PHOTTIX – Indra500 TTL – 500WS HSS Portable Light Announced !



Phottix have dropped a Photokina bombshell, announcing a killer new 500WS portable studio strobe in the Odin powered Indra500 TTL!

The Indra500 are the first Canon and Nikon compatible TTL and HSS enabled studio light, with both AC mains power and Lithium-ion battery options.

Update – Sony TTL radio slave mode and Odin II compatibility is also now added to the Indra500 strobes.

And the Indra are fully remote controlled by the excellent Phottix Odin, or Mitros+ radio master flash, with full Odin TTL radio receivers built inside!


Phottix Indra500 TTL


Phottix Press Release –

COLOGNE, GERMANY: Phottix unleashes a new level of power for photographers, unveiling their
new Indra500 TTL Studio Light.

The 500 Watt TTL Studio Light featuring High Speed Sync. Under the hood is the ultimate in control – with the award-winning Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon and Nikon built-in. Powered by Li-ion Battery or AC Adapter, the Indra500 TTL is perfect for on location or in the studio.


• 500W Studio Light
• TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic Modes
• High Speed Sync – 1/8000s shutter speeds
• Second Curtain Sync
• Adjust +/- 3 EV
• Manual Power 1/128 to Full Power in 1/3 Stops
• Wireless Radio Power Control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems
• Odin for Canon and Nikon Receivers Built in
• Phottix Strato II Receiver Built in
• LED Modeling Light
• Battery and AC Adapter Powered
• 400 full-power shots when using 5000 mAh Indra Battery Pack, 2 second recycle times


The Phottix Indra500 TTL was developed for photographers on the move. Developed with input from some of the industries biggest names, the Indra500 TTL packs a lot of punch for its 2.1 Kg

Use TTL to shoot during fast moving events like weddings. Shoot on-location, under the harsh sun and control ambient light with high speed sync. Shoot wide-open with

shutter speeds up to 1/8000s. The built-in Phottix Odin Receiver for Canon and Nikon makes the Indra500 TTL easy to control and trigger.

The Indra500 TTL offers 8 stops of power adjustment – from full power to 1/128 -perfect for overcoming midday sun or adding just a hint of light when shooting with large apertures. TTL exposures can be adjusted in +/- 3 EV levels.

“We’re very happy with the Indra500 TTL,” said Phottix CEO Steve Peer. “It provide photographers with a lot of power and options. Having High Speed Sync on a studio light is a game changer for helping control ambient light.”


Phottix Indra500 TTL



Traditional studio lights have limited shutter speeds to 1/200-1/250s. On location these speeds make balancing ambient light a challenge, having to sacrifice desired depth of field to get proper 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 TTL’s Second Curtain Sync Functions brings untold functionality to the table. You can’t do that will a traditional studio light. Flash bracketing and flash exposure lock can all be used to help get that perfect shot. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effects and creative images with flash frequency of 1-100HZ and flash count of 1-100 times.



The Phottix Indra 500 TTL has the power and control of the award-winning Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger inside. 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 the Phottix Odin receivers for Canon and Nikon built-in, no extra hardware is needed.

Phottix Strato II users can also trigger the Indra 500 TTL. With a Strato II receiver built into the Indra, Strato II transmitters can trigger the studio light in manual mode. An optical slave mode is also available. A 3.5mm sync port rounds out the Phottix Indra’s triggering offerings – it’s compatible with most major triggering systems.


Phottix Indra500 TTL



The new Indra Series from Phottix offers cutting-edge accessories for the Indra500 TTL Studio Light and Mitros series flashes Indra Battery Pack and AC Adapter. The Indra Battery Pack is a lot of power in a compact unit. When used with the Indra500 TTL Studio Light it allows photographer to shoot 340 (+) full power shots. Its dual power ports can power two Indra500 TTL Studio Lights simultaneously, perfect for on-location work.

The Battery Pack’s LED display provides instant visual feedback on power remaining in the 5000 mAh or 10000 mAh cells. The Battery Pack’s USB charging port allows for easy charging of smart phones or tablets. The Indra Battery Pack can also power hot shoe flashes. With cables compatible for Phottix, Canon, Nikon or Sony flashes, the battery pack offer 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 – great for studio use, and provides added functionality for flashes – super-fast recycle times.

The Indra AC Adapter can also feed AC power directly into hot shoe flashes for lighting fast recharge times. Battery power is no longer an issue. The perfect accessory for using for using hot shoe flashes in the studio.


Phottix Indra500 TTL


The Indra series of products is part of Phottix’s new PhottixPro line-up of products. PhottixPro products will be the companies most innovative and technologically advanced.

The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Indra Battery Pack and Indra AC Adapter will be available in October
2014. A Indra 500 TTL Light and Battery Set will be priced at $1295 USD.



Phottix Indra500 TTL Specs


Phottix Indra500 TTL


The Phottix Indra500 TTL are looking to give the recent Profoto B1 a serious run for their money, with a considerably lower price tag. And with the advantage of AC mains powered options.

Also most importantly for wedding and event photographers, the option of a Mitros+ on camera speedlite with full master radio transmitter built in.



UPDATE – June 2016 – 

Firmware is also now available to add Odin II functionality to the Indra500 TTL strobes, enabling Canon, Nikon, and Sony, version Odin II TTL radio slave modes. (Also Sony Odin I radio slave mode).

This means that Indra500 TTL strobes can now be fired and controlled by Canon, Nikon, or Sony version Odin II transmitter units, or Mitros+ speedlites mounted on camera in radio master mode.

(Note – This is not auto switching radio slave mode. Either Canon, Nikon, or Sony, slave mode must be selected on the strobe).






