Last year, I reviewed the Profoto B1 Strobe, and named it the best strobe on the market today. Phottix is looking to take that crown with their newly released Indra500 TTL, a 500w/s studio strobe with an optional battery pack. What puts it ahead of the competition? How about TTL built in, as well as High Speed Sync.
Just a few years ago, I was working on location, carrying a 22lb Vagabond II on my shoulder, with an Alien Bee on a boomarm on my other shoulder. While I was certainly in better shape than I am now, I was also always exhausted. In just a few years, the world of strobes has completely changed, and has allowed for smaller battery packs, and faster sync speeds.
In the latest announcement, Phottix has announced the Indra500. Packed with 500w/s, the Indra500 also features wireless controlling using the Phottix Oden or Mitros, TTL modes for automatic exposure, LED modeling lamp, 380 full power shots on a single charge using the Indra battery system (AC options also available), and perhaps most exciting of all, High Speed Sync up to 1/8000th of a second. To top it all off, the Indra500 TTL isn't just a strobe to be used with the battery pack. You're also able to use this as a normal studio strobe, with an AC power cable included.
“We’re very happy with the Indra500 TTL,” said Phottix CEO Steve Peer. “It provide photographers with a lot of power and options. Having High Speed Sync on a studio light is a game changer for helping control ambient light.”
For more information on the Phottix Indra500, check out their Promotional Brochure.
The Indra500 is expected to be released in October 2014, for $1295.