Phottix brings flash trigger fine-tuning with Overdrive Sync

A new firmware update has been released for Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Triggers for Canon.

Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Trigger for Canon

A new firmware update has been released for Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Triggers.

Version v1.24 for the Odin, or v2.03 for the later “Odin 1.5” batches, improves compatibility with the Canon EOS M, fully implements Second Curtain Sync (SCS) support and adds a testing mode for use with light meters.

Phottix ODSThe biggest new feature is Overdrive Sync (ODS), a mode on the transmitter control unit (TCU) that allows the photographer to customise the triggering delay when using the Odin. This feature — sort of like a digital version of the Commlite H-550‘s HS dial — can effectively increase the sync speed (X-Sync) of a camera with manual flashguns.

“Don’t get too excited,” Phottix warns, as “a number of variables come in to play” including your model of camera, studio light or flashgun, power settings and flash durations. As a beta function, a certain amount of trial-and-error may be required.

In the mode, accessed by pressing the [Mode] and [+] buttons at the same time, one can change the synchronisation delay (in milliseconds) simply by using the Odin TCU’s LCD interface. This sounds a bit more convenient than using the PocketWizard Utility PC software, but may not be as powerful.

ODS has actually been quietly sitting inside the Odin for Nikon since April, but now it’s available for the Canon-fit Odins as well. Competing triggers, such as the Pixel King and Yongnuo YN-622, also have a manual fast-synchronisation feature but no way of customising it.

Phottix Odin Wireless TTL Trigger for Canon

For full details on the firmware update and to download the appropriate files, visit the Phottix Journal weblog. For details on how to use Overdrive Sync, see FlashHavoc‘s full guide.

David Selby
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