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Sekonic module for Elinchrom and more

Today a very special video.
First of all it’s the topic of the video.
For years I’ve been using a light meter and to trigger the strobes I’m using a second sky port (or Pocketwizard) to trigger the strobes and meter the light, however this is of course not perfect. Sekonic already has modules for pocket wizard, but somehow there were no Elinchrom compatible versions so I always carried the second sky port with me…

 

Until a few weeks ago someone got me an interesting piece of gear.
It’s a module that you place in the Sekonic light meter and you can not only trigger the strobes…. but you can do more, for that you have to watch the video.

 

The video is also special because it’s the first video in the “The DOORhof is always open” series.
This is a new videopodcast we are working on and will see regular releases, most videos will be short news, tips/tricks items but once every 4-6 weeks I hope to release a longer videopodcast with a guest and some interesting topics. Because this is the first video I ask you to be gentle, we will learn along the way :-). I want to give my deepest thanks to Aletta Armee for designing the intro and bumpers, you rock.

 

For more information about the DIY module read on:

 

The module is available for the following meters:
L-358, L-758, L-608, independent of european, chinese or US-version. The module could work also in L-558 and C-500, but is not yet tested.
And there are different versions:
– Elinchrom Skyport
– Hensel Strobe Wizard
– Profoto AirSync / AirRemote
– Yongnuo CTR301 / RF-601 / RF-602

 

And some of the features for the Elinchrom:
– Normal and speed mode
– Group settings
– Power regulation and pilot light switching possible (optional keys demanded)
– Standalone-Mode (e.g. for integration in third pary flashes as receiver, or remote camera release)

 

Up to now, there are only evaluation modules for testing available. But if there is a lot of interest, this could be a commercial product soon.
There is also a german blog entry on http://www.krolop-gerst.com/blog/general/sekonic-funkmodule-handmade-by-blogleser/ 

 

You can also order them from this website www.triggerwizard.de

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  • Stefan

    Hi Frank, keep the DOOR(hof) open and you will get a lot of visitors in the way you give us – your followers, bloggers, photographic friends and others – good reasons to stay connected with you!
    Thx for that and I liked your workshop last saturday in Nieuwegein very much. Always inspiring to listen to you. The only “problem” is that afterwards my head is bursting from energy and new creative ideas :-)
    Gr Stefan

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      thanks, good to hear. Appreciate it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kuys.9 Mark Kuys

    Hi Frank, i use the rx serie lights myself with the wifi module and a 758 meter, i just connect the elinchrome trigger and a pocketwizard plus2 to the lights to trigger them with the built-in module of the sekonic meter. Why would i change this???

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      Can you lower or raise the output of your strobes with that setup ?

      If so, no reason if it works.
      If not, that’s the reason 😀

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kuys.9 Mark Kuys

        Yes with the wifi module i can set up my lights and change the power on my ipad, or via my transmitter, even from the computer with the usb stick…

        • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

          Ok, but you need an iPad.
          With this solution you just press two buttons on the back of your meter, no need for laptops, iPads, wifi etc.

          If you only shoot studio and have everything setup, your solution is great (use it myself also) however in the field, or when you want to change something quick, it’s very cumbersome and you can be much quicker with the buttons in the meter.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kuys.9 Mark Kuys

            I agree with you 100%, that’s why the pocketwizard adapters for the elinchrome was an option, but in the field normally i just say what i want and my assistent sets it on the ipad or laptop, your option is super is you are alone and don’t want to walk around all the time. Normally i measure the light and walk back to my camera/ipad and change the settings, mostly that works, the strange thing is that i never use the buttons on the transmitter, mostly because i cannot see my settings on the back of the light while working with an indirect octa, on the laptop/ipad i can see the exect settings. It could be that i am too dumb to count the times i press the +/- keys on the transmitter. :-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/mark.kuys.9 Mark Kuys

            BTW thx for looking at additions that make our lives easier, it is very helpfull…

          • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

            Assistants are great, I always use them as possible.

            I normally meter the light and change it on the spot so I see the light increase or decrease on the meter.

            It’s just what you’re used to, I always want it speedy and metering and adjusting from the same spot works for me. But again I also use the other route.

  • John Morgan

    Frank,

    Where do I order this gizmo? What precisely is its name?

    Thank you,
    John

  • http://www.facebook.com/reed.mangino Reed Mangino

    As a Elinchrom/L-758 user this would be a perfect solution! Thanks Frank!

    And, for us English speakers, here is the blog post in English:

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.krolop-gerst.com%2Fblog%2Fgeneral%2Fsekonic-funkmodule-handmade-by-blogleser%2F

  • Joerg

    Hello Frank, thank you for this video. For me its the first time I saw the power regulation live.

    Just to answer a frequent question: The module itself is already assembled. The only thing to do is, to press it in your sekonic. But if you want power regulation, you need two addition buttons. The mounting and wiring of the keys is “your DIY job”, because you need to drill two holes in your battery lid.

  • Hecky

    Frank,

    Great new idea, but I’m sorry I still can’t figure out where to buy this?

    Gregg

  • Georgemon

    Agree with the others – is this just a testing idea or are there any for sale?

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      they are for sale, just follow the link in the blogpost, or use the mail address I just added.

  • Richerd Reynolds

    heh, looks like we crashed his server. I am all over this. Thanks for the email address Frank and for showing us this.
    Cheers!

  • Arie Toet

    Kijk, dit is nu eens handig! Laat me weten wanneer het beschikbaar is voor de L758!. groetjes Arie

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      Kijk eens in wat voor meter ik hem zitten 😀

  • tommy

    frank,i need you help.^^

    i have a elinchrom strobe name “400 to go”.

    and a L-758DR.

    but i can’t use wireless.

    why??

    how can i set them ??

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      You need an extra module for that, as mentioned in the blog post. It will never work without the module.
      The DR has a pocketwizard module not Elinchrom.

  • John Hughes

    Hi Frank. First I love the the series of videos you have made with the Elinchrom false system. I now have both the L478dr and just got the L-758dr as a direct result of this video. But I have had a look at the english version of the link try to bye this diy product and I can not see how. I think that turning the modelling light on an off for my and how I work would be worth it alone. I have asked Elinchrom a number of time for this function. So any help would be much appreciated. I have a set of is the pocket wizard’s is it the “ST4”, “TT1″and “TT5” I find that they do not work as well as the skyport.

  • John G.

    I have the L-758DR So, yes I am interested in getting this module! :-)

    • http://www.frankdoorhof.com Frank Doorhof

      They will start selling it later this year as I heard.

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