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| p.1 #17 · PCB cyber commander with alien bees? |
is the user interface on the cybercommander as bad as what some folks are saying?
There are lots of options, and that's what makes it confusing. If you try to create a saved configuration for every likely lighting setup you might use, yeah, that would be complicated.
I use up to six lights. I programmed them all into one set-up with the role of the light identified by channel. For instance, channel 1 is main light (modeling light on, no track), channel 2 is fill light (modeling light off), channel 3 is hair light (modeling on, no track), channels 4 and 5 are accent lights with identical settings, channel six is backlight.
I plug lights in as I need them. If I'm only using a main and a fill, I plug lights into channels 1 and 2. If I'm using a main and a single accent light, I'd plug lights into channels 1 and 4. CC doesn't care if the other channels are unoccupied.
In use, I just switch to the live channel, thumb up or down as needed, and take the picture. Integrating a flash meter into the unit was a stroke of genius.
The only grip I have with the CC is that the indicator bars are too small for my middle aged eyes, but I have less trouble seeing it than the menu on my camera. It needs an adaptive indicator that expands the image appropriately for the number of lights it's set up for. The old Buff Radio Remote 1 was large, but you could manipulate the buttons with gloves on and see the settings from across the room.