Image #1 Sky Kicker … Nikon D800, ISO200, 1/2000 at f8, Nikon 24-70mm lens, WB 3750K, Elinchrom Quadra with Standard “S” Flash Head, Sport Reflector and Full CTO Warming Gel, Pocket Wizard FLEX TT5 with HyperSync used as Transmitter and Receiver, Manfrotto Lightstand, SanDisk 32G Extreme Pro Flash Card.
Q… Hi Dave, I am a huge HUGE fan of yours and hope to meet you in PSW this Sept in Vegas. I’ve watched all of your Kelby One training videos. Since I have the Elinchrom BRX 500 strobes I’d prefer to use them vs. investing in bunch of additional SB 910s. Is there any way to use my BRX 500 strobes for on-location high-speed/hyper sync shooting? (Obviously, I know I’d need a Vagabond power pack.) I know I need the Flex TT5…for the camera…correct. For my strobes, I currently have the Elinchrom SkyPort – which does not support high speed sync. Thank you Dave!
A… Hi Katharine.
Thanks for your patience regarding my reply…catching up after a long road trip. Thanks also for the very kind words, and glad to hear you are enjoying my video classes on KelbyOne. Please come up and introduce yourself at PSW in Las Vegas.
Wow, multiple questions…OK, here we go. Answers to your questions can be found in my latest KelbyOne video class called: 3 Ways to Light Up Sports Action www.kelbyone.com Several strobe (flash) systems are demonstrated including Speedlights with High Speed Sync, and Elinchrom flash systems with Pocket Wizard FLEX TT5 HyperSync system.
Let’s begin with your SB-910 Speedlight question. Yes, Speedlights can be used for High Speed Sync sports action flash photography. High Speed Sync is activated in your Nikon D4s camera, but not on the flash unit itself. It’s located in the Custom Settings Menu under Bracketing/Flash…set this to 1/250s (Auto FP). Now, any time you go above 1/250 of a second shutter speed with flash it will activate High Speed Sync.
I use the Nikon SU-800 Commander to fire my REMOTE Speedlights off camera and often use the RadioPopper PX system to fire them over great distance and in bright sunshine.
As for your other question regarding the NEW Elinchrom BRX 500 flash units and Skyport system… The Skyport system does not accommodate any HyperSync mode. The Pocket Wizard FLEX TT5 system does have HyperSync (flash sync speeds above 1/250). Success with the FLEX TT5 and HyperSync seems to hinge on the flash head “Flash Duration.”
The slower the Flash Duration of the flash tube the better the performance with the HyperSync system. I believe that the BRX 500 flash head has a fast (or short) flash duration…about 1/1500 at full power. This might make using HyperSync mode with the FLEX TT5 less successful than using a Quadra or Ranger with the Standard “S” flash head, which has a slower flash duration.
This next answer involves some experimentation on your part… You’ll need to test your BRX 500 units with the Pocket Wizard FLEX TT5 while using HyperSync. All photographers must calibrate their own FLEX TT5 system to their own Flash Systems. Only by making your own test will your discover how fast of a shutter sync speed is possible.
Well, hope all this technical jargon helps shed some “light” on your questions. Watch my NEW KelbyOne video class 3 Ways to Light Up Sports Action www.kelbyone.com… it’s a 2 hour plus instructional-demonstration video but answers to your questions, and many more, are in there.
Great questions Katharine…thanks for asking. Dave