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?