August 12. 2015 21:58
Photography lighting companies Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic have announced they are teaming up to launch the ‘most revolutionary lighting control system ever’.
Each of these companies have their own domain they dabble in, but the hope is that through this alliance photographers will more easily be able to create a unified workflow, even across different brands.
The press release announcing the partnership notes design engineers from Phottix and Elinchrom are working on bringing ‘enhanced features’ to the next generation of Skyport Transmitters, specifically hyper-sync functionality (the ability to use strobes at a faster shutter speed than a specific camera is otherwise capable of). Likewise, owners of Phottix’s Indra lighting systems will soon be able to natively use Elinchrom light modifiers.
Sekonic is getting in on the action by partnering with Phottix and Elinchrom ‘to finalize two new 478-series LiteMaster Pro flash meters’, which will include new in-meter controls for adjusting Elinchrom lights and the ability to trigger specific Phottix lighting groups at a time.
Individually, none of these technologies are quite as ‘revolutionary’ as they seem. PocketWizard and Sekonic have had in-meter integration for years and PocketWizard has devices that can adjust lights from the trigger itself. What will eventually make it at least evolutionary is that over time this alliance will create an ecosystem of technologies that work seamlessly with one another without the need for third party triggering systems.
From the press release, it doesn’t seem like the new products are too far out, so keep an eye out and we’ll keep you up to date.