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Calumet Genesis Syncing Problem

 
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Dec 09, 2009 20:22 |  #1

I was searching all over to solve my problem, but I did not find anything that could help so please help.

I got my Calumet Genesis two days ago and I was trying to firgure out how to sync the light to my Canon Rebel T1i without using the infrared trigger because I like to take the picture constantly without waiting for the flash light to charge. Since I am new the Canon Rebel T1i and Calumet Genesis. I would like to know what is the best setting to take family portrait? Any suggestion would be great.

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Dec 09, 2009 21:11 |  #2

bexi20 wrote in post #9167834 (external link)
I was searching all over to solve my problem, but I did not find anything that could help so please help.

I got my Calumet Genesis two days ago and I was trying to firgure out how to sync the light to my Canon Rebel T1i without using the infrared trigger because I like to take the picture constantly without waiting for the flash light to charge. Since I am new the Canon Rebel T1i and Calumet Genesis. I would like to know what is the best setting to take family portrait? Any suggestion would be great.

thanks!

I'm assuming you meant, how to trigger it.

You'll need to get a wireless trigger and receiver. You can also trigger the strobes using the sync cable that came with the genesis BUT since your rebel doesn't have a pc port, you'll have to get an adapter that would mount on your hot shoe where you can plug the sync cord. www.flashzebra.com (external link) sells them.

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Dec 09, 2009 21:43 as a reply to  @ jeromego's post |  #3

is this the one I should get?

http://flashzebra.com/​hotshoes-shoes/0064.shtml (external link)


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Dec 09, 2009 21:45 |  #4

Hi, Bexi -
You noted you want to shoot constantly without waiting for the flash to charge. Unfortunately every time the flash fires (regardless how you trigger it) the light will take a second or two to recharge. That's true of hotshoe-mounted flash as well as Genesis, Alien Bees or Elinchrom, etc. The amount of time necessary to recharge and be ready to shoot again depends on the power settings of your lights (i.e.: full-power, 1/2, 1/4, etc.), the efficiency of their electronics inside, and whether they're plugged in or on a battery/generator system. If they're set low enough and plugged in, you may well be able to shoot virtually continuously without noticing a delay to recharge.

Fortunately there's four ways to trigger the Genesis lights:
1.) Use the included sync-cord between camera & light (a problem for the Rebel T1i)
2.) Purchase a cord that sits on top the camera in the hotshoe and connects to light
3.) Purchase a radio or infra-red trigger
4.) Set the Genesis to slave, and use the camera's built-in flash to trigger the light.

Note - the last method doesn't always work outdoors as studio lights will need to see the on-camera flash to fire, and the sun may prevent it from triggering your lights.


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Dec 09, 2009 22:54 |  #5

What is the best way to use my TI1 with the genesis 200 light or what setting do people using?

slivr wrote in post #9168280 (external link)
Hi, Bexi -
You noted you want to shoot constantly without waiting for the flash to charge. Unfortunately every time the flash fires (regardless how you trigger it) the light will take a second or two to recharge. That's true of hotshoe-mounted flash as well as Genesis, Alien Bees or Elinchrom, etc. The amount of time necessary to recharge and be ready to shoot again depends on the power settings of your lights (i.e.: full-power, 1/2, 1/4, etc.), the efficiency of their electronics inside, and whether they're plugged in or on a battery/generator system. If they're set low enough and plugged in, you may well be able to shoot virtually continuously without noticing a delay to recharge.

Fortunately there's four ways to trigger the Genesis lights:
1.) Use the included sync-cord between camera & light (a problem for the Rebel T1i)
2.) Purchase a cord that sits on top the camera in the hotshoe and connects to light
3.) Purchase a radio or infra-red trigger
4.) Set the Genesis to slave, and use the camera's built-in flash to trigger the light.

Note - the last method doesn't always work outdoors as studio lights will need to see the on-camera flash to fire, and the sun may prevent it from triggering your lights.


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Dec 10, 2009 02:14 |  #6

The sync cord is easiest and least expensive so the hotshoe adapter at FlashZebra is a good option, but after a few sessions with the sync cord you may decide to purchase a radio trigger. Not being attached to your light by cords simplifies things, and sync cords are notorious for failing without warning.

A radio trigger fits to your hotshoe adapter on top of the camera, and doesn't need the cord. Since I converted to an Elinchrom Skyport trigger I haven't regretted it for a moment but there are many other triggers out there for very reasonable price.


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Dec 10, 2009 06:00 |  #7

slivr wrote in post #9169309 (external link)
A radio trigger fits to your hotshoe adapter on top of the camera, and doesn't need the cord. Since I converted to an Elinchrom Skyport trigger I haven't regretted it for a moment but there are many other triggers out there for very reasonable price.

I personally use some of the eBay triggers (Gadget Infinity, but there are loads of brands around now that are the same thing) and they work perfectly well. If you replace the supplied batteries with fresh ones, they should work flawlessly.




  
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