Phottix is ringing in the new year early with its new wireless flash trigger: The Phottix Aster
The 4 channel transmitters and receivers offer some great features for aspirating strobists. A traditional wireless mode triggers flashes at 433 MHz. The channels selections also offers an “All” function that will trigger all flashes on all channels attached to Phottix Aster receivers – A great function if you’re working with a multi-light setup on different channels.
The Phottix Aster also features a “Light” mode, which turns the receiver into an optical slave. Need to use an on-camera flash and still want to trigger an off-camera flash? A Phottix Aster in “Light” mode solves your problems. The “Light” mode will also let you mix and match triggering systems. Using a Phottix Tetra and not have enough receivers? An Aster receiver in light mode will trigger from flashes triggered by other units.
There are a number of ways to connect the Phottix Aster to your flash. The receiver has a hot shoe connection and a 3.5mm mono plug. The included 3.5mm PC Sync cable can connect the receiver unit to a studio strobe when using the 6.35mm PC adapter (included). The transmitter and receiver support manual and non-TTL auto modes.
A metal tripod lug underneath the receiver unit can be used for mounting the unit on a tripod or light stand.
Martin Pot has a great review of the Phottix Aster on his blog. Read what he has to say after using the Aster transmitter and receiver.
Buy the Phottix Aster now in the Phottix Store. A transmitter and receiver set, a transmitter and two receivers set, and additional receivers, are available.
The Aster has been tested with the following flashes:
- Canon Speedlites: 430EII, 580EX, 580EXII
- Nikon Speedlight: SB-28DX, SB-600, SB-800, SB900
- Sony HLV-F56AM
- Pentax AF-540FGZ
- Samsung SET-36ZF
- Olympus FL-36
- YN 460
- Vivitar 3200A, SB-4/283