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February 3, 2016
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Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger for Sony announced (ships in April)


Phottiz announced the new Odin II TTL Flash Trigger. The Sony version will be available in April (Now only Canon/Nikon versions are available for preorder). Here is the full press text:

Introducing the Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger

Phottix adds cutting edge functionality and features to its flagship trigger
Eagerly anticipated by thousands of Odin customers, the Odin II is the result of requests from Professional Photographers demanding more from their TTL flash systems.  Phottix is delivering on its promises to provide the very best system available today.
Unrivalled Control and Streamlined User Interface
The Odin II allows more control than ever before.  The controls are logical, simple to use, and allow extremely fast adjustments.
With five groups, A, B, C, D and E, the dedicated quick access buttons allow changes to be made by simply turning the new thumb wheel which is perfectly placed below the improved large LCD screen to adjust the compensation.  The backlit LCD panel shows the settings at a glance.  Now you can control five channels or groups of lights at the touch of a button, in TTL Mode or in a combination of full manual mode and TTL – the choice is yours.  When switching a group off, its display line disappears from the screen, showing just the groups remaining active.

Backward Compatibility
The Odin II system is compatible with the original Odin system, Phottix Mitros+ Speedlights, the award-winning Indra360 and Indra500 TTL Studio lights, Strato and Strato II receivers, and Atlas II in receiver mode.  Using channels 1 to 4 you can work with the kit you already own with the Phottix Odin II.

More Channels and Digital ID
To take advantage of the Phottix Odin II, a total of 32 channels can be used, channels 5 to 32 use the full functionality of the Odin II receiver, including a user-set digital ID for the ultimate in secure triggering.  Users can remotely control Speedlight zoom settings, providing the perfect coverage from a wide angle to a spot light.  When shooting with the Phottix Indra360/500 series, the Odin II transmitter also offers remote modelling light control and full light ratio controls.

High Speed Sync and Overdrive Sync
High Speed Sync with TTL flashes and Overdrive Sync with manual enable flash photography at up to 1/8000 second for creative photographers.  The newly added AF assist light makes autofocus a breeze in dimly lit locations.  An additional ten custom functions allow users to customise the Odin II, including switching on/off the audible beep, screen brightness, an AF Illuminator function and the ODS system control functionality, as well as a full factory reset should you need it.

Firmware Updates
Firmware upgrades for the Phottix Mitros+ and Phottix Indra360/500 will soon be available to take advantage of the new features of the Odin II – these will be announced shortly via the Phottix Journal and on the website.

Major Features 

  • 5 groups A, B, C, D and E
  • 32 channels with user-set Digital ID on channels 5 to 32
  • Group buttons and thumbwheel control for fast operation
  • TTL Power Control +/- 3EV
  • Manual Power Control 1/1 to 1/128th
  • High Speed Sync – up to 1/8000s on compatible cameras
  • Second Curtain Sync (Nikon and Sony only)
  • AF Assist Light
  • Flash zoom control
  • Modelling Light Control with Indra500/360
  • 2.4 GHz, Range up to 100 metres
  • Compatible with Indra500/360 TTL, Mitros+, Odin, Strato, Strato II and Atlas II
  • Always up to date via the latest Firmware.

Odin II for Nikon and Canon will be available from all Platinum Dealers week commencing 15th of February 2016, the Sony Odin II is expected to arrive in late April.

February 3, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony A7s II vs A7r II review : 4k noise compared

Loxia 21mm test at Itmedia.
Mirrorless vs. DSLR Mount Question (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Earnings Call Transcript (Image sensor world).
Sony RX100 IV review at

Bernie Aniciete:Almost at 11k views in 4 days. Filmed with a6000, LX100 for time-lapse, and DJI Phantom 3 Pro in Saint Louis.

Hanna Saba:Here is a short video i did on what is in my camera bag. This is all the gear i have and use. Hope you guys enjoy. Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe smile emoticon

February 2, 2016
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Competition news: Canon announces the EOS-1D X Mark II beast!

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Something Sony doens’t have in their product protfolio is a very high end system camera. If they are going to offer such a camera well it has to compete against the today’s announced EOS-1D X Mark II beast (specs here).

In short those are the key features:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, Optional Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Mag. Alloy Body, CFast & CF Card Slots
February 1, 2016
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Sony monochrome sensor patent

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32 lens, 41 beam splitter, monochrome 42 imaging element , 43 color image pickup device

Egami spotted a new Sony patent descirbing a Sony Black and White sensor. The patent is in japanese and I have to rely on google translation tool to understand it. But it seems like the sensor is actually a hybrid Black and White and Color sensor. Sony seems to recognize that some color information is needed to get a better Black and White performance. I hope our Japanese readers can confirm this.

The google translation of the patent is as follows:


  • Patent Publication No. 2015-231052
    • Published 2015.12.21
    • Filing date 2014.6.3
  • Sony patents
    • Monochrome image pickup device and a color image pickup device I have
    • If the magnification chromatic aberration or less constant, the monochrome image pickup device to output an image by
    • If the magnification chromatic aberration is more than a predetermined color image pickup device and outputs the monochrome corrects the chromatic aberration of magnification of the image by
    • You can select an image for each image height


February 1, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

Adorama Exclusive – PhotoPlus 2015: Sony RX1R II, a7S II and a7R II

A7RM2 memory functions for landscape photography by Richard Fox.
Sony to Acquire Altair Semi For $212 Million (Eetimes).
Real Anamorphic for less? The Rectilux 3FF-W single focus adapter reviewed (Newsshooter).
Loxia 21mm vs Batis 25mm (Mirrorlessons).
Voigtlander 2/28 Ultron tested on the A7s by Philip Reeve.
Plane Spotting with the A7II (SonyAlphaForum).
Movie set photographer switching to A7rII (ilovehatephoto).
Loxia 2/50 full size A7R II samples at Pixelmania.

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