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A Flash to Rival the Canon 600EX-RT: Phottix Mitros+ Review

By Michelle Ford on April 3rd 2014

It’s called the Phottix Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash. That’s one very long, descriptive name for a flash and it holds all those words because it can do all that and more.

Compatibility

The Phottix Mitros+ is a Canon compatible hot shoe flash, which means you can mount it directly on to your Canon hot shoe and the following functions will work:

  • Manual and ETTL mode
  • HSS – High Sync Speed and Second Curtain Sync
  • Auto and Manual Zoom
  • AF-assist Light

Build and Body

Phottix spared nothing on the Mitros+. It’s a solid build with the metal shoe, rubber skirt and shoe lock.

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Wireless Capabilities

The Mitros+ has a built in receiver and transmitter which allows it to act as either master or slave to other Mitros+ flashes or most Canon EX flashes which simplifies the setup altogether. It’s an optical transmission which means the units have to have a clear line of sight. The published range shows up to 50 ft indoors and 30 ft outdoors.

The Mitros+ also has a built in transceiver compatible with the Phottix Stratto and Phottix Odin Transceivers for radio triggering. This is my preferred method for the sake of accuracy and to avoid misfires due to obstructions (like walls and people’s heads), plus the published range shows over 300 feet in reach. With the Phottix Stratto transmitter combined with the Mitros+ grouping and channel functions my team and I can quickly and easily transition between a variety of lighting options in any scenario. If you have the Phottix Odin transmitter you can control your exposure compensation and power levels for each flash grouping from the Odin transmitter.

My current working setup looks something like this (though we may or may not use all of them):

Canon 5D Mark III+ Phottix Stratto II Transmitter + Canon 580 EXII (on camera)
Phottix Mitros+ flash on stand set to Channel 1 Group A
Phottix Mitros+ flash on stand set to Channel 1 Group B

Extras and Backup Set

• Alien Bee + Phottix Stratto II Receiver set to Channel 1 Group C
YN 560 + Phottix Stratto II Receiver set to Channel 1 Group D

The ability to mix and match the number of types of light and brand variations is one of the largest selling points of this system. Without having to eliminate my existing set, these flashes were a seamless addition to my existing repertoire without adding complication. If anything, it has simplified it.

[REWIND: Phottix Stratto II Trigger Review]

 

The User Interface

Next to power and flexibility, the ease of use for my lighting equipment is a very important factor. I don’t like having to setup a separate training session for a lighting assistant just to figure out how to use the gear. The user interface on the Mitros+ was fairly intuitive. A brief consultation with the manual and I was off and running. By brief consultation I mean just a glance (barely). The buttons on the flash are all well labeled. The functions are accessed via single press or long press and the rest is easy to follow. There is nothing worse than having equipment difficulty in front of clients and flashes are notorious for causing headaches. Phottix did an excellent job with making the settings easy to find for manