Your experience with the Qflash T5dR

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Sam Carleton
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Your experience with the Qflash T5dR
May 7, 2013

I have owned Lumedyne for a long, long time and I LOVE it, the only thing I miss is TTL.  I am thinking about getting a Qflash T5dR to gain TTL and I would love to hear others experience with the flash.

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Re: Your experience with the Qflash T5dR
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Sam Carleton wrote:

I have owned Lumedyne for a long, long time and I LOVE it, the only thing I miss is TTL.  I am thinking about getting a Qflash T5dR to gain TTL and I would love to hear others experience with the flash.

I don't own one, but I was a "voice activated lightstand" for a local pro who had several. The flash foot broke on two of the flash units, and I had a heck of a time keeping the softbox on it (that attaches the same way the reflector does). I once had a flash bulb fall out - fortunately it popped into the the softbox.

Overall, I liked the results we were getting, but I don't think the build quality is up to the pricepoint. Better than my Sunpak 120J, but I never broke the foot off my 'J, either. Retail price on the T5DR being about 10x what the 'J was, and about 3x what a used T2D goes for, I expect better. I dunno - maybe she abused her flash units before I signed on.

Strange thing was, as a "Pro" the photographer refused to use TTL. I think she'd have been better off with a T2D. Those have a repurtation of being built like a tank, but they don't do TTL.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Arved wrote:

Sam Carleton wrote:

I have owned Lumedyne for a long, long time and I LOVE it, the only thing I miss is TTL.  I am thinking about getting a Qflash T5dR to gain TTL and I would love to hear others experience with the flash.

I don't own one, but I was a "voice activated lightstand" for a local pro who had several. The flash foot broke on two of the flash units, ...

Overall, I liked the results we were getting, but I don't think the build quality is up to the pricepoint. Better than my Sunpak 120J, but I never broke the foot off my 'J, either.

T5d-R's don't have hotshoe feet.

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Re: Your experience with the Qflash T5dR
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I use them all the time, and am happy with them Sam.

I prefer the X5d-R's for their greater output, but all the Quantum's work essentially the same. If you already have  400Ws Lumedynes then the X5d-R's will be the same with a Qpaq + 200Ws booster. Alone, a Qpaq is 200Ws. I still have Lumedynes as well but they get used far less than they used to. They normally get used for full power lighting factory interiors or engineering projects, but they  still get triggered by the Quantum FreeXwire receivers and sometimes alongside the Quantums whether using TTL or not.

Older T5d-R heads can split if you apply too much pressure to the fixing collar forcing the head clams apart but the newer ones are better. I've properly broke one in about six years. The tighter you fasten them the more pressure is applied to the head clam which forces it apart.. using some Chimera speedrings or some Lumedyne ones which are thicker gauge can lead to stressing the head clam, so don't just force the fitting and don't be heavy handed. I don't expect to swing a 100x120 softbox on the neck-flange, It's not sensible. The metal body of the Lumedyne deluxe heads are better suited for that or use an adapter instead.

The new R3 upgrade for the T5d-R is useful which enables three remote T5d-R's to be controlled in any mode and whilst I have the Trio and Pilot for control, I find that I mostly use the CoPilot as a controller. The CoPilot will control 3 groups in TTL or Manual, or mixed and is really small.

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Hmmm... Sorry. Thanks for the correction!

So, to correct my ignorance, is there a T5 series model that has the hot shoe mount? Now I'm curious. The lady said she was using T5dRs, so I assumed she knew what she was talking about, and had no reason to question her.

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T5D-R is "handle mounted" and does not have a shoe.  So the screw from a tripod or camera bracket will screw right into it.  You either need screw type lightstand or a bracket.

The TRIO is the only shoe mounted Quantum flash.  The Pilot, a headless TRIO, is also shoe mounted.

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The hotshoe on the Trio grips like a limpet as long as you tighten it up.. you did tighten it up if it was a Trio did you ? 

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Sam Carleton wrote:

I have owned Lumedyne for a long, long time and I LOVE it,

If you already have Lumedyne packs, the X5d-R heads will fit those with a Lumedyne>Quantum adapter.

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UKphotographers wrote:

Sam Carleton wrote:

I have owned Lumedyne for a long, long time and I LOVE it,

If you already have Lumedyne packs, the X5d-R heads will fit those with a Lumedyne>Quantum adapter.

I misstyped, I was really asking about the X5d-R, not the T5d-R.  I want the one that goes to 400w/s.

Is my impression correct that both units work with modern TTL of Canon and Nikon?

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In reply to Sam Carleton, May 9, 2013

With an appropriate 'D' adapter fitted for hotshoe use or remotely with an FW7Q for radio, or a Qnexus for IR, both the T5d-R or the X5d-R will operate with Canon or Nikon TTL.

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Yes. We tightened it up, but it self-loosened. There's a collar that pulls the shoe foot into the flash, rather than the more common tightening nut that clamps the shoe to the foot. The work around was to use a cold-shoe with a screw clamp. IIRC, I talked her into (read: gave her my) Stroboframe shoe until she could send them in for repair.

I thought it was a novel design, but something must have gotten stripped inside the flash.

Again, I apologize for assuming this was the T5dR. I'm not that familiar with these flash units. Thanks for pointing out this must have been the Trio. Between the foot issue, and the bulb seemingly spontainiously ejecting, I have to say that I'm not impressed with the build quality, but I was impressed by the volume and quality of light produced.

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