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ElinchromSkyport SPEED Transmitter
 
4.2

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (41)
  • Easy to use (40)
  • Reliable (26)
  • Packs small / compresses (20)
  • Strong construction (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality (18)
  • Unreliable (6)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (22)
  • Family photos (17)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Portraits (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Much improved!

I had to replace my elinchrom el-skyport transmitter of only 2 months (discontinued model) because it fell off the camera. This new speed transmitter is much improved with a more durable construction and...Read complete review

I had to replace my elinchrom el-skyport transmitter of only 2 months (discontinued model) because it fell off the camera. This new speed transmitter is much improved with a more durable construction and proper lock nut for the hot shoe. additionally the power indicator light is a great bonus to remind the user to turn off. this is combined with much better flush mount control buttons, auto turn off and great speed control options. Elinchrom really woke up quickly to the older units flaws and replaced it recently with this trigger. It is totaly backwards compatible to the elinchrom line of recievers, transmitters and trancievers and flash units.
I use this transmitter to fire my ranger RX strobes and with another receiver to fire my 580 EX speed-lights and slaves. It make for a great set up to on the fly switch between groups of flashes as well as control the power of my Ranger RX from the camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Frustrating but it works

I have years of experience with these units. I shoot primarily on location and in the studio during the wedding off-season. I want nothing more to change wireless systems but there's really no alternative...Read complete review

I have years of experience with these units. I shoot primarily on location and in the studio during the wedding off-season. I want nothing more to change wireless systems but there's really no alternative unfortunately since I am married to the elinchrom system. The company really needs to improve on these further. The "Speed" line seems to have been such an attempt after the first versions were introduced. Further refinement is greatly needed. I have never had ANY kind of equipment fail me and embarrass me more in front of my clients more than the skyport products. I am exhausted having to apologize because one of my units has suddenly malfunctioned or refuses to communicated with my receiver consistently or the worst is when the plastic foot on these crack because of a slight accidental bump. I believe the company is fine this build weakness because they seem to view these as disposable (as is evident in their literature/manual for their receivers regarding their irreplaceable built-in batteries). It's a good profit system - I have a whole bag of broken triggers. As stated, I've had a trigger just go "dead" (still powers on but no longer "talks" to any of my receivers), I've had the plastic feet break (AND the mini-phone plug-in die rendering the unit useless). I literally broke a foot one of these before getting my first photo taken with it. I've also had the metal contact point on the foot no longer receive electrical communication from the camera's shoe.

The range on these are questionable. I shot at a reception last night and only one of my two lights were going off when I was only about 50 feet away. It was happy to fire 100% when I was standing right next to it...

It isn't fun having to constantly re-order these. It is expensive when all added up. In the studio these talk great to my 600RX strobes. On location, where I use these the most, they have given me far more grief than enjoyment. I've looked into other products but research shows that the grass may not be so greener on the others side. Come on Elinchrom! Please improve on this trigger's weaknesses already and give us a product that will stand up to the vigorous demands of the pro!

On the positive side, if you plan on using these primarily in the studio, you can probably get away with not physically breaking these. I can't guarantee, however, any longer term health with regards to its unreliable circuitry.

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5.0

Solid Performance - Never Fails

By srferrin

from Spanish Fork Utah

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Weak Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Studio
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

This transmitter is one of the most capable I've used. It allows almost complete control over your flash units directly from the transmitter and has great range and speed.

The one thing to be careful of is that you not bump or bang it around too much while mounted to the camera. I use this transmitter with my Photography students at a High School and they have broken the mount on two of them by just being a little careless. I blame their parents.

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1.0

Defective Product

By Amata

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

    Cons

    • Unreliable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

      This Skyport came with my Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 order, but it doesn't fit onto my Nikon D610 hot shoe.

