Robert Mariani wrote:
On the one hand Serena wrongly assumed the Einsteins had HSS capability. No offense, but how did you buy these without researching this first?
My sense is by what Serena said is she is not new just to Einsteins, but to the world of lighting. And Serena - if this is true - there is NOTHING wrong with that. We all start off knowing nothing about strobes and flashes other than we press the shutter and they blink.
If this is the case, Robert, than you are being unfairly edgy toward her. How many people who are researching to get their first set of lights have a solid understanding of the differences between and uses of HSS (high speed sync), HS (hypersync), and freezing motion with short flash duration? Their differences, uses, and their advantages and disadvantages are not something that is quickly learned and solidly understood just by research. IMO, it takes the experience of being a working photographer for a while to have them really clear in one's head.
To put it another way, I have talked to a good number of photographers getting their start in lighting who have confused high speed sync with short flash duration, or because they hear a strobe described as being "fast".
I started learning lighting back in the 80's. The irony is that although lighting was harder to achieve (because of things like sync cords, lower possible sync speeds) and was less accessible (because there were fewer brands and choices that were less affordable, and that were bulky), from a pure technical standpoint there was less to learn about strobes. Today - beyond HSS, HS, and flash duration - think about all of the lights there are to choose from, all of the advancing tech in them, and all the different triggering systems.