Connecting the flash unit to your camera:
Each White Lightning™ flash unit arrives with the SC standard 15-foot sync cord
for hardwired connection to your camera. The cord connects to the flash unit on the unit’s back control panel (1/4-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 White Lightning™ X-Series flash unit must be securely mounted to a light stand for use. The stand mount on each unit is compatible with most standard light stands having top couplers up to 5/8-inch and may be used on our Paul C. Buff™ LS1100
light stands as well as our our MBA Baby Boomer™
: For portable, battery power we recommend the use of our Vagabond
Portable Power Systems.
: The X-Series units may be used with our CyberSync
system (compatible with both the CST transmitter
and the Cyber Commander
). As the X-Series are generation one Paul C. Buff™ lights, they may be used with either the CSR
receivers, but not the CSXCV transceiver. The units may additionally be used with the LG4X™ wired remote control
as well as older Paul C. Buff™ remotes incorporating the telephone cord connection (such as the retired RR1 RadioRemote One). The units are compatible with most other third party triggering receivers (such as the PocketWizard®). A 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch non-attenuated mini male mono cord such as our CSSC-WL
is required to connect the receiver to the X-Series unit.
: Each X-Series unit has an umbrella shaft that runs along the top length of the unit housing, fitting standard umbrella poles up to 3/8-inch in diameter. It may be used with the PLM™ system (both the current model and previous models) as well as retired Paul C. Buff™ umbrellas. With the PLM™ system's on-axis speedring mount may be used as well.
: The faceplate on each X-Series unit has four holding fingers that expand and contract to hold speedrings for softbox and octabox attachment. The unit may be used with any of our foldable softboxes
as well as retired models of Paul C. Buff™ softboxes and octaboxes. When using softboxes by other manufacturers, you will need to get a Paul C. Buff™ compatible speedring.
: The four holding fingers on the faceplate also expand and contract to hold various reflectors. Each unit arrives with our 7AB/R 7-inch silver reflector
for general use and is additionally compatible with our 8.5HOR 8.5-inch high-output silver reflector
, the 11LTR 11-inch long-throw reflector
, the 22HOBD
beauty dishes, the 22RLR Retro Laser
, the UBR background reflector
and the 7UR reflector
. The UMF LiteMod Unit Mainframe
(and its associated accessories) may also be used. If you wish to use honeycomb grids, the 7-inch grids
(HG10, HG20, HG30, HG40 and the HG4X set) are compatible with the supplied 7-inch reflector.
Gels and Filters
: Our standard gels and filters (CF6
) may all be used with X-Series units, used with the LiteMod
system or with the 7-inch reflector
(using the small nylon clips provided).
: One X-Series X800 or X1600 unit can be carried in our PCBBAG Paul C. Buff™ single-light carrying bag
(with the shipping cover, reflector, cords and room for other small accessories). All X-Series units (X800, X1600 and X3200) can be carried in the longer WLBAG White Lightning™ single-light carrying bag
. For consideration of travel cases from other manufacturers, the X-Series X800 and X1600 dimensions are 11.875" length (including the shipping cover) x 7.125" height (from the top of the umbrella screw to the bottom of the light stand top coupler, folded back underneath the unit) x 4.6875" width. The X3200 measures 15.625” length x 7.125” height x 4.6875” width.
Replacing White Lightning™ Components
: For future replacement needs, the flashtube used in each X-Series unit is the AWFT14MMUV flashtube
. This is a user-replaceable tube arriving with instructions for replacement. The modeling lamp used in the unit is the 250W modeling lamp
, also user-replaceable. While other flashtubes may not be substituted, other wattage modeling lamps may be used with the X-Series if a lower wattage bulb is desired. The bulb must have a standard, medium Edison-type base and may not exceed 250 watts.
For additional questions about White Lightning™ compatibility, please contact our customer service team.