PHOTTIX – INDRA 500 TTL – Now Available

Phottix_Indra_300

 

The Phottix Indra 500 TTL, possibly the most significant light to be released this year, are now available from B&H Photo, Adorama, and the Phottix Store from around $1199 with Li-ion Battery Pack.

Being not only the first mains and battery powered TTL and HSS enabled studio strobe, the Indra also integrate seamlessly with the Phottix speedlite system.

Most importantly allowing a TTL master speedlight on camera, as many wedding and even photographers require.

The Indra 500 are Canon and Nikon TTL and HSS compatible, and they can be fully remote controlled by the Phottix Odin transmitter, or Mitros+ radio master flash units.

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

INDRA 500 FEATURES 

 

  • 500Ws Studio Light
  • TTL, Manual, Multi Modes
  • High Speed Sync – To 1/8000s Shutter Speeds
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • TTL Adjustments: +/- 3 EV in 1/3 Stop Increments
  • Manual Power: 1/128 to Full Power in 1/3 Stop Increments
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Power Control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ Systems
  • Odin for Canon and Nikon Receivers Built In
  • Phottix Strato II Receiver Built in
  • 9W LED Modeling Light (9 Power Levels)
  • Large Full Color TFT LCD screen
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • 5000 mAh, 14.4 V Lithium-ion Battery – 400 Full-Power Shots, 2 Second Recycle Time
  • 10,000 mAh Battery Available
  • AC Power Adapter Available

 

With full TTL and HSS the Indra 500 may be a game changer for many wedding and event photographers who need to work quickly on location.

Automated HSS available in a high powered light is particularly significant as it removes the need to use ND lens filters to control the ambient light when using wide apertures.

And with an AC power option the Indra can provide the all in one lighting solution for studio and indoor use as well.

The Indra 500 TTL offer 8 stops of power adjustment – from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop adjustments. TTL exposures can be adjusted in +/- 3 EV levels.

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

HIGH SPEED SYNC & SECOND CURTAIN SYNC 

 

Traditional studio lights allow limited shutter speeds of up to around 1/200-1/250s. On location these speeds make balancing ambient light a challenge, having to sacrifice narrow depth of field to achieve a correct exposure.

With the Phottix Indra 500 TTL’s High Speed Sync function photographers can shoot at speeds up to 1/8000s, allowing wider apertures while still being able to control ambient light.

The Indra 500 TTL also provide Second Curtain Sync Functions, as well as Flash Bracketing, and Flash Exposure Lock. Even Stroboscopic Mode for special effects.

 

BUILT IN TRIGGERING

 

The Phottix Indra 500 TTL have the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon and Nikon built directly inside the flash unit.

You can switch between TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels, use High Speed Sync and Second Curtain Sync, all from the Phottix Odin TCU or Mitros+ Flash unit.

With a Strato II receivers also built into the Indra, Strato II transmitters can trigger the studio light in manual mode.

An optical slave mode is also available, as well as a standard 3.5mm sync port.

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

BATTERY PACK AND AC ADAPTER

 

When used with the Indra 500 TTL Studio Light, the compact 5000 mAh Lithum-ion Indra Battery Pack allows 340 (+) full power shots. And 10000 mAh battery options are also available.

The Indra Battery Pack also provides dual power ports which can power two Indra500 TTL Studio Lights simultaneously.

The Battery Pack’s LED display shows the power remaining, and a USB charging port allows for easy charging of smart phones or tablets etc.

The Indra Battery Pack can also power hot shoe flashes. With cables compatible for Phottix, Canon, Nikon or Sony flashes, the battery pack offers ultra-fast flash recycle times for small flashes.

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

The Indra AC Adapter can power two Indra500 TTL studio lights in 110 or 220V environments. Which is great for studio use, and super-fast recycle times.

The Indra AC Adapter can also feed AC power directly into hot shoe flashes for very fast recharge times. Ideal when using for using hot shoe flashes in the studio.

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

PHOTTIX ODIN II

 

And most significantly Phottix have also announced new Odin II transmitter and receiver units to be available in 2015.

The Odin II transmitter now provides very fast and easy access to 5 individual groups, any of which can be set to TTL, Manual, or OFF.

Modelling light power level control can also be set for each group from the new transmitter unit.

And importantly the Odin II transmitter now provide an AF assist light for low light focusing.

 

Phottix ODIN II

 

Combined with the Indra 500 TTL Studio Light, and TTL speedlites, the Odin II and Phottix system are looking very impressive, and will likely shape the future of a lot of location lighting to come.