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      1.0

      Weak where it mounts your to the hotshoe

      By Trend1

      from Matawan, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

        This is the second one that broke where it mounts at the hot shoe! The first one broke after a few uses, I purchased another one thinking it was me, the new one broke after just one use at a important shoot today at the very same spot, luckily I had my PocketWizards. The screw part that holds the Skyport to the hot shoe is held by three threads from two tiny screws that holds it all together! And when it breaks you are pretty much done with your shoot unless you have a backup option. Trust me I was very careful mounting this to my camera today and was shocked that I broke it again! Sending both of them to Elinchrom today for repair. :( I added a photo and you can see the three little threads holding the whole unit together, by the way a replacement will cost you $! Poor design.

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        5.0

        It Works Well!

        By Norman

        from St Thomas, Virgin Islands

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Indoor Studio
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

        I am a die-hard Pocket Wizard fan, but when I got my Elinchrom Ranger set, I gave the Skyport system a try. For my Elinchrom uses (shooting not too far away from the subject or the battery pack), I can safely say that the Skyport never misses. I have not tried long distance triggering like I can with my Pocket Wizards, so I can't say much about that.

        For the price, Skyport gets the job done. The battery lasts forever! I don't even remember when I last changed the battery, and I have triggered my Skyport numerous times.

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        5.0

        Works as expected

        By Simcha

        from New York City

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Studio Photography

        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

        The studio setup i have is full of wires; the camera is hard-wired to my laptop, and is plugged in, rather than battery powered. My flashes used to be hard wired to the camera, but i was eager to remove some of the clutter. This device, paired with the receiver, functions as intended. What more could anyone ask?

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        4.0

        Skyport SPEED transmitter

        By JimJames

        from Alexandria, Virginia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Pack
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

          A great transmitter I use in the field with two power packs, can be utilized with different frequencies, thus if with others using same system, transmission does not interfere betwixt users.
          Of course my issue immediately was not understanding usage which required a friend (second head), to overcome a minor problem of use... Hint: READ INSTRUCTIONS AND UNDERSTAND FULLY...

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          5.0

          Fast when I need it

          By Bkites

          from Albany, OR

          Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

          Borrow a friends equipment, when I broke it I needed to replace it fast. B&H had what I need and had fast shipping not the 13-15 days other companies had. I got what I wanted fast and good quality.

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          5.0

          A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

          By JR

          from Sneedville,TN

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

            Simple to us but gives gerat results!

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            2.0

            3rd Skyport in 2 years

            By mclehn

            from Perth, Western Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

              The sky port works well , but is very flimsy. I dropped the first one and the second was lightly knocked by the person i was photographing.This caused the the skyport to sever from the hot shoe mount. I am not that hard of my gear and use it mostly for environmental portraits with the Quadra.

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              3.0

              Functions fine but poorly constructed.

              By Bored Robot

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Weak Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                Use this on location and in the studio. Seems to be quite reliable for me in a variety of shooting situations but it is a flimsy piece of equipment. Everything about it feels cheap; from the way the switches are loosely set in the housing to the antenna that seems like it might bend off whenever you flip it up. And yes I had one of these units break in the hotshoe as well….I was on location and bent down slowly to turn the Ranger unit off and my camera barely tapped into the side of the unit and the Skyport transmitter broke off. It's really a shame Elinchrom doesn't engineer this better, it may be time to start the migration to a better built system as this is the last Skyport trigger I plan on buying.

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                5.0

                Works in a flash!

                By Adjoin

                from Elmore Ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Tiny

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                  Works great with my elinchrom 4 it eliminates the need for anything dangling off of it because it uses the receiver built in!

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                  5.0

                  Important Information !!!

                  By Andy S

                  from San Diego

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                      Fantastic little trigger.

                      LED flashes once every 4 second for NORMAL mode and twice every 4 second for SPEED mode.

                      Knowing this can solve problems when you are not triggering you flash.

                      Press and hold the "Test" button for 10 Seconds to reset the trigger to factory defaults. switch to Speed mode by holding TEST button for 5 seconds.

                      Mode does not change even if battery is removed...

