Phottix’s Indra500, a HSS TTL monolight, is now shipping to retailers.
Compatible with the Phottix Mitros+ and Odin TTL radio triggering systems, the Indra supports wireless power adjustment in manual or auto-TTL modes. The light works with high-speed sync (HSS) at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second and with rear-curtain sync mode. The minimum flash duration is an action-stopping 1/15,000 second.
The Indra is a portable, self-contained 2.1kg flash head. It has an energy rating of 500J (500Ws) and can muster 400 full-power shots with 2-second recycle times from the 5,000 mAh Li-ion battery pack. You can also run it from the mains using an AC adapter. Full-sized studio lighting accessories may be fitted using the Bowens S-type bayonet. There is a 9W LED modelling lamp.
“The feedback from our testers has been amazing,” said Steve Peer, CEO of Phottix. “We wanted to make sure this product was as good as it could be.
“We’re not ‘Johhny Come Latelys’ when it comes to TTL. We didn’t want to leave out features for the sake of releasing the product,” he added — a sly reference to Profoto and their B1 AirTTL 500, a TTL monolight which shipped without HSS functionality but later added it in a firmware update.
You can trigger the Indra500 using the Phottix Odin or Mitros+ for Canon or for Nikon, or (in manual mode only) the Strato II. If remote control seems a bit too lazy or you don’t have triggers to hand, the Indra has its own full-colour TFT control panel, a 3.5mm sync port and an optical slave.
The Phottix Indra500 is priced $827.99, or $1,199.99 with battery pack, available to order at B&H Photo and Adorama, or from other regional Phottix dealers. The Indra500 will also be available directly from the Phottix Online Store from 1st January 2015.