The Indra500 TTL Studio Light are available now from around $1199 –

AdoramaB&H Photo, Amazon, UK


Indra500 TTL – Brochure
Phottix – Website.




  1. Ulysses 6 years ago

    Matthew, I do use some basic modifiers with my CL-360 lights. But nothing fancy, as I’m usually on the go and moving a lot with my Cheetah Lights, or else have a lot of time constraints in the context of a wedding day. More often than not, I’ll simply stick with the default 5″ diffuser that comes included with these lights. But I’ve also used shoot-thru umbrellas, reflector umbrellas, as well as more advanced modifiers such as a Softlighter or Cheetah’s latest big mod, the Ricebowl (note I have not actually used the Ricebowl with the Cheetah Lights just yet… but I have used it with the Indra500).

    You simply have to decide what it is you want to do. For example, even with high ceilings in a dark building, a set of speedlights can usually get the job done — if you crank up your ISO to help the light along. If you don’t want to do that, then you need more power. One CL-360 is going to in effect give you the light of roughly 5 or 6 of those speedlights. It’s not just about the intrinsic power of the light, but also about how that light is produced from a bare bulb, as well as what modifier you choose to use. Some modifiers will help throw your light forward without killing the power of your light through a lot of diffusion. This is one reason I’ll sometimes simply stick with the default 5″ diffuser even though the light will have a rather hard look to it. I don’t mind that look if I’m competing with the Sun anyway (with its own similar hardness).

    Just as an example in a situation that I felt pushed these lights harder than is typical for me due to the time of day, size of the group, need to keep the lights out of the shot. The sunlight was very hard, harsh, and mostly backlighting the group :
    I used two CL-360 lights, each set maybe 12-15 feet from their respective closest subjects. They were both firing at between 1/4 and 1/2 power most of the time, but occasionally 1/2 +0.3, with the standard 5″ diffuser. Camera settings: 1/250 s @ f/5.6, ISO 100. Refresh rates were usually in the ballpark of approx 2 seconds. I wasn’t trying to out-do the Sun, but simply produce a pleasing image for the client.

    With large modifiers, you’re going to lose roughly 1 stop or so of light. But if you prepare for that, you know how to manage it with distance, lens choice, etc.

    The Indra500 gives me more power and comes in handy especially if I don’t need to move or walk long distances. Plus TTL and HSS, but honestly I don’t rely upon those features too much. I prefer all-manual.

  2. Matthew 6 years ago


    Ended up dipping my feet into the Phottix pool with a single Indra 500. As Zach Arias mentioned in his review, I wish the AC Adapter was included with the base package instead of requiring an additional $325. By the time I switched over to Odin from YongNuo, purchased battery, cords, and light, I am pushing $2k for a single light.

    Everything, except for the Odin TCU/receiver, is exceptionally well made. From the padded, well-zippered case, protective bulb cover, reflector, cords, battery, strobe, it is a joy to setup and use. Pairing with my existing speedlights has been just as intuitive as advertised. I purchased an extra Odin TCU for my father in law and he and I were able to share the strobe from our cameras without any fuss. (recycle time though had us both fighting over the light and “stealing” it from each other as we battled for the best Christmas shot).

    So far I am noticing that it works better in TTL mode than full manual which has been a surprise. I notice that for Canon, the TTL mode indicator is always illuminated on the top of the TCU screen (even when in full manual). Surprisingly, I have a hard time overexposing a photo with it as there are 3 separate places (Camera, TCU, and Stobe) that need “turned up” in order for their sums to grant full 1/1 power. I think there may still be some aspect of TTL in play that I have not been able to disable.

    Similar to what you mentioned about the Mitros trigger, I am finding that the recycle times at 1/1 are instantaneous rather than 3-5 seconds as I expected (indicating I am not actually at full power). Any luck / experience with this?

    Modeling light is much stronger than other reviewers complained about and both sufficient for my focusing needs and easy to turn on and off remotely since the Canon TCU has a designated button. For those wishing the battery was somehow attached, I have to say that having the battery pack with the long cord has been a better solution when the strobe and modifier is out on the end of a boom. I like the ability this also affords to power two speedlights with the battery unit while I power the main strobe with the AC adapter.

    I will be upgrading receivers probably once the Odin II comes out. It is clear that the light itself was manufactured much more recently and I would give it a solid A or A+ as compared to the grade C manufacturing for the Odin TCU. For now, enjoying shooting indoors in this cold weather while debating whether or not to add another 500 or possibly two 360s.


    • Ulysses 6 years ago

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying your Phottix Indra500 (notice the spelling). They’re actually a really fun light to use, despite a few minor shortcomings. I think a number of us expected there would be more frequent firmware updates that might resolve some of its issues, but that’s not been the case.

      The lights are indeed more costly than some other lights out of China. But when you see the build quality and thought that went into their design, it’s easier to see why they charge what they do. That said, if you want to buy into a complete system with strobe, radios, flashes, accessories, etc., prepare to spend a bit of lunch money. 🙂

      Personally, I have few issues with the Odin TCU. It’s built just as well as or better than most of the other available radios out there from PocketWizard, Radio Popper, YongNuo, and several others. It’s not metal like the strobe itself. But you’re right about it being a generation or two older than the Indra light. That said, I’m eager for the upcoming Odin 2. It should resolve some issues we have with usability and a few features.

      I’m shooting Nikon, so my experience may be different than your own. So I haven’t seen TTL perform “better” than full manual mode. Not at all. In fact, they seem to perform similarly for me.

      I don’t do much at all with the light in TTL, thought. I tend to keep everything in manual mode.

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    Flash Havoc 5 years ago

    UPDATE – Odin II and Sony compatible Firmware is now available for the Indra500 –

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