                      This has cause lots of photographers problems because the trigger is so simple to use, and who reads the instructions....

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                      5.0

                      Works like a dream

                      By NEP_Idaho

                      from Boise, ID

                      Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                      I haven't use it too much but so far is has worked great. I bought it for my Elinchrom light and first just bought a transmitter from my local camera store. It didn't transmit to my light at all so I took it back and ordered this transmitter and it is wonderful.

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                      4.0

                      Improved over earlier versions

                      By Peter

                      from Scottsdale, AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                      This newer version of the Skyport features a locking hotshoe connection and improved stabilty over previous versions. The ability to adjust the power of the strobe from the camera is fantastic. However, the light, plastic construction feels delicate and long-term durability might be an issue.

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                      4.0

                      Build Quality Lacking

                      By Philkphotos

                      from New York City

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                        The Build Quality on the piece is is really cheap. It feels like it will break every time i put it on the camera. Its also very hard to read because its black on black. If you have to change frequency then you will need glasses and a strong light. However it does its job quite well.

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                        3.0

                        Mechanically Great - Construction Weak

                        By deanofphotographers

                        from Raleigh. North Carolina

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                        I use this product with three monoblock heads and two Rangers. Its performance is great. Its construction is weak. This is the second one I have purchased. I dropped the first one at a wedding and it fell apart. I wish Elinchrom would place this apparatus in a sturdier container.

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                        3.0

                        Frustrating but it works

                        By Jon

                        from Canada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable
                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                        I have years of experience with these units. I shoot primarily on location and in the studio during the wedding off-season. I want nothing more to change wireless systems but there's really no alternative unfortunately since I am married to the elinchrom system. The company really needs to improve on these further. The "Speed" line seems to have been such an attempt after the first versions were introduced. Further refinement is greatly needed. I have never had ANY kind of equipment fail me and embarrass me more in front of my clients more than the skyport products. I am exhausted having to apologize because one of my units has suddenly malfunctioned or refuses to communicated with my receiver consistently or the worst is when the plastic foot on these crack because of a slight accidental bump. I believe the company is fine this build weakness because they seem to view these as disposable (as is evident in their literature/manual for their receivers regarding their irreplaceable built-in batteries). It's a good profit system - I have a whole bag of broken triggers. As stated, I've had a trigger just go "dead" (still powers on but no longer "talks" to any of my receivers), I've had the plastic feet break (AND the mini-phone plug-in die rendering the unit useless). I literally broke a foot one of these before getting my first photo taken with it. I've also had the metal contact point on the foot no longer receive electrical communication from the camera's shoe.

                        The range on these are questionable. I shot at a reception last night and only one of my two lights were going off when I was only about 50 feet away. It was happy to fire 100% when I was standing right next to it...

                        It isn't fun having to constantly re-order these. It is expensive when all added up. In the studio these talk great to my 600RX strobes. On location, where I use these the most, they have given me far more grief than enjoyment. I've looked into other products but research shows that the grass may not be so greener on the others side. Come on Elinchrom! Please improve on this trigger's weaknesses already and give us a product that will stand up to the vigorous demands of the pro!

                        On the positive side, if you plan on using these primarily in the studio, you can probably get away with not physically breaking these. I can't guarantee, however, any longer term health with regards to its unreliable circuitry.

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                        5.0

                        Speed

                        By Vision 1

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                          Relacing my old non speed trigger. Better range then the ECO trigger that came with the D_light 4_it set.

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                          5.0

                          very Happy

                          By rick

                          from Tajikistan

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                              I am pleased with the ease with which this product works, with the advice the sales rep provided and the speed with which I received the product.

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                              4.0

                              Seat it properly

                              By Abuelo

                              from Washington DC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio Work
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                                First time I mounted it on my D-700 it worked erratically, failing to fire several times. The second time, I realized I hadn't pushed it all the way into the shoe--there's a noticeable click. Mounted properly, it worked perfectly.

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