Most significantly the collaboration will introduce a common shared wireless operating system, sharing the same radio signal between Elinchrom and Phottix lights, controllers, and receiver units.
Sekonic will also provide support for wireless triggering and group control for Phottix and Elinchrom lights, as well as remote power control for the Elinchrom lights.
Engineers from the 3 companies are currently still in discussions on how this common radio system will be implemented, so there is not a lot of specific details available just yet.
Initially though Phottix will collaborate with Elinchrom to produce the next generation of Skyport transmitter units, which will include enhanced features and pre-sync firing signal for high shutter speeds (currently called Over Drive Sync in the Phottix system).
With 3 parties involved in the collaboration, Phottix could not comment further at this stage on how the radio systems will be integrated.
Though with Phottix already heavily invested in the Odin TTL radio system (already built into the Indra 360 / 500 TTL and Mitros+ lights) it only stands to reason the Elinchrom units will likely adopt the remote manual and pre-sync components of the Odin radio system.
Phottix currently have dedicated Odin TTL radio systems for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR’s.
Sekonic will produce a version, or versions, of their 478 series Litemaster Pro flash meters.
For Phottix these will provide remote firing of individual groups of flashes. And for Elinchrom lights, remote manual power control as well.
This will provide significant advantage for Phottix Odin / Indra / Mitros+ system users, as these currently have less than ideal light meter support due to the pre-flashes built into the TTL based system.
(That is provided the new collaborative radio system is actually built around the current Odin system).
The Phottix Indra 360 and Indra 500 TTL lighting systems will also provide support for the Elinchrom accessory mount, allowing a large range of Elinchrom light shaping modifiers to be used with the Phottix lights.
Its currently not clear if this will be through an add on adapter, or if the Indra will Include a direct Elinchrom mount option.
Either way Phottix have confirmed that they will also continue with the current S-type mount for the Indra lights.
More details from the new alliance should become available over the coming months.
This may be just the start of what is to come in the future though, as the three company’s leading in their area of expertise look to pool their resources into exciting new collaborative products.
Phottix – Press Release
Elinchrom – Website
Sekonic – Website