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ElinchromSkyport SPEED Transmitter
 
4.3

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (38)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Reliable (23)
  • Packs small / compresses (20)
  • Strong construction (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality (14)
  • Unreliable (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (20)
  • Family photos (16)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Portraits (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

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

 

Shoe breaks easily

I have the original Skyport transmitter (not made any longer) and this new SPEED variety. The SPEED transmitter has a completely different chassis design, and the shoe breaks very easily. My first...Read complete review

I have the original Skyport transmitter (not made any longer) and this new SPEED variety. The SPEED transmitter has a completely different chassis design, and the shoe breaks very easily. My first one broke after a year. The replacement then broke within two weeks. It keeps snapping where the foot assembly meets the transmitter body.

As a hard working wedding photographer, I need tough gear. These Elinchrom SPEED transmitters are too weak. I know you might see one bad review and decide to ignore it. Trust me - don't ignore this review. The receivers (separate product) are also weak. My assistant has broken those as well.

Otherwise, range is fine for my needs. Functions are also fine. I'll be switching to the new PocketWizard X.

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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

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        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

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                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

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                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

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                  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

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                  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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                  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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                          2.0

                          Shoe breaks easily

                          By HunterPhotographic

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable
                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                            I have the original Skyport transmitter (not made any longer) and this new SPEED variety. The SPEED transmitter has a completely different chassis design, and the shoe breaks very easily. My first one broke after a year. The replacement then broke within two weeks. It keeps snapping where the foot assembly meets the transmitter body.

                            As a hard working wedding photographer, I need tough gear. These Elinchrom SPEED transmitters are too weak. I know you might see one bad review and decide to ignore it. Trust me - don't ignore this review. The receivers (separate product) are also weak. My assistant has broken those as well.

                            Otherwise, range is fine for my needs. Functions are also fine. I'll be switching to the new PocketWizard X.

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                            1.0

                            Manure

                            By Woly

                            from Rockville, MD

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Unreliable
                              • Weak Construction

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                                This transmitter is manure. I read the instructions. I am not new to studio triggers, but I couldn't get this to do anything. Not even trigger my Elinchrom BRX 500, let alone change the power levels on it. Maybe mine is completely defective. Use Pocket Wizard. Also came brand new with a bunch of scratches on the top. This thing sucks.

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                                5.0

                                Great and Easy to Use

                                By Erik

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                                  This product works perfectly with my 2x 500w lights and I have not had a problem.

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                                  3.0

                                  Works alright but fragile

                                  By CraigHead

                                  from Boulder, CO

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Unreliable
                                  • Weak Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                                  Well I have to say this works ok *most* of the time. I frequently have one or many lights not trigger. I recently had an assistant rip the Skyport off the hotshoe. While I know this was a mistake I wish the hotshoe fitting material on the skyport was metal instead of plastic. My Nikon flash is metal and for good reason!

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Elinchrom accessory

                                  By mba12

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                                      I use this as a transmitter with new Elinchrom BXR moonlights and it works wonderfully. It attaches easily to the hotshoe and it works right out of the box with the default settings.

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