 

INDRA 500 SPECIFICATIONS - Click to Expand

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL Specs

 

PHOTTIX COMPATIBILITY - Click to Expand

 

Phottix Indra500 TTL

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light are available now from around $1199 with Battery Pack –

B&H Photo, Adorama, Phottix Store.

 

Indra 500 TTL – Brochure
Phottix – Website.

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54 Comments
  1. Andy Schulz 2 years ago

    And where is the Sony A7 Family E mount compatibilty ? me and a Lot other wedding photographers and Location photographers shoot for 1,5 years now with sony mirrorless as the Odin is the only flash transmitter CPU providing Hss and TTL. i Would buy 3 flashes in a heartbeat with Sony Interface. dont get it why they dont Support sony as the Odin is Supports g Hss with sony speedlights. any thoughts why there is sony Version?

  2. Donald 2 years ago

    Is it me or does that Compatibility chart still have errors in it?

    Odin (Rx) ‘Triggered by’ Indra 500 – I don’t think so.

    But . . .

    overall, looks like the Bee’s Knees.

  3. Jacques 2 years ago

    Wake me up when they support Micro Four Thirds. Or, really, ANY system other than CaNikon.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Jacques, maybe one day you may wake up and buy a CaNikon instead :-)

      Unfortunately I wouldn’t be holding my breath at this stage otherwise.

      • Jacques 2 years ago

        Been there, done that. Swapped my full Canon 1-series kit for m43. Not going back and no regrets.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          How about a move sideways to the Sony A7 system then :-)

          If anything I get the impression Fuji will be ahead of of M4/3 in terms or wireless TTL, but Sony have some options available now.

  4. Craig 2 years ago

    Looks nice. I’d be curious to see what the actual units look like rather than a 3D rendering. Are the batteries meant to hang down below attached to the light stand?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Craig,

      I’ll take some pics when mine arrives.

      Yes the battery pack would just hang below on the light stand, or sit on the floor if the cord is long enough. I think its really a lot smaller than it looks here, probably much like the Godox PB960.

  5. Amir 2 years ago

    Odin II looks great. Hopefully the new interface will make it to the next version of Mitros+.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Amir,

      Yes bring on the Mitros+ II.

      I actually suggested an interface concept for both somewhat similar a while back.

      • Amir 2 years ago

        Really like your concept Elvis. They should adopt something similar.

  6. Josef 2 years ago

    Do you know if the odin for sony will fire the indra in manual mode and adjust the power in manual mode? Or is it not compatible at all?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Josef,

      At this stage there is no mention of compatibility with Sony at all that I am aware of.

      Though as far as I understand the Strato II triggers are compatible between brands, so you may actually be able to at least fire the Indra via a Sony Strato II transmitter. But I’m not sure on that either.

      I’d be surprised if Phottix are not intending to make a Sony version Indra eventually, it all just takes time.

  7. Peter 2 years ago

    I think it’s a shame that the battery isn’t integrated. It’s not really “cordless” this way. They should have learned from Profoto’s mistake with the B1 and just put a AC socket on it if you want to use it indoor.

  8. Andrei 2 years ago

    Nice, but very expensive. $800 is more reasonable price. Jinbei is my choice.

    • Alfredo Gotay 2 years ago

      A little on the expensive side but still, the phottix recycles twice as fast as the Jinbei. Jinbei’s 4s recycle basically renders it unusable at full power.

  9. MIP_LIVE 2 years ago

    Now all we need is a lithium version of the Mitros and game over. I wouldn’t mind a 600+ w/s model too but this can work.

  10. samp 2 years ago

    I ordered two of these and they arrived a couple of days ago and so far seem pretty good but noticed that one of the diffuser flash tube cover has hole in the middle and the other does not seems strange for the same model ordered at the same time.

  11. Rob 2 years ago

    Answer from Phottix this A.M.
    Answer: Thank you for contacting us. Adding Sony-compatible feature to the Indra500 is being considered. So far no timeline is available for that. Thank you.

    Please feel free to contact us in case you still have any question on this issue.

    Best regards,
    Phottix Supp

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Thanks Rob,

      I did get a slightly more specific answer but can’t really comment on that further as yet.

      The Indra also arrived yesterday though, and it certainly is one very nicely built light. Even the battery pack is all alloy construction.

  12. Brian J 2 years ago

    Really looking forward to an in-depth review. My buy now trigger finger is itchy for a couple of these.

  13. Earle 2 years ago

    Zack Arias is apparently working on a video review of the light.

