dude that really sucks, I am sorry.

Can you exchange these for the Integra Pros? Save a few bucks and get the PWs?
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Re: Hensel Remote System - FUBAR!!
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Thanks for the sympathy Matt. I'm waiting to hear back from my supplier about what I can do. It's less than 48 hours that I have these lights and I have all the packing, etc.

But I'd really like to have the functionality that the HenselUSA rep told me about. Meaning the ability to have one common firing channel plus three other channels for individual light adjustment. That's what I believed I was getting.
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