I have been looking at Elinchrom strobes. I have been mainly considering the 500 BX-Ri or 600 RX. I'm also looking the Profoto D1 Air 500. I'd like to make a decision in the next few months.
One thing I've been looking at is wireless remote controls. I really like the idea of being able to remote control the power of a strobe up high on a light stand or a hair light up on a boom. I was looking around on the Elinchrom site for details on how their wireless El Skyport system works and what it can do. I found this brochure:
From this it looks like the EL-Skyport Transmitter Speed has + and - buttons that let you increase and decrease the power in 1/10 f-stop settings. There is no display of any kind to tell you what power you have set. I suppose if you can see the LED display on the back of the strobe (not likely for a hair light) you can tell what the current power setting is.
If you get the USB Transceiver RX and use it on a Mac or PC with the EL-Skyport Studio Management Software, then it looks like you can see all the power settings and have full control of everything. From the diagram on page 2 of the brochure, it looks like the USB Transceiver RX does not work with the 500 BX-Ri. At least there is no red line from the USB Transceiver RX to the BX-RI.
Does this mean that the 500 BX-RI power can be remote controlled by the EL-Skyport Transmitter Speed, but not from the EL-Skyport Studio Management Software? Do you have to buy the 600 RX to use the Studio Management Software?
Is this Studio Management really usable or does it just get in the way?
I've noticed that the Profoto system is about the same. Just up down controls on the remote. Need to get a USB transmitter to interface with their software for more control.