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New: Phottix Mitros+ TTL transceiver flash for Nikon

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The Phottix Mitros+ for Nikon is now officially announced and is currently in stock. Additional details:

The Phottix Mitros is a powerful and durable hot shoe flash that has proven popular since it’s release earlier this year. The Phottix Mitros+ adds significant functionality, allowing photographers to not only use the Mitros on or off camera for lighting, but to  also control and trigger remote flash by radio signal. The Mitros+ is a new industry landmark and was developed with input from wedding and event photographers.

Use the Mitros+ on-camera as a key or fill light, as well as control and trigger other Mitros+ flashes or compatible flashes using Phottix Odin Receivers. The Mitros+ also offers a built-in Phottix Odin Receiver and Strato II Receiver. Existing Phottix triggers, like the Phottix Odin or Strato II can be used to trigger the Mitros+ without extra receivers.

Main Features:

  • + Built-in Odin Transmitter
  • + Built-in Odin Receiver
  • + Built-in Strato II Receiver
  • + Memory Functions

Additional details:

  • GN: 58 Nikon-Compatible TTL Flash
  • Built-in: Phottix Odin Transmitter and Receiver, and Strato II Receiver
  • Optical Slave
  • Nikon-compatible Master/Slave IR Triggering Modes
  • TTL, Manual and Multi Stroboscopic Modes
  • FP Sync and Second Curtain Sync
  • AF Assist Light
  • External Battery Port, 3.5mm Sync Port
  • Quick Flash Mode

Technical Specification:

  • Modes: TTL, Manual, and Multi Stroboscopic
  • Guide No.: 58/190 (at 105mm focal length, ISO 100 in meters/feet)
  • Flash coverage: 17-105mm (14mm with wide angle diffuser panel)
  • Auto zoom (Flash coverage automatically adjusts to match the lens focal length)
  • Manual zoom (Zoom can be adjusted by changing setting on the flash/camera)
  • Rotation: 360 degrees, Up-Down: -7 to 90 degrees.
  • FEC (Flash exposure compensation): Manual
  • Sync modes: First Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, and High Speed Sync
  • Stroboscopic flash: Frequency: 1-100 Hz Number of flashes: 1- 90
  • Flash exposure confirmation: Blue LED lamp lights up in TTL mode
  • Flash Recycling (with size-AA alkaline batteries)
  • Recycling time/Flash-ready indicator:
  • Normal flash: Approx.0.1-5 sec./Red LED indicator lamp lights up.
  • Quick flash: Approx.0.1-2.5 sec./Green LED indicator lamp lights up.
  • Internal power: Four size-AA alkaline batteries or size-AA Ni-MH batteries
  • External battery: Compatible with Phottix Battery Pack and Nikon High-Performance Battery Pack SD-9 through specific adapter
  • Power saving: Non-wireless slave modes: 90 seconds, Wireless slave mode: (programmable) 10 minutes or 60 minutes
  • Wireless flash
  • Transmission method: Radio Frequency and Optical pulse
  • Channels: 4
  • Wireless options: Odin Tx, Odin Rx, Strato II Rx, OP Tx (Master), OP Rx (Slave), OP Slave, OFF
  • Transmission range (Approx.): Radio: 100m +, Optical: Indoors: 12-16m/39.3-52.4 ft., Outdoors: 7-9m/22.9-29.5 ft.
  • Reception angle: Radio: 360 ° all directions, Optical transmission:±40°(horizontal),±30°(vertical)
  • Controlled slave groups: 3 (A, B, and C)
  • Standby current: ≤100uA in sleep mode
  • Dimensions: (L x W x H): 202.8×77.5×58.3 mm
  • Weight: 427g (flash only, excluding batteries)
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  • Zinchuk

    And Nikon will have built in radio wireless when???? When the D4 was released, I expected a radio wireless system to be announced with the new flagship. “Oh, there’s too many worldwide frequency issues” NPS told me. A month later, Canon came out with the 600EX, with wireless. I wonder how they overcame those worldwide problems? The D4/D800 should have had built in wifi which also functioned as a remote camera and flash trigger. We are seeing this on consumer grade hardware already. Why not the flagship? And to my understanding, WIFI works worldwide.
    .

