Phottix ODIN Firmware Update – Adds Over Drive Sync & Lightmeter Use

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.

Phottix Odin ODS

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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).

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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.

Phottix Odin ODS

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.

Phottix ODIN 1.5 Canon

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 –

ODIN 1.5

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.

 

Firmware Downloads

Over Drive Sync Explaind
Phottix Odin Full Review

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16 Comments
  1. Johnny 4 years ago

    Is this firmware upgrade for Nikon also available? If not, when?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Johnny,

      I’m not sure, but the ODS is apparently already enabled in the Nikon version since the last firmware update. Give it a try if you have them.

      I’m not sure if the light meter feature is already in the Nikon firmware, maybe a Nikon user will answer this. Thanks.

      • Marko 3 years ago

        In a ticket that I opened with Phottix they confirmed that the Nikon light meter functionality will be ready in October.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Fantastic, thanks Marko!

  2. Michael Muetstege 4 years ago

    I think I find a nother secret option (ore not :-) ) If I press the Zoom with + I get a TTL compensation setting + and – 3 EV in 1/3 stops. Or is this old news….

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Michael,

      I think 1/3rd stops should be the default. Try holding the clear button for 2 seconds to restore default setting and see if its still there. Thanks.

      ( If you do find any new mystery features though be sure to let us know :-) )

      • Michael Muetstege 4 years ago

        No, you have not understood me. If you press the “Zoom” button and the “+” button simultaneously and hold for a few secconds you get a extra option on the odin to compensate TTL over all groups
        You can compensate +3 EV and -3EV in steps of 1/3 stop. This way you can calibrate your e-TTL to your flavor. I do not know if this is a new option in the last firmware? In the notes of the firmware there is no mention of this option….but I’am not shure.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Fantastic, thanks Michael.

          I’ll check the Odin V1.5 manual maybe this is mentioned in the manual now. Thanks again.

          • Michael Muetstege 4 years ago

            And?

          • Michael Muetstege 4 years ago

            In firmware V1.03 for Nikon Phottix tells about this option for Nikon users (I own only the Canon) but in the Change Log of Canon, this option is not specified, still its there! I send Phottix a e-mail asking why it is not specified in the change log.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 4 years ago

            Thanks Michael,

            I looked through the Odin 1.5 instruction manual but did not see this mentioned. It is enabled in the original Odin 1.5 firmware though.

            Great find though thanks. And a great feature too!

  3. Johnny 4 years ago

    I’m using firmware 1.03 for the Nikon version. it doesn’t support the light meter feature. Haven’t tried the ODS feature though. I’m more interested in and have been waiting for the light meter feature. Is 1.03 the latest firmware for the Nikon version? Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks Johnny,

      Yes V1.03 looks to be the latest for Nikon so it sounds like no luck with the light meter feature yet. The ODS should be there from what another Nikon owner has said.

      Latest firmware are all listed here for download – http://www.phottix.com/en/medias

      I’ll see if I can get an update on when the Nikon version will come, but I’m sure they are doing it as quickly as they can. Thanks

  4. Rolf 3 years ago

    Have a query into Phottix re: Light Meter Support. Ver 1.03 does not support this for sure. Am optimistic as this support for light meter is now available in Canon…so hopefully NiKon release around the corner.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Rolf,

      Phottix mentioned November for the Nikon update. I wouldn’t hold them too that, but at least we know there is an update in the works, and due relatively soon.

  5. RVN 2 years ago

    where i can get phottix odin for sony latest firmware that support ODS? thank you sir :)

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