Photographers using Broncolor just got another labour-saving device for their workflow. TheyÂ can now trigger and even remotely adjust theirÂ lights from a flash meter.
The DigiSky is a high-end exposure meter from Gossen, fitted with a radio that can configureÂ Elinchrom flash units during a photoshoot. It is also compatible with the Phottix Strato II, and thanks to a recent firmware update, can control Broncolor lights as well.
“Who still uses a light meter these days?” someÂ might ask. While handheld meters have indeed declined in popularity, there’s no such thing as a smartphone-based flash meter (yet) and for many photographers chimping just isn’t enough. Thus there remains a steadyÂ demand for dedicated light meters, possibly with some 21st-century features.
“Software update V1.18 for the DIGISKY was released in May 2014 and now also supports the broncolor RFS 2.1 wireless protocol for triggering Scoro, Move and Senso flash units and adjusting their power settings,” said Swiss lighting manufacturer Broncolor, on their blog. “This eliminates the need to actually go to the flash head or use an additional remote control.”
The device comes equipped with a retractable incident light metering dome, a full-colour TFT screen, 2.4GHz radio and PC sync port, with exposure displayed in 1/10, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments.
If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as a Broncolor setup then don’t loseÂ heart: the DigiSky can trigger the affordable Phottix Strato IIÂ 2.4GHz receivers as well.
The Gossen DigiSky is available now for $470 (Â£323) fromÂ Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Adorama, B&H and others. To download the new firmware free, or for more information, visit theÂ GossenÂ web site.