Chinese photo accessory company Rikon have release details of their upcoming Dazzne Kody TTL radio trigger for Canon. The Kody are a fully featured TTL trigger reminiscent of the current Phottix Odin, but with the addition of a TTL pass through hotshoe on top, and expected lower price around the $250 range.
Like the Phottix Odin the Kody allow TTL and Remote Manual to be mixed within any of three groups, as well as HSS to 1/8000th, Second Curtain Sync, and Manual or Auto Zoom setting in all three groups.
Those with a keen eye may notice the Kody shares exactly the same specs as the upcoming Pixel King II, which are also due out within the next few months.
The King II have a similar, though much more compact interface. This is a big improvement over the the current Kings which have no interface of their own, relying on the slow and limited Canon cameras Flash Control Menu to make adjustments.
People sometimes comment about (possibly mainly the look of) the higher profile Odin transmitter unit on camera. The Kody is clearly a little lower but its hard to get a sense of scale, so I put a bit of a side by side comparison together matching up the size of the feet in the images. This should give a reasonable indication of the size comparison –
With the Kody still having a reasonably high profile, the pass through ETTL hotshoe on top is definitely going to have some limitations. A full size speedlight mounted on top would most certainly be a recipe for disaster. With the added height and leverage it would only be a matter of time before something is broken.
With that said, the pass though hotshoe is still a great advantage as you can mount a flash above the camera on an on-camera flash bracket, and just use a short TTL cord to connect the two. Where as the Odin requires another receiver, which is added cost, and batteries, and therefore weight, mounted above the camera. The hotshoe would also still be fine for mounting a small speedlight used as a direct on-camera fill light, or possibly mounting some other manual triggers on top to help extend the system.
One thing I did notice just looking at the image of the Kody transmitter, is they have the + and – buttons on the wrong side, where they actually have them on the opposite (and right way around), with the + / – dial on the King II transmitter.
The problem is when you have your right hand on the camera grip, your left will have to reach right across blocking the transmitter LCD screen while making the important + / – adjustments. The group button is only pressed once so those should be on the far side, as they are on the King II. The Odin buttons are bellow the screen so there is no issue there.
Direct access to each group is a slight advantage over the Odins, where you do have to scroll to reach other groups. I have spoken to Phottix about this and they are open to possibly updating the Odin button functions.
Unlike the current Pixel Kings and YongNuo YN-622C there is no focus assist light on the Kody Tx unit (an no room to easily add one in future either).
We haven’t see the front of the King II yet, but I would be very surprised if they don’t still have an AF light as well. A number of new YN-622C owners have commented on how they had not really though much about an AF light, but what a great advantage it is to have one now.
USB port for firmware updates is very good future insurance, something the YN-622C lacks. Pixel just released a firmware update for the current Kings now providing ETTL ratios. That’s the most significant firmware update so far, though there have still been a number of problems actually getting the firmware to load from a PC, an issue we also had with the very early updates.
Also note the same size locking ring as the current Pixel King which is considerably smaller than ideal.
A 3.5mm sync port instead of the traditional PC sync socket is great news. This may apparently be an output to fire a flash wired from the Tx.
Standard AA batteries in both transmitter and receiver are ideal.
Note also the the receiver actually has no foot, just a 1/4″ 20 threaded mounting hole. This may well be in response to numerous broken plastic feet on current triggers. They could have added a metal foot, but I guess this saves cost, size, and weight. We have always recommended using the threaded mounting hole when possible anyway, now you don’t have any choice.
Receivers have good straight forward channel and group buttons similar to the Odin Rx units. On/Off switch is easy to access.
Also note the AUTO channel option, this is something first seen in the Hahnel Viper (Remote Manual trigger with ETTL pass through hotshoe). The auto option seeks out the clearest channel for best reception, though at least there are still traditional manual selections available in case the auto does not live up to expectations.
And lastly another slightly curious addition is a shutter release / sync cord socket in the receiver. I’m not sure if this is just for a wired shutter release, or for triggering a remote camera via the first camera (with Kody Tx mounted). If the later is the case, there is generally a delay between the two cameras firing, so only the first will have any flashes in sync. A shutter release is not something often seen on TTL triggers other than the more complex PocketWizards.
Specs availabe so far –
System Mode: Digital FSK 2.4GHz
Distance Range: Up to 100m
Wireless Channel: 15 Fixed Channels and 1 Auto Channel.
Receiver: Output support TTL, Hot shoe and connecting cable socket
Transmitter: Transmitter 300Hrs(AA 1.2V 2400mAH rechargeable battery)
Receiver: Receiver 200Hrs(AA 1.2V 2400mAH rechargeable battery)
Flash Mode: E-TTL、TTL、M (For Canon)
Support Mixed Mode Output (Such as, TTL Mode in Group A, M Mode in Group B).
Support different EV addition/subtraction of each TTL group setting.
Support Output Light Ratio.
Sync Mode: 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain, High Speed Sync Red-eye reduction
Group Control: 3 different groups
Function: Supports flash zooming, focal length, ISO, shutter speed, FV lock and FP
Sync Speed: 1/8000S
Compatible Flash: Flashgun, Studio light and outdoor light
Firmware Support: Support upgrade the device online
The Kody will be a very interesting offering for the price, expected around $250 a set.
The self contained interface allowing fast adjustment, and mixed ETTL and Remote Manual groups, is still a big step ahead of the current Pixel Kings and YN-622C. YongNuo have really stepped up with the YN-622C though compared to the current Pixel Kings, taking care of all the important finer details and loose ends which Pixel overlooked.
There is a Rikon Dazzne Flash Light on the way though too, which is also pretty significant as it means ensured compatibility and smooth communication with the Kody and a cheaper third party flash option. Mixing third party gear is becoming the biggest source of problems encountered now as they become more popular, so flash and triggers of the same brand is a big advantage. The Dazzne Flash Light may even have a significant trick up its sleeves.
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