Flash and accessory manufacturer Phottix has announced a new version of its Indra500 studio head that has a built-in TTL radio receiver for Canon’s RT flash system. The new head can be controlled directly from a Canon RT radio Speedlite in the hotshoe of a compatible camera or by using a Canon ST-E3 or Phottix Laso transmitter instead. The head can be used in flash networks alongside 600EX ll-RT and 430EX lll-RT radio-controlled Speedlites as well as non-RT flash guns that are fitted with a Laso receiver. The Laso receiver converts optically-triggered flashguns so that they can be controlled via 2.4GHz radio signals.

In all other ways the Indra500 LC TTL head is the same as Phottix’s standard Indra500 heads that offer TTL control with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras via the Phottix Odin radio communication system. The heads have a maximum output of 500W/s and provide high speed sync options as well as manual output control across eight stops from 1/128th power. The heads take Bowens S-mount accessories and can be powered by the Phottix Indra 500mAh li-ion battery pack or via a mains adapter.

The company hasn’t announced a price for the Indra500LC TTL but the existing heads retail for $1419 including the battery, battery cable, a 5in reflector and a carry case.

For more information see the Phottix website.

Press release

Another Phottix First: Phottix Indra500LC TTL Studio Light compatible with the Canon RT System

Phottix presents the first studio light system compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The Indra500 TTL, introduced in 2014, was the next generation of Phottix’s innovative TTL products – the Indra500LC takes that one step further – incorporating the radio control and triggering of the Canon RT and the Phottix Laso triggering systems. The Indra500LC gives photographers 500W/s of TTL power, opening up new possibilities and allowing photographers to shoot in shutter and aperture priority modes with incredible power.

High Speed Sync
With the Phottix Indra500LC TTL’s High Speed Sync function photographers can shoot at higher sync speeds* allowing wider apertures while still being able to control ambient light. In manual mode the Indra500LC offers 8 stops of power adjustments – from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop increments. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effect and creative shooting with flash frequencies of 1-100HZ and flash counts of 1-100 times.

Built-in Triggering
The Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Switch between TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels and use high speed sync, all from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter – no extra hardware is needed.

Canon non-RT Flashes
One of the best things of the Phottix Laso Triggering system is its ability to incorporate older non-radio Canon flashes into a photographer’s workflow. There’s no need to set aside older non-RT flashes such as the venerable 580 EXII – add a Phottix Laso Receiver and gain the ability to control and trigger it. Add legacy flashes, Canon RT-enabled flashes – and the Phottix Indra500 LC for a complete lighting solution.

“This the next logical step for the Indra series,” said Phottix CEO Steve Peer. “Canon users can now build on their current lighting system and retain the amazing functionality that system offers”

The Indra500LC comes with a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new, smaller 5” reflector to make the Indra500 LC easier to pack and take on location.

*On compatible cameras.