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Lighting / Super DIY Remote Speedlites
« on: March 02, 2013, 01:25:30 AM »
So, here's a crazy idea I had for getting speedlites that have remote controlled power on the cheap.

1) A used auto flash unit on ebay can be had for $10-20
2) Add a $3 standard volume potentiometer for full manual control
3) Control the potentiometers via either motorized pots or R/C airplane servos. I know that they make IR controlled pots for audio boards on speaker receivers for tv and stereo systems. I think an R/C servo could potentially drive a standard pot through the full range of motion. I see some remote and servo packs for around $25-$50 on ebay. One controller could potentially run 2-6 lights.
4) Trigger with remotes of your choice (In my case, Cactus V5 at ~$35 per transceiver)

So, in theory, this makes a studio of two lights cost under $100. You could even use shoe mount optical triggers in place of radio receivers for all your extra lights. You could possibly have 6 radio controlled lights for $200-$300.

So, I probably won't follow through on my theory, as radio controlling power is not a pressing need for me, but I wanted to present the theory to anyone who might be interested. It could sure make for an interesting, cheap home studio set up!

Software & Accessories / Universal Quick Release Suggestions
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:56:37 PM »
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything in the searches. I'm looking for a universal (Arca Swiss?) quick release plate and base combo. I have an Alien Bees Ringflash that I would mount the catch/base plate mechanism on. Suggest brands or models. I'm not looking to spend more than $20-30 per plate, and not more than $40 for the base mechanism, otherwise I'd go with the Really Right Stuff plates.


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