Cyber Commander™ controls and displays virtually every parameter of a complex studio flash setup of up to 16 light units, including the relative flashpower and modeling lamp brightness of all of the lights, from 1.56 to 6400 Ws per light. For each Paul C. Buff™ light connected, it provides an exact digital readout of the flash wattseconds, t.1 flash duration, color temperature, modeling watts, and the relative flashpower using the European standard numerical 0 to 10 scale (automatically adjusting as changes are made in output). Additionally, it displays the actual camera f-stop (in whole f-stops) of each light (or of all lights or of any particular group of lights) from a built-in high accuracy flashmeter that allows setting ISO and exposure time and exact calibration from your lights to your camera.
Cyber Commander™ allows control of parameters from the camera position, including the status of recycle beepers, slaves, modeling lamps, and even power adjustment. It enables manual bracketing of individual lights or a group of lights in precise 1/10f digital steps, while automatically updating the meter reading and power levels. For setups containing lights with different wattsecond ratings and model lamp wattages, the Cyber Commander™ will adjust proportionally, allowing you to maintain deadly accurate what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) preview.
The unit displays the light name and version for each connected light – accommodating a combination of AlienBees™, White Lightning™, ZEUS™, and Einstein™ units as well as speedlights and flash units by other manufacturers – allowing you to name individual lights as well with names like “Left Main” or “Hair Light.” It stores and retrieves over 50 complex lighting setups on an inexpensive Micro SD card (included).
Cyber Commander™ offers 16 light channels and 16 user-selectable frequencies within the 2.4GHz band for complete freedom from interference or misfiring and from other photographers with radio systems. Extreme signal integrity is assured via 256 bit state-of-the-art encoding, and its extremely low delay of 1/4000 second allows sync speeds as short as 1/2500 second on compatible cameras. It will not, however, support High Speed Sync (HSS/FP).
Cyber Commander™ is the heart and soul of our CyberSync™ family of ultra-tech radio remote control components. This advanced binary-encoded system, designed by Paul C. Buff™ and made in America, incorporates superior technology with a high degree of error security to assure freedom from false tripping. The system employs 16 selectable operating frequencies within the 2.4GHz band to allow rejection of interference signals as well as interaction from other photographers who might be using radio controls in the area. Our testing indicates a usable range of up to 400 feet, depending on obstructions such as walls or adverse conditions such as metal buildings, bodies of water, etc.
The unit runs on a pair of standard alkaline or lithium quick-change AAA batteries (two included with each unit).
The Cyber Commander™ mounts on the hot shoe of your camera, syncing with your camera so that the cue to fire is sent when your camera shutter is pressed. All parameters are controlled using the joysticks on the face of the unit.
With the CyberSync™ system, the Cyber Commander™ serves as the transmitter at the camera position, and each light in the setup requires its own receiver. The Cyber Commander™ can be used with all CyberSync™ receivers for the purposes of remotely firing units, but for adjustment of flashpower and control of all other parameters, either a CSR+ and/or CSRB+ receiver is required for each light (or CSXCV transceiver with each Einstein™ unit)..
||2" width x 4.75" height (including antenna) x 0.75" depth
1.5" x 2" LCD screen
||1" width x 3.1" height x 0.6" depth
|CSR / CSR+ Receivers
||2.25" width x 4" height x 1" depth (plus 10” cord)
||1.375" width x 4" height x 1.125" depth
||1.75" width x 4" height x 1.25" depth
||1" width x 2.75" height x 0.375" depth
|System Frequency Range
||16 frequencies spaced 2MHz apart, from 2.427GHz to 2.457GHz
||secure 256-bit binary encoded packet, with validity verification
||1/4000 typical delay from closing of camera contact to receiver sync output signal
|Battery Life - Cyber Commander™
||6.5 to 8.5 hours under normal use with premium alkaline batteries (uses two AAA alkaline or lithium batteries)
|Battery Life - CST2 Transmitter
||2 years under normal use (uses lithium coin cell CR2032 battery - 3VDC, 240mAH) *more common battery to find
|Battery Life - CSRB and CSRB+
||approx. 200 hours on-time with premium batteries (uses two AA alkaline or NiMH batteries)
||less than 4VDC at camera with Cyber Commander™ and CST2 Transmitter; receivers withstand up to 300VDC from a connected flash unit
- the SC-CST 2.5mm to PC cord
- 2 AAA batteries
- a MicroSD card (inside the Cyber Commander™ unit)
- NEW! our BUFF™ lanyard necklace for wearing the Cyber Commander™ around your neck
- your Cyber Commander™ instruction manual
**removable plastic film over screen
With the CyberSync™ system, the Cyber Commander™ serves as the transmitter at the camera position, and each light in the setup requires its own receiver
. You can choose between our CSR, CSRB, CSR+ and CSRB+ receivers.
When used with the CSXCV “transceiver” receiver
(on Einstein™ units) and the CSR+ and CSRB+ receiver
(with all Paul C. Buff™ flash units), the system is capable of flashpower adjustment and control of all other parameters.
When used with the CSR and CSRB receivers
(with all Paul C. Buff™ flash units), the system is only capable of remotely firing units. These receivers are designed only for triggering.
The CST Trigger Transmitter
may be used in conjunction with the Cyber Commander™ as well. Many photographers wish to use both as this setup allows you to hand hold the Cyber Commander™ for adjustments and easy flashmeter readings while the CST can remain in your camera’s hot shoe for triggering. When using the Cyber Commander™ together with the CST, you can keep the Commander handy by using the provided BUFF™ lanyard (included with each CC) that allows you to wear it around your neck.
If the CSR+ or CSRB+ receivers are connected to your lights, all grouping and other functions established by your Cyber Commander™ will be honored when the system is fired from the CST. The CST will only send a signal to fire and does not adjust flashpower.
The Cyber Commander™ base fits standard ISO hot shoes. This is the common hot shoe found on most cameras. If you need to use an adapter they can be found at Flash Zebra
. For cameras that cannot establish contact through the use of a hot shoe, the provided SC-CST cord can be used to hardwire connect the unit to your camera’s PC outlet.
For additional questions about compatibility, please contact our customer service team.
Version 50 firmware updates:
||November 14, 2013
For this update, you will need:
- optimization of battery life (decreasing power draw in sleep mode)
- MicroSDHC card compatibility and Mac card formatting capability (AFTER the update is performed)
- all previous firmware updates are included (click here for more)
- a standard-capacity MicroSD card (2GB or less in size)
- a memory card reader capable of accepting MicroSD cards
- new batteries for your Cyber Commander™ remote
Do I need an update? How do I know which version I have?
- Downgrading is NOT possible after the version 50 update is performed.
- Do NOT attempt to load the firmware more than once or if V50 is otherwise already installed. If you already have version 50 firmware or if you are uncertain as to whether or not the update was successful, do not attempt to update the firmware again - contact us for help.
- AFTER the firmware update is performed, the updated Cyber Commander™ unit can accept both MicroSD cards (up to 2GB in size) and MicroSDHC cards (up to 32GB in size). Please note that the use of a MicroSDHC card is only permissible AFTER THE UPDATE. To perform the update, you must use a MicroSD card (2GB or less in size).
Remove the batteries in your Cyber Commander™ unit and reinstall them. The firmware versionwill flash on the bottom of the screen for approximately 2 seconds. If you missed it, call us and we’ll help determine your version.
Follow our Download and Installation Instructions here.
Read all instructions before beginning this firmware update. Even if you have updated the firmware on your Cyber Commander™ unit before, please review the instructions for this update as some steps have changed and there are special requirements that are specific to this update.