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Jun 05, 2015 00:08 |  #9886

I don't use skyport transmitters anymore but never had misfiring issues with them, I think they improved those past years.


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Jun 05, 2015 04:39 |  #9887

Really Scott? Hmmm I might try them out then! I only ever thought of them as deflectors for the octa etc. Regarding the Skyports, if someone has a mobile phone nearby, I get 20% misfires easily.


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Jun 05, 2015 11:33 |  #9888

I had the same thing
anyone with an Iphone near by killed my signal with the skyport system
I started using the cell IIc with the quadras and got no misfires


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Jun 06, 2015 10:32 |  #9889

abbadon31 wrote in post #17585317 (external link)
I had the same thing
anyone with an Iphone near by killed my signal with the skyport system
I started using the cell IIc with the quadras and got no misfires

Must be an American thing rather than European as I've never had a mobile phone interfere with the Skyports, that's both the Gen 1 and Gen 2 tiggers I use. American mobiles tend to work on different frequencies to European devices.


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Jun 06, 2015 11:29 as a reply to  @ Faolan's post |  #9890

Definitely. I always shoot with 2 to 3 iphones nearby and never had misfires because of it.


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Jun 06, 2015 13:07 |  #9891

Remember not all item are created equal. They might be the same model the same brand, but made different day or month. Example: There are some good and some bad versions of the canon 24-70.

The ones that came with my quadra's both had the same problem and it was Iphone 3 and below. I got brand new trigger from Ralph and it had the same problem.


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Jun 06, 2015 14:08 as a reply to  @ abbadon31's post |  #9892

Shouldn't matter when it comes to RF interference which is what we're talking about. American phones use several frequencies and I'm not sure what the Skyports work on I think its 2.4Ghz as that's the standard WLAN international spec (and ties into the USB dongle). So WiFi and Bluetooth could interfere if there is insufficient shielding and/or US Devicies working on different RF laws.


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Jun 06, 2015 18:40 |  #9893

I'm in an area with a lot of RFI (shipping, airtraffic, military), it can be a pain in the rear.


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Jun 06, 2015 23:58 |  #9894

I started to get curious about the various frequencies used by US cell phone carriers. Apparently, they use a lot:

Apple iPhone 5/6 North American carriers: 700Mhz, 800Mhz, 850Mhz, 900Mhz,1,700MHz, 1,900MHz, 2,100MHz.

Perhaps WiFi networks are the more likely culprit since 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks use 2.4 GHz [Elinchrom Skyport transceivers transmit at 2.4GHz]. But I'm not an RF engineer, so I have no idea if this is a potential issue or not.


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Jun 07, 2015 00:30 |  #9895

Does anyone know when Elinchrom added the screw-lock to the Skyport hot-shoe transmitters?


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Jun 07, 2015 02:32 as a reply to  @ studio460's post |  #9896

The screw lock is the second gen modification along with redesigned switches, came out about 2010. The 2.4Ghz range is use by a lot of devices, Bluetooth, Wifi, Car remotes and so on it's all part of the WLAN spec.

As American frequencies yes, they can cause interface, just put it near a radio or a speaker and you'll hear the GSM tower handshake ever so often when it locks on signal or receives a message/call.


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Jun 07, 2015 18:53 |  #9897

First event-coverage test shoot with Elinchrom ECO ringflash:

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[Elinchrom Ranger Quadra ECO ringflash @ full-power + PocketWizard TT1/TT5; 33 feet from subjects @ 1/500th]

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Jun 07, 2015 22:54 |  #9898

Been using the Eco-Ring flash since 2011, I mostly use it as a fill light but sometimes I will use it on it's own unfortunately can't show those images here as they're glamour. As an axis fill it does a nice job and better than using it's bigger brother because it's smaller and less bulky.


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Jun 08, 2015 00:22 |  #9899

Faolan wrote in post #17588167 (external link)
Been using the Eco-Ring flash since 2011, I mostly use it as a fill light but sometimes I will use it on it's own unfortunately can't show those images here as they're glamour. As an axis fill it does a nice job and better than using it's bigger brother because it's smaller and less bulky.

Well, I'd love to see those someday since your Flickr images look pretty amazing. This was my second test shoot under real-world conditions (i.e., shooting strangers under time-pressure). On this high school prom-departure event I had to vary my output continuously (and, significantly, from 25-400Ws) throughout the 60-minute shoot where I encountered varying cloud cover, changing flash-to-subject distances, and differing subject reflectances. It sure made me pine for TTL capability with the Quadra set-up. However, I bought the Ranger Quadra for ultimate portability for use by a single, unassisted shooter, and in that category the RQ shines.

I was relatively pleased using the ECO ringlight as a primary source, especially given the increased 2-3 stop power output over the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight that I would typically use to cover a fast-paced event with no time for strobes on stands or heavy inverters. Having less point-source-ey looking nose shadows were also a nice plus of the ringlight set-up

As stated in both posts (above, and in the photo posted in the "single-strobe" thread), I used PocketWizard TT1/TT5 triggers instead of the built-in Skyport to attempt some above-sync flash work. Both were shot at the "longest" setting in the PocketWizard firmware which resulted in acceptable recorded flash exposure up to a shutter speed of about 1/800th on a Nikon D3s body (1/640th seemed to be right at about the sweet spot). At 1/1,000th and above, a noticeable top-to-bottom "burn fade" becomes visible where the bottom third of the frame is visibly more lit.


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Jun 18, 2015 06:09 |  #9900

How is the Elinchrom Reflektor Square 44cm?
Im wondering if I should get this one or the deep octa 100.


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