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Mar 03, 2011 18:55 |  #1291

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@ phil..

nice work again..

thanks Pham ... that model was such a **** to work with. LOL


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Mar 03, 2011 19:30 |  #1292

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I haven't had mine to long so I have yet to have problems but I a curious why you have gone through so many. Are you faithful to recharge them right after you use them or once a month if you don't?

as soon as i am done with them, i plug them in the wall.. and leave them plugged in until i use them again..

don't know..just bad luck.. ?


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Mar 03, 2011 20:24 |  #1293

phamster wrote in post #11951472 (external link)
as soon as i am done with them, i plug them in the wall.. and leave them plugged in until i use them again..

don't know..just bad luck.. ?

i guess the real question is how often do you make use of them? If they are in heavy rotation, it wouldn't surprise me. You plugging them in till the next use might be a few days tops, heh. Me? I'm pretty sure you're not suppose to leave em in for a month straight (if i had them)




  
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Mar 04, 2011 01:34 |  #1294

phamster wrote in post #11951472 (external link)
as soon as i am done with them, i plug them in the wall.. and leave them plugged in until i use them again..

don't know..just bad luck.. ?


Not sure what the vagabond has for a charge wire but if its a battery tender then its fine. If its not a battery tender plugging it into the wall for say days on end will over charge the battery causing it to fail sooner... Especially with us hammering on it making it go charged to low charge. Its hard on the cells once one fails its a no go...

Battery tender will top up the battery and then shut itself off while it sits... I never leave anything plugged in for a long duration even if its the battery tender. Not sure where you placing your batteries but if its on a concrete floor it will kill them faster as well. Place them on styrofoam..
These batteries as well motorbike batteries all the same in the end they need loving or will die faster!


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Mar 04, 2011 02:12 |  #1295

Had a portfolio shoot Monday.
Here are two from the session.
2 AB800s in medium PCB softboxes on the background
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Einstein in 36" Pro Studio Solutions 36" octa with one diffusion panel camera right for fill.


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Mar 04, 2011 02:24 |  #1296

Yes, I almost never use mine and had to buy another just last month (about a year is what I got out of it).

phamster wrote in post #11950098 (external link)
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nice work again..

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on a negative note..

i am replacing my 3rd battery for the 2 vagabonds i have .. i know i shoot alot..but this is the 3rd battery replacement.. 2 under warranty and this one isn't, 45 dollars at Battery plus for a new battery..

i guess it is bitter sweet.. it has served me pretty well i guess..

anybody else have to replace batteries in their Vagabond II?


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Mar 04, 2011 10:03 |  #1297

Hey all! So I had a shoot last night and when setting up by AB1600, I realized the test would not flash! Ended up having to do the shoot with just my 2 AB800's and a 580exii. I emailed PCB last night to see if theres anything that can be done or if it needs to be replaced.

The AB powers on and modeling light only lights up if I turn off the cycle button. Test button does nothing. Tested it with AC power, VBII, with/without radio triggers/sync cord- nothing. Anything know if theres any secret "reset button" or does it sound like the unit is dead?

The AB1600 is only 2 months old and have only used it on 2 shoots thus far. I asked PCB that if the unit had to be replaced if there was anyway to pay the different for an einstein and be placed on the backorder list. Anyone know if they'd be able to do that? Thanks!


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Mar 04, 2011 10:06 |  #1298

not sure. I know they do an upgrade program for the AB units when moving to a more powerful model, but haven't heard anything about upgrades from AB to an Einstein. I'm sure many would participate :-)


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Mar 04, 2011 10:20 |  #1299

PWard wrote in post #11954625 (external link)
not sure. I know they do an upgrade program for the AB units when moving to a more powerful model, but haven't heard anything about upgrades from AB to an Einstein. I'm sure many would participate :-)

PCB said in the past that there would not be an upgrade path to the Einstein for AB users, declaring it a different product. But it might not apply to someone with a new product and a warranty claim.




  
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Mar 04, 2011 10:30 |  #1300

Thanks for the responses. I'd give em a call now but can't at work at the moment. I'll give ya'll update when I hear back.


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Mar 04, 2011 21:44 |  #1301

So I got my Botero Super Collapsible background the other day. It is 8' tall and 8' wide and has a skirt that comes out another 8' from the bottom to allow the photographer to do full length shots. It is VERY big and takes up a good amount of space but definitely makes setup and take down pretty easy. it folds up and stores just like a collapsible reflector. Only problem I've had so far is setting it up straight. Just the size of it makes it kinda flimsy but that's because I'm setting it up by myself instead of waiting for another person to help me like it prolly takes. once you get used to it things get a lot easier.

Here are some shots taken of and with it.

this is the background setup and ready to go. it isn't even standing up all the way straight because my ceilings aren't 8' tall. ha ha

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These are all just a quick edit from my iPad so no real photo processing work. Pretty much straight outta camera and into an ipad photo processor.


I would HIGHLY recommend this background or even the smaller 5'x6' (it might be 5'x7') collapsible background as well if your just wanting headshots.

Also like to mention that this background comes with a FREE Botero 5'x6' white muslin background

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Mar 05, 2011 03:38 |  #1302

Just a quick question to all those strobists...
I have a ab800 ringflash now a ab1600 and have a 580exII and nikon flash that i use as well off camera all the time..

Since getting these abees i don't know if the little strobes will see much life anymore..
Do you still use your little strobes?


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Mar 05, 2011 06:06 |  #1303

jaycky wrote in post #11959667 (external link)
Just a quick question to all those strobists...
I have a ab800 ringflash now a ab1600 and have a 580exII and nikon flash that i use as well off camera all the time..

Since getting these abees i don't know if the little strobes will see much life anymore..
Do you still use your little strobes?

There is still a time and place for the little strobes. They are quicker to set up and easier to carry. You'll use them when you need to be mobile, or when you just need an accent light.


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Mar 05, 2011 10:28 |  #1304

jaycky wrote in post #11959667 (external link)
Just a quick question to all those strobists...
I have a ab800 ringflash now a ab1600 and have a 580exII and nikon flash that i use as well off camera all the time..

Since getting these abees i don't know if the little strobes will see much life anymore..
Do you still use your little strobes?

For sure you will. I wondered the same thing until I went to my daughters and started shooting photo's of the grand kids. Indoors and out it is a must have in your camera bag!:)


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Mar 05, 2011 21:16 |  #1305

I've been playing around with the fast flash duration of the Einstein. I built a custom sound trigger using an Arduino microcontroller (external link)


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