Phottix reveals first ever studio lighting system compatible with Canon's RT radio flash system

The newest Phottix lighting head will be able to take advantage of Canon’s radio control remote flash system, the lighting manufacturer has revealed today – the first lighting system to do so.

According to Phottix, the Indra 500 LC incorporates the radio control for both the Canon RT and Phottix Laso systems. This means it’ll be possible to fire the Indra 500 LC remotely off-camera using a Speedlite 600RX II-RT flash or ST-E3-RT with full, 500W/s TTL flash metering – so photographers to shoot in shutter and aperture priority modes at full power with no extra hardware required. In practice, this will mean also mean the ability to shoot at high-speed sync speeds (if a camera has the feature), so users can shoot wider apertures while still controlling ambient light.

Aside from roping in the Canon radio control, making use of their own Laso system means that photographers also won’t have to ditch all their old flashes to make use of it. The system is built around backward compatibility – so users add a Phottix Laso Receiver to older equipment and have full ability to control and trigger it, and your other Canon RT-enabled flashes, together with the Indra 500 LC.

In manual mode, the Indra 500 LC also offers EV control and 8 stops of power adjustment, from full power to 1/128 sec in 1/3rd-stop increments. In Stroboscopic mode, it’ll also be useful for creative shooting and special effects, with a flash frequency of 1-100 flashes/second and flash counts of 1-100 times.

Also included when buying will be a a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new smaller 5” reflector for improved manoeuvrability when on location.

The Indra 500 LC is scheduled for a mid-November release, priced at £1,099 including VAT.