PHOTTIX – Indra500LC TTL – Canon RT Compatible Strobe Announced!




With Photokina 2016 about to kick off, images have started to emerge of the new Phottix Indra500LC TTL, a Canon RT compatible version of Phottix’s popular Lithium-ion powered Indra500 TTL and HSS enabled strobes.

UPDATE – Indra500LC TTL now officially announced.

Providing direct compatibility with Canon’s own RT radio system, the Indra500LC TTL should provide a major breakthrough for the many Canon based professional wedding and event photographers wanting to expand their flash system with larger off camera strobes, while retaining the well refined original Canon RT speedlites as their on-camera master / transmitter unit.

The Indra500LC will also provide compatibility with the original Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter, and Phottix’s own Laso version of the Canon RT transmitter units.



Powered by Laso (Phottix’s version of the Canon RT radio system) the Indra500LC TTL will be the first dedicated off-camera strobe to provide all the features of the original Canon RT speedlight system (TTL, HSS etc).

Though with the greatly added power and speed of a 500Ws portable strobe, with 2.4GHz RT compatible radio receiver neatly built inside.




• 500W Studio Light
• TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic Modes
• High Speed Sync – 1/8000s Shutter Speeds
• Adjust +/- 3 EV
• Manual Power 1/128 to Full Power in 1/3 Stops
• Wireless Radio Power Control with Canon RT and Phottix Laso systems
• LED Modeling Light
• Battery and AC Adapter Powered
• 400 Full-Power Shots When Using 5000 mAh Indra Battery Pack, 2 Second Recycle Times
• New Compact 5″ Reflector For Easy Transport




As well as providing compatibility with Canon’s original ST-E3-RT transmitter, Phottix’s own Laso transmitter unit provides extra benefits like an AF Assist Light.




And another major advantage of the Phottix system is the ability to also use Phottix Laso receiver units, which open the Canon RT system up to including control for legacy non RT TTL flashes like the Canon 580EX II, 580EX, and 430EX II etc. As well as simply firing other studio lights etc within the RT system.





Teaser images also highlight the new Indra500LC will now provide a considerably more compact 5″ reflector, rather than the 7″ option provided with the previous Indra strobes.









The Phottix Indra500LC will start to ship in mid-October 2016 with a suggest retail price of $1299 USD.


Phottix – Website


  1. Ryan 5 years ago

    I wonder will this fix the issue with color shifts when using the strobe by remotely changing the power levels since it would be using canon radio control instead of having to change the power levels using TTL?

  2. Niels Gram 5 years ago

    As I recall the color shift issue was caused by emmition of a preflash even in manual. The Canon RT system doesn’t use a preflash so let’s hope it has been fixed.

    I may be interested provided it is YNE3RT compatible…

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      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      The Laso receivers are not really YN-E3-RT compatible, so I wouldn’t count on the Indra500LC being very YN-E3-RT compatible either.

      I think you guys would be right about the Canon RT system using direct manual mode, so hopefully that would negate any previous color shift issues, and hopefully the test fire issue with light meters as well.

      Hopefully Phottix have had some time now to make general refinements to the strobe though anyway.

    • Dan Lovell 3 years ago

      Wrong. Canon flash system does in fact use a pre-flash.

  3. BrianJ 5 years ago

    And yet they continue to dance around the Odin II system with these ‘integration’ updates to their systems.
    If the Odin system with a transmitter and remote can talk to a Cannon flash why can’t the Odin II talk directly to a Canon flash? Firmware or hardware? I have a ton of money tied up in Phottix and Cannon strobes and flashes and would like to expand to from the 3 Indra 500s and the 4 600RTs I have but it seems that Phottix is creating silos in they products. The Sekonic flash meter is another example.

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      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Brian,

      As good a news this strobe is, that was my first reaction as well, and I though people would have commented on that a lot more already.

      I’ve got no doubt this flash will sell very well regardless, though the lack of Odin support, for Sony and Nikon etc, is the one thing I would think is going to hurt it to some degree at this stage.

      The Canon RT radio system is completely different to the Odin, so they are never going to communicate together. Though at the price point of this strobe I would have though it would be worth adding a second Odin receiver module, as well as the Canon RT transceiver, regardless of the added cost.

      I’ll ask Phottix about this once they’re back from Photokina. Maybe an option could be to produce another option powered by LASO and ODIN (obviously at a cost).

  4. Niels Gram 5 years ago

    I regarded Odin trigger compatibility as given so I missed that the 500LC isn’t Odin compatible. The component cost for a Odin receiver is insignificant so why have both ? This is a major bummer !

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      A little bit of feedback from Phottix just now, they said hardware is completely different for the Canon RT and Odin systems, so there was no way they could currently combine them without making internal structural changes to the strobe.

      They may look towards doing that in the future though.

  5. Niels Gram 5 years ago

    I haven’t had a look inside the Laso receiver (they are expensive and hard to find in Europe) so I don’t know how complex Phottix had made it but the Yongnuo YN-E3-RX has a very low component count and probably could be squeezed in just about anywhere in a relatively large unit as an Indra500…
    Anywhey that doesn’t change the fact that the Indra500LC is incompatible with Phottix own main trigger offering.
    Regarding Laso receiver and YN-E3-RT incompatibility: It was my impression that the Laso receiver was an option if you wanted to integrade the Witstro 360II-C into a Canon RT based system. Apparently not if you are using the YN-E3-RT…
    Does Phottix have any plans to add the YN-upgrades to the Canon ST-E3-RT to the Laso transmitter ?

  6. Josh 5 years ago

    So this can be controlled with a 600ex?

  7. Josh 5 years ago

    Any plans on releasing a 360 version?

  8. Jim 4 years ago

    Anyone know if you can control the power output of the 500lc using a Canon st e3 rt? I get that you can trigger the unit, but do you have full control over it without using an Odin trigger?

  9. Keith 3 years ago

    No updates, on this line for a few years now. I am surprised they have not come out with a Indra 1000 model with more power and something like the Godoc ad200. Love the oden II Transmitter

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