The announcement of the Indra 500 from Phottix looks interesting.

It is a 500ws head just like a good studio light, uses a rechargeable battery or mains power.

Then add in high speed sync for Nikon & Canon, and you have unit that could appeal to many. The design looks pleasingly straight forward also.

The questions for me as always as a pro are these:

Just how good will it be, day in day out, with heavy duty use? From what I have seen and been told, Phottix do make some good stuff but this is new ground for them. Only time will tell, no one yet knows.

In reality though the other question relevant to some but not all will be; does it open up access to a good range of high quality lighting accessories such as soft boxes, reflectors, beauty dishes etc?

On that score I am not sure it does at present. Or what plans the company have if many to do all of that.

But if you can get by with umbrella lighting (and on my workshops many are amazed at just how good that can be), you get power, portability with the automation of a Speedlight/Speedlite.

Plus sync potential up to your cameras top speeds and all the creative potential that brings.

May be worth looking into, but I think you will also have to add your own stands. Here we go with the official details:

Phottix Indra 500 TTL

Introducing the new Portable Battery or Mains Studio Flash from Phottix

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The new Phottix Indra 500 TTL is a 500 Watt TTL portable Studio Flash Light featuring High Speed Sync.  Under the hood is the ultimate in control, thanks to the built-in, award-winning Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon and Nikon. The Indra500 TTL is the perfect way to unleash your creativity. Use TTL to shoot fast moving events like weddings, shoot on-location, control ambient light with high speed sync and shoot wide-open with shutter speeds up to 1/8000s.

The Indra 500 TTL offers 8 stops of power adjustment – from full power to 1/128 – perfect for overcoming midday sun or adding just a hint of light when shooting with large apertures. TTL exposures can be adjusted in +/- 3 EV levels.

Using a Li-ion Battery Pack the Phottix Indra is the perfect on-location light with recharge times of 2 seconds and 360 full-power flashes (High-Speed Mode) when fully charged. It’s small but extremely powerful. In the studio the Phottix Indra can be used with an AC adapter and can fully recharge in 1 second. The Indra500 packs a lot of power and control into a compact and versatile studio light.

The Indra 500 is available as 3 different options, as follows:

Indra 500 TTL Head only. Suggested retail price £699.99

Indra 500 TTL Studio Light with AC Adapter Kit. Suggested retail price £929.99

Indra 500 TTL Studio Light with rechargeable Battery Pack. Suggested retail price £999.99

Features / Tech Spec of studio light
•  500Ws Studio Light with LED Modelling Light
•  TTL Auto, Manual and Stroboscopic (1-100Hz) Modes
•  High Speed Sync – 1/8000s shutter speeds, Second Curtain Sync
•  Manual Power 1/128 to Full Power in 1/3 Stop increments
•  4-Channel Wireless Radio Control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems
•  Phottix Odin for Canon and Nikon Receivers Built in, Phottix Strato II Receiver Built in
•  Large TFT LCD display, 3.5mm Sync Port and USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
•  Weight: 2.1kg, Dimensions: 267mm L x 140mm Dia x 190mm H
•  Battery or Mains Powered (400 full-power shots using 5Ah Indra Battery Pack, 0.1s to 2s recycle times)

End. (28/01/15).