Tutorial: The Elinchrom EL Skyport Transmitter Speed

August 24, 2012 · 1 comment

in Equipment,Product Reviews,Tutorials

The new EL Skyport Transmitter Speed controls basic functions of BXRI 250/500, Ranger Quadra and D-Lite-it studio lights with a built in Transceiver.

The EL Skyport Transmitter Speed has several state of the art functions, allowing the photographer to select from 8 Frequency Channels, which is handy when you are shooting in different studio areas. Selecting from the 4 Workgroups allows the photographer to adjust and synchronize individual units or groups of units.

For me, I’m more interested in simply communicating with my studio lights, without being restricted by the length of my sync cable.

1. Attach the EL Skyport Transmitter Speed to your camera and turn on the studio lights

2. Select The All switch to control all units in Workgroup 1-4

3. Use the RX feature buttons to increase or decrease the power of the lights

4. Snap away!

Elinchrom EL Skyport Transmitter Speed ranges:

STANDARD Mode

Shutter speed is limited to a maximum of 1/150th sec and the Transmitter will be able to communicate with the lights up to 60m indoors and 120m outdoors

SPEED Mode

Shutter speed is increased to a maximum of 1/250th sec and the Transmitter will be able to communicate with the lights up to up to 40m indoors and 60m outdoors

The moveable antenna optimises reception and working distance.

How to change the Elinchrom Skyport Speed from STANDARD mode to SPEED mode

To shoot in Speed mode, simply follow these steps:

1. Select Group or All mode on the Skyport Transmitter.

2. Press and hold the Test button for 5 seconds, until the LED light blinks twice.

3. You have now activated Speed mode and can increase your shutter speed to 1/250th.

To change back to Standard mode, repeat the above steps.

Remember that shooting in Speed Mode drastically reduces the distance the Transmitter can communicate to the lights.

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