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Old 12-03-2006, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just recieved friday my LG4X remote control and a RFTX transmitter. They both work great. I couldn't be more pleased with both. Its so nice to be able to control each light without going over and over adjusting it .The modeling lights (what you see is what you get works with this unit also) You can really tweek the look with just a little (slide lol) ,either way. The on camera trigger is small and fires the lights flawlessly every time. What more could you ask for.
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just recieved friday my LG4X remote control and a RFTX transmitter. They both work great.
so, the LG4X remote control performs as both a controller for the instruments' outputs plus it's the receiver?
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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so, the LG4X remote control performs as both a controller for the instruments' outputs plus it's the receiver?
The LG4x is a wired remote control that controls up to 4 bees. It uses normal telephone wire to connect from the controler to each light.

As for the RFTX transmitter, that sounds like some sort of a Pocket wizard type device that would mount on camera's hot shoe and fire one of the strobes. I don't recall that the LG4X will fire the strobes under camera control.

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Old 12-03-2006, 05:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't recall that the LG4X will fire the strobes under camera control.
It has a wired PC sync port, the one feature I don't expect to use when mine comes this week.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm sure Tommy ment to say RR1TX Radio Remote Transmitter (RR1TX) and the Radio Remote Receiver (RR1RX).

http://www.alienbees.com/remote_package.html

The transmitter does fire the remotes.

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Old 12-03-2006, 06:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm sure Tommy ment to say RR1TX Radio Remote Transmitter (RR1TX) and the Radio Remote Receiver (RR1RX).

http://www.alienbees.com/remote_package.html

The transmitter does fire the remotes.

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We may have to wait for Tommy to clarify. I was considering his mention of using a slider. I don't recall that the Radio remote has sliders, but rather has little up and down arrow buttons to move up or down the fstop range. Of course, its been a while since I used either remote system.

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Old 12-03-2006, 08:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm sure Tommy ment to say RR1TX Radio Remote Transmitter (RR1TX) and the Radio Remote Receiver (RR1RX).

http://www.alienbees.com/remote_package.html

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ahh... so the controller has nothing to do with firing the strobes. you still need a receiver for each strobe. ergo, if you're using the controller, as well as an xmitter plus receivers for, say, 4 strobes.... datz a lotta battareez! (probly two AAs for each receiver, one or two for the controller... and some other kind of battery for the xmitter.
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Old 12-03-2006, 10:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ahh... so the controller has nothing to do with firing the strobes. you still need a receiver for each strobe. ergo, if you're using the controller, as well as an xmitter plus receivers for, say, 4 strobes.... datz a lotta battareez! (probly two AAs for each receiver, one or two for the controller... and some other kind of battery for the xmitter.
You may or may not need a receiver for each strobe. The best case scenario is that you only need one receiver. The other stobes could still be triggered optically. From time-to-time, I find myself in situations where not all of the strobes can reliably see each other, so wired or radio triggers are needed.

The AB RFT1RX receiver does not need batteries. It runs on AC power and sits in-line with the strobe's power cord.
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Old 12-03-2006, 10:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What i do is hardwire the strobes to the LG4X and plug a reciver into it which will fire all the strobes the cords are 25' long so i position the unit close to me which lets me have all the adjustments nearby with a microsync tx/rx combo. it can run 4 strobes with 25'cords and 1 tx/rx set.
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The LG4X controls just the levels of the strobes and modeling lamps (wired). The RFT1X transmitter and 1 RFT1TX receiver control the firing of the flash. (wireless) The single receiver sets off the other strobes. They work great.
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