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Phottix Strato TTL flash trigger for Nikon is now available

Phottix Strato TTL flash trigger for Nikon
The Phottix Strato TTL flash trigger for Nikon cameras that was announced at the 2012 Photokina show is now shipping and is currently in stock. More information after the jump:

Product description:

The Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon is the newest addition to ever-popular Strato series of flash triggers and wireless remotes. It provides an easy-to-use and affordable TTL flash triggering solution to photographers. With the LCD display and quick-change buttons adjustments are fast and easy. High-speed and second curtain sync are supported in this 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set. Shoot at maximum shutter speeds of 1/8000 s.

Main Features:

  • TTL flash trigger with EV adjustments (+/- 3 stops in 1/3 stops)
  • Quick-change buttons and Backlit LCD to adjust EV level, mode, and channel
  • High Speed Sync mode - 1/8000s
  • Second Curtain Sync mode
  • Wired and wireless shutter release functions
  • 100 meter range
  • Compatible with other Phottix flash triggers

Technical specifications:

  • Transmitting power:≤10dBm
  • Distance: 100m+
  • Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Channel: 4 channels
  • Input voltage:2.2V-3.2V
  • Flash port voltage handling: Transmitter 6V; Receiver ≤300V
  • Batteries: 2xAA alkaline batteries or rechargeable batteries (Transmitter and Receiver); 5V DC on Receiver (external power port)
  • Max sync speed: 1/8000s
  • Output: hot shoe, 3.5mm (Receiver)
  • Input: USB port (transmitter and Receiver)
  • Attachment: 1/4〞 tripod lug, cold shoe (Receiver)
  • Weight: Transmitter 74g; Receiver 72g----without batteries
  • Body dimension: Transmitter L 92.5 * W 47.8 * H 45.5 mm; Receiver L 93.3 * W 46.7 * H 45.4 mm
  • Antenna:Built-in PCB antenna
  • Operating temperature: 0℃~ +50℃
  • Operating humidity: 35﹪~95﹪RH
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  • Aldo

    got some yongnuos 2 for 80 bucks… they work well and seem like a better deal.

    • Ronan

      Chinese low-end gear.

      Fat from a better deal if you need reliable triggers.

      Good for amateurs/enthusiasm.

      • Aldo

        Things are proven… have used them in 4 events already. Besides, everything is made in China now days.

        • Gjergji Bullari

          Yongnuo might be good for just trigger efect but this two dont compare, as Phottix has TTL which is a big game changer.

          • Aldo

            Sorry I didn’t specify which ones I was talking about. The YN-622N have TTL. These are the newer yongnuos. They may not have the fancy LCD panel as phottix, but they work well for half the price.

            • Imperious Images

              $140 for 1 trigger and 1 receiver

            • Aldo

              thanks for clearing that up

            • mark

              But not compatible with D4 or D3s

      • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

        I haven’t had my Yongnuo’s for long, but I’ve taken over 1000 shots with my four YN-622N’a and have yet to have a single misfire.

        A 100% success rate is pretty damn reliable in by books.

        They are also transceivers, not a transmitter/receiver pairing, so it’s easier to bring spares along in case one fails during a shoot.

        Only downside is they aren’t weather sealed, so you gotta be really careful in the rain with them.

      • Marc W.

        Yes and No. Low end, yes. But,no, that doesn’t mean it’s crap. It’s not pro gear, correct.

        I’ve been using CTR-301p with no problems. $100 for two transmitters and 6 receivers. And it syncs up to 1/500s.

        Will I upgrade to PWs? Yes, eventually.

  • Imperious Images

    Impressive triggers for the price. Thanks for sharing OP

  • JL

    A pity you can’t mount a flash on the transmitter anymore for fill light. Yongnuo yn-622n triggers present better value imo.

    • humenbean

      In all fairness, I’ve used at least 5 different cheapo triggers and they all snap when I try to rock a flash on top of the unit when attached to my camera. They are just saving themselves headache from people running around like a maniac and snapping the units in half.

      • Cliff

        I use the Strato II system and it holds a Speedlight on the transmitter just fine. I just hope they fixed the too easily moved on/off button. I’ve had them turn on in my case while on a job and run the batteries down.

  • Tim Skrastins

    What’s the difference between this and the Phottix Odin? Seems like they both can do TTL and high speed sync…just a different shape or are there feature differences?

    • aim54x

      These only do TTL, not CLS like the ODIN

  • G

    I wonder when Nikon will update their firmware and break these…
    :P

    • Cyrille Berger

      Good thing they have a USB port, most likely to update their own firmware.