    • Nikon Tells Porkies

      While they don’t have it NPS will also say there’s no need & no demand.
      Remember when they were telling us at seminars that we didn’t really want full frame? “Especially for wide angle lenses”!!!

      • Zinchuk

        Three years ago I personally told them at an NPS event we should have this, and I would expect it in the new upcoming flagship. “We’ve heard that from others,” I was told. No demand, indeed. I’ve held off on buying the Pocketwizard flex system for several years now because I expect the SB920 or whatever they call it to have wireless, and an add-on module for 910s, so why spend $200 each on five flexes (Two 910s, two 600s, one 800)? I’d rather buy new flashes?

        • Nikon Tells Porkies

          If they do bring in wireless there won’t be modules for existing units. Nikon will expect to sell us a whole new flash set up.

    • FForever

      I wonder how a small company like Phottix overcame those problems. :)

      • RMFearless

        ..Then you should see what yongnuo has done with new yn622n-TX…a radio trigger with a kind of su800 commander inside…and nikon?

        http://afriqueitnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tumbleweed.gif

        • Richard Hart

          where can you get the yn622n-TX from? I have looked only see them on a rumours website!

          I do a bit of real estate and currently use nikon cls with sb800s. Not the best in bright light but often works around corners better. There is the su800 which sends an ir beam, which again doesn’t work great around corners or in bright light. I don’t like using the cls through the camera menu. These flashes might be the answer!

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

            Check this eBay link on my PhotoRumors post:

            http://photorumors.com/2014/01/26/what-else-is-new-58/

          • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

            I’ve picked up 4 from dx.com. free shipping!

            http://dx.com/p/yongnuo-yn-622n-wireless-flash-trigger-transceiver-for-nikon-218988

            Many other places are out there, too.

            So far, I’ve had 100% reliability, but I’ve heard that Ni-MH batteries can fail to fire when they get low. I’ve not experienced this yet, though.

            • LarryC

              He’s talking about the newly released 622N-TX with LED display that just became available through ebay.

            • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

              What? they released something new? Damnit, just weeks after I bought the old one? I didn’t even hear of that one…

          • nick

            Do not get these slaves if you work intensively. It is a bag game for your nerves.

            • Richard Hart

              Hi nick!

              Thanks for the tip. Do you have these?

              Can you or anyone else recommend reliable Ttl flash transmitters that can be adjusted.

            • nick

              Hi Richard ! I bought 8 pieces of them cause I work with multiple group of operators into my company. They generally can achieve reliable ttl metered exposure. They can be paired with su800 wich gives them all the functionality it carries and this combination will let you quite satisfied cause it combines sophistication of su800 with radio transmission with all of the benefits. The negatives. You don’t have auto iso and the worse is about ergonomics. 4 buttons are placed to the worse place they coulb be, so even if you are very careful whille handling them, there is no way not to change the channels or the groups by accident. It’ s a nightmare when you work under pressure. Sorry for my English I wish I help you.

    • colouredwolf

      problem with wifi is that it’s far too slow for controlling flashes, unfortunately.
      what will happen if the wifi is overloaded because there are too many users around.
      so radio controlled is the best way – and i don’t understand nikon isn’t able doing it. there are some frequencies which you can select which will work in at least 90% of the countries they’re selling to, and where they generate at least 99.99% of their sales

      • Zinchuk

        I would imagine it would be its own ad-hoc wifi network, not something tied into what is in the building. The camera or commander flash would be the router? I’m not a network guy. As for latency, within an enclosed wifi network, how can the speed of light possibly be too slow within 100 feet? That’s the max range most people would need for this sort of work, and rarely at that. Sure, connecting to the net would be nice, but I just want to connect to my flash on that lightstand 10 feet away. My iphone can do it to my printer…

        • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

          Bluetooth Class 1 supposedly allows communication at ranges of up to 100m. (There are already bluetooth-controlled flashes for mobile devices.) Bluetooth — assuming range were sufficient — would probably work better for this kind of thing than WiFi.

      • JReagan

        WiFi is a trademarked radio wave communication standard/protocol, a pocket wizard is sending its information to another pocket wizard the same way a laptop talks to a router. Without knowing what protocols pocket wizard uses it’s hard to say if it is any faster or slower than any 802.11 standard but for all we know it uses the exact same protocol as 802.11g and simply chooses not to be trademarked under WiFi because it runs ad-hoc and doesn’t have to be compatible with anything but itself.

