Strobists, get your wallet ready. Phottix has announced the details and release date of its upcoming Odin II flash triggers. Not only has Phottix announced the new triggers, but Sekonic has also announced a new pair of LITEMASTER PRO light meters designed specifically for Elinchrom and Phottix lighting equipment.
First up are the second generation Odin flash triggers. Set to go on sale in mid-February, the triggers allow wireless Through the Lens (TTL) control of both hotshot and portable flash units, and work with Nikon Canon and Sony cameras.
Improving upon their predecessors, the Odin II units will add two extra control groups, ten new custom functions, a digital ID option for channels and 28 additional channels to the radio’s arsenal, making them more versatile in congested environments.
For those familiar with the Odin system, you’ll know there are both transmitters and receivers. While Phottix lights have built-in receivers, negating the need to purchase extra, you can also buy your own receivers and attach them to other speed light or strobe systems for better range and performance.
Canon and Nikon will be the first to receive triggers, with Sony making a debut a bit later, in April. The transmitters will cost $210 (Nikon, Canon), while the receivers will set you back $160 (Nikon, Canon)
Up next are the light meters from Sekonic.
Appropriately titled L–478DR-U-EL (for Elinctrom) and L–478DR-U-PX (for Phottix), these updated light meters are designed specifically around each platform’s specialties, making way for a custom workflow.
Specifically, the L–478DR-U-EL offers wireless triggering and control of Elinchrom flash units, while the L–478DR-U-PX do the same for Phottix’s Strato II system. Both devices can be honed in using Sekonic’s Data Transfer Software (DTS) system that automatically calibrates the meters to the cameras being used.
Visually, the two models remain almost identical, with the exception of different rubberized body colors and labelling for their respective systems. On the front is a 2.7” LCD touchscreen for changing settings, both on the meter itself, as well as any connected flash units.