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Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:06 pm

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I have four Einsteins that I use in-studio and travel with for remote jobs. I use the Cybersync matched receivers in the Einsteins and set the Channel to 1 and the Frequency to 5 on all units.

In my studio I did a Senior Portrait shoot two weeks ago and 305 straight shots with out a misfire. I traveled to San Diego and set up to do headshots in one of the cavernous ballrooms. Lights failed miserably. On average the lights fired once for each 6-7 presses of the test button on the camera-mounted Cybersync trigger. (They fired every time on the Einstein test button). No matter what I did with changing to a different frequency the lights would only fire 1/6 times or so.

Returned to Minneapolis and hooked up all four lights in the studio. Took each of my 3 camera mounted triggers and fired 25 button presses. Flawless 75/75 fires and all four lights fired every time.

I have another convention gig to do in December and am looking for things to try to mitigate this issue.
Ultimately, I fell back to hard cabling with a sync cable to get through the job.

Any ideas? Interference in the SD Conv Ballrooms? Something else?

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Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:38 pm

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It is possible the system, specifically the frequency you were on, was swampped by some outside source.

You can try differnt frequencies to try to dial out of the issue. There is a school of thought that says our Fq 13 is a good place to start, as it lies in a dead zone of factory default WiFi channels. However, this far from a hard and fast rule.

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