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ElinchromSkyport SPEED Transmitter
 
4.0

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (44)
  • Easy to use (43)
  • Reliable (29)
  • Packs small / compresses (22)
  • Strong construction (8)

Cons

  • Poor quality (19)
  • Unreliable (7)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (22)
  • Family photos (17)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Portraits (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (22), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Important Information !!!

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...Read complete review

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....

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Weak where it mounts your to the hotshoe

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...Read complete review

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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1.0

Not very happy

By Mike

from Lehigh Valley Pa

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

We are having all kinds of issues with these. We have two transmitters. They do not fire the lights half the time, even being 10 to 20 feet away from them and as a wedding photographer, we have missed some great shots because of this. And in some cases, the D Lite RX 4 lights (have 3) will fire without the triggers, even when changing the channels to not catch another trigger somewhere sending a signal. We think it could be a firmware issue but the web site is so bad at helping you with even knowing if a firmware upgrade is available or if so how to do it. Contacting the company on their site is impossible and they make it very difficult to get help. How about a help icon with a quick way to send a message to customer support.

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5.0

Works Very Well

By Glenn of Stuart

from Stuart, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Studio Work

    Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

    This is my second Transmitter and both worked well. I like the positive connection to the camera vs. the transmitter that I got with my original D-Lite 400's. This style came with my BRX500's and it was a big upgrade. The ability to control the lights from the camera eliminates the up and down game with the lights.

    I had to purchase another transmitter because I was shooting tethered, got my big foot caught up in the cable which then pulled the camera off a low table. That snapped the connector on the transmitter. Surely not a problem with the product. Oh yes, I did the same thing with a laptop!

    What we need is FAST wireless tethered shooting.

    Net/net, good product and reasonably priced unlike everything else you need to work in a studio.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By CarAuction1

    from Indiana

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Antenna Somewhat Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Studio Automotive

    Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

    We use this with our Canon 70D and lights with no issues. We love the remote capabilities to change light settings.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Poor product!

    By Mortg

    from Reston, VA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use
      • Unreliable
      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

        I have had significant issues using this product. The challenge has been syncing the transmitter to the Nikon D5500 hot shoe. The transmitter feels inexpensive and there fore the connection is dubious. I have used other transmitters and almost all are superior to this one. I have it because I use the D2 4 light kit which has receivers built in and would need to buy both to replace this transmitter which I may still be forced to do. I have returned one transmitter and am considering the same on the cheap plastic sky port.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Works great!

        By Daphnee

        from Stamford, CT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

            Works perfectly! Happy with my purchase.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Unit works well but breaks easy

            By Erick

            from USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

            I have 3 units. Two from the first design and one SPEED. The SPEED that came with my Quadra is finally broken by the hot shoe mount. I had to stop using flash in the middle of a very important commercial shoot.

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            • No

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            1.0

            EL-Skyport trigger cannot fit into camera hot-shoe

            By photog666

            from Brisbane, Australia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

            Just bought 2 Elinchrom BRX 500 flash units. But the trigger EL-Skyport cannot mount to both my Nikon and Canon camera hot-shoe. The base is simply too big to be inserted. Well we are talking about Swiss technology so famous for precision and durability.

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            3.0

            Just buy the warranty

            By Robo

            from West Virginia

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

            This transmitter is pretty reliable but it is very easy to break. The piece that connects to the hotshot is not very solid. I have broken two and started getting the warranty after the first one broke with just a slight hit of my hand. I would definitely recommend having a back up otherwise your shoot is over when it breaks.

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            3.0

            Bought used, died in 3 months

            By A K

            from USA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Elinchrom Skyport SPEED Transmitter:

                I bought this used from B&H. It died shortly after the 90-day used warranty period. My other skyport equipment works fine.

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                • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                              • No

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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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                                • No

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