    • Chapulin, CO

      Lessons learned: don’t upgrade your firmware right after a new one for your camera comes out. Wait after a reasonable time and no issues or incompatibilities have been reported, get a copy of the previous FW (just in case you need to downgrade it back), and then proceed.

      • Jack S

        Also, avoid proprietary firmware like the plague. Prefer products to be open source.

        • Goomba

          How many open source firmware upgrades are out there for Nikon?

          • Jack S

            Exactly ZERO.

  • Morgan Glassco

    Yep, I will take the YN-622’s over these gladly, just as soon as I book another wedding…

  • rt-photography

    crap! why no ttl flash pass through shoe on the transmitter?
    idiots. for weddings using one on the camera and one off camera for fill on the dance floor is what I want.

    I dont like my 622n. they arent playing nice with my D3’s

    waiting for something to replace them but they put out the 622tx with no flash shoe on them as well. crap.

  • Neopulse

    Finally, although I am looking to get next year the Mitros with Odin mix for an Profoto RFi speedring. Those suckers are pretty nice to own. Glad Phottix is adamant in making great triggers and flashes.

  • Mansgame

    So are these backwards compatible with the older ones? I’ve wanted to try Phottix but not if they’ll be obsolete in 6 months.

    • wys

      “Compatible with other Phottix flash triggers”
      Though it is safe to assume that older Photto triggers will not receive the TTL information so those flashes will have to be set manually but will fire at the same time.

      I have their an older transmitter and 2 receivers so this is a very tempting product for me.

  • Bernard Giroux

    can someone explain why anyone would use these or anything else instead of using a Nikon flash and other Nikon flashes as slaves? Thanks in advance :)

    • Spy Black

      Because you can use these with any flash, TTL or not. With an adapter cable you can use them with monolights in a studio if you have them. Finally, you can get these triggers and two YN flash units for the price of one Nikon flash.

    • Aldo

      If you mean using the nikon flashes without the triggers (commander/slave mode), this method has its limitations for example: range. line of sight and this system becomes unreliable when there is too much ambient light (daylight). For these type of scenarios, using a radio trigger works best. Plus what spy said.

    • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

      These are not flashes, these are TTL capable radio triggers. So to answer your question, because Nikon doesn’t have a product like this (only the old su-800 which is an optical trigger). Nikon is falling behind in flash technology nowadays :-/

      With the su-800 or a flash controlling optical slaves, you need line of sight. With these triggers you don’t. You can place your flashes anywhere you want. Plus the range is about 5 times longer, and it works in all kinds of lighting conditions (optical triggers can be very problematic outdoors in bright light).

      If Nikon was smart, it would release a radio su-800 and simply relaunch the sb-910/sb-700 pair with built in radio receivers. But alas, Nikon hasn’t been very smart lately and is falling behind. Even Canon has had a radio trigger system for over a year now…

    • rt-photography

      No I know what hes asking exactly. if you would just use nikon flashes and set them as master and the others slaves, they have limits in terms of range and how accurate the firing is.

      in a wedding where I didnt have my slaves with me, I tried setting my the flash on my camera as the master and another flash off camera as a slave. the optic slave eye on the off camera flash was turned to point to my camera flash but the flash was behind me. it wasnt work all the time. it was a hit and miss.

      trying this setup outdoors is even worse because its so bright outside, the flash on the camera emitting power isnt strong enough to overcome the brightness and again hit or miss. range is also a main factor. usually it can fire at a perfect line of sight of 30′ or so. but if its not line of sight then sometimes 10′ wont work. even the angle in which both flashes are setup relative to the subject makes a huge difference. on the whole, for indoor shots, its great in a tight controlled setup. close proximity its fine.

      enter wireless radio slaves. they have no line of sight issues. you could be in another room and it will most likely fire. its like a weak cell phone. almost anywhere you could put it and it will fire the other through the 2.4ghz frequency. there are more reliable ones (more expensive ones) and there are less.

      range is also a big plus. they will let you fire them at 30-50+ meters without an issue. it doesnt have to see the flashes optic slave eye and it doesnt have to see the other slave to fire it off. outdoors they have no issue with sunlight. they just fire. (just make sure to get one that does HSS and the flash can as well)

      I know longer have to “think” and calculate where to put flashes so they will always fire. place them behind you. even out of sight and they will fire.

      I did this when I was at the last wedding. the chuppa in the ceremony had a water fountain around the stage. I placed a flash on the back to get them backlit. I couldnt even see the flash and it was firing all the time.

      hope that helped.

