Elinchrom EL-Skyport Question

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  1. asfixiate

    asfixiate TPF Noob!

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    I'm probably going with pocket wizards but had a question regarding skyports.

    Could I accomplish the same thing with pocket wizards as I would skyport?

    3 pocket wizards 1 attached to camera and 2 attached to 383

    2 skyports attached to 2 383 and 1 transceiver

    by 383 i'm referring to sunpak 383.

    I'm looking at
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...Skyport_Computer_RX_Remote_Trigger_Radio.html

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...Wizard_801_125_Plus_II_Transceiver_Radio.html

    3 pocket wizards vs the skyport set is more expensive but I'm leaning towards pocket wizard for the universal functionality. if my transceiver goes with the skyport I don't have tranceiver...if one of pocket wizards goes I can just use another.
     
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    There's no moving parts in any of those things, so they will usually outlast you by a long time. You could use both and really if in either case, one dies, you will need to purchase another or live with reduced functionality... which I doubt anyone would do.

    The Elinchrome transmitter I believe is $103 vs the $180 of the PWs. Its not an amount that would break anyone's bank, to be honest, but it is a significant difference.

    I would not look at it in this way, though... purchase based on your needs. If both do the same thing, choose the less expensive one. If one does more than the other, purchase the one that offers you more if it is important to you.
     
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    What triggers do you use?

    I want to stay away from cactus and anything that I will eventualyl have to upgrade...with the skyports and pocket wizards they seem ahead of the game at least for now. There's this micro wireless transceiver I saw in shutterbug mag.
     
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    Presently none, I use the Nikon CLS system.

    I really am leaning towards the Radio Poppers when they become available in Canada in a few months. Once they come out and are easier to see/look at, I will be doing research on them to finalize a choice.

    I really like the concepts of being abile to do FP up to 1/800th and iTTL remotely.
     
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    gotcha. I'm building up my hardware list as well as budget proposal and I'm finding that 5,000 is a bit conservative...lol

    Original budget was going to be 10,000.
     
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    Skyports are about half the price. The Universal set with the transmitter and receiver is about $185. That's the price of one PW. The cost of one transmitters and three receivers is about $400 when all is said in done. My Four PW's were about $800. Now that is a pretty big divide in price points for some people.

    The problem with defective units that I have seen or heard about usually come from the misadventures of the photographers. PW's dropped from 6' up, PW's dropped into water, etc... So despite the fact that the units themselves may last forever, the way you treat them can definitely drastically alter their life. And Don't say, oh, I would never treat my equipments that way. Accidents happen.
     
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    Totally understand. Thanks. I'll keep doing my research and let you guys know what I decide on. I want to stay away from generic triggers.
     
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    can I connect the elinchrom the same way as the pocket wizards? The transceiver connects via hot shoe but I can't seem to see information regarding the receivers.
     
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    Same way. 3.5mm miniphone plug to whatever flash you're using.
     
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    as always thank you sir.
     
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    That's for three receivers too. The universal kit comes with the transmitter and receiver and the 208 is for two more receivers. That's enough for four flashes.
     

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