This week’s blog post will be about a purchase that I made that I think will help step up my lighting game. I have a wedding coming up in a couple of weeks that I think necessitated this purchase. I have some ideas for a number of shots that will be a lot easier to set up with this latest addition. I also have a shoot coming up with little Owen who is now 6 months old and I’ll be using this latest addition in that shoot as well. The latest purchase is the Phottix Odin remote flash system. Let me start by saying that I am not a sponsor for them so everything I am about to say is just my initial impression of the product. I actually haven’t even received it yet but it should be arriving within the next few hours. I wanted to talk about my initial impressions today and play around with it over the next week and give my review for next week’s blog post.
There are several remote flash trigger systems out there but my personal feeling is that the Phottix Odin is one of the simplest to use. It retains all TTL functions while remotely controlling power and zoom settings. The kit consists of an on-camera transmitter and control unit (TCU) and receiver units for compatible hot shoe flashes. If you use several flashes, you can organize them in groups and control the power and zoom settings for all of them via the Phottix Odin control unit. Here’s a quick rundown of the features list:
- Wireless 2.4GHz. TTL and Manual Flash Triggering
- Remote power control of groups in TTL with +/- EV adjustments (3 stops in 1/3 stop increments – 18 different levels.)
- Mix TTL and Manual flash – fire some groups in TTL, others as manual.
- Remote power control in A:B ratio modes with +/- EV adjustments
- High speed sync – shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec.
- Second curtain sync functions
- Remote manual mode flash power control
- Remote flash head zoom adjustments – auto or manual
- Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in1 and Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Triggers.
- Upgradeable via built-in USB ports.
From what I’ve seen on reviews and demos, this will be a simple, yet powerful upgrade for anyone looking for an all-in-one remote flash trigger system. I’m SUPER pumped about receiving mine and look forward to putting it through its paces and giving a detailed write-up over the next week.