Something so monumentally stupid...

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  1. bluewanders

    bluewanders TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Just so you know... that may not be about a clear transmission path... it may likely be about what mode the X1 was started in. I have that commander... it has a normal mode... and a close mode. If the commander is within 12 feet (iirc) and hasn't been turned on in close mode you'll start getting intermittent failures to fire... and the closer the two get the more frequent the failures become.

    More information:
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    "Q: Why X1 can not trigger in near distance
    A: Please upgrade the newly version(X1C V15,X1N V16,X1S V13), long press the TEST button and turn on the power simultaneously until STATUS blink for 2 seconds,0-30m remote control can be selected."

    EDIT: This FAQ answer suggests it isn't 12 feet, but rather 30 meters.. which seems off considering that would be 100 feet.


     
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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Interesting; I wasn't aware of this, but I do normally use the light within a couple of feet (<5) of the transmitter, and I've never had a problem when it was on a stand.
     
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    bluewanders TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    It's sort of a crapshoot. There are days when the only way I can get something done is remembering close mode... and other days when the light is a foot from the commander and firing every time. They released a firmware update for the X1 which made it more reliable (you should download their firmware updater and take care of your X1 if you haven't yet.)

    I haven't had any problems at all with failure to fire when the receiver is near/against metal... but I have had a problem with it failing to fire with my flashes inside a nearby softbox... switching to close mode has cleared it up 100% of the time.
     
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    If this thread includes other issues beyond photography, I might include one of my decisions to marry.
     
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    I sorta did this when I got my first Nikon SB-700 an was using the onboard flash to trigger it. I thought the sensor was on the opposite side of the flash that it actually was. So I thought the whole system was crap, couldn't get far away from the camera and it sometimes wouldn't trigger and so on. Was like a month or so before I figured it out.

    It wasn't all bad though, since that made me buy some RF flash gear. Sooooooo much better.
     
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    Huh? So how did you get it working?
     
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    Folks, please. As photographers you know they are not mistakes: they're tests.
     
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  8. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lifted it off of the metal truck bed so that the RF from the transmitter could reach the receiver!
     
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    bribrius Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Whats RF?
     
  10. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What Gryph said, in short, the metal of the truck bed was blocking the signal between the radio transmitter and flash receiver because the flash unit was laying on the truck bed with the receiver (antenna) against the metal.
     
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    But just think, if you had put enough energy through it. You could have tripped off every flash unit on the same channel for 120 mile radius. :aiwebs_016:

    Get's me to thinking, wonder if I combine a trigger with an old satellite dish. And kicked up the power. What kinda range we could get. :fangs: :biggrin-93: Flashes would be popping off for no reason confusing the heck out of people. :allteeth:
     
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  12. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Reminds me of an occasion a few years back. I was covering a dance event and unknown to me there was another photographer shooting a different event at another hall in the same building... both of us were going nuts trying to figure out why are strobes were randomly firing... until I tracked her down and we figured we were both using PWs on channel 1! :lol:
     
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    Lol Gary :lol:
     

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