Saying Good-Bye to Cardio

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DAVE’S GEEKY BEHIND-THE-SCENES (BTS) SPRINT SHOOT NOTES

I’ve been forcing myself to shoot everything everyday with the Fuji X100s to get to know it: for better and for worse.

Fuji X100s settings for this shoot: RAW capture. 3-stop Neutral Density engaged. 3x Nikon SB900’s triggered at full power via Pocketwizard’s Nikon ControlTL system (TT1 + AC3 on cam; TT5 on each SB900’s).

Fuji X100s with 3-stop ND engaged:  1//250  .  f5.6  .  ISO200

Fuji X100s firing radio flashes: 1//250 . f5.6 . ISO200

No impressive super-high sync achievable. Weird: because the other day I was getting 1/1000 sync via the same system, though it would only work for a few shots, then fail until I cycled all flashes + TT5’s off then on again.

Sadly 1/250 wasn’t quite fast enough to freeze Quin while sprinting (you can see some jitter around Quin on the previous page’s image).

But here’s the cool part and why I’m excited: I was able to control the power of my remote Nikon SB900’s via the Pocketwizard TT1’s + AC3 on the Fuji X100s hotshoe! The system was reliable for this shoot with the only mis-fires due to overworked strobes.

I should note this was a short shoot because it got *really* windy (gusting up to 70km/h).

More testing needed as this was just 1-camera with 1-transmitter firing 3 flashes all ganged on the same group. Wondering if Pocketwizards fall apart when multiple cameras trigger the same lights ….

Shoot-position control of remote flashes is most awesome for lighting Geeks like me, so color me happy … for now 🙂

Would love to hear from anyone with a Fuji X100s + Pocketwizard ControlTL for Canon – does it work for you too?

Below is a list of the gear used for this shoot. (The three strobes were mounted to the stand via a custom-made aluminum mount.)

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5 Comments

  • KB May 2, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Nice, thanks for sharing. I swear, this week I’m on the verge of switching to Canon just for their 600EX-RT rig. My RadioPopper system is not cutting it. :o(

    I know you guys have your lighting down… Not sure why these haven’t been on my radar. I love the AC3, but can’t see myself giving up that hot shoe for the need of an SU-800 or on camera flash to have AF-ILL during receptions.

    Please Dave, show me the way!

    • Dave May 2, 2013 - 8:31 pm

      Yo KB! Sorry to hear man. PX’s have been the most reliable system for us. PW hasn’t. What RP system are you using? I can try to help 🙂

  • Leslie May 17, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    Hey guys! Interested in posting your actual treadmill workout specs? Would love to try this! xoxo

    • Quin May 21, 2013 - 9:28 am

      Hey Leslie! After warmup, try setting your treadmill to incline anywhere from 10-15 (some treadmills may differ). Sprint 30 secs at your max speed (this may be anywhere from speed 7 – 12, depending on your comfort level). I usually give more time on a treadmill for the sprint interval because it takes about 10 secs to fully ramp up to max speed and at the end of 30 seconds, you’ve really spent about 20 seconds at full sprint. Rest at a walking speed for 90 seconds. Repeat this 2 minute cycle 8-10 times. Good luck and let me know know how it goes!

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