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Michael-VisualPursuit

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #90 on: August 22, 2014, 06:17:48 AM »
Okay, advancing a little.......

Connected the flash to a different system,
and it shows a drive icon called "CRP disabled".

Opening that drive it shows just one single file
called "firmware.bin".

Since there was no tool provided, I decided to
be danger seeker, copied the file to my computer
and deleted it on the flash.

Renamed the new firmware file to firmware.bin
and copied to the flash.

Switch off and on and bam! it boots to the new
firmware. That simple.

However, still experiencing misfires, still experiencing
out of sync fires, still experiencing blown out pics.

BUT: It seems that if the shutter is half pressed for
a second or so before finally shooting, these problems
are gone 80-90% of the time. So obviously half shutter
does play a role, which probably leads to timing problems.

Also, the out of sync fires seem to be without the metering
preflash - likely also a timing problem.

Let's see what the Pixels have to say about this.

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #91 on: August 22, 2014, 10:25:50 AM »
I received a reply from Pixel, and they are saying this X-650C firmware update is not for the Mago.

The flashes use the same body, though even with that the material is better quality in the Mago. The internal components are higher quality in the Mago.

They are basically testing the X-650 models on the Chinese domestic market at very low prices.

So they are likely testing the firmware updates that way as well, though it may be true that there are hardware differences in the Mago which may have compatibility issues with X-650 firmware.


So the Mago is just called the Mago, there will be no numbers like X-650 etc associated with it.
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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #92 on: August 22, 2014, 10:58:34 AM »

However, still experiencing misfires, still experiencing
out of sync fires, still experiencing blown out pics.



Michael your flash may unfortunately well have hardware issues that are causing this. The first sample I had did this, and at least one other person was having the same issue.

The latest flash I have is fine and the firmware is the same version.

You could try asking Pixel for a replacement. A couple of others have had theirs replaced, though they had more terminal issues.

Michael-VisualPursuit

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #93 on: August 22, 2014, 02:48:38 PM »
It's a few days until Photokina - I think we might swap the flash on the fairground.

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #94 on: August 23, 2014, 04:35:29 AM »
I used the Mago with the new firmware at a wedding yesterday and it all worked as expected.

I didn't see any improvements but also nothing worse. Perhaps the startup time seemed quicker????




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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #95 on: August 23, 2014, 05:22:42 PM »
I have not found anything new yet.:)
Neither positive nor negative
Flash works for me as before.

Problems that corrected this firmware is not related to my hardware. But this firmware does not fix the errors, which I discovered myself.

You get the replacement unit yet? I want to see if your exposure issue i could not duplicate is fixed.

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Thermal Protection
« Reply #96 on: August 23, 2014, 05:30:26 PM »
New Mago is on the way to Russia.

My beta Mago almost dead.
To extend the life of the flsh lamp, I completely removed the burnt Fresnel lens. 
Аnd washed the protective glass of the lamp.

I decided to continue the tests of thermal protection. :)

FW E7S 004
Full power, zoom 20mm - 15 flashes every 5 seconds.
Flash is blocked.
Display shows "Warning; Lamp Temperature"
When the temperature drops to normal, the flash automatically unlocks at the same time the alarm sounds.

Checked 4 times in a row. The result is the same.

Interestingly, the new lens will outlast 15 flashes? :)
Previous lens burned much earlier.

« Last Edit: August 23, 2014, 11:49:09 PM by WWW.YN622.RU »

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #97 on: August 23, 2014, 11:33:18 PM »
Pixel have provided this chart for the current flash model numbers / names.

The X-600 model name is no longer used at all.


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« Reply #98 on: August 23, 2014, 11:45:50 PM »
Revealed the following:
There is no difference between the zoom 20mm and 24mm.
Reflector does not change its position.
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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #99 on: August 24, 2014, 12:24:33 AM »
Somebody can give a backup of the original firmware for Mago?
I accidentally deleted my backup from my computer.

It seems to me that the overheating protection is configured differently.
I want to make comparative tests ..
« Last Edit: August 24, 2014, 12:27:15 AM by WWW.YN622.RU »

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #100 on: August 24, 2014, 12:31:25 AM »
Shoot me a quick email to michael.quack@visualpursuit.de
and I send the file asap.

Decided to go back to the original also.

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #101 on: August 24, 2014, 01:00:11 AM »
Shoot me a quick email to michael.quack@visualpursuit.de
and I send the file asap.

Decided to go back to the original also.

Danke!

Michael-VisualPursuit

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #102 on: August 24, 2014, 01:18:26 AM »
Should have just arrived.

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #103 on: August 24, 2014, 02:35:38 AM »
I recommend using the new firmware E7S 004 for X650C
Lamp temperature protection system does not work with the original firmware E7A 003.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2014, 02:42:46 AM by WWW.YN622.RU »

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Re: Pixel Mago Flash - new info and specs
« Reply #104 on: August 24, 2014, 10:56:18 AM »
I recommend using the new firmware E7S 004 for X650C
Lamp temperature protection system does not work with the original firmware E7A 003.

Is that protection what would of saved your lens?  Thanks for doing the over heat tests. I want to keep mine without a burnt lens for now.. Its gonna now live on my 20D as a backup camera and flash at events like weddings.  The few in a row full power pops. It seemed to not get as hot as all my other flashes.