VISICO5 Studio flash Wireless Lithium battery powered system Wide output power adjustment Fast grab shots Stroboscopic flashes LED modeling lamp 2.4G build-in FSK radio receiver . Wireless power operation system . 7 f-stop power variability range from full to 1/16 . Adjustable Flash frequency reaches 20 times per second . Adjustable successive shots reach 15 shots at max. . Adjustable short flash duration from 1/1000 to 1/10000sec . Adjustable 7 pre flashes . 13Ws energy saving LED modeling lamp . Modeling light selective lighting time 5s, 10s, 15s, and 20s before auto shut off . Build in 2.4GH radio receiver with16 channels . Legible LCD readout . Built-in replaceable Lithium battery . AC power (100-240V) charging for worldwide use, and automobile 12V DC charger Table of Contents Description Introduction Safety Notes Package Contents Preparing Your Flash for Use Mounting Flash Light Release Protective Cap Installing Reflector Installing Battery Charging Battery and Charging indicator Flash Light Controls Three Kinds of Menu Modes Flash Light Output Power FP High Speed Flashes Stroboscopic Flashes Triggering the Flash Test Button Sync Connection Photocell Setting Preflashes Setting Preflashes Time Frame Setting Preflashes Block Time 2.4G Build-in Radio Trigger Group function Operating the Modeling Lamp Audible Beep Setting Recycling Indicator Low Power Indicator Auto-dump Protection Features Low Power Protection Overheating Protection Installing Umbrella Changing Flash Tube Discharge the Flash Unit Remove Old Flash Tube Install New Flash Tube How to Care for Flash Capacitor How to Care for Lithium Battery Specification Page Introduction Thank you very much for selecting VISICO5 Studio Flash. VISICO4 wireless studio flash is developed under the concept “free to shot”, integrating with operation system and power system in one unit, combining leading world high speed and stroboscopic technology, with 8 conventional breakthrough main features, using carefully selected components, adopting top of the line product configuration and humanized interface design. The studio flashes will meet your requirements for shooting in different conditions, and bring your with years of pleased photography experience. To make the best use of this product, please read product instruction completely before operation and keep it handy for your reference. Safety Notes • Do not use the unit in an environment where moisture or flammable vapor is likely to come in contact with the unit. • Do not explore any components in direct sun for a long time. • Do not restrict air vents while in use. • Do not use a unit with damaged covers, flash tubes, modeling lamps. If the unit is dropped or damaged in any way always have it checked out before using it. • Do not place flammable materials close to either the flash tube or the modeling lamp when the unit is in use. • Do not attempt to disassemble or service the unit on your own to avoid shock hazard. Only flash tubes and batteries may be replaced on your own. • Do not drop foreign objectives inside the housing. There is a risk of electrical shock. • Always use a blower brush or clean facial tissue to remove dust and moisture from the modeling lamp and the flash tube. • Always turn off the unit whenever mounting or dismounting accessories. • Always turn off the unit and remove battery before maintenance. • Always keep out of reach of children. Package Contents Your VISICO 5 wireless stroboscopic studio flash should include the following items, please check carefully. 1x VISICO5 studio flash 1x Lithium battery (included in VISICO5 studio flash) 1x LED modeling lamp (included in VISICO5 studio flash) 1x 100-240V charger for Lithium battery 1x Car charger adapter 1x Standard reflector 1x Protective cover 1x Tripod head adapter 1x 4m Sync Cord 1/ Preparing Your Flash for Use 1-1 Mounting Flash Light Select a light stand or support system of suitable weight and dimensions to ensure stable operation of the unit. Rotate knob clockwise to lock flash unit firmly on support system. VISICO4 studio flash includes a 1/4” Tripod head adapter. It is applied to fix on camera tripods or other support system with 1/4” screw. 1-2 Release Protective Cap To remove protective cap, push the latch knob back towards the rear of the unit and rotate the reflector anti clockwise. Put the protective cap aside. CAUTION: To avoid deformation of plastic protective cap, always cool down flash unit before fitting protective cap. 1-3 Installing Reflector Install the reflector where the protective cap was before. Align the three pegs on the reflector with the three slots, press the reflector in and rotate clockwise until it locks in place. Always switch off the unit before fitting and changing reflectors. Take care not to damage flash tube when fitting or removing reflectors or soft boxes. The flash tube is very delicate. CAUTION: Do not touch the lamp with your bare hands. Oil residue from your fingers can cause the surface of the lamp to heat unevenly and explode. Use white cotton gloves or a clean cloth. 