Manual high speed sync on location with the Pixel King for Canon

Richard from theflasher.eu has kindly sent in some examples of hypersync being used out on location with the Canon version of the Pixel King.

Following our studio test exceeding X-sync with the Pixel King for Nikon, Richard from theflasher.eu has kindly sent in some examples of manual high speed sync being used out on location with the Canon version of the same trigger.

(NB: “HyperSync” is a trademark of PocketWizard. The process Richard describes below is not “HyperSync” but Pixel’s own form of super-X-sync flash triggering.)

“Just yesterday I went to the beach with a friend and we tested out the hypersync function using an old Sunpak potato masher flash that takes 6 AA batteries. No lighting mods were used but I will try next week with a small softbox. The trick with Hypersync is to set the flash to full power and connect via the PC sync socket. All the pics used the Sunpak flash in Hypersync mode and some of the images also incorporated an additional Sigma 500 DG Super in TTL FP mode. So it’s quite a versatile set up.

“Note: I find the Kings temperamental if the batteries aren’t fully charged.

“Here are some photos.

  • Camera: Canon 40D
  • Lens: Canon 100mm f2 and 24-105 f4
  • Exposure: Iso 100, shutter went between 1/1250 and 1/2000 second. Aperture between f2 and f4 depending on the lens.”

Be sure to take a look at Richard’s blog, theflasher.eu, where he shares behind-the-scenes details and lighting tips from his work as a professional wedding and architectural photographer.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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