Canadian photographer Garry Black recently reviewed the Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light. Working both in the studio and outdoors, Garry says the Indra is a winner.
At nearly half the price and with more features and almost double the battery capacity of the Profoto B1, the Indra500 is an exceptional value. It makes using flash simple, it has lots of power, it’s reliable, well built, very portable and easy to set-up on location shoots. This light is just amazing!!! It definitely is a great choice and tops my list of recommendations for flash lighting gear.
Phottix hears a lot of comments regarding the separate battery for the Indra – not having incorporated it into the head. There was method to our madness, as Garry points out:
The Indra 500 is quite compact. Part of the reason for that is because it has a separate battery pack. The Profoto B1 which is a similar unit has a built in battery, which some people like. Personally, I prefer a lighter weight head with a separate battery pack, that distributes the weight so it’s not all on top of the light stand. While working outside I have found out, the hard way, light stands that are top-heavy blow over a lot easier. Using a lighter weighted head and the battery to weigh down the bottom of the light stand helps a lot, having sand bags is a good idea as well.
Jump over the Garry’s site to read the full review and take a look at some of his stellar images.
The Phottix Indra and other Phottix products are available in Canada through Gentec International.