Something so monumentally stupid...

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  1. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I did, I wonder how I breathe without instructions!

    Last fall, I bought a Godox AD360-II and X1 trigger as a cheap & cheerful 'stronger than a speedlight' solution for HSS outdoor work for jobs where I don't need/want to lug a full on lighting system to. I was pleasantly surprised both by the build quality and the overall functionality. The HSS was flawless, and while it was a little less powerful than advertised, it did exactly what I want. The X1 trigger worked very well as well... initially, or so I thought....

    The unit sat idle for a month or so over Christmas; it's one of those things that I don't use very often, but when I do, it's really the only tool for the job. So... early in the new year, I was prepping gear for a job on a fairly remote beach and I had the light sitting on the tail-gate of my truck, in it's bag. I connected it to the battery, powered it up, pressed the test-button on the trigger and... nothing. Okay, that's easy, new batteries for the trigger, right? Nope. New batteries, cleaning the [not dirty] contacts... nothing made any difference. Every now and then it would trigger, but only maybe 1 out 10 times; not a degree of reliability I can live with. Triggering in manual with pocket wizards worked fine, so that was my fall back.

    Anyway... came back, put it aside for a few days, and then got it out again, took the trigger out, still leaving the light head itself sitting in its bag on my tail-gate (anyone giggling yet?) Same thing... maybe 1 in 10 presses actually fire the light. Put the trigger on a body... same thing. So, based on the way everything was working, I decided that the trigger was faulty, after all, it was just cheap MiC stuff, right? I ordered a new trigger and.... same thing (again without taking the light out of the bag, and the bag sitting on a bench (You should be laughing and pointing by now).

    So... now I'm thinking that it must the wireless receiver in the flash head that's at fault. I'm a little depressed as I really like this thing, and the idea of having to return it is NOT something that I like. Last night, sitting on the couch a brain storm hits. This thing is low-power RF, right? Where is the receiver... as it turns out, the receiver in the actual flash unit is in the front above the AF-assist. You know... right where it was resting on either the sheet metal of my truck's tail-gate or the work bench.

    Take the light out, put it on a light stand, and it works perfectly. Funny that... a clear transmission path and radio-waves get through. I now have a severely bruised butt from kicking myself all around the house for the last 24 hours.

    You may all now point and laugh uproariously!


     
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  2. Gary A.

    Gary A. Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I've never done a dumb thing in my entire life.
     
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    EIngerson Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm with Gary. HAHAHAHA!!!!

    I can't back that up.
     
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    :dob::wav::winksexy:

    Mate, happens to all of us. I'm an engineer by trade (by that I mean I did an apprenticeship in fabrication while going go college). Recerntly I had a War with an Ikea wardrobe that I put up in my weans room. If I ever saw anyone else displaying the level of incompetance I did on that day ....

    Anyways, happens to us all and I'm sure the results you did get were despite "equipment" failures!
     
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  5. Gary A.

    Gary A. Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL ... I was in construction ... if you run into a problem, get a bigger hammer ...
     
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    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    stupid3.jpeg

    Welcome to the club.
     
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  7. weepete

    weepete TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Aye mate, I'm mechanical by trade (though sidestepped into civils now) I'm also a fan of the "small problem, big hammer" philosophy. I have a massive respect for the building trade as well. I'm more of a designer nowadays but I really do like contracting. Other than acutually physically making stuff designing is a close second.
     
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    weepete TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Aye, that's a pretty well shot portait with good detail on the shadows. I think they might have added the background though.
     
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  9. zombiesniper

    zombiesniper The camera takes the Pic. I just point the way. Supporting Member

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    Just think of it as a learning experience. One with a comical story.
     
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    Gary A. Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yep ... making stuff where there was nothing ... gives a lot of gratification. Engineering is similar, seeing the stuff you design actually work gotta make you feel good.
     
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    You deserve a loud,rousing Homer Simpson cry of "Do'ah!"

    Reminds me of my school days and the ribbing statement of, "Smooth move, Ex-Lax!"
     
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  12. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    The devil lurks in the details.
     
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