Phottix have announced the new Odin Z Operating System, which will take over as the protocol for Phottix’s primary TTL, HSS, and Remote Manual enabled radio flash system.
The Odin Z Operating System will be available as firmware updates for current compatible products, as well as coming pre-installed in new product releases.
Significant Odin Z Features Include –
- AUTO SWITCHING – TTL receiver modes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, & Pentax
- AUTO METERING – A form of Hybrid TTL to Manual conversion
- REAL TIME DISPLAY – Power levels displayed on transmitter & lights
- SIMPLIFIED UI – Upgraded and streamlined for easier use
Though one of the main limitations has been the way the Odin protocol has previously dealt with Remote Manual power level control, basically using the TTL system to form Manual power levels. Which resulted in unnecessary delay and pre-flashes even while only using Manual power levels.
The new Odin Z Operating System appears to have rectified this, now providing direct Manual power levels, which are displayed in real time on both transmitters and lights.
And although not mentioned as yet, this should then allow for easier light meter use, as well as a possible future version of the Sekonic light meters, or radio modules, providing full remote power control with the Odin Z system.
On the negative side though, it appears the dream of having one simple common protocol shared between Phottix and Elinchrom has still unfortunately not really eventuated, as the Skyport Receiver mode still needs to be selected separately within Odin Z gear.
(Let alone the dream of one open source protocol other third parties could join into).
While there may possibly be a good reason for not adopting the Skyport protocol, Phottix have also intentionally and very frustratingly made their manual Ares II transceivers to have a different radio protocol. Still compatible with the Odin Z system, though again only if you select the separate Ares II receiver mode (losing any Odin functionality).
All Odin Z compatible products will now have radio receiver modes built-in for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax, TTL systems.
Which allows multiple photographers and camera systems to use the same set of remote lights at the same time.
Auto Metering is Phottix’s version of hybrid TTL, where you can take an initial image metered automatically with TTL, and the corresponding flash output is displayed as a Manual power level on the transmitter and lights.
REAL TIME DISPLAY
Direct Manual power levels are now set and displayed in real time on both transmitters and lights.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Odin Z Operating System will be available for download in mid-October for Canon and Nikon compatible Phottix products.
And new Phottix products featuring the Odin Z Operating System will be on display at Photokina 2018 at the Phottix booth.
Phottix – Website