Einstein 640

Started Dec 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
pursang Regular Member • Posts: 232
Re: Einstein 640 + CyberSync questions

Timzee wrote:

As I'm starting to look at options for a new studio, I'm finding some great info in this thread about the Einstein and related PCB accessories. To be sure I understand how it all works, I've a few questions:

The CyberSync trigger vs. the Cyber Commander: To start, if you have more than one Einstein E640, do I understand correctly that one could benefit from using both of these? The CyberSync Trigger on camera to fire the E640s and the Cyber Commander off camera to view and adjust the E640s paramaters?

Can the CyberSync Receiver Plus be used to control our existing Alien Bee 800s & 1600?

If using the Cyber Commander, do I understand correctly that although our older Bees woud work with the CyberSync Receiver, the Einstein E640s would display more information?

Willing to spend the $$$ for an optimum system but at the same time want to make sure whether just adding elements to what we have now would be a good option.

Hi Timzee,

I only speak about equipment I've owned and used extensively, so  I cannot answer your questions about anything other than Einsteins and Paul's Cyber gear: http://www.paulcbuff.com/cybersync.php

I use his CyberCommander to control all of my lights. The only things you cannot control from the remote are the frequency setting and the channel. Makes sense that you can't control those. I use his CyberSync Transceiver in each Einstein. On top of my camera I use his CyberSync™ Trigger Transmitter because it's much smaller than placing the CyberCommander on top of my camera.

By having a CST in each Einstein I am able to control each unit individually or in groups. You can control up to 16 Einsteins from the Commander. I wear the Commander on a lanyard around my neck so it's always close at hand. I have not ever used his Bee line so I cannot speak to that. I do know that being able to control all of the functions except for those I sighted above is a real time and profanity saver. Since my studio sessions are always shot in Union shops and people are often flown out from cities around the US for the shoot, my clients appreciate the efficiency using a remote for lighting control offers. If the Art Director wants something different in terms of lighting or mood, I can often adjust it right from my position. Of course when Paul develops remote control light stands then I'll be all set! I have voice activated light stands now, they're called assistants!

Best of luck.


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