New firmware for the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon is available. v1.24 for the original Odin and v2.03 for the Odin 1.5 can be downloaded at the links below. That does this firmware offer:
- Improved compatibility with EOS M cameras.
- Test Button and Light Meters: Pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes in A, B and C groups to fire simultaneously. Group(s) turned off will not fire. When the flashes in A, B and C groups are set to Manual (M) mode, pressing the Test button on the transmitter will cause the flashes to fire an initial low-power pre-flash. The flashes will fire simultaneously at their set manual power levels 2.5s later. This feature allows for light meters to be used correctly.
- Second Curtain Sync: The Second Curtain Sync (SCS) function will work correctly with all cameras (except 1Dx) supporting “radio wireless system” in the camera flash menu. To use SCS the “radio wireless system” in the camera flash menu must be set to “OFF.”
- 1Dx Mode: A menu has been added to turn 1Dx compatibility on and off. Press and hold the “+” and “HS” buttons to access the 1Dx function menu. Pressing and holding the “+” and “HS” buttons (with TCU turned on) for approximately 2 seconds will access to the “1d-” function menu. If using a 1Dx, set to “ON” for best compatibility. For other camera models, use the default setting of “OFF”.
- Improve Odin 1 compatibility: Odin 1.5 (v2.03) is completely compatible with the Odin 1 (v1.24).
ods is Overdrive Sync, a new beta function in the latest firmware. This function allows triggering delay times to be set on an Odin TCU. This can allow an increase in sync speed over standard X-Sync when using studio lights. Don’t get too excited – a number of variables come in to play: Your camera, the studio light, the power level and flash duration of the studio light can all effect the ods function. What works with one brand and model and studio light may not work with another.
A new menu has been added to the Odin – this will allow a triggering delay (in milliseconds) to be set. This takes experimentation to find the “sweet spot” in your set-up.
Note: This is a beta function. As there are many variable in how ODS functions experimentation is required by the user to find the “sweet spot” delay time for the camera and studio light being used. Technical support for ODS is not available, but feedback on the function so it can be further refined is appreciated.
For more information see the change log included in the firmware archive.
Update: There are two different versions of the Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon – the original Odin and Odin 1.5. How can you tell what you have? Look at the TCU and/or receiver – both will clearly say Odin 1.5 if they are Odin 1.5 units. Sorry for any confusion.
Update 08/8/13: We have identified an issue with upgrades from previous Odin firmware version that makes 1Dx mode the default, this is what is responsible for the exposure issues some people have experienced after upgrading. We recommend that after upgrading the TCU or Receiver firmware 1. Remove the batteries, then reinsert them. 2. On the TCU, press the “Clear” button for two seconds to reset the unit to factory defaults.
Update 09/9/13: A new archive for v2.03 for Odin 1.5 for Canon Mac Installer has been uploaded. The incorrect update file was available in the previously posted archive.