Phottix Strato TTL – NIKON Version Now Available

The Nikon version of the Phottix Strato TTL triggers are now available and making their way to stores.

The Strato TTL are super simple TTL triggers, allowing you to get the flash off the camera hotshoe, and with the ease of TTL metering, HSS to 1/8000th, and Second Curtain Sync when needed.

There are certainly other TTL triggers available now with more features, but the Strato II offer the same excellent quality, range, and reliability of the highly regarded Odin TTL system, but at a much lower price, and with plug and play simplicity.

Phottix Strato TTL Nikon

The Strato TTL are a simple, single group TTL trigger, no TTL ratios or remote manual power setting.

They allow fast easy FEC adjustment or + or – 3 stops from the transmitter’s built on back-lit LCD interface. High Speed Sync to 1/8000th, and Second Curtain Sync are also quickly selectable through the Strato TTL interface.

As well as quick selection of 4 channels. No digging through camera menus required for setting anything!

Strato TTL Nikon

 

The Strato TTL feature a low profile on the camera, a USB socket for firmware updates, receiver 3.5mm sync port for connecting manual flash or studio lights. And also a camera shutter release function.

The Strato TTL are also compatible with the Phottix Strato, Strato II, and Atlas II manual triggers, for firing manual flashes and studio lights. They are not compatible with the higher end Odin TTL triggers though.

 

Features –

  • TTL flash trigger with EV adjustments (+/- 3 stops in 1/3 stops)
  • Quick-change buttons and Backlit LCD to adjust EV level, mode, and channel
  • High Speed Sync mode – 1/8000s
  • Second Curtain Sync mode
  • Wired and wireless shutter release functions
  • 4 channels
  • 100 meter range
  • USB upgradable
  • Compatible with Phottix Strato, Strato II, & Atlas II flash triggers

 

Specifications –

  • Transmitting power:≤10dBm
  • Distance: 100m+
  • Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Channel: 4 channels
  • Input voltage:2.2V-3.2V
  • Flash port voltage handling: Transmitter 6V; Receiver ≤300V
  • Batteries: 2xAA alkaline batteries or rechargeable batteries (Transmitter and Receiver); 5V DC on Receiver (external power port)
  • Max sync speed: 1/8000s
  • Output: hot shoe, 3.5mm (Receiver)
  • Input: USB port (transmitter and Receiver)
  • Attachment: 1/4〞 tripod lug, cold shoe (Receiver)
  • Weight: Transmitter 74g; Receiver 72g—-without batteries
  • Body dimension: Transmitter L 92.5 * W 47.8 * H 45.5 mm; Receiver L 93.3 * W 46.7 * H 45.4 mm
  • Antenna:Built-in PCB antenna
  • Operating temperature: 0℃~ +50℃
  • Operating humidity: 35﹪~95﹪RH

 

Like all Phottix triggers, the Strato TTL also come with all the quality cables required, including the various shutter release cables.

As mentioned, there are certainly other TTL triggers available now with more features. Though if a simple, quality, and hassle free TTL trigger is all you require, the Strato TTL should be a good option.

 

Price and Availability –

The Nikon & Canon version Strato TTL are available now for $145 in the Phottix store (transmitter & receiver set) .

And making their way to Amazon UK, B&H Photo, and Adorama for around $120 (also see your local retailer).

A Sony version Strato TTL should eventually follow.
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23 Comments
  1. Ross 6 years ago

    Once upon a time Canon and Nikon ruled the roost with their range of flashguns, and I’m talking many years ago. In recent times your choice for flashguns is wide and varied and much much less cost compared to the Canon and Nikon equivalent.

    So whilst these triggers look great for Nikon owners, for anyone else that’s using 3rd party flashes they are not going to be of much use. They are aimed at a specific target market, with a specific use in mind, not sure how well they will sell.

