Announced during Photokina last year, the Phottix Mitros had its official release this past week at WPPI in Las Vegas. The first flash from Phottix, it offers ETTL, high-speed sync, rear curtain sync, an optical slave and is compatible with Canon’s IR system. At this stage only Canon versions are available, with Nikon compatible units expected in May 2013 and Sony coming in Q3.
Before I jump in and talk about it, let me give you a quick reminder about Photography Projects For a Rainy Weekend, my just-released series of video tutorials. You can have a 20% discount on it if you use the code mitros. Be quick as there are a limited number available at that price.
With a guide number of 58, full TTL functionality as well as manual and multi modes, the Phottix Mitros is in competition with camera manufacturer’s flagship models. It also features a 3.5mm sync port making a refreshing change from the much-hated PC port’s we’re used to. The unit runs on 4 AA batteries with recycle times of 0.1 – 5s in normal mode or 0.1 – 2.5s in fast flash mode. Using the Mitros side-by-side with a Canon 580exII, both with fully charged eneloop batteries, the Mitros was delivering slightly faster flash recycling than the Canon unit (NB the 580exII is a few years old now).
As a member of the Phottix Pro Team, I’ve had been working with them testing the units since late 2012. Over those few months using it in a variety of both test shoots and real world situations, it’s become my go-to flash. It performs flawlessly with the various radio triggers I regularly use, as well as working well in conjunction with my Canon speedlights. The operation is fairly similar to how Canon lights work, although I did manage to get tripped up a couple of times when adjusting the power in manual mode on the unit. It’s easy enough to do but for some reason my brain kept telling me to press the wrong button.
As I write this, the Mitros is available for sale in selected retailers in the USA, UAE, Indonesia and the Philippines with sales in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Spain coming later this month and other countries in April. It has a suggested retail price of US$349. Below is the feature list.
- E-TTL, M, Multi (Stroboscopic) modes
- Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom with 180 degree rotation and 97 degree tilt
- High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync
- Flash Exposure Compensation: Manual, Bracketed
- Fast Flash Mode: with 0.1-2.5 sec. recharge times
- USB port for upgrades
- 3.5mm Sync port
- Canon-compatible IR Wireless Triggering with Master and Slave mode
- Optical Slave Sync Mode
- 4 AA batteries
- Port for external battery pack
- Compatible with Phottix Odin TTL Flash Triggers for Canon
The Phottix Mitros is powerful, with a guide number of 58 and features high quality components – custom designed by Phottix or imported from America, Japan or Taiwan. The flash features full TTL functionality as well as manual and multi modes. It is the perfect compliment to the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger system.
Use it on camera for shooting events or weddings, or off-camera with a Phottix flash trigger, light stand and umbrella or softbox for portraits or product photography. This is a professional-level flash – at home on-location or in the studio.
- Guide No.: 58/190 (at 105mm focal length, ISO 100 in meters/feet)
- Flash coverage: 24-105mm (14mm with wide angle diffuser panel)
- Auto zoom (Flash coverage automatically adjusts to match the lens focal length)
- Manual zoom (Zoom can be adjusted by changing setting on the flash/camera)
- Rotation: 360 degrees, Up-Down: -7 to 90 degrees.
- FEC (Flash exposure compensation): Manual
- FEB (Flash exposure bracketing): ±3 stops in 1/3 stop increments (Manual flash exposure compensation and FEB can be combined)
- Sync modes: First Curtain Sync, Second Curtain Sync, and High Speed Sync
- Stroboscopic flash: 1-199Hz
- Flash exposure confirmation: Blue LED lamp lights up in E-TTL mode
- Flash Recycling (with size-AA alkaline batteries)
- Recycling time/Flash-ready indicator:
- Internal power: Four size-AA alkaline batteries or size-AA Ni-MH batteries
- External battery: Compatible with Phottix Battery Pack and Canon compact battery pack CP-E4 through specific adapter
- Power saving: Non-wireless slave modes: 90 seconds, Wireless slave mode: 60 minutes
- Wireless flash
- Transmission method: Optical pulse
- Channels: 4
- Wireless options: OFF, Master, Slave and Optical Slave
- Transmission range (Approx.): ( Indoors:12-16m/39.36-52.48 ft., Outdoors: 7-9m/22.96-29.52 ft., Reception angle:±40°(horizontal)，±30°(vertical)
- Controlled slave groups: 3 (A, B, and C)
- Flash ratio control: 1:8-1:1-8:1
- Standby current: ≤100uA in sleep mode
- Dimensions: (L x W x H): 202.8×77.5×58.3 mm
- Weight: 427g (flash only, excluding batteries)
Normal flash: Approx.0.1-5 sec./Red LED indicator lamp lights up.
Quick flash: Approx.0.1-2.5 sec./Green LED indicator lamp lights up.