Flash and accessories brand Phottix has introduced a new studio flash head that can be powered via the mains in a studio environment or through a portable battery pack when flash is needed in the field. The Phottix Indra 500TTL offers 500 watts of output across eight settings from full power to 1/128th power and, according to Phottix, it can be synchronised with shutter durations as short as 1/8000sec. Depending on output required, flash duration ranges between 1/250sec and 1/15,000sec.

The TTL in the name refers to the fact that the heads have the Phottix Odin wireless radio-control receivers built-in, allowing TTL control with flash exposure compensation of up to +/-3EV for Canon and Nikon camera users. Radio triggering via the Stratto II system works in manual mode, while optical slave and normal sync cable triggering are also possible. Stroboscopic effects can be achieved with light pulsing at rates of 1-100 times per second.

When operating mains-powered the head can recycle in one second after a full-power discharge, while that time doubles when used with the battery pack. The heads are controlled via an LCD panel with orientation sensitivity, and a USB socket is provided for firmware upgrading.

The Phottix Indra battery pack comes with removable lithium-ion cells, so users can choose between 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh options. The 5,000mAh cell is said to be good for 360 flashes with the modeling bulb on, while the 10,000mAh cell will produce 880 flashes. The battery pack allows two heads to be powered at the same time, is equipped with USB charging sockets for mobile phones etc and can also accommodate optional cables for powering Canon or Nikon hotshoe-type guns. It has an operating temperature range of -20 degrees centigrade to 40 degrees, measures 189.5x112x60mm and weighs 1168.7g with the 500mAh cell fitted.

The Indra 500 is available as 3 different options, as follows:

  • Indra 500 TTL Head only. Suggested retail price $830/£699.99
  • Indra 500 TTL Studio Light with AC Adapter Kit. Suggested retail price $1110/£929.99
  • Indra 500 TTL Studio Light with rechargeable Battery Pack. Suggested retail price $1200/£999.99

For more information and to see the accessories visit the Phottix website