The long awaited Phottix MITROS top of the line TTL flash is now available for Canon!, with Nikon version to follow in coming months, and a Sony version later in the year. Expected retail around $299.
They say good things come to those that wait, and the Phottix fully featured flash has been one of the most highly awaited, at least among the many off camera flash users after a solid off (and on) camera flash alternative. With the Mitros now over 3 years in development.
Phottix currently have one of the most simple, solid, and reliable ETTL and Remote Manual radio flash systems available in the Phottix Odin TTL trigger. The Odin where quite a wait as well but, but Phottix were determined not to have customers be the beta testers, and the Odin delivered right from the start.
There are many cheaper flash units available now in both manual and TTL but, but when it comes to something higher quality and more reliable there has still been a void in that middle ground between the very cheap units and the full priced Canon and Nikon etc version. Brands like Metz and Nissan have mainly filled that gap, but the issue with those often still comes with off camera radio trigger compatibility. Where the Mitros is assured to be compatible with the reliable Phottix Odin, and Strato TTL etc, radio triggers, now and into the future.
So unlike many of the cheap flash units now available, Phottix make the Mitros with high quality components and high levels of quality control, and guaranteed compatibility with reliable radio flash trigger systems. A USB port for firmware updated allows for future compatibility, and a simple resolution to any initial compatibility bugs, if there may yet be any discovered. Priced at around $299 the Mitros is looking to be a very attractive alternative.
Apart from built in radio, the Mitros does everything the top of the line Canon and Nikon flashes offer, with a similar 58m guide number at 105mm zoom.
High Speed Sync, Built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, USB port for fiwmare updates, and a port for external battery packs. One very welcome and relatively new feature is the much better standard 3.5mm miniphone Sync port instead of the old unreliable PC sync port.
- E-TTL, M, Multi (Stroboscopic) modes
- Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom with 180 degree rotation and 97 degree tilt
- High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync
- Flash Exposure Compensation: Manual, Bracketed
- Fast Flash Mode: with 0.1-2.5 sec. recharge times
- USB port for upgrades
- 3.5mm Sync port
- Canon-compatible IR Wireless Triggering with Master and Slave mode
- Optical Slave Sync Mode
- 4 AA batteries
- Port for external battery pack
- Compatible with Phottix Odin TTL Flash Triggers
Michael Zelbel from Good Light Magazine does an unboxing of the new Mitros in the video below. Note the very nice case, included flash diffuser cap, very solid base stand, and USB flash drive instruction manual.
Price and Availability -
The Phottix Mitros TTL Flash for Canon is now making its way to retailers in select countries. Being officially released at WPPI 2013 in Las Vegas, the Mitros is now available in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Midwest Photo Exchange, Samy’s Camera, Silvio’s PhotoWorks, Southeastern Camera & Supply at the WPPI Expo will be selling the Phottix Mitros with Adorama and Arlington Camera taking orders for the flash.
The Mitros will be released in Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Spain later in March with international availability in April. A Nikon-compatible version of the Mitros TTL Flash is slated for release in May 2013, with a Sony version to follow in Q3.
The Mitros retails from around US $299