  14. Donald 2 years ago

    What’s the real story please?
    Phottix have published a review that says:
    ” Really wish that the original Odin worked better with the unit. All it pretty much does is trigger the light. ”
    and:
    ” Really wish that the Odin version 1 worked deeper with the light. ”

    This implies that you need hardware version 1.5 or the soon to arrive Odin 2 to get proper ETTL and remotely adjusted M power by Group. Is Odin hardware version 1.0 not fully compatible with the Indra 500?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Donald,

      I saw that review buy the Phoblographer here, though unfortunately I don’t have the V1.0 Odin to test or confirm what he is saying there.

      It could be very possible though so you may want to check this with Phottix if you have the V1.0.

      On a side note, I had a 150kg tool chest topple over onto the Odin transmitter a few days ago, and it didn’t even crack the Odin case. I now have a big Odin shaped dent in my new stainless steel cabinet though.

  15. Donald 2 years ago

    Tx Elv.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Just a small update on this, there is an Odin 1.0 owner who commented on the Phottix Facebook page saying the Odin 1.0 works fine with the Indra.

  16. Donald 2 years ago

    Tx – again!

  17. Daniel 2 years ago

    Will you be doing a review of your unit Elv? I’ m very interested in your thoughts on the Indra!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks, yes, though it may be a little while yet.

      Its not a cheap light, so I want to take the time to go through it properly. And I’ve already started with the Cononmk K4T as well, so that is likely going to be first. I’m still just trying to finish the Pixel X800C speedlite review at the moment as well.

    • Keano 2 years ago

      That’s makes two

  18. Evgenij 2 years ago

    Hi
    You have a lot of experience and a lot tried and tested, I am sure that you have confident thoughts.

    What can you advise – Profoto B1 500 AirTTL or Phottix Indra500 TTL?

    1 I am primarily interested in the full support TTL and correct operation.
    2 And it is very important to get the HSS with minimal loss in brightness.
    3 It is also very important to the speed and convenience of the transmitter. Changing power and modes remotely from the transmitter

    Which of the two comfortable to use, will be more powerful in the HSS, and the correct use TTL mode with HSS?

    Where is more truth and less cheating? :)
    Tell me honestly, want the truth :)

    • keano 2 years ago

      I am interested in #2 also. I think Flash Havoc will do a review of it compared to the Rovelight when he gets around to it. I just ordered (backorder) the Indra360. Being lighter weight and smaller battery should be fine for me. Hopefully the HSS and TTL is good.

  19. Mike K 2 years ago

    I have purchased the Phottix Indra 500. It looks like the Indra 500 is generating radio frequency interference with the Pocket Wizard and Pocket Wizard enabled flash meters. More so with the meters

    Placing a pocket wizard cord in the sync jack works if you have the Pocket Wizard mounted such that the antennae is at least 3-4 feet above the Indra 500 to work consistently. This is with all radio features turned off.
    This is the second unit I have experienced this issue. The problem is even worse when using a Pocket Wizard enabled flash meter as the antennae is built in thereby not producing a strong signal. Moving the Pocket Wizards and Meters closer to the connected Pocket Wizard, like 4-5 inches away then everything works – but defeats the object of wireless control.

    Any thoughts/ideas on how to rectify this problem

    • peter 2 years ago

      Hi Mike

      I am triggering my indra 500s with pocketwizard tt5s using the sync cord.

      Have has no problems with firing at all (I am using australian transmitters which are on a different frequency to the US).

      Do you know if you can use pocketwizards to trigger the indra 500s through wireless? Is there a way to change the transmitter frequency to create a wireless trigger?

      I have asked phottix a few times but dont get any replies…

      cheers

  20. Keano 2 years ago

    Hi Elvis is it true the Indra500 won’t work in manual mode?

    • Brian J 2 years ago

      Keano. I have two of the Indra’s with version 1.5 of the Odin. They work fine in manual and ETTL controlled from my Odin. Also works well with the Odin receivers on my Canon Speedlites added to the mix. The only limit I’ve had is that the Odin only has 3 groups and the Indra can support 5. (They added D and E). A small challenge to sometimes to do a 4 light set up (key, fill, rim and background). I have gotten around this by just setting my background speedlites (EX-RT 600s) to manual, adding Sonia’s Canon EX-Compatible Optical Slaves, and leaving them alone. Once I’ve nailed the background exposure I want, I’ve found that even moving the others around has not been much of an issue. If and when we ever see the Odin V2, I expect this issue to go away, with a little more of my money for good measure. :-)

      • Keano 2 years ago

        Hi Brian,

        Sorry I meant I heard that HSS doesn’t work in TTL only manual. It seems that isn’t the case. Thanks for the reply. I have the Indra500 in a box at home and hoping to do some tests with it this weekend. Using a receiver with the F16 of the Flashpoint 850. I am hoping the TTL works well.