1-4 Installing Battery According to the battery shape, distinguish battery direction, and then put it into battery compartment case. Press the battery until hear a clicking sound when the battery is fully installed. Switch off power before remove battery. Press down lock catch on battery and take it out. CAUTION:Always switch off the unit and remove battery before replacing flash tubes or repair the unit. 2/ Charging Battery and Charging indicator . AC charge: Insert one end with 5.5mm plug into the charging socket on Lithium battery, and the other end of the charger into a grounded outlet.VISICO4 studio flash battery charger is developed for international use within the range of AC100-240V. A fully exhausted battery reaches full power after 5 hours’ charging. Depending on the battery condition, charging hours may change. .12V DC Outlet Charging: Insert one small end of car charger adapter into the charging socket of the battery. Plug the other end of the charger into to a vehicle’s 12V outlet. Note: Please remove plug from source supply after the battery is fully charged. .Charging Indicator: The 100-240V charger has a built-in charge indicator. The LED light is red while charging, and turns to green when fully charged. The charge will cut off charging intelligently after the battery is fully charged. 3/ Flash Light Controls A LCD screen B Sync jack C Modeling lamp D Function button E Test button F Photocell G Beeper H Adjustment button I Power switch J Unbrella hole Sync jack Radio trigger signal indicator 4/ Three Kinds of Menu Modes The studio flash contains the following three different menus: . Switch on the unit, you will see the FIRST MENU with power output setting, flash duration setting, continuous flashes setting, and flash frequency setting. . After press the function button( ) for 4 seconds,you will enter into the SECOND MENU with 2.4G radio trigger’s channel setting, preflash setting, group function, modeling lamp automatic extinguish delay time setting. . After press the function button( ) for 8 seconds, you will enter into the THIRD MENU with preflash special settings. Note :The display will automatically quit from the second menu or third menu to the first menu if no button is pressed after 20 seconds, or press function button ( ) for 3 seconds. And settings are automatically stored. 5/Flash Light Output Power The max. power output of the unit is 300Ws. Output power is variable over a 4 f-stops range (5 f-stop points) from full to 1/16. It is represented by full stop increments:1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16. The power adjustment lists in the front page of the first menu. Press the adjustment ( )button will change the power. … 6/ FP High Speed Flashes The flash duration range is variable from F1 (1/1000s), F2 (1/2000s), F3 (1/3000s), F4 (1/4000s), F5 (1/5000s), F6 (1/6000), F7 (1/7000s), F8 (1/8000s), F9 (1/9000s) to FP (1/10000s). In the first menu, press function button( ),switch to the flash duration page “Fx”. Press adjustment button( ) to select proper flash duration. FP high speed flash is used to photographing a subject at nearer distance. It works together with a fast camera with a high frame rate to capture motion subject. Flash duration is 1/1000 in F1 mode…Flash duration is 1/10000 in FP mode 7/ Stroboscopic Flashes . According to one shutter signal, the unit will generate a series of fast flashes, so that there will be multiply images integrated in one picture. This function is good at photographing the trajectory of a moving object. . Continuous flash numbers is variable from 3 times, 5 times, 7 times, 10 times, 12 times, and 15 times. In the first menu, press function button( ),switch to “Multi x” page. Press adjustment button( ) to select proper continuous flash numbers. . The flash frequency is variable from 1 flash/second (1Hz),3 flashes/ second (3Hz),5 flashes/ second (5Hz),10 flashes/ second (10Hz),15 flashes/ second (15Hz),20 flashes/ second (20Hz). In the first menu, press function button( ),you are at the frequency page when seeing blinking “FREQ”. Press adjustment button( ) to select proper frequency. .In order to ensure shooting effect,you may calculate the shutter speed that you need according to flash frequency. For example, when the display shows 10Hz, 15 Multi, then the shutter speed is 1.5s. 8/ Triggering the Flash 8-1 Test button The simplest way to trigger the flash is to press the TEST button. 8-2 Sync Connection The sync jack on the flash may be used for direct connection to a sync cord or radio receiver. 8-3 Photocell . Press the photocell button to turn “ON” or “OFF” photocell. . The photocell is active when the “eye” symbol is displayed on screen. . The unit will be triggered when senses appropriate preflashes from master flashes or other nearby flash unit. This is a convenient way to wirelessly trigger your flash. . In order to enhance triggering accuracy and strengthen the ability of anti-jamming, the numbers of preflashes is able to be adjusted according to your demands in different photography occasions. It is variable from 0time, 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 times, 5 times, 6 times, and 7 times. In “tx” mode, total operation time of preflashes is able to be set from 1 to 8 seconds. And in “bx” mode, the minimum time interval between two adjacent flashes can also be set. Default setting is t2, b5. 