The Phottix Odin TTL radio triggers for Canon have received a major firmware update, adding a great new Over Drive Sync timing feature, and added compatibility with lightmeter use when using remote manual power setting. As well as Canon 1Dx Compatibility.
This is actually mainly a firmware update for Canon version Odin’s, but the new ODS feature at least is reportedly already hiding in the latest Nikon version Odin firmware from a few months ago as well.
Quote Phottix –
New firmware for the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon is available. v1.24 for the original Odin and v2.03 for the Odin 1.5.
What does this firmware offer:
- Improved compatibility with EOS M cameras.
- Test Button and Light Meters:Pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes in A, B and C groups to fire simultaneously. Group(s) turned off will not fire. When the flashes in A, B and C groups are set to Manual (M) mode, pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes to fire an initial low-power pre-flash. The flashes will fire simultaneously at their set manual power levels 2.5s later. This feature allows for light meters to be used correctly.
- Second Curtain Sync: The Second Curtain Sync (SCS) function will work correctly with all cameras (except 1Dx) supporting “radio wireless system” in the camera flash menu. To use SCS the “radio wireless system” in the camera flash menu must be set to “OFF.”
- 1Dx Mode: A menu has been added to turn 1Dx compatibility on and off. Press and hold the “+” and “HS” buttons to access the 1Dx function menu. Pressing and holding the “+” and “HS” buttons (with TCU turned on) for approximately 2 seconds will access to the “1d-” function menu. If using a 1Dx, set to “ON” for best compatibility. For other camera models, use the default setting of “OFF”.
- Improve Odin 1 compatibility: Odin 1.5 (v2.03) is completely compatible with the Odin 1 (v1.24).
What is ods?
ods is Overdrive Sync, a new beta function in the latest firmware. This function allows triggering delay times to be set on an Odin TCU. This can allow an increase in sync speed over standard X-Sync when using studio lights. Don’t get too excited – a number of variables come in to play: Your camera, the studio light, the power level and flash duration of the studio light can all effect the ods function. What works with one brand and model and studio light may not work with another.
A new menu has been added to the Odin – this will allow a triggering delay (in milliseconds) to be set. This takes experimentation to find the “sweet spot” in your set-up.
Note: This is a beta function. As there are many variable in how ODS functions experimentation is required by the user to find the “sweet spot” delay time for the camera and studio light being used. Technical support for ODS is not available, but feedback on the function so it can be further refined is appreciated.
For more information see the change log included in the firmware archive.
Please also see my full detailed explanation of ODS here.
Odin 1.5 for Canon
Another surprise, for some people at least, is that there has been a new version 1.5 Odin for Canon, which has its own separate firmware strain now to the original Odin for Canon.
As far as I can see the main difference is just that the Odin 1.5 was updated to display the 1/3rd stop manual power settings correctly on the TCU screen (as the later Nikon and Sony versions does as well).
Odin 1.5 transmitter and receivers can otherwise be identified with clear text saying “Odin 1.5” as shown below.
The Odin 1.5 are now completely compatible with the original Odin for Canon as of this latest firmware update. But they still each require the separate appropriate firmware versions deigned for the different models.
The Odin 1.5 for Canon have the manual 1/3rd stop setting displayed like this on the screen –
Issues Updating the Firmware
A number of people have reported an overexposure issue when using ETTL after upgrading the firmware.
The problem is the new 1Dx mode being set to “On” as default after upgrading the firmware.
To remedy this, after upgrading the TCU or receiver firmware –
- Follow the procedure mentioned above to turn the 1Dx mode off on the TCU.
- Then remove and re-insert the batteries in TCU and receivers.
- Then press the “Clear” button on the TCU for 2 seconds to reset the unit to factory defaults.