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anyone else notice the newer elinchrom speed transmitters misfiring?

 
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Feb 21, 2011 13:06 |  #1

So I just got my speed transmitter in the mail last week and decided to use it over the weekend for a shoot I had. On 3 occasions one of my lights misfired - each time was the same light, but never had this happen before using my previous transmitters.

was using my 5D and had the transmitter in normal mode firing 2x 600RX with the receivers. Didnt even try out speed mode yet.

Need more testing to see if its the transmitter or not, like I said only noticed it 3 times out of maybe 200 shots but was annoying. will give it another go and see what I get before I decide on exchanging out. Wanted to see if anyone else had noticed this problem with theirs.


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Feb 21, 2011 13:33 |  #2

I've seen this happen before. I can't remember what type they were but the guy who owned the setup just changed the batteries in the transmitter and receiver. Worked fine after that. Apparently he had forgot to switch it to auto off mode or something so they stayed on for 6 of the 8 hour shoot. The battery was dying and that is what was causing the misfire. I could be wrong but you might check into that anyway. I've bought many things that came with dead batteries.


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Feb 21, 2011 13:37 as a reply to  @ CameraMan's post |  #3

Yeah, battery change made all the difference for me, my skyports are extremely reliable now.


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Feb 21, 2011 13:43 as a reply to  @ TwoShoes's post |  #4

If the receivers are actually the Transceiver RX and not the universal then there is no battery and the only battery that could be playing a role is the one in the transmitter.


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Feb 21, 2011 14:27 |  #5

TMR Design wrote in post #11885868 (external link)
If the receivers are actually the Transceiver RX and not the universal then there is no battery and the only battery that could be playing a role is the one in the transmitter.

Yes, in this case I was using the rx transceivers. New bettery in the transmitter too.


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Feb 22, 2011 12:35 |  #6

x0SiN0x wrote in post #11885656 (external link)
So I just got my speed transmitter in the mail last week and decided to use it over the weekend for a shoot I had. On 3 occasions one of my lights misfired - each time was the same light, but never had this happen before using my previous transmitters.

was using my 5D and had the transmitter in normal mode firing 2x 600RX with the receivers. Didnt even try out speed mode yet.

Need more testing to see if its the transmitter or not, like I said only noticed it 3 times out of maybe 200 shots but was annoying. will give it another go and see what I get before I decide on exchanging out. Wanted to see if anyone else had noticed this problem with theirs.

Tried changing the frequency?

Also, was this light on full power? it's easy to lose track of how long you're leaving between shots versus how quickly your lights can recycle and fire the occasional one off faster than they can handle.




  
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Feb 22, 2011 13:08 |  #7

Hermes wrote in post #11892551 (external link)
.. it's easy to lose track of how long you're leaving between shots versus how quickly your lights can recycle and fire the occasional one off faster than they can handle.

I've done that many times. :D


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Feb 22, 2011 17:49 |  #8

Hermes wrote in post #11892551 (external link)
Tried changing the frequency?

Also, was this light on full power? it's easy to lose track of how long you're leaving between shots versus how quickly your lights can recycle and fire the occasional one off faster than they can handle.

Hadn't tried changing the frequency... Good thought.

Light was less than half, guess it still could have been the issue though don't recall the misfires being any consecutive shots one after the other.

I like the frequency idea though, I'm gonna change it and run some tests.


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Feb 22, 2011 18:04 |  #9

1. Check frequency settings
2. Check batteries.

I figured you had 1 covered...


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