  • Anon

    Flash Newbie here. I have a d7100 and a sb-910. If the future may get two more flashes (maybe LP180s). I want a radio system that lets me control the manual flash power (without TTL) from the camera (or on camera controller) without having to walk over and set it on the flash(es). Which Phottix systems allow for this? Thanks.

    • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

      I don’t have a phottix system, but I have four Yongnuo 622N controllers, and they work fine.

      None of these will allow controlling flashes using the menu on your camera. The 622N allows remote control of flashes and setting power levels using the buttons on the transceiver. Takes a bit of time to get used to it though. It has a set of leds on both sides, labeled A, B, C on the rigth and C1 C2 C3 on the left. Long pressing the minus button will cycle these leds. Releasing the button when on B will decrease the power by 1/3 stop for your flash in group B. Releasing the button at C2 will also decrease the bower of group B, but by a full stop. A bit convoluted, but far better then having to walk to your flashes.

      A small problem is that you don’t have feedback on the exact power level of your flashes. However, you can check the exact power settings after the shot in image review (just press the up or down buttons on your camera until you get the screen with this info.

      And it has a fairly big advantage over the Phottix you see here. The YN622N can operate in both manual and TTL modes. This is good, especially if you’re a beginner. Using manual mode is recommended if you are new to off-camera flash – you’ll learn more and it’s just easier to predict and understand than TTL. TTL has just too many variables. That said, it has it has advantages – you can get a shot faster, or with moving subjects, power levels will be adjusted automatically (while keeping the overall ratio you set constant).

      My recommendation is to go for the YN622N triggers, and combine them with the Nikon SU-800. The YN622N will translate the optical signals into radio, so you can use the menu on the su-800 to set everything you want.

      • dns

        have you used Su800 with YN622N?

        • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

          Not yet, I’m planning to buy it soon, it’s just difficult to find it around here. All the reports I’ve seen indicate they work together well.

          • FlashHavoc

            The YN-622N-TX is looking to be available before the end of the year. That should be better suited as a master than the SU-800 (1/3rd stop manual power levels as well) –

            http://flashhavoc.com/yn-622n-tx-first-image-emerges/

            • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

              I know, but unfortunately I live in Vietnam, the YN622N took a year to reach this country, hence opting for the su-800. Thanks for the tip anyway, if you live in the States or Europe, waiting for the TX is probably a good idea.

            • FlashHavoc

              Hi Csaba, Wow that is slow postage :-)

              Seriously though, the YongNuo ebay store, or many of the HK sellers should ship to Vietnam in no time?

            • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

              Maybe – never tried them. I guess there is no market demand. This is Canon country (Nikon doesn’t advertise at all here, as if they’ve given up this 90 million market completely!). The 622C was here a couple of months after launch.

              Just bought the su-800 today, and it works fine. Even mixed groups (manual, TTL), so I’m happy :)

    • UA

      All flashes need to be Nikon iTTL compatible flashes if you want to adjust the power levels from transmitter/camera (I do not know if LP180s are such). Apparently this Phottix system does not need/allow a master flash on camera. I do not know about this Phottix system, but with Yongnuo 622N you can change settings from camera menus as well if you have a SB-700/900/910 attached to the transmitter and camera (e.g. camera->yongnuo->sb-700). Maybe this Phottix systems mimics SB-700/900/910 in master mode and one is not needed? Or the other option is that it only allows you to change power levels from the transmitter. I don’t know.

      Canon has a advantage here with Yongnuo. You just need to add the transmitter to your camera, and you can then control flases from camera menus.

    • alberto cabrera

      Look into the Phottix Odin system. It’s expensive but it does what you want. Too many Yougnuos fan boys here LOL. Also…TTL function off camera is a waste of time i think. Just google everything. the info you need is there.

  • MRomine

    Can this unit control manual output of OCF using the Photix Strato II units or is this for TTL only?

  • Zen

    How are they compare to those from PocketWizard?

    • Neopulse

      I think it would be safe to say that they are triggers that are above the PocketWizard Plus III in terms of functionality (like High Speed Sync, TTL metering and Exposure Value adjustment), but less expensive than the PocketWizard Mini TT1-Flex TT5 system (that can do High Speed Sync and TTL, but can’t manually adjust Exposure Values from your camera).

  • http://www.postlinearity.com gregorylent

    i like my non-ttl stratos, but have had to retire two recently, they just started firing randomly .. random radio signals? only affected one, not the others..

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