Elinchrom are not resting and are giving a nice fight to Prophoto and Broncolor. Today Elinchrom are releasing two new products: a new Quadra flash head for the ELB 400 and Quadra series, dedicated to Hi-Sync photography and a matching Skyport remote. This system, while providing the ‘regular’ features of the ELB system has a strong emphasis on Hi-Sync mode.
Quadra HS Head
The new Quadra HS Head is compatible with the new ELB 400 system and boasts 424Watt/seconds output, which is pretty decent even when shooting outdoors.
It’s flash duration varies depending on the power (port) used and is 1/550 at full power or 1/1100 at 33%. But what is more interesting is that this head can work with the new skyport radio trigger to support hi sync speeds of up to 1/8000 seconds. How is that for overpowering the sun? Elinchrom notes on their PR that “The HS designation denotes the system’s optimized head for Hi-Sync photography such as high shutter speeds or overpowering the sun and limits to a minimum the gradient effect.”
Modeling light is achieved with a daylight balanced 50W equivalent LED
Here are the specs:
- Maximum Watt/seconds: 424
- F-stop at full power: 90.0 (at 1m, 100 ISO, reflector 48°)
- Flash duration Port: A 100%: 1/550, Port B 33%: 1/1100
- User replaceable flashtube: Yes
- Changeable reflector: Yes, Quadra mount
- Full range of Elinchrom accessories: via the Quadra reflector adapter
- Circuit protection: Yes
- Interchangeable cable: Yes
- Modelling lamp wattage Daylight LED: 50 W tungsten equivalent
- Modelling lamp on/off switch On separately purchased pack
- Fan cooled: No
- Dimensions: 8.0 x 7.5 cm (3.1 x 2.9”) without folding stand mount or reflector
- Weight: 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs)
EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS
If the HS head head is where the power is, the Skyport HS radio trigger is the brains. It supports everything you would expect from a radio trigger (groups, power feedback) but it gets the HS in its name for supporting up to 1/8000 high speed sync, with Elinchrom claiming to add 2 full stops of light when the system is used. Range is 200 meters (outdoors) or 60 meters (indoors), and if you have an older skyport trigger, you can still use it in combination with the Skyport HS (although without the Hi Speed Sync).
Lastly, the first release wave (today) support Canon and Nikon and Elinchrom promises to follow up with a Sony compatible remote next.
Here is the video that Eli released to get you drooling over the system
And a few photographs to show what is possible with the new system: