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The ELB 400, your best friend for a trip to Indonesia

Elinchrom’s philosophy is to manufacture equipment that corresponds to each photographer’s needs. This makes Elinchrom’s equipment very user-friendly and reliable.

© Peter Van Heulen
The Rotalux Octa 135, the Portalite Square and the Skyport HS transmitter

 

The Gear

For this on-location shoot, I used the ELB 400, a strong, robust and portable battery pack. I went to Sulawesi, in Indonesia to shoot portraits and different cultural sceneries.

My light shapers are the Rotalux softbox Octa 135, the Portalite Square, the reflectors included in the To Go set, and the EL-Skyport Plus HS transmitter.

I need an equipment that is strong, reliable, small, lightweight and weather resistant, and that is why I choose the ELB 400 pack.

 

The Experience

After a few days trying to adjust to the local temperature and overcome jet lag, I was ready to visit Kendari, the East area of the Island. It is a very traditional region with no tourists, no accommodations, no restaurants, and where nobody spoke English. My goal there was to photograph the local Bajo tribe and get a sense of their lives and traditions.

 

© Peter Van Heulen
A Street scene in Bajo village - ELB 400 and Portalite
© Peter Van Heulen
Fishing woman cooking in her home - ELB 400 and Rotalux Octa 135

The local community lives in small wooden houses. It was very exiting to photograph such places. I took my Portalite Square with me for the photo shoot. Making pictures with flash inside definitely helped bringing up color and contrast. To obtain a soft light, I added a diffuser within the softbox.

© Peter Van Heulen
Cooking longtong - ELB 400

The advantages of flash

In Indonesia, sunrise and sunset only take half an hour. The light can quickly become hard, so you’ll need an artificial light to fight against the high contrast and color bleeding.

© Peter Van Heulen
Welder in action - ELB 400 and Portalite

The harsh conditions and the ELB 400

The ELB 400 is easy to carry around, along with the light stand, lamp head and softbox. I shot these photographs during rain season, when heavy rains come and go. I did not always have time to get the equipment covered. Once, the top of the ELB was filled with water. But despite the rain and humidity, the equipment kept on working.

© Peter Van Heulen
Make hard light soft with flash

Bright daylight, no problem

We organized another shoot in traditional clothing. I wanted to showcase the beauty of landscape with the model featured in a costumed dress. I used the flash to underexpose the background and obtain more contrast and color in the sky. I’m very fond of this set up, with a wide angle lens.

During my trip, I was able to make almost every kind of picture possible. The ELB is such a compact and small unit, that it was very convenient during this trip.

© Peter Van Heulen

Peter's To Go Set

Peter's To Go Set

  • ELB 400 Dual Pro To Go Kit

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    ELB 400 Dual Pro To Go Kit

    EL10420.1

    Save big while supplies last!

    Original Price: $2,209.99

    Built to be as portable as possible and weighing only 0.28 kg (0.62 lbs.), this head not only packs well but it is mountable in situations that would be impossible for a full-sized flash head. It also integrates a daylight balanced LED modelling lamp that produces the equivalent of 50W of tungsten light output.

    The Pro designation denotes the system’s head which offers good flash duration but can also be used - to some extent - for Hi-Sync with the optional EL-Skyport transmitter Plus HS.

    This set includes the latest EL-Skyport transmitter Plus. A strong and robust design which enables photographer to simply trigger and adjust flash power up to 200 m (656 feet) away, optimize reception by its swivel functionality and is powered by AA batteries. It also includes a high quality bag dedicated to location which is fully adaptable to your needs.

  • Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon

    $249.95More infoAdd to cart

    Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon

    EL19366

    The Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter Pro for Canon represents the latest evolution in Elinchrom's venerable wireless ecosystem. It combines compatibility with three generations of transceivers and flash heads with cutting edge features like Hi-Sync flash sync speeds up to 1/8000 sec two way visual feedback and TTL with Manual Lock.

    Two Way Visual Feedback Interface
    The large LCD display of the Skyport HS features two-way control via a Visual Feedback Interface that lets you see the exact power of every light in your setup right on the transmitter. The individual strobes show up automatically on the screen, and users can control each light's power level and modeling lamp settings directly from the Skyport transmitter or on the strobe itself, which instantly shows the updated power settings.

    Hi-Sync and HSS
    Go beyond the X-Sync of your camera with two different flash synchronisation technologies; Hi-Synch and HSS. Hi-Sync is optimised for power and while HSS is easier to use and more consistent. The Transmitter Pro uniquely integrates both Hi-Sync and HSS so photographers can simply access sync speeds up to 1/8000s to freeze motion, overpower the sun, darken backgrounds, or use a wider aperture for a shallow depth of field.

    Hi-Sync is only achievable with Hi-Sync enabled flash heads and the Transmitter Pro must be used in manual mode while HSS only works with TTL enabled units with the Transmitter pro in either manual or TTL mode.
    Note: both technologies may be used simultaneously when the Transmitter Pro is in manual mode. (ex. ELB 1200 with Hi-Sync + ELB 500 TTL with HSS)

    Impressive Wireless Range
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro has 20 channels and 4 groups that can be used for either Normal or Speed mode, and a wireless range of 656' outdoors and 196' indoors. Users can instantly distinguish what sync mode they are in since the backlit display glows green for normal sync mode, and red for speed sync mode.

    Compatibility
    The Skyport Transmitter Pro is compatible with previous generations of Elinchrom flash units including the EL- Skyport Transceiver RX module for Style RX, Digital RX, and Ranger RX systems and the integrated EL-Skyport modules for the BRX, D-Lite RX, ELC Pro HD, and ELB series. The Skyport Transmitter Pro adds synchronization capability and two-way control functionality to all Elinchrom lights with EL-Skyport capability.

    User Updatable Firmware
    Designed to be a future proof, users can update the firmware of the Transmitter Pro via included mini usb cable. Current Skyport Plus HS owners can update to full Pro functionality via a free firmware update on Elinchrom.com

    $249.95
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  • Portalite Softbox 66x66cm

    $129.99More infoAdd to cart

    Portalite Softbox 66x66cm

    EL26129

    Ideal for head and shoulder portraits, products or for use in small spaces. The catch-light can be similar to windows. The EL speed ring and rods are designed to give good stability and quick assembly.

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  • Rotalux Softbox Octa 135cm

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    Rotalux Softbox Octa 135cm

    EL26184

    Very popular among beauty and fashion photographers, as they prefer the round catch-light given by this softbox. You can make yourself a great folding beauty dish just by removing the front and inner diffusers and adding one of the optional deflectors. 

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