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Jan 15, 2013 04:48 |  #1

Apart from Pocketwizards with the adaptor... and I know there's also products from Paul Buff, but both these options are quite expensive...

Is there a cheaper way? Or is controlling power remotely generally pretty pricey?




  
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Jan 15, 2013 06:39 |  #2

Only other option is VAL... May also be known as hairy light switch


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Jan 15, 2013 06:41 |  #3

SMP_Homer wrote in post #15490789 (external link)
Only other option is VAL... May also be known as hairy light switch

You lost me. What is VAL?




  
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Jan 15, 2013 08:09 |  #4

frugivore wrote in post #15490792 (external link)
You lost me. What is VAL?

Voice Activated Lightstand, you probably know them by name, or as "assistants" (or in my case "reporters")

Basically a warm body who can take instructions and hold a flash
They are also handy for adjusting flash output


It's a term used frequently on the Strobist website, I'm not sure where it came from originally


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Jan 15, 2013 11:37 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #5

I use Radio Popper JRX studio receivers triggered by either JRX or PX transmitters.


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Jan 15, 2013 11:38 |  #6

Echo63 wrote in post #15491007 (external link)
Voice Activated Lightstand, you probably know them by name, or as "assistants" (or in my case "reporters")

Basically a warm body who can take instructions and hold a flash
They are also handy for adjusting flash output

It's a term used frequently on the Strobist website, I'm not sure where it came from originally

And here I thought I came up with it all on my own :(


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Jan 15, 2013 11:47 |  #7

DanielSpellman wrote in post #15490616 (external link)
I know there's also products from Paul Buff, but both these options are quite expensive...

$179.95 for a Cybercommander and $89.95 for each CSR+ is not expensive, considering what those products do.

However, they cannot setup your lights, tear them down, or comb the model's hair like a VAL.


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Jan 15, 2013 11:55 |  #8

There is always the old Paul Buff LG4X wired remote as well. They can be had on eBay for $40.


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Jan 15, 2013 12:25 |  #9

agv8or wrote in post #15491851 (external link)
I use Radio Popper JRX studio receivers triggered by either JRX or PX transmitters.

Ditto..works well, less expensive than PW, and can control inexpensive speedlights too.


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Jan 24, 2013 10:40 |  #10
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If you frequently position your lights high (either directly or boomed), the investment in the proper remote control devices is well worth it. Climbing up and down a stool or ladder to change power settings or turn on/off modeling lamps gets old very quickly.


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Jan 25, 2013 01:54 |  #11

I use VAL, though I call her "Phil", as in Fill Flash.


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Jan 25, 2013 16:25 |  #12

They have a $100 wired remote control that let's you control power, modeling lamps, pop the flash, and works with simple telephone wires. One $100 remote can control up to 4 Alien Bees.


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