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Connecting Paul Buff lighting equipment

Connecting Paul Buff lighting equipment to the Raven

There are now two options on connecting Paul C. Buff lighting equipment to the Raven. We will start with connection through the PocketWizard Brand using the PocketWizard PowerMC2 receiver, and then connection through the Buff Brand using the Paul Buff receivers.

 

Using the PocketWizard Brand

To connect your Paul C. Buff Einstein flashes to the Raven using the PocketWizard Brand, you will need to use the PocketWizard PowerMC2 receiver plugged into the top of either an Einstein or Digibee flash units. 

  • From the Raven's Zone Control Display, swipe from the top to bottom. 
  • This brings you to the Quick settings Screen.  Tap on the bottom icon to select your flash brand. 
  • Now scroll through the 1st options and select Wizard, then tap Check
  • Then tap on Center-1
  • Here you will set your channel from channels 1-20 based on the channel with the least amount of RF Noise. The more green, the less amount of RF Noise. Tap on Check when finished 
  • Then press the Back button to return to the Zone Control Display. 

Now you can set your channel on the Einstein unit via the Einstein’s built-in LCD. 

  • To set the channel, press the Einstein’s Function button until the Channel selection box is highlighted
  • Then change channels with the Adjust buttons.  The Einstein's LCD will display C-TL 01. If your radios have been upgraded to the E Release firmware, you will need to use the ControlTL Channels between 1-20 
  • Press the Function button again to specify a zone. You can only specify zone A, B, or C.

You are now ready to start shooting

*When using the MC2 with Nikon FX sensor camera bodies, and FX lenses, you might need to set your XSync speed to 1/200th.  This will switch to the FP/HSS sooner and avoid a tiny bit of clipping when using 1/250th on some Nikon cameras.  You can often use SyncView at 1/320th without issue.

*It is recommended to turn off all optical slaves on units using the MC2 or the Plus IIIe

*PocketWizard PowerMC2 requires E Release firmware version 4.102 or higher

 

Using the Buff Brand

To connect your Paul C. Buff Einstein flashes to the Raven using the Buff Brand, you will need to use Paul Buff receivers CyberSync™ AC Powered Plus Receiver, CyberSync™ Battery Powered Plus Receiver, or CyberSync™ Transceiver. To learn about these receivers and which receiver you need, go to https://www.paulcbuff.com to find more information.

  • From the Raven's Zone Control Display, swipe from the top to bottom. 
  • This brings you to the Quick settings Screen.  Tap on the bottom icon to select your flash brand. 
  • Now scroll through the 1st options and select Buff, then tap Check
  • Then tap on Center-1
  • Here you will set your channel from channels 1-16 based on the channel with the least amount of RF Noise. The more green, the less amount of RF Noise. Tap on Check when finished 
  • Press Back/Home button to return to Zone Control Display so you can begin taking pictures.

*Remember to set the same channel on your Paul Buff lighting receiver

*Only 3 zones (A,B, and C) are available for use with TTL.  However, you are able to mix both Manual and TTL, set in different zones, in the same shoot. 

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