Thanks! This helped me narrow it down even more. So now I'm pretty sure it's a camera setting. Jumping the ground to trigger on the hot shoe adapter triggered the strobes. It's gotta be a simple setting somewhere in the camera.
Anyone have any advice from a 5D or 5DS? I'm sure the settings aren't too far apart.
I have the Ikelite strobes and case for a Canon 40D. I've had 2 problems with the housing hotshoe connector .
1) Be sure the hot shoe connectors is inserted in the proper direction so all the contacts line up with the camera hotshoe. Mine has an arrow that points to the front of the camera.
2) When sliding the camera into the housing, be careful not to catch the connector wire on any of the knobs or controllers inside the housing. A slight mid-alignment of the connector may not fire the strobes.
Hope this helps. Good Luck!
Thanks for the feedback. I've actually tried to fire them outside of the housing with just the hot shoe connector attached while trouble shooting so I don't think it's a problem with bumping it off after inserting into the housing, although I did notice that this one is a much tighter fit than my previous model, so I'll keep an eye on that for sure.
As far as orientation of the hot shoe, it's labeled as well with an arrow and I double checked and the contacts line up right.
I'm kinda at a loss at this point. Disappointed for sure as this was a big purchase for this trip. I'm really hoping it's just a camera setting that I'm missing but I just can't fathom what it would be.