Control Broncolors from a flash meter with Gossen DigiSky update

The Gossen DigiSky flash meter has received a firmware update enabling radio control of Broncolor photography lights, adding to existing Elinchrom & Phottix support.

Gossen DigiSky light meter

Photographers using Broncolor just got another labour-saving device for their workflow. They can now trigger and even remotely adjust their lights from a flash meter.

The DigiSky is a high-end exposure meter from Gossen, fitted with a radio that can configure 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?” some¬†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 steady¬†demand for dedicated light meters, possibly with some 21st-century features.

Gossen DigiSky light meter

“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 lose¬†heart: the DigiSky can trigger the affordable Phottix Strato II¬†2.4GHz receivers as well.

The Gossen DigiSky is available now for $470 (£323) from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Adorama, B&H and others. To download the new firmware free, or for more information, visit the Gossen web site.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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