Elinchrom announces Skyport Plus HS for Sony, their most advanced dedicated Skyport transmitter is now available to Sony users. This will give them the ability to control and visualize power settings for all their compatible Elinchrom lights and the capability to shoot at speeds up to 1/8000s in Hi-Sync mode.
Visual Feedback Interface
The Large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a visual feedback interface that lets you see the exact power up to 10 compatible Elinchrom lights in your setup, right on the transmitter. Users can control the modelling lamp and power of each flash unit directly from the Skyport transmitter, which instantly shows the updated settings. This provides “two-way communication and control” for every light in your setup, right from your camera.
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 ODS (Over Drive Sync) enables users to fine tune the Skyport Plus HS transmitter”™s trigger signal to optimize exposure at high shutter speeds whilst 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. Users can also enjoy a range of up to 656ft (200m) outdoors, and up to 196ft (60m) indoors.
The Skyport HS continues the Elinchrom commitment to quality Providing photographers with tools to enhance their shooting experience whilst 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 Elinchrom flash units (those using the EL-Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems, and those with integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series.)
EL-Skyport Plus HS Features:
• Large LCD with unique, real-time display of remote flash power settings
• Easy access buttons and rotation ring for fast setup and control
• 20 Channels*, 4 Groups for Normal and Speed Sync Modes
• Hi-Sync, up to 1/8000sec with Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras
• Extended working range up to 656ft (200m)
• AF Illuminator and sure-lock mounting foot
• USB port for future-proof upgrades
Street Price: $249.95 USD / â‚¬249 EUR / Â£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 1/8000 sec.
Range: Up to 200m (656″™) for triggering
Connection Foot for Sony hotshoe (19371) Mini-USB for firmware updates
2.5 mm remote release
Power source: 2 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: 3.3 x 2.7 x 2.3 inches (84.1 x 68.3 x 58.5 mm)
Weight: 0.27 lbs (120 g) without batteries
* See the list of compatible flash units and cameras at www.elinchrom.com
Order Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Sony from B&H Photo
13 thoughts on “Elinchrom Announces EL-Skyport Plus HS Transmitter for Sony”
Great stuff, the Sony system is getting more and more feature complete!
If only Sony would support AF assist lights on external flashes. Do you know what’s the problem here?
Yes I do. External focus assist lights cause focusing errors with on-sensor Contrast AF so it was disabled. I’m not certain if that is still the case with Hybrid AF cameras, but even Hybrid AF cameras switch over to Contrast AF at apertures of F9 and smaller.
Thanks! So they should make external flashes with LED type lights, that work with CDAF, for mirrorless? The cameras do have an AF assist light, but it is always hidden behind the lens and hardly useful.
This sounds great, but as far as I know only the A7S models have mechanical shutters and in my understanding hypersync technology (or Hi-Sync for this matter) can only work with these kinds of shutter. Do you know if these will work with the rest of the Sony FE line cameras or if there is a workaround that could be used?
It works with all Sony cameras with a multi-interface shoe.
Any idea how use this transmiter with Metz 52 AF-1 sony / minolta flashgun?
This is a trigger for compatible Elinchrom flashes. It’s not not compatible with any other brand.
Marcin, it could be compatible with other brands if you connect it to the Skyport Plus receiver.
Since it won’t allow to control settings or TTL with anything other than Elinchrom flashes, there are much less expensive options listed here: https://briansmith.com/ttl-hss-flash-triggers-sony-multi-interface-shoe/
Doesn’t look like this supports TTL anyway Brian.
Also still can’t seem to order one anywhere. B&H says late summer, and can’t find it listed online anywhere (even for pre-order),
Yes, this was posted when it was announced which is often well before it ships. Likely to be priced the same as the Canon & Nikon versions.
At least , you would be able to use the Hi-Sync function with any other brands or even with speedlights if the flash is long enough.
I would NOT recommend this trigger for anything other than Elinchrom flashes as much cheaper flash triggers are available here.