Last Updated on 10/19/2015 by Chris Gampat
All lifestyle images by Michael Clark and Tristan Shu.
Editor’s Note: We made a mistake. the new unit is capable of doing High Sync. HS is comparable to HyperSync from Pocket Wizard. But the effects are roughly similar.
For the first time in a very long time, we’re seeing a major update to the Elinchrom Skyport radio triggers. The new one is called the Elinchrom EL Skyport + HS and it’s a brand new radio trigger capable of achieving HS (Hi-Sync) with the new Elinchrom Quadra HS head–also being announced today.
The new Elinchrom Skyport + HS trigger has a range of 200 feet and comes in both Canon and Nikon flavors. Elinchrom also states that a Sony version is on the way. This trigger controls the Quadra HS, which connects to a battery pack that can output 424 watt seconds of power. Comparatively, that’s a bit weak when compared to Phottix, Interfit and Profoto.
The Elinchrom Skyport + HS will retail for $249.95 USD, and there is no word on how much the flash head will set you back yet.
Tech specs and sample images are after the jump.
Elinchrom Quadra HS Specs
Maximum Watt/seconds 424
F-stop at full power 90.0 (at 1m, 100 ISO, reflector 48°)
Flash duration Port A 100%: 1/550
Port B 33%: 1/1100
User replaceable flashtube Yes
Changeable reflector Yes, Quadra mount
Full range of Elinchrom accessories via the Quadra reflector adapter
Circuit protection Yes
Interchangeable cable Yes
Modelling lamp wattage Daylight LED: 50 W tungsten equivalent
Modelling lamp on/off switch On separately purchased pack
Fan cooled No
Dimensions 8.0 x 7.5 cm (3.1 x 2.9”) without folding stand mount or reflector
Weight 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs)
Elinchrom EL-Skyport HS Specs
• Large LCD with unique, real-time display of remote flash power settings
• Easy access buttons and Digital Dial for fast setup and control
• 20 Channels*, 4 Groups for Normal and Speed Sync Modes
• Hi-Sync, up to 1/8000sec with Canon and Nikon cameras
• Extended working range up to 656ft (200m)
• AF Illuminator and sure-lock mounting foot
• USB port for future-proof upgrades
The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS is currently available for Canon and Nikon (with Sony to follow).
EL19366 – EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon
EL19367 – EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Nikon
Street Price: $249.95 USD / €249 EUR / £199 GBP
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Channels 40; (20 in Normal mode – green / 20 in Speed mode – red)
Groups 4: 1, 2, 3, 4
Flash synchronization 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
Connection Foot for Canon hotshoe (19366) and Nikon hotshoe (19367) Mini-USB for firmware updates 2.5 mm 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.
Buttons: Group selection, test, rotation ring to change values, confirmation, on/off and refresh. There are also 4 buttons with variable functionality:
Power +/-, Modelling lamp off/prop/free, Individual unit selection and setup on the dashboard. Menu up, menu down and exit in the setup menu.
Dimensions 84.1 x 68.3 x 58.5 mm (3.3 x 2.7 x 2.3”)
Weight 120 g ( 0.27 lbs.) without batteries