Review: Phottix Indra 500 TTL

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This is the review that almost didn’t happen; and we have pretty much no one else to blame but ourselves.

The Phottix Indra 500 TTL was announced back during Photokina 2014, and we got our test unit back in December. Phottix’s reputation is associated with delivering products that are affordable, reliable, well built, simplistic, and effective. And when the company stated that the monolight included TTL capabilities with both Canon and Nikon cameras in one monolight plus lots of creative controls offered with other lights, it seemed like an immediate win-win situation.

Then the unit came in: and what I didn’t know at the time was that my 5D Mk II was slowly on its last legs. Additionally, we didn’t know that the first version of the Odin trigger (used the transmit and control the light) didn’t work so swimmingly. Instead, we switched to the Canon Rebel SL1 and the Canon 6D–additionally we used the Odin version 1.5. When these switches were made, we had pretty much no problems; which a high emphasis on pretty much.

We played with the Phottix Indra back around Photo Plus 2014, and found it to be a great deal. In a single package you get a light that is both AC and DC capable, has TTL transmission for both Nikon and Canon (with the possibility of Sony coming), manual light control, stroboscopic mode, an adjustable modelling light, ports for other transmitters like PocketWizards, and a well built body.

Despite how incredible the Phottix Indra 500 TTL is, it’s still not the perfect monolight–but it’s possibly the closest thing to it on the market.

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Phottix’s New Indra 500 Monolight Has TTL Capabilities

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With Profoto previously coming out their TTL B1 monolights, it was only a matter of time before another manufacturer released their own. With Phottix coming out with their line of Odin TTL transmitters and receivers, it makes complete sense that at Photokina 2014 the company is announcing a brand new TTL monolight. The new Indra 500 will work with Odin transmitters–the same ones that trigger the company’s Mitros+ flashes.

The Indra 500 TTL has TTL operation for both Canon and Nikon systems when using the Odin receiver. Additionally, the light can do high speed sync and is powered by a Li-Ion battery or AC adapter–which is great for location work.

This light was years in development, And the result is eight stops of power adjustment and when working with TTL transmission you can use +/-3 EV settings.

No word on pricing yet, but be sure that we’re super excited about what’s capable with this light. More tech specs and images are after the jump.

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