  21. Keano 2 years ago

    Sorry wrong again just looked at the manual page 5. It says HSS won’t in manual or multistrobic mode. I was playing with it tonight. Loud fan. Sometimes my image got a line and other times looked fine. Still need more tests.

  22. Keano 2 years ago

    Can someone tell me when I take a shot why the Indra gives of three quick flashes then pops? This is with HSS or without.

  23. keano 2 years ago

    Figured it out. I had the red eye on. I wish I could go back and delete some of these threads. :(

    One thing though at higher power I get warm tones and if shooting at lower power on the light is noticeably cooler anyone see this is this normal?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Keano,

      If you want to delete any comments, just reply to them with a “please delete” and I’ll remove them. Its a pity there is no comment editing available.

      I haven’t tested the Indra color temps yet, though it is normal for regular speedlites to have a color shift when going into HSS. You can see the Canon 600EX-RT here.

      As IGBT flashes get larger its harder to control the color shift. That’s why flashes like the PCB Einsteins have a dual mode, with one for more accurate color temp, at the expense of flash durations.

  24. Paul 2 years ago

    I to have switched from Canon to Sony A7 and I love love love it not going back, but I am still hoping that a TTL HSS radio control for both flash and strobes will come SOON and Phottix seems to be the closest. Any new word on this?

  25. Keano 1 year ago

    Has anyone updated their Indra to 1.06 for the Action mode and improvements with color?

  26. Bo 1 year ago

    I am using the Indra 500 with Odin trigger and I am very satisfied. I do experience a color shift but nothing serious I can not handle. I do have a mysterious problem that I would like to ask if someone would know the answer to: When I use the Indra 500 triggered with odin, any speedlight that is on slave mode will trigger with a very short delay compared doing the same shot with another studio flash (I then trigger the studio flash via odin receiver). Ofcourse if I put instead of slaves on a strato ii I will get rid of the problem but this puzzles me why there is a difference. Any ideas?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Bo,

      I assume you’re referring to the speedlite and strobes being fired in optic slave mode?

      If so the difference may be speedlites often have an S2 optic slave mode which ignores the first pre-flash (usually associated with TTL, though the Odin system generally use even in manual).

      Where studio strobes generally only have the S1 slave mode, which will fire straight away on the first pre-flash.

  27. Laurie 1 year ago

    I am seriously considering buying the Indra but have read several articles complaining about large color shifts when used in TTL. Have you experienced this or know anything about it? I know they did an update with the color mode but haven’t heard great results on that yet. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the wonderful article.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Laurie,

      I’m not sure if you meant to reply to someone comment (the comment reply system is a bit confusing here), or if this was a general question.

      Though yes, the Indra have a pretty decent color shift at 1/128th and 1/64th power levels, or equivalent TTL exposures. The rest of the power range is ok though.

      If you turn off the Odin receiver mode on the flash and set a manual power level directly on the flash the color shift is not there. Though you lose remote power control with the Odin then.

      I haven’t updated the firmware and studied the results yet myself, though as you mention others have tried this and could not see any difference.

      • Ulysses 1 year ago

        Yes, Elv… I can definitely confirm that the color shift is definitely there from 1/128 all the way through 1/32 power. The moment you switch to 1/32 +0.3, things warm up very noticeably.

        This can be cared for with RAW processing tools as long as your strobe is the only light source. However, if you are an event shooter, and there are a number of other mixed ambient light sources, it will usually mean trouble.

        I still like this flash a lot, even with these problems, and even though you have to deal with a power cable and external battery. It has a lot going for it, but it is starting to be overtaken by the competition in a number of ways. What Phottix has going for it is that they have a mature ecosystem of strobes, radios, and combined with master flashes to control everything.

  28. Bo 1 year ago

    I agree that there is a color shift but for me it is still a product from heaven and knowing this issue i can plan to avoid it. I use TTL in weddings and can only pray for this product and with its price. In studio I use a light meter and shooting manual. I am a very happy client of the Phottix Indra 500. (I am not sponsored :-) )

  29. IEVGEN TERNOVYI 12 months ago

    Very interested in one question – HSS works in TTL together?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 12 months ago

      Hi IEVGEN,

      Yes HSS and TTL work together.

      HSS works with remote manual as well.

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