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Caler (Jinbei) ECv Studio Flash Setup Guide

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Are you thinking about purchasing your first lighting kit?

Have you just purchased the 500w kit?

Is this your first studio lighting kit?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, this post is definitely for you!

My name is Charlotte Graham. I’m a photographer living and working in Manchester, UK. I have been lucky enough to receive and try out, both Caler Jinbei Flash Kits from Photogeeks, that they are now currently stocking.

Firstly starting with the 500w I will take you through a step-by-step guide on how to set your kit up.

My initial impressions from this kit are very good. Its colours are black and red, which personally I like. I shoot canon so it fits in nicely with that colour scheme. The overall look and feel to the equipment is very smart, well-made gear. The bag itself has all the essential attachments; Wheels, zips, feet, handles. The whole kit is extremely portable, each piece of equipment has its own compartment in the bag, keeping it nicely cushioned and ensuring that everything packs down to a much smaller scale.

Lets start with what’s in the bag

As shown in the image above you will get; 2 500w flash heads, 2 cables, 2 softbox’s with bags, 2 bulbs, 1 trigger and 2 stands.

Now if you already own a varied amount of flash heads you will be pleased to know the cables are your standard kettle lead. This is fantastic news as you can plug them into many other flash head makes. This makes things easier when you have a big set with a lot of lights and cables.

So first things first, lets set the stand up.

The stand themselves feel very sturdy, they have grips also which is handy on location.

TIP - when this line is level with the ground your stand is at its most sturdiest.

As you can see in the image, the base is level to the ground. However these stands are far from flimsy and can easily hold a light and 35x24”softbox at a higher angle.

Next, attach the light securely to the stand

To do this; simply slip the end of the stand into the hollow piece on the bottom of the flash head. Once it has clicked into place make sure you tighten the light to the stand. Do this by tightening the nob, until it can no longer turn.

The left lever is to change the angle of the flashgun itself. You can tilt it all the way back, angling the light towards the sky.

Or you can tilt it down angling the light towards the floor.

Now that your flash head is securely fastened to the stand, it’s safe to take the safety cap off. It’s a good idea to keep this cap on when you’re not using the flash or when you’re transporting it.

To do this push the small tab (next to the ECV500 logo) and twist the cap off.

You will notice the flash bulb is already on the light however you will have to put the modelling bulb in. *Modelling bulb is there so you have a constant light on your subject. However the flash will work without it. Luckily photogeekswill provide this bulb in your pack. Once you’ve fitted the modelling bulb in, your flash head will look like this

Almost ready to go…


You will want to put some kind of diffuser attachment onto your light. Without this your flash will be less than pretty.

In this lighting kit you will get 2 90x60cm softbox’s. These are awesome. You can create so many varied looks with these. Which is why every studio has one.

Now there is a manual to help you set this up. However a few straightforward steps here will probably save you time dismantling it and starting again.

There are four struts. (One strut is special)

You will use these as the shell that holds the whole box together.

This part can be tricky. Lace the strut along each edge and fit it into the pocket at the end.

Seems easy enough…

That’s before you introduce this piece.

Now the smaller circle is the side that connects to the light. So that side will face out the back, the larger side faces into the soft box.

There are four edges with holes that will hold each strut in place. Start with the three that are the same and gently force each strut into its connecting edge. Don’t be scared though the struts are very flexible, they can take it. As you connect the struts the pressure will start to build in the centre making each one that little bit extra tricky.

That’s when our special strut comes into play

Place this one last as it has more leverage. The side pictured above is the end that connects into the metal plate.

By the time the fourth one is in place your box should have taken form. See image

Now attach the smaller diffuser sheet by the metal rods to the tabs on the inside of the box.

Finally for the softbox, put the front of the box on. This attaches by Velcro nice’n’easy.

Clip the box onto the flash head. The soft box has the same connections as Bowens. Brilliant if you have anything Bowens or with a Bowens connection.

Slide the three prongs into the connecting holes on the front of the light. Once the box is pushed back as far as it can twist the whole box to the left or right until it clicks. It is now securely attached to the light.

To take the softbox off, pull back the same tab you used to take the safety cap off.

The Caler lights themselves are brilliant they have a USB port, which is not something a lot of flash heads offer. The dials are really user friendly with pictures to help. The lights are industrial enough, that they won’t get knocked over by a slight breeze. However they are modern in the simplicity and weight.

Without the trigger You can just plug the cable straight into the back of the light and you are good to go.

If you are using the Jinbei TR-A9 digital trigger, you will want to plug that into the light first.

The series of images below help depict the order for you.

Overall I think this kit is a great addition to any photographers bag. With its size it’s very versatile and can accompany you on any shoot. (With power) Especially when you see how much the kit is selling for, it’s a no brainer.

Okay go and shoot!

My next few Blog posts will be centered on the new Flash Kits Photogeeks are stocking. The next Post will be a step-by-step tutorial for the Caler (Jinbei) ECv

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