        I think you are confusing the communication standard with an actual network.

    • UA

      2.4GHz for example is widely usable pretty much around the world. The amount of channels that can be used there varies a bit, but most countries allow that ISM band.

      The thing is that some countries require quite extensive approval for RF equipment. For example, US has FCC. I am not sure does FCC require approval for ISM devices (in principle, it should not). But the thing is that some “korean” firm can easily skip these, sell stuff over internet, where as Nikon cannot really take that risk. However, I believe ISM is not required for approval anywhere, but I am not sure.

      You cannot really use WLAN for flashes, because the communication has too high overhead (and delay), and would do the receiver impractical to use. However, it’s really simple to do stuff with 2.4GHz RF radios, so that’s not the problem.

      I am actually developing some pretty neat flash setup which has not yet been seen, but of course I will not tell it here ;). But you’ll see in next 6-12 months as a DIY project. Unless I end up selling it to some company before. I just wish Nikon and Canon would release their TTL specs. It would be even better with TTL support.

    • Mike

      I would rather keep my ability for 2000 shots on a battery than waste it on fluff like gps and wifi.

    • Joe

      I don’t see Nikon in a hurry. What do we use SB-900s for?

      a) It’s the premier on-camera flash for amateurs and pros. No wireless required at all.

      b) For a quick mobile lighting setup, CLS actually works in most cases. I never had a problem to setup my internal flash as wireless commander and my 2 SB-900 as slaves. A simple PC sync cable also doesn’t annoy me now and then.

      c) If you consider extended “Strobist” use, would you *really* consider into investing into a handful of 500 Euro/USD Nikon flashes for remote use? I’d call you plain stupid, unless you are Joe McNally and have a direct contact at Nikon (“Hey guys, can you send me a package of 100 SB-900, I’d like to light an airplane tomorrow”, “Sure Joe, that’s fine, 9 a.m.? Thanks for detailing CLS in your next book.”). Get a bunch of affordable flashes and wireless triggers, OR invest into an Elinchrom Quadra and get “the real thing” of mobile lighting for the same price.

      So what is you scenario for radio triggers in a SB-900, or a 300 Euro SU-800-like controller? If Nikon introduces radio triggers one day, fine, if not, I don’t care.

      • Zinchuk

        http://galleries.zinchuk.ca/Commercial/Oilfield/Brent-Gedak-Welding-Product/

        Here’s an example of some product work that I do for commercial photography. The subject is often in a large shop, with a background I really want to make go away. Yet there is no possible way for me to put enormous backdrops behind it. In my bag I have two 910s, one 800, and two 600s. Due to bumps and breaks, only one 910 is usable as a master, the rest function, but as slaves. I always have the five speedlights in my bag, and frequently do three and four flash setups. There are many times when, outdoors, the CLS doesn’t compete well with the sun. That, and using these lights as backlighting, would really benefit from wireless, non-line-of-sight triggering.

  • FForever

    Beat Nikon to it. I wonder what Nikon will do now.

    • asking

      Does this TTL as accurately as Nikon’s own? And can it work effectively with P-wizard TT5?

      • Jonathan

        I doubt it will work with pocket wizards. I have the odin and they are incompatible.

    • RMFearless

      Nothing!

    • AM

      They will release new FW that will render all those 3rd-party flashes and wireless triggers useless.

  • waterengineer

    It is hard to understand why a flash gun costs $450US.

    • Jonathan

      I wouldn’t want to pay that much either, but it is less than Nikon’s, and offers a few more features.

      • waterengineer

        My comment wasn’t necessarily directed only at Phottix, but at Nikon, too. Generally flashguns cost way too much. Regarding the offering above, you can basically get the same thing for $100+ cheaper if you buy a Nikon SB600 fof $250US and a pair of cheap radio transmitters for $75US

        • UA

          Why buy SB-600 when you can buy Yougnuos. Without TTL something like 70$ and with TTL something like 150$. The newest ones have also built in RF iTTL possibility. Unfortunately, they require a Nikon iTTL flash on top of the transmitter, if you want to adjust remote flashes from the camera (you can do it from the transmitter as well, but the usability sucks). Canon works without a flash on top it.

