February 28 2021 - A quick update on what's been going on in the world of Ian Hylands Photography.

Part One - Switching from Godox to Flashpoint

As you may know I've been a big fan of the Godox Flash gear, and I've been using and talking about the AD200 Pro flashes for a while now. They're simply amazing little flashes, slightly bigger than a speedlight, but far more versatile. A short while ago I was working on a post about the main differences between Godox, Elinchrom, and Profoto and I came to the conclusion that as a professional photographer one of the things I value most is good customer service. Hopefully I never need it, but when something does need repair I often need it repaired immediately. Godox is based in China, and so is their customer service department. I haven't had any problems with my Godox flashes yet so I have no first hand knowledge of the quality of their service, but it's definitely a concern. So before purchasing any larger more expensive flashes I decided to switch to the Flashpoint brand. Flashpoint is one of Adorama's in-house brands, and they're the exact same Godox flashes, just rebranded as Flashpoint. Flashpoint is based in NY, so hopefully if I ever need customer service there is a decent chance of things turning out well.

You can find most of the gear I use here

Part Two - Elinchrom and Flashpoint/Godox together in Hi-Sync

Shot with Elinchrom ELB 400 and Godox AD200 Pro's together at 1/250 f/4 iso 320

Shot with Elinchrom ELB 400 and Godox AD200 Pro's together at 1/250 f/4 iso 320

This second update is a bit of a tech thing. I happened to have an 'aha' moment while playing around with my Elinchrom ELB 400 and EL-Skyport Pro Transmitter. Before the advent of "smart" flash controllers I used to trigger my flashes with Pocket Wizard MultiMAX's and I could use any flash as long as it had a trigger input, usually 1/8" or 3.5mm, sometimes a household plug, or sometimes a larger 1/4 plug. I'd set the flashes up manually, and then trigger them all regardless of brand with the same transmitter on the camera. With the advent of controllers that can adjust flash power levels in groups and trigger flashes using High Speed Sync and Hyper-Sync there has been a shift to buying into only one brand of flash system. If you use only flashes from the same brand you can control them all from you camera, it's a great thing if that's what you have. However I have a combination of Elinchrom and Flashpoint/Godox flashes, and I like to use them together, which works fine at normal sync speeds. Both Elinchrom and Godox make receivers for their flash transmitters that allow you to use another manufacturers flash with their system. You're limited to basic triggering of the other flashes, no power control and no High Speed Sync, but it works and I use it as needed. My moment of inspiration was the realization that Elinchrom doesn't use HSS with the ELB 400, they use Hi-Sync, which is pretty much the same as Pocket Wizard Hyper-Sync. Instead of pulsing the flash to cover the frame with light they use a long duration flash and cover the entire frame with one long pulse. And the AD200 Pro has a longish flash duration at 1/1 power. So I plugged my AD200 Pro into my Elinchrom El-Skyport receiver and turned my cameras shutter speed up to 1/1600 and took a photo. And it worked. I needed to adjust the ODS offset on the transmitter a little to get it perfect, but I can now shoot at 1/1600 with my ELB 400 and AD200 Pro lights together!

I'll put together a proper post about this with settings and more examples soon!

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