The Phottix Odin is a 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that gives you all the power of Nikon AWL – and maybe more – without having to work within the limitations of the optical transmission of the proprietary Nikon CLS Commander. The Odin claims to work at ranges of 100 metres or more and doesn’t need direct line-of-sight like optical transmission does.
The system comprises receivers – which connect to your remote flashes – and a transmitter control unit (TCU) that mounts on the hotshoe, freeing up your former Commander Speedlight to be used off-camera. Both units run on AA batteries. There are four different frequency channels and three flash groups. Capabilities of the Odin include:
- Remote flash exposure compensation of TTL speedlight groups in 1/3 steps, from -3 to +3 stops.
- Full wireless manual power adjustment of compatible speedlights
- Control flash zoom head setting
- Ratio control, allowing two groups of flashes to be given relative power levels, A:B
- FP Sync support and synchronisation up to 1/8000 second with both TTL and manual flash units
- Compatible with the cheaper Phottix Strato and Strato II Multi manual 2.4GHz flash triggers
To ensure long-term compatibility and to iron out any bugs, the firmware of the Odin units can be updated via the mini-USB port. Phottix don’t test or support operation with third party flashes (Nissin, Metz, Yongnuo etc.) but they do have their own speedlight coming in the future that will be compatible. The Odin should work with the Nikon SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900 and SB-910 Speedlights.
Nikon have not yet made their own counterpart to Canon RT system, so if you want radio i-TTL control there are only third party solutions. Phottix are calling the Odin “the new gold standard” in wireless TTL. The nearest functional competitors are the PocketWizard FlexTT5 or Quantum QLink. There is also the RadioPopper PX, an infra-red relay gadget that adds range to an existing AWL set-up.
For more technical information, visit the Odin for Nikon product page.
Where to buy
The recommended retail price for a Phottix Odin transmitter-receiver kit is US$350/£339, with extra receivers available for $145/£130. To get it first, buy now directly from the manufacturer’s online store.
If you live in America, Phottix accessories are also distributed by OmegaBrandess and carried by Adorama. In Great Britain you can find Phottix products for sale by authorised Intro 2020 dealers. More resellers in other countries are listed here.