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Published on: 13 September 2018
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BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO TRANSMITTER HAS GONE BEFORE!
After 10 years and over 400,000 Skyport units sold, Elinchrom decided to not only raise the bar but also leap way over it with the launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS, (or Skyport HS for short).
The most advanced Skyport ever, it gives Elinchrom users the ability to control and visualize power settings across all their lights directly from the Skyport transmitter plus the ability to shoot at speeds up to 1/8000s in Hi-Sync mode.
In The Box
New Visual Feedback Interface.
The Large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a new Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. Users control each light’s power level and modeling lamp setting directly from the Skyport transmitter, which instantly shows the updated power settings.
This provides unsurpassed levels of “two-way communication and control” for every light in your setup right from your camera.
Hi-Sync opens up the world of flash photography to explore even further.
Elinchrom Hi-Sync technology lets you go beyond the X-Sync of your camera. Photographers can simply switch to Hi-Sync mode and access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds or use a wider aperture. The new ODS (Over Drive Sync) enables users to fine tune the Skyport plus HS transmitter’s trigger signal to optimize exposure at high shutter speeds while gaining up to 2 more f-stops of light.
The Skyport HS has 20 frequency channels that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode. The transmitter attaches easily and securely to the hotshoe with its one-touch quick-lock mechanism, and is powered by 2x AA batteries. It also features an integrated AF Illuminator for faster focusing and a mini-USB socket for firmware updates. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in as the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.
They can also enjoy a range of up to 656ft (200m) outdoors, and up to 196ft (60m) indoors.
The new Skyport HS continues the Elinchrom commitment to quality; providing photographers with tools to enhance their shooting experience while also showing how Elinchrom is looking firmly ahead to the future. The Skyport HS represents a seamless extension of the EL-Skyport family since it is also compatible with the three previous generations of flash units (including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX,
Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems, and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series.) The Skyport HS adds synchronization capability and “two-way control” functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.
The Skyport HS is the first in a long list of exciting engineering collaborations with design partner, Phottix and allows Skyport to boast the best quality, reliability and range ever available.
|Frequency Band||2.4 GHz|
|Channels||40; (20 in Normal mode - green / 20 in Speed mode - red|
|Groups||4: 1, 2, 3, 4|
Normal: Limited to the native X-sync of your camera
Hi-Sync mode: up to a 1/8,000 sec.
2nd curtain sync: only Canon
|Range||Up to 200m (656') for triggering|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
Foot for Canon hotshoe and Nikon hotshoe
Mini-USB for firmware updates
2.5mm remote release
|Power Source||2x AA Batteries|
|Indicators and Controls||
LCD screen display:
Sync mode, group, channel, ODS activation, HI-Sync activation, shutter mode, remaining battery power, flash unit name, flash unit ID, flash unit power level, flash unit modelling level.
Group selection, test, rotation ring to change values, confirmation, on/off and refresh. There are also 4 buttons with varible functionality:
Power =/-, Modelling lamp off/prop/free, individual unit selection and setup on the dashboard. Menu up, Menu down and exit in the setupmenu.
|Dimensions||84.1x68.3 x58.5mm (3.3x2.7x2.3")|
|Weight||120g (0.27lbs.) without batteries|