          The real question to me is, why real flash heads cost so darn much. I mean those alien bee, elincrhome etc. stuff. Ok, the cheapest ones are something like 500$ a pair, but they do really feel like some 100$ piece of crap. The real ones with battery packs etc. start costing over 1k$.

          • LarryC

            Use the 622Ns as receivers and an SU-800 on top of a 622n as transmitter/controller, as I do, and avoid needing a large flash on the camera, or buy the new 622n-TX, which I ordered this morning for $56, and eliminate the su-800.

            The 565EX flash (for $125-150), works great in TTL and is controllable through the su-800 and 622n.

    • TaoTeJared

      That price will come down about $50. A Mitros + Odin receiver costs $425 – Most sales sites were quoting $400 when it was released. Much cheaper than a SB-910.

      • Mansgame

        $150 savings over Nikon is not enough reason for one to go with no-name chinese flashes.

        • EJP

          I agree with the general sentiment but I would not include Phottix in that. Phottix is well respected, has been around for some time and are proven even in adverse conditions like the Costa Rica jungle where we use them for weeks on end in hummingbird workshops.

        • TaoTeJared

          I own the Mitros (without RF) and the Odin system. Great products, and I have never had them fail. The Mitros flash is built just as good if not better than my Sb-900s with basically the same flash output with full i-TTL and everything. I was going to pick up 2 more but waited to see the price on this. In many ways I actually like them better. I would prefer not to always have to carry transceivers around and if you already have the Odin system, this is a great option.

  • alexP

    and they’re not the only ones to beat nikon to the punch

    http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/06/30/review-yongnuo-560-iii/

    • nick

      I use their products widely. They do the job but they are tricky. Their transeivers are better paired with SU800 commander.

  • Mansgame

    Is this FCC approved? I thought the only reason Nikon wasn’t doing it was they didn’t want to deal with the regulations of different countries that the radio signals would be used in.

    • Kynikos

      Screw the FCC.

      • zoetmb

        An incredibly stupid and immature response. Without regulation of frequencies, you have conflicts and chaos, like what the Citizen’s Band became decades ago, or wireless microphones picking up taxicab radios, etc. How would you like your flashes to fire at a wedding because they’re on the same frequency as the band’s wireless mics or because the hall has WiFi and people brought their smartphones or pads and are sending photos to each other?

  • RMFearless

    Dear Admin why do you not post also a news on yongnuo yn622n-tx?

    • LarryC

      +100. A way more interesting development.

      • MRomine

        I wouldn’t say more interesting they both are interesting to me. The more options the better. I will say in my limited experience with Yongnuo products and services they were on the owed end of the scale.

      • Mansgame

        Not that interesting given that they don’t trigger their older versions. What good is saving money on PWs when you have to keep spending $70 on these things every 3 years.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I posted it already on PhotoRumors:

      http://photorumors.com/2014/01/26/what-else-is-new-58/

      I was planning to post it on NR this weekend. You guys have to start following PhotoRumors :)

      • RMFearless

        I discover photorumors…just now!…ok…sorry!

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          now spread the word :)

          thanks for being a reader

      • LarryC

        I do! And that’s why I was able to order one off ebay this morning. Thanks!

        But it would be nice to see all things Nikon related on NR – you know, one stop shopping.

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          I will eventually post it online, but in the weekly news recap – otherwise I think the blog will get too crowded.

          • Peter

            Any news on Nikon 1 products? CP+ is just around the corner…

  • MB

    Isn’t it sad?
    For the last 5 years we Nikon users are only looking how some other companies are making some really innovative, breakthrough and truly exciting new products.
    The only thing we could expect is higher prices and of course new Coolpix models nobody cares.
    If we skip meaningless Mpix count on D800 (and that no current Nikon lens is able to cope with) can anyone name a single Nikon product released in last 5 years that was really awesome?

    • Zinchuk

      I agree on the sloth in new innovations. But if you owned a D4, you would know what awesome is.

      • Quasimodo

        The D3s was awsome, the D4 just has a few more pixels.

      • John_Skinner

        Justify the mere trinkets of additions from the D3s compared to the D4.. Hardly ! I can grab a under-used D3s for $3,500.. A D4 is running $5,500+. 2K for small crappy add-ons and a glowing back panel? I think not.