    And lets have a quick look at some of the 3rd party flashes available, Nissin, Yongnuo, Sony, Samsung, Sigma, Metz, Sunpak, Jessops, Olympus, Cactus to name a few. Sure some of these flashes don’t have your high end features, but I think you get my point about a varied choice to pick from.

    And let me finish off with their pricing, a $145 a pair … really, for less than that price you could get a Godox V850 flashgun with a wireless power control receiver or 2 x Yongnuo YN560 II or perhaps a Nissin Di600. In comparison a Nikon SB-700 is $430 here in New Zealand a SB-910 is $660. For that reason alone of price, many photographers I know choose 3rd party triggers and go with simple manual triggers.

    I think the discerning buying who is looking at radio triggers today will be totally confused by what’s available now, the choices are endless almost. If you have money to burn then you will tend to look at high end products such as pocket wizards, if you are at the other end of the scale then you start to look hard at value for money.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Ross,

      Mixing third party flashes and TTL triggers has generally been the biggest source of issues. So although it would be great if everything worked together it can actually be a bit of a blessing in disguise that they don’t try and offer compatibility with lots of third party flashes.

      Now that radio triggers are moving into the flash units that at least removes that one extra variable, or chance of compatibility issues. That can throw up a lot of other issues again trying to mix different lights together, but that’s another story.

      The Strato TTL retail for around $119, which is really great value for what they are. I’ve seen the comments about YN-622N being cheaper with more features etc, and that’s why I was trying to make the point that these are really better for what they are designed for, and really very good value for a low price like that. If you need ratios etc the YN-622N and others are a lot of bang for buck, but they still have some work to do before they are as refined, and they simply make them to a price anyway.

      Yes it can all be quite confusing, but again as systems become built in they will be more straight forward. Your options as to mixing gear may be a lot more limited, but that goes back to the first point that gear that works without hassle trumps trying to mix and match in the long run anyway. On the other side, due to mirrorless cameras, at least transmitters will become more universal with more functions on non Canon/Nikon cameras.

      I’ve tried to start explaining many or the popular options in the gear guides. Thanks.

  2. Ross 6 years ago

    You make a fair point about mixing 3rd party flashes and TTL triggers, but I’m guessing that many photographers out there are doing just that. The cost benefit ratio warrants a bit of experimentation.

    Not sure if someone has raised the topic elsewhere on your website so here goes. What about flashes that are compatible with wireless speedlight commanders that don’t require any type of trigger.

    I recently purchased a Debao SU-800 as I like the idea of a wireless speedlight commander on top of my camera to make adjustments. So I paired this up with a Yongnuo YN560EX and tried it out with my Nikon D5100 and D7000. Works like a charm in TTL and manual mode and the range is quite acceptable up to 35m.

    I have no doubt it will work with a Yongnuo YN568EX, so you would then have full TTL, Manual control with HSS with no additional cost for radio triggers. Personally I like this type of setup, a commander on the camera and your flashes operating directly off the commander.

    Sure there are limitations, the infra red signalling has a limited range compared to a radio based system, if you can live with that then its another cost effective option to consider.

    I might add that the AF assist light on the Debao works very well.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Ross,

      Thanks for that. Radio is really finally replacing infra red / optic systems though. There’s nothing wrong with optic if it works in the conditions that suit you, its just that radio takes away any chance of limitations, simplifying things a lot more.

      In a few years radio will be built in instead of the optic system, and at virtually no extra cost as the optic is now. We already have radio transmitters like the YN-622 at half the price of the YN-ST-E2 and Debao etc optic transmitters. Its only a matter of time now, but Nikon themselves are dragging the chain a little now.

  3. Jeroen 6 years ago

    is it possible te set the manuel power with this strato, so i dont have walk to my Nikon Flash

    • mark 6 years ago

      Jeroen, I’ve been trying to get the answer to that question too but I haven’t found anything thus far.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Jeroen,

      Sorry no, the Strato TTL are just a simple TTL trigger only. They won’t adjust manual power levels or do TTL groups or ratios.

      You would need the Odin, or coming Mitros+ flash with Odin built in, for remote manual power control. Thanks.

