ELINCHROM – Opens Skyport® Protocol To Third Parties

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Elinchrom have announced they are opening up their 2.4GHz Skyport® radio protocol to third parties.

The system previously called “EL-Skyport” will now be known as “Skyport® Protocol”.

 

“Elinchrom sees the need for photographers for a common standard.

With everyone creating their own specific wireless solution, barriers have prevented cross-branding for photographers who own different lighting brands.

By opening the EL-Skyport to third parties, Elinchrom wishes to come closer to establishing a new standard for communication in the lighting industry.”

 

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There is no mention of Phottix, who have previously announced a technology alliance with Elinchrom and Sekonic to provide a common shared radio operating system. And have also collaborated with Elinchrom to develop the current EL-Skyport Plus HS transmitter units.

Though this announcement may possibly suggest future Phottix lights may adopt the Elinchrom Skyport® Protocol, rather than the other way around (Elinchrom adapting the Odin system etc).

There is also still no mention of if or how TTL may be integrated in the future either.

 

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Elinchrom Press Release –

 

Skyport® Protocol

Press Release

Elinchrom Opens Up its Skyport® Protocol To Third Parties.

Elinchrom announces that the Skyport® Protocol will not be exclusive to their own products anymore.

 

What is Skyport

Ten years ago, Elinchrom introduced a revolutionary wireless solution for flash units.

The EL-Sykport system is based on 2.4 GHz transmission and enables simple triggering making sync cords a thing of the past.

It was also the first solution to enable wireless remote control of features, such as flash power and on/off of modelling lamp. Quickly, the EL-Skyport became a formidable tool that inspired many companies.

Today, the EL-Skyport is a trademark for reliability and is used by many photographers in the World.

Why Open the Protocol

Elinchrom sees the need for photographers for a common standard.

With everyone creating their own specific wireless solution, barriers have prevented cross-branding for photographers who own different lighting brands.

By opening the EL-Skyport to third parties, Elinchrom wishes to come closer to establishing a new standard for communication in the lighting industry.

EL-Skyport will now be known as

Skyport® Protocol“*.

Why Skyport

For photographers, Skyport® makes it simple, as photographers trigger seamlessly and control most unit settings from their transmitters.

Recently, Elinchrom also added the Hi-Sync functionality that extended creativity up to a 1/8000s and future popular functionalities will soon be incorporated.

For videographers, Skyport® is an asset. Lights can be remotely turned on and off and controlled in groups from a distance of up to 200 meters (656’).

Partners

The first companies to integrate the Skyport® Protocol in their products were Gossen with their flash meter Digisky and Sekonic with the L-478DR-EL and the newly introduced L-858D light meters.

Others will follow.

Learn more about these companies.

www.gossen-photo.de

www.sekonic.com

*Skyport® is a registered trademark of Elinchrom LTD

 

Elinchrom – Website

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1 Comment
  1. Ricardo Gomez 7 months ago

    While I think this is a good step forward, I have to wonder how good Elinchrom will support 3rd parties? How will they work to promote and nurture that community?

    I totally understand the reasoning for both proprietary and open systems. And they each have their place. Photography has been hurting badly for the latter for too long. Hopefully more companies will follow.

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