FusionTLC has announced its flagship ‘lighting control product’, the Raven, a 2.4GHz TTL/HSS flash trigger compatible with multiple lighting brands, including Profoto, Godox and PocketWizard.
The controller, which sits on the camera hotshoe, is designed to enable mixing and matching of flash photography brands, where previously shooters might have been limited to a particular triggering system. Developed by Jim Clark, who originally founded PocketWizard, FusionTLC claims the Raven is ‘poised to revolutionize the shooting experience for photographers’.
At launch, it supports Nikon cameras; Canon support is in the works. The Fusion TLC Raven has a touchscreen panel surrounded by a rotating control dial, granting access to up to four flash ‘zones’ (groups) in TTL or manual mode, with remote control of power levels and support for high-speed sync (HSS). It can also control up to eight groups of remote cameras. You can trigger up to two different flash systems at the same time. There is a 180-lumen bicolour lamp on the front for fill lighting and autofocus assistance. A built-in lithium battery provides up to 16 hours of continuous use (and you can recharge it while using it).
It is more than just a trigger and remote shutter release, though: special features include PowerTracking, MultiPop, SpeedCycle, SyncView, GPS, sound triggering, time lapse mode and more. ‘SyncView’ provides adjustment of timing and delay of flash pulses, in order to optimize the distribution of light when shooting with manual long-tail sync (what some brands call Super Sync or Hyper Sync).
The nature of the user interface means that the company can add or improve features in future, depending on user need (adding a fifth flash group, for example). Firmware updates are provided via WiFi, so no PC or Mac utilities are necessary.
Recommended retail price is US$449 (about £325 or 375€), made in the USA and available now from FusionTLC.com.