  4. Patrik 6 years ago

    First time asking something online but really need help. When putting the transmitter on the Nikon d600 it won’t let me shoot at anything over 1/200 SS. Anyone know why?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi Patrik,

      This may be a silly question, but have you selected HSS mode on the Strato TTL transmitter?

  5. antonio pereira 6 years ago

    hi

    can some one tell me here to buy for nikon
    because dont find one retail in europe

    best regards

    antonio pereira

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 years ago

      Hi antonio,

      You may be able to purchase directly from the Phottix Store.

    • Peter 6 years ago

      Antonio, Park Cameras sell them in the UK £99 – I just bought them. They came with no instructions though.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 6 years ago

        Hi Peter,

        Thanks for that. The Instructions would likely be on a CD or flash drive. Did you happen get either of those with them? Thanks.

  6. Andy C 5 years ago

    Will this unit trigger the photix mitros flash in tttl?

  7. Andy C 5 years ago

    Just want to add..I love this site…I do professional event and corporate work…including headshots, architectural and promo work….I use the canon rt flashes mixed with my godox 180’s in up to a 5 light system…the rt’s are triggered by the fabulous younuo rt flash controller which sits atop a photix strato transmitter on my canon hotshoe…the photix fires the 180’s and the younnuo fires and controls the output of my rt’s…I have a separate controller for the output of the 180’s on my waist…it all works seamlessly and very reliably…I often have to shoot in large hospital lobbies at pretty great distances…never a glitch and I don’t have to be running back and forth to set my lights….the only drawback is I can’t get hss from my 180’s with this setup

  8. Amitabha 5 years ago

    I am little confused here; this is a simple TTL trigger does that mean I will not be able to trigger my flash manually using these transmitter receiver set?.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Amitabha,

      You definitely won’t be able to have any remote power control with the flashes set to manual mode.

      Whether you can simply trigger them at all may depend on the model you are using, or how you go about it.

      The receiver has a 3.5mm sync port, so you should still be able to fire any flash if its connected via a sync cord from flash to receiver.

      Using the receiver hotshoe I’m not sure. You may need to cover the TTL contacts with paper etc to allow this to work. Though the sync port and cord would be the surefire method.

  9. Patrick 4 years ago

    Hi, i was thinking of buying the canon system, but i am hesitant. The sales man insists that this trigger and receiver system will give me HSS with the Yongnuo 560 III’s i currently have. Now i don’t know if thats true. Can you verify this for me please.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Patrick,

      No the YN-560 III’s do not have HSS or TTL, so all the Strato TTL triggers would be able to do is simply fire them.

      The YN560-TX can fire and control the power levels of YN-560 III flashes, and without any external radio receiver needed.

      As will the YN-560 IV flash working as a master flash on the camera. But no HSS or TTL with these flashes.

  10. Adam Borman 4 years ago

    Hi,

    I just bought this TTL kit for Canon. I’m wondering if it’ll work with a YN600EX-RT flash? Thanks.

  11. Maui Hidalgo 4 years ago

    Just wondering if I can trigger my Strato II receivers in “hypersync” mode with this Strato TTL trigger. Or do I need to use strato ttl receivers to achieve flash sync speed over 1/250. Was thinking of getting the Odin but I don’t need all the bells and whistles it provides.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Maui,

      I don’t have the Strato TTL to confirm this unfortunately, though its possible it could work.

      You may be best to try and check this with Phottix though, because it is possible to not provide the pre-sync signal at the receiver for non TTL flashes as well.

      You definitely won’t have the ODS timing adjustment like the Odin have, so you may want to mention you’re not after ODS, just the basic pre-sync signal for a manual flash mounted on Strato II receivers.

      That may still be a bit beyond their customer service knowledge though unfortunately.

      • Maui Hidalgo 4 years ago

        I see. I guess I just have to go to a physical store and test it there.

        Thanks on the speedy reply. More power to you.

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