#6. "RE: Alien Bees for Reception and photo booth" In response to In response to 3 Sat 23-Mar-13 03:11 PM by PeterBeckett
San Jose, US
Hi Scott, I watched the pre-release information from PCB about the Einstein as it evolved. I held back from ordering any studio strobes until Einsteins became available. It turned out to be a very wise wait! The last strobes I owned were Speedotron, in the 1980s. Boy! How things have changed!!!
FWIW, due to having several Pocket Wizard devices, I bought their wireless controllers for Einsteins (AC-3 + MC-2 names come to mind, but I could be wrong), with a FlexTT5(plus the AC-3(?) on the camera. However, I encountered all sorts of troubles, including an inability to use Sekonic L758-DR with the setup. I also didn't like the very limited control offered by the PW AC-3(?). Therefore, I sent back the MC-2s and the AC-3 but kept the FlexTT5. I bought PCB CyberSync components instead.
My arrangement for over a year has been to have the FlexTT5 on the camera, with a PCB CST on top of the FlexTT5 (which is set to receive a PW signal from the L-758DR). Each Einstein has a CSXCV receiver and the ABR800 has a CSRB+ for when I need to use it along with the Einsteins. I carry both the L-758DR and a CyberSymc "Commander" in my pocket. Thus, I am able to TOTALLY control all aspects of the strobes remotely(individually, or using arbitrary groupings) AND test fire them using the meter. It all works PERFECTLY.
Edited to add: Yes, I do know that the PCB CyberSync Commander has a very usable flashmeter built-in. However, I prefer my L-758DR. In comparisons which I made shortly after arriving at the configuration described above, the Commander and Sekonic exposure readings matched very well!