All-in-One Manual Trigger Works with Any Camera System
Review by Michael Corsentino
Phottix recently released two manually operated lighting tools, the Phottix Odin Lite Flash Trigger and its companion the Juno Manual Hot Shoe Flash, also reviewed in this issue on the previous page.
The best way to take your flash photography to the next level, especially in the case of portraits, isn’t about which light modifier you’re using or which brand of flash you have, it’s about getting your flash out of the camera’s hot shoe and giving it some direction away from the camera. This simple step will single-handedly improve your lighting. To do this correctly requires one thing: a wireless transmitter. When you’re working with remote flash, wireless-radio triggers are the way to go. They afford maximum flexibility with respect to placement, and prevent tripping over wires.
The Odin Lite Flash Trigger is really simple to operate because, well, it’s manual. That means no TTL or High Speed Sync support. Don’t let manual intimidate you; it’s one of the best and easiest ways to master flash photography. More power or less power, that’s manual in a nutshell.
The Odin Lite includes control of up to 4 groups with 32 channels. Power and zoom for all of the Phottix Mitros+, Juno series speedlights, and Indra series studio lights can be controlled remotely. The Odin Lite’s mounting foot is also universal, making it compatible with any hot-shoe equipped camera.
Oden II users will recognize the Odin Lite’s similar form factor, design, and interface. Its four groups (A, B, C, and D) are controlled via the large LCD screen, and an assignable unique digital ID prevents anyone else inadvertently triggering your flash.
All in all, the Phottix Odin Lite Flash Trigger provides a simple, straightforward, and relatively inexpensive way to enter the wonderful world of off-camera flash. ■