The Phottix Odin is a radio frequency-controlled system, or simply radio remote. The basic package includes two units: a transmitter and a receiver. Additional receivers are optional. You only need one transmitter to sit in the camera’s hot shoe and trigger compatible i-TTL strobes, but you need a receiver for each off-camera flash. And recently, Phottix introduced a new combo pack that includes one additional receiver—perfect for my two-speedlight setups. The unit tested here is for Nikon and I worked with my Nikon SB-900 speedlights.
The Odin Transmitter is also the Control Unit (which is why it’s called a TCU), and it sports an easily readable, user-friendly digital display. In fact, if you’ve used your Nikon in Commander mode, it’s not a big leap to work with the Odin. I even found the Odin simplified working with off-camera flash when using Nikon’s WU-1b wireless mobile adapter with my D600 and iPad.
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Tabletop: Light Ratio Mode
The light ratio mode (via the Option menu screen) lets you easily adjust TTL lighting when only two Nikon SB-900 speedlights are used. In these two examples (shown with Odin light ratio settings that I used), I first positioned the Group A flash (with diffusion dome) in the front-left corner of the set aimed into the ceiling but angled slightly downward toward the subject. Then I added the Group B strobe, on the floor, bounced into the wall at an upward angle so that it hit the white plastic sweep at the back. A silver card was added on the right for fill. You can see the effect that adjusting the light ratios has on this still life. I prefer the shot where the key light is stronger (4:1) because it gives the crystal goblet more of a high-key feel, while giving the candy wrappers increased presence. ©Jack Neubart