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Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver

B&H # ELSPURXTQ Mfr # EL 19348
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Product Highlights
  • Wireless Remote Control With Mac or PC
  • Control Any ELINCHROM RX Flash
  • 4 Selectable Trigger Groups
  • 8 Frequency Channels
  • 40-bit Security Encryption
  • Up to 164' (50 m) Range Indoors
  • Up to 393' (120 m) Range Outdoors

Used in conjunction with the Elinchrom SPEED Transmitter and Transceiver RX (neither included), and free downloadable EL-Skyport software, the Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver can provide total remote control of Elinchrom RX flash units, including flash power, modeling lamp on/off and flash synchronization and much more via any Mac or Windows computer. The EL-Skyport software also offers additional features, such as the programmable Flash Delay, Flash-Counter, and other control features. This transceiver does not require a battery.

Wireless remote control of all RX features and extra options with the EL-Skyport Software 3.0 (i.e. Delay Flash, Flash Stand-by, special modeling lamp features, etc.) with Mac/PC operating systems
Can control all ELINCHROM RX flash units
4 selectable trigger groups
8 frequency channels
40-bit security encryption
Up to 164' (50 m) range indoors
Up to 393' (120 m) range outdoors
Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ElinchromEL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver
     
    3.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors (4)
        • Portraits (3)
        • Studio (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Semi-pro photographer (5)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (6)

        Reviewed by 8 customers

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        5.0

        Works Perfectly For Me

        By ben_r_

        from Sacamento, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

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              Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

              Not sure what other issues or problems other have been having with this unit, but I use it with 3-4 Elinchrom 600RX units that all have the Sykport RX SPEED tranceivers in them and it works perfecly everytime. Combined with the Elinchrom software its an awesome setup. I did find that it helps improve the RF connection by moving it further away from my MacBook Pro so I use a USB extention cable to get it a little further up and away from the computer.

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              4.0

              Good product bad software

              By AKAVCI

              from ISTANBUL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Too Diffused

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                Good idea but very bad software. Elinchrom must work on it...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Serious Studio Shooters!

                By huntdog82

                from Pinehurst, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Customizable
                • Studio Essential

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                  The EL Skyport 3.1 software isn't as user friendly as I'd like but there is no better way to create workable scenarios for streamlining your workflow in the studio. This system easily allows you to adjust studio and portable strobes to accomplish whatever your lighting goals are. In addition it provides you a means to easily and accurately recreate your studio shooting solution.

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                  3.0

                  Work in progress for me

                  By Michael

                  from DC Metro Area

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great concept

                  Cons

                  • Software Confusing
                  • Weak Manual

                  Best Uses

                  • Studio

                  Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                  I have had Skyport for a few years. I added the WIFI and iPad app which works very well. Some functionality like fast sync requires this USB unit.

                  There are other factors. For example, the receivers need to have updated firmware. So, it isn't entirely straight-forward. There is a manual but the translation to English is poor and a difficult read. The software is more a collection of technical functions that isn't intuitive.

                  This tool has a lot of promise and the concept is fantastic. But, in the entire Skyport system this element is a bit weak. I plan to work with it a bit more as I find the time and I am certain that the software work once I figure out the separate functions. I especially like the idea of sketching the studio layouts and saving all of the head settings. Fantastic for improving setup times.

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                  1.0

                  BEWARE

                  By 2much2carry

                  from Monterey, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                      I had hoped to use this with my 6-7 BX 500 ri, BUT no, they are incompatible with this product in spite of what you thought otherwise.

                      As such, I have no use experience other than with the software for this unit with terrible GUI, and documentation that cannot be printed w/o consuming an entire black ink cartridge.

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                      1.0

                      Dead on arrival

                      By 2much2carry

                      from Monterey, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • DOA

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                        I have nothing to say other than about frustration. product has been returned for exchange. Not excited about the documentation.

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                        • No

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                        1.0

                        Greatly Disappointed

                        By 2much2carry

                        from Monterey, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Functional shortfalls
                          • Poor tech supportdoc
                          • Weak

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                          I want to control the light settings on 6 elinchrom strobes, 3 of which are on booms. First off the documentation for El Skyport is poor. It makes reference to Menu commands that don't exist; funtions in menus that don't work. But most importantly, it fails to communicate to the strobes. Using lates of their software and the latest from Apple. Good luck in reaching tech support: must call N.J. based Manfrotto distributor. I've never been able to get technical advice from anyone. Additionally, it will only scan for the frequency set in one or more units; my desire is to set each of 6 to a different channel, have it scan to find units, and then to give the ability, per light, to adjust the settings. I hoping that the failure of this unit to work (at all) will open new doors when replaced.

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                          4.0

                          The ultimate in convenience

                          By Andrew Luke

                          from Southern California

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Convenient
                          • Easy to use

                          Cons

                          • Signal issues - see desc

                          Best Uses

                          • Studio
                          • With tall stands or booms

                          Comments about Elinchrom EL Skyport USB RX SPEED Transceiver:

                          I ordered the standard USB transceiver but received this item, the SPEED version. I am assuming I caught them in the changeover.

                          The good: Full control of every monolight function individually from your computer. Is there really more to say? You get a little image of the back of your Style RX lights and click them just like you press a button. You can also set adjustment increments to any setting from .1 to a full stop at a time. The fact there you can adjust every light one at at time or in groups is far better than the blind group-only method using the transmitter.

                          The bad: sketchy beyond belief on Windows 7 with the software version 2.0 driver. I know this is an older software/driver design but thankfully, the version 3.0 beta (from Elinchrom's site) ships with a new driver for Windows and is more reliable. On my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6, no major issues with either version of the software (still uses the version 2.0 driver). This could possibly be an issue because mine is the SPEED version of the transceiver and the version 2.0 driver was designed for the older style.

                          With the OS X combination, the signal drops down a bit on occasion but there hasn't been a total loss of communication as with the version 2.0 driver/software on Windows 7. It would go out and not come back until I unplugged the transceiver and plugged it back in.

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