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Ikelite EV Manual Controller questions

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So I'm considering getting a DS51 with manual controller to use as a remote strobe, but I have a few questions for anyone that owns the EV controller.

 

1) What is the length of the cord that goes from the EV controller to the strobe?

2) Is this cord a normal sync cable, or is it different, or not removable from the controller unit?

 

Thanks!

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Cord is about 22 inches (56 cm) long. The end that conects to the strobe is the normal 5-pin Ike configuration.

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Cord is about 22 inches (56 cm) long. The end that conects to the strobe is the normal 5-pin Ike configuration.

As above.

 

Also one end is hard wired to the unit. There is also a bulkhead to connect to housing (std ike bulkhead). You can't do ttl through it but it will let you use the housing controls for 1 strobe and the controller for the other (in manual) so you can vary the outputs of the strobes when using a dual sync cord. Also hardwired cable is straight not coiled.

 

Duncan

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Thanks, sounds like the Ikelite sync cable extension might be useful in that case.

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Dave,

 

The EV controllers are very, very sensitive; they detect a slave flash from many feet away. My brother-in-law has one on his rig and he can't be anywhere near a shot I'm taking without triggering his strobe. Try one before investing in an extention.

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Dave,

 

The EV controllers are very, very sensitive; they detect a slave flash from many feet away. My brother-in-law has one on his rig and he can't be anywhere near a shot I'm taking without triggering his strobe. Try one before investing in an extention.

Yep, Had great fun when a friend was using one with a compact, I could trigger it from a long way off. You can detune it by partially covering / hooding the sensor.

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Thanks jlyle, good to know they're sensitive, but I'd be using it for a remote strobe inside caves and wrecks, so would sometimes need enough cord length to position a strobe around a corner with the EV sensor in view of the on-camera strobes. If they're anything like the slave sensors built in to my Inon strobes, line of sight will still be required.

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Thanks jlyle, good to know they're sensitive, but I'd be using it for a remote strobe inside caves and wrecks, so would sometimes need enough cord length to position a strobe around a corner with the EV sensor in view of the on-camera strobes. If they're anything like the slave sensors built in to my Inon strobes, line of sight will still be required.

 

I could trigger it swimming along in shallow water and strong sunlight (over sand) whilst 6 m behind my friend ...

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