8-3-1 Setting Preflashes In the second menu, the first page is Preflash setting “Cx”. “x” is the number of preflashes plus main flash from 1 to 7 times. Set the number of preflashes plus mainflash by pressing the adjustment button( ) Photo Cell "0" Circle with adjustment button( ) to “C0” automatic recognition mode . Use the camera –on flash and release a test exposure. The photocell detects the number of flashes the camera released and memorizes the value automatically. If no flash is detected during C0 mode, then the studio flash default to 1 preflash. Photo Cell "1" If you have selected "C1"in the procedure above, the unit will autoflash immediately when another flash is activated in the same area. Photo Cell "2" If you have selected "2" in "To Set the Photocell" above, the unit will autoflash on the second flash the photocell detects and will ignore the first preflash. Photo Cell "3" If you have selected "3", the unit will autoflash on the third flash detected by the photocell. Photo Cell "4" If you have selected "4", the unit will autoflash on the fourth flash detected by the photocell. Photo Cell "5" If you have selected "5", the unit will autoflash on the fifth flash detected by the photocell. Photo Cell "6" If you have selected "6", the unit will autoflash on the sixth flash detected by the photocell. Photo Cell "7" If you have selected "7", the unit will autoflash on the seventh flash detected by the photocell. … 8-3-2 Setting Preflashes Timeframe Press function button ( ) for 8 seconds, enter into the third menu. Total time of preflashes setting “tx” is in the front page of the third menu. “t” is the total time of all released preflashes plus mainflashes. It is variable from 1 second to 5 second, you can circle through pressing adjustment button( ). Default setting is “t2” (means 2 second). The flash light will only be triggered when all the preflashes are fired in your setting timeframe. Set the value “t” between 1-5 to ensure all preflash plus the main flash are inside the time frame. Value t 1 2 3 4 5 Time(second) 1 2 3 4 5 8-3-3 Setting Preflashes Block Time In third menu, use the function key( ) to select “bx” page to set block time between two adjacent preflashes. Preflashes block time is to set the minimum delay between each preflash. Set value from1 to 9 by pressing adjustment button( ). Default setting is b5. Value b 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Time (milisecond) 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 8-4 The Photocell is located behind the red transparent cover on the top and at the back of the unit. The photocell is very sensitive but some experimentation with positioning may be necessary to ensure a reliable trigger, particularly if the cell is not in the direct line of sight of the triggering flash unit. Avoid directly illuminating the photocell from a continuous light source (such as ceiling lights or windows)since this can prevent correct operation. Very high ceilings can also affect the operation of the photocell. 8-5 2.4G build-in Radio Trigger .The unit includes build-in 2.4G radio receiver with 16 optional channels. In the second menu, press function button( ) to “Ch x”page. Press adjustment ( ) button to set a proper channel. . VISICO 2.4G radio transmitter contains 16 independent channels. Studio flash is only triggered when transmitter and build-in receiver is at the same channel to trigger studio flash. . In order to avoid mutual interference, please assort different groups of radio receivers and transmitters with different channels. . The following pictures shows how to match code between radio transmitter and receiver correctly. (figure 1) 8-6 Group Setting .In second menu, set channel of radio receiver “CH x” the same as radio trigger. The way to match code between radio transmitter and receiver correctly, please refer to figure 1. .Press function key( ) to the “Group x” page. There are four group codes (A, B, C, D) for selection. Press adjustment( ) key to select group. This group is corresponding to the A, B, C, D groups of radio trigger. .Press PB1 button to trigger studio flashes. .Press PB2 to reduce flash output power from 1/1---1/16 .Press PB3 to increase flash output power from 1/16----1/1 .Press PB4 to control modeling lamp ON/OFF 9/ Operating the Modeling Lamp . The unit contains 13W LED modeling lamp. Press the modeling lamp button to turn the light ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’. . To save the energy consumption, the modeling lamp isn’t on all the time. It automatically distinguishes after 5s, 10s, 15s, or 20s time delay. In the second menu, press function key ( ) to the “d x” page. Press adjustment key( ) to select proper modeling lamp delay time. Value t 1 2 3 4 Delay time(second) 5 10 15 20 10/ Audible Beep Setting . You can turn audible beeper “ON” and “OFF” by pressing the AUDIO button. .The musical notes symbol will display on screen when the beeper is on, and will disappear when the beeper is off. . When the beep is active, it will sound once the flash is recycled and ready to flash. 11/ Recycling Indicator When studio flash is on charge, the charging status is indicated by a series of shaded bars. Once the flash is recycled, the numbers of shaded bars reach at maximum. When the beep is active, it will sound once the flash is recycled. 12/Low Power Indicator Lower power indicator will only appear on screen when lithium battery voltage is lower than 8.6V. It is an indicator reminding end users to charge the battery as soon as possible. 13/ Auto-dump AUTO-DUMP automatically discharges the capacitors when the power is reduced. Excess energy is automatically dumped when the flash power setting is reduced. Both increasing and decreasing the power setting generates heat inside the unit. Therefore avoid repetitive power setting changes. 