Phottix Indra500 TTL Light

Phottix Indra500 TTL Light Battery-Powered Studio Light

The mono light space is heating up, and that's good news for consumers. Phottix has a winner on its hands with their recently announced Indra500 TTL Light, an on-the-go strobe that's safe to call "the complete package." Why? Simply because the Indra500 TTL Light includes all the must-have features for which the masses have been clamoring but not getting from manufacturers who've already come to market with similar offerings and left people waiting and wanting.

At 500 Ws, the Indra500 TTL Light is no slouch in the power department. Then add TTL capability, built-in triggering for both Canon and Nikon DSLRs via Phottix's Odin TTL Flash Trigger technology, and things start to get really interesting. It doesn't stop there. The Indra500 TTL Light is also the first product brought to market featuring high-speed sync (HSS), providing top sync speeds up to 1/8000. TTL shooters rejoice! That alone is a game changer, but the amenities continue with the Indra500's dual-power options that allow operation via its included li-ion battery or AC adapter, making it the perfect light for location and studio use. I call that a win-win.

Rounding out this awesome light, additional features include an 8-stop power range; Manual and Stroboscopic modes; Second Curtain Sync; ±3 EV adjustments; manual power from 1/128 to full power in 1/3-stop increments; an LED modeling light; a built-in Phottix Strato II Receiver; 400 full-power shots using the 5000 mAh Indra battery pack; and 2-second recycle times. At just under 5 lbs, the Indra500 TTL Light packs a punch.

Company: Phottix
Price: $1,295
Rating: 4.5
Hot: Portable; AC/DC power; TTL; HSS; Canon- and Nikon-compatible
Not: Adjustments in 1/10-stop increments would be nice