        • MRomine

          It also focuses quicker in low light and ha more MP. Is that worth another $2k each buyer has to decide.

    • WearyofWaiting

      D3s.
      The only new Nikon product that I’ve bought since the D3s (awsome++) is the 70-200/4, which is stunningly good and in applications that Nikon never envisaged; but awsome? Probably not.

    • krusty

      The D400!

    • zoetmb

      Yes, it’s true that WE don’t care about the Coolpixes, but in fiscal 2013, Nikon sold over 17 million of them, so somebody cares. And while they’ll sell far less this year as consumers use their smartphones instead, that still provides an awful lot of revenue which supports other development.

      Besides, what makes you think that the same designers work on DSLRs, flashes, and Coolpix cameras? I can almost guarantee you that they are entirely different teams and have nothing to do with each other.

      The problem at Nikon isn’t that they produce Coolpixes. The problem with Nikon is that they’re running scared, have no imagination, can’t get a grip on what consumers really want, don’t support their customers and are not thinking products through, end-to-end. That’s how they produced the highly flawed Df and have gotten D600 and early D800 customers to hate them.

  • piotr

    haltlos ist der Hund im Morgengrauen

  • Spy Black

    Way too much. Yungnuo is the way to go.

    • MRomine

      Youngnuo still does not have the ability to manually control flash output remotely. Plus not all of their stuff is comparable with D3s and D4.

      • Spy Black

        I guess if you want to work with a flash ON the camera you may have a point, otherwise just use a trigger. I don’t work with on-camera flash, so it’s a no-brainer for me.

        • MRomine

          It is not so much an issue of having on-camera flash but rather having the ability to control the power settings of an Off-Camera flash from your camera position, i.e. remotely. I want more than just a remote trigger. There are tons of those and they are cheap. Youngnuo being just one of the players. For Nikon users the options for controlling power levels remotely are limited and even more limited if you want iTTL control. I mainly want to control manual settings remotely but if I get pass-though iTTL for an on-camera unit that can useful at times too.

          But if you are only looking for triggers for off-camera units then this entire thread is pretty much waste of time for you. This thread is about the Mitros + which is much more than just a trigger.

  • OZPhotographer

    How embarrassing for Nikon..

  • decisivemoment

    Will it work with the SD-8A?

  • chris

    Nikon flash still very good compared to Canon. The exposure are way better than the Canon ones.

    Speedlight is still better than Speedlite. The only thing that is good on Canon flash is the radio trigger.

  • Davis5

    sorry but… is much expensive than a sb-910 in europe…

    • Neopulse

      Really? in the U.S. it’s $546 and the Mitros is $299. The Nikons would require you to buy transceivers. While with the Mitros all you need is a trigger.

  • Sincity

    Maybe Nikon wants us to run some wired TTL instead of radio.. I have used wired TTL, and it is fine for 2-3 flashes. I shutter to think about running more than that.

  • MRomine

    I’m very interested and excited in these. I’ve been waiting for a long time to find a product that will allow for remote manual power control of OCF for Nikon. Having iTTL remote control is a bones.

  • Neopulse

    These 2 on the RFi speedring + other softboxes, Phottix Odin trigger on camera = save $1000s

  • Nelson Santos

    let me just make sure… this flash can do wireless TTL when used remotely with either another Mitros+ as the transmitter correct?

  • iphoto27

    Japan copied China with the world time proving 2.4GHz frequency on wireless radio flashes.

    For over 7 years, Nikon CAN NOT make the screen any larger on Live-View when using the Nikon Camera Control Pro2 for shooting with the ATG AK1 Un-Tethered Systems, Nikon WT or basic tethered shooting.

    Pocket Wizard and Quantum are left in the dark.

    ATG Gold MG8k Flash Kim X3 would be a better choices for the working pros.
    Phottix Mitros+ is good normal daily uses for flash photographers that want something better & less than two Canon 600EX-RT.
    Nikon users have no choices but to buy Mitro+ because Nikon has no wireless radio flash.

    If you need more power than the 500ws (profoto b1) then get the best of ATG, ATG Gold Profoto A1 (800ws) Set radio in ETTL II, ITTL or ADITTL that can do 1st, 2nd and HSS/Auto FP/HSS.

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