14/ Protection Features 14-1 Low Power Protection Before battery power is exhausted, the studio flash will automatically make alarm, warning users to charge battery as soon as possible. If the users don’t charge in time, the flash light will cut off output power automatically when the battery is lower than 8.5V. Screen goes out at the same time. 14-2 Overheating protection Continuous rapid firing of unit for extended periods of time may cause unit overheating, and trip the heat protection circuit. When the studio flash is overheating, it will automatically make alarm. When this happens, cool down the unit to a safe level and will start working normally again. 15/ Installing Umbrella An umbrella with a handle diameter of 8 mm can be firmly secured in the umbrella holder. Firmly press the umbrella shaft through the holder, the locking knob is located on the side .Do not over tighten to avoid damaging the shaft of the umbrella. When the standard reflector is used, fit the umbrella in the hole of the reflector. 16/ Changing Flash Tube 16-1 Discharge the Flash Unit The charge in the flash unit must be discharged before removing the flash tube. To discharge the Flash unit: . Make sure the Flash unit is ON. . Push the red "TEST" button on the rear panel of the Flash. . Immediately turn off the power switch on the rear panel of the Flash. Do not allow more than 1/2 second between pressing the "TEST" button and turning the flash off. . Remove battery from power source before removing the flash tube. It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes before touching/removing the flash tube. Note: Use white cotton gloves or a clean cloth to prevent fingers from touching the flash tube. 16-2 Remove Old Flash Tube First, remove the reflector. You will need to remove the retention spring wrapped around the top of the flash tube. With needle-nose pliers, unhook the retention spring loop. Grip the base of the flash tube on each side. Carefully pull the flash tube from the flash unit. 16-3 Install New Flash Tube Make sure the power switch is off and the power cord is disconnected from the source. Locate the two flash tube pin sockets above the modeling lamp socket. Using white cotton gloves or a clean cloth, push the pins of the flash tube into the sockets using firm, even pressure at the base of the flash tube. With needle-nose pliers, hook the retention spring over the hook above the flash tube. Re-install the reflector. CAUTION:Always switch off the unit and remove battery before replacing flash tubes or repair the unit. 17/ How to Care for Flash Capacitor One of the most important components of an electronic flash is the capacitor. Following the preventative maintenance below will increase the life and the reliability of your flash. If the unit is left unused for a few months or predominantly used at low power settings,it is recommended that the power be increased to maximum and the unit left switched on (modeling lamp OFF) occasionally for at least 30 minutes to help preserve the life of the capacitors. 18/ How to Care for Lithium Battery . Charging times and numbers of flashes may vary according to the condition of the battery. . Charge the battery fully before using the unit for the first time. . After you finished use the studio flash, or before you store the studio flash, switch off the unit. . If the battery stored for long time, it will become exhausted. Always charge every month. . Do not drop the batteries onto hard surfaces, as this could expose the corrosive materials inside the battery case. . Do not attempt to incinerate Lithium batteries or expose them to excessive heat. Batteries can explode if you toss them into a fire or place them near other extreme heat sources. 19/ Specifications of Flash Lights Technical Dates Item number VISICO4 Power output 300Ws Guide number GN(2m,Iso 100)1/60 Reflector SF-610 60 Output power rang Full power to 1/16 Recycling time at Max.output power 2.5s Recycling time at Min.output power 0.4s 13 Flash duration Full power 1/1 1/250s Flash duration Min. power 1/16 1/4000s Successive flashes 3shots;5shots;7shots;10shots;12shots;15shots Flash frequency 1Hz;3Hz;5Hz;10Hz;15Hz;20Hz Stroboscopic Mode Flash duration F1 1/1000s;F2 1/2000s;F3 1/3000s;F4 1/4000s;F5 1/5000s;F6 1/6000s; F7 1/7000s;F8 1/8000s;F9 1/9000s;FP 1/10000s; Modeling lamp LED 13W, 1370lumen (energy saving) Color temperature 5500K±200K Trigger voltage 5V Low voltage trigger Triggering frequency with inner 2.4GHz remote control, 100m effecitve distance in open air Trigger methods Sync cord;Photo cell;remote control;Test button Flash tube "Plug-in" tube (user replaceable) Flash light dimension diameter 125mm x length 220mm Flash light weight 1.8kg Number of flashes at full power per charge 700 shots Power source Lithium battery Battery capacity 6000mAH, 12V Charging way Battery plug-in charging type Charging voltage AC 100-240V, DC12V Charging time 5hrs Flash light protection Overheating protection; Low voltage automatic power cut-off system Accessories F3.5mm sync cord, standard reflector, protective cap, 100-240V charger, 12V automobile charger, Tripod head adapter Charging time and number of flashes may vary according to the condition of the battery 14
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