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The next test gives an overview of the output performance through the same power steps as above. With all three strobes the output is pretty consistent; the Canon appears to be a winner here. Again putting the Indra into the CFn00=1 mode the output performance is not very consistent. However keep in mind that for high speed photography you make certain settings and stick to them during the session. At the other hand you might wonder why the Witstro is performing so well for only 1/3 of the price of an Indra, I really cannot give you the answer!
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All in all and compared to the Witstro (I measured only 1/3 stop less output) the Indra is heavily over-priced. The color temperature and output consistency from the Indra comes close to the Witstro but doesn’t outperform this tiny strobe. Yes, the mechanical robustness and the Bowens mount are in its favor compared to the Witstro (in fact you need to have a speed ring adapter to mount Bowens or Elinchrom modifiers). When light quality counts and you have a small budget the Witstro is the one. When you have a big budget to spend and mechanical stability is important then go for the Indra.
Another thing what bothers me is the poor performance in connection with the Odin transmitter. I am used to the Yongnuo YN-622C-TX in combination with the YN-622C transceivers attached to the Canon Speedlites. This combination works great, in fact this is IMO how a set should work! All the so called features are simply there (Manual, SS, HSS, TTL, ETTL, etc). When in manual mode the Speedlite immediately displays how your settings are (no discrepancies between the reading on your transmitter and the reading on your flash!!!???). When you want to meter with the Yongnuos, simply press the test button and done! With the Indra it’s a flaky story with pre-flash! Why a pre-flash???
IMO the Indra system is far from mature and is not a system at all. It was my intention to purchase 4 Indra’s in total all connected through the Odin communication protocol (eventually complemented with a few Mitros+ flashes). Happily I only purchased one for testing and so far I am a bit disappointed (this is an understatement). Before I make further purchases I will wait for the Odin II system and see how they have fixed things (interface consistency). Furthermore and talking about inconsistencies in color and output I sincerely hope that they will come up with some good firmware updates for the Indra heads!
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