It’s here. The Phottix Odin, an ETTL capable remote flash trigger that has just hit the market. The release announcement was today and they will start shipping next week. I’ll add some links to the Phottix Store as soon as it’s ready to buy. From talk that’s gone on around the photography world in recent months, this is a device that has been eagerly awaited by many since it was first announced earlier this year. As a Phottix-sponsored photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time over the past few months testing with demo samples of the Odin and providing some feedback to Phottix from real world situations. Now that it’s been released, I can offer you my thoughts on this unit. What follows is based on my experiences with the Odin and is in no way influenced by my relationship with Phottix.
I recently had the opportunity to do some pre-release testing of the newly released Phottix Atlas Wireless Flash Triggers. Steve Peer, CEO of Phottix, is someone I’d known online for a couple of years, and he approached me about doing some testing for them. My first thought after agreeing was that the testing should be videoed, so I called Michael Geier and Peter du Preez from FirstZoom TV and arranged to both use their studio and have them make the video. We tested it in a studio environment with a single model, Betty, as our subject and assistance from colleague Dilip. Subsequent testing was outside on location just after dawn, and we also used them in a lighting workshop I taught at FirstZoom Studios where 9 photographers put them through their paces on 3 different setups. The video of the first test is after the jump. Incidentally, the video was filmed on a Canon 7D.