Connecting the flash unit to your camera:
Each AlienBees™ ringflash unit arrives with the SCABR 12-inch sync cord
for hardwired connection to your camera. The cord connects to the flash unit on the unit’s back control panel (1/8-inch sync plug), then connects to your camera’s PC-sync outlet. This outlet may be labeled “PC sync,” “PC terminal,” “X-sync socket,” “external flash connector,” or “flash sync terminal” – the label varies by camera manufacturer. If your specific camera does not have a PC outlet, we offer a hot shoe adapter
that fits in the standard ISO hot shoe of most cameras to enable PC-connection. For additional flash/camera synchronization options, see the information below about remote controls.
Each ABR800 arrives with our universal camera mounting bracket, designed to accommodate most popular professional and semi-pro cameras with its wide range of adjustments. With the adjustable camera platform, you can attach your camera to the bracket and slide it in and out of the ringflash center hole to find the position that best suits your specific camera/lens combination. Side to side adjustments can be made along the platform as well to center your camera lens while the bracket itself adjusts up and down along the ringflash mounting post to accommodate large camera bodies and battery packs, supporting cameras with a 1 to 4.75-inch distance from lens center to camera base. The ringflash center chamber accommodates camera lenses measuring up to 4 inches in diameter.
: The universal mounting bracket includes a standard Paul C. Buff™ light stand mounting block, compatible with most standard light stands having top couplers up to 5/8-inch. The ringflash may all be used on our Paul C. Buff™ LS1100
: The universal mounting bracket also includes a 1/4-20 threaded socket for use on standard tripods.
: For portable, battery power we recommend the use of our Vagabond
Portable Power Systems.
: The ringflash may be used with both our LG4X™ wired remote control
and our CyberSync
system (compatible with both the CST transmitter
and the Cyber Commander
). As the ringflash is a generation one Paul C. Buff™ light, it may be used with either the CSR
receivers, but not the CSXCV transceiver.
: The ringflash is designed for use with both the MU30 30-inch Moon Unit
and MU56 56-inch Moon Unit
, with all associated Moon Unit accessories, in all possible configurations (both aim-through and off-camera).
: The ringflash arrives with an off-camera umbrella adaptor fitting standard umbrella poles up to 3/8-inch in diameter. When using an umbrella (with the umbrella adaptor), the ringflash may not be used in aim-through mode as the adaptor fills the center hole space. Note:
the 86” PLM™ umbrellas are NOT recommended for use with the ABR800.
: The only reflector that is compatible with the ringflash is the 10-inch ring reflector supplied with the unit. The ABRHG20 20º grid
fits inside this reflector. No other Paul C. Buff™ reflectors or grids may be used with the ringflash.
Gels and Filters
: The ABRW/DF6 set of six warming and diffusion filters
are designed for use with the ringflash, held in place by the raised center retaining lip positioned along the inside ring of the diffuser. Our standard gels and filters (CF6, CF20, WF6, UV6, DF6 and ND6) will not cover the face of the unit.
: One AlienBees™ Ringflash unit can be carried in our ABRBAG AlienBees™ Ringflash carrying bag
(with the diffuser, reflector, cords, mounting block and room for other small accessories). The ringflash may also be carried along with various Moon Unit™ setups in the MUBAG Moon Unit™ Carrying Bag
Replacing AlienBees™ Ringflash Components
: For future replacement needs, each ringflash unit arrives with two half-circle ABRFT10MM flashtubes
. These are user-replaceable tubes that may be purchased and replaced individually or as a pair, arriving with instructions for replacement. The unit also arrives with a set of eight 10W modeling lamps
, also user-replaceable and sold as a replacement set. Other flashtubes and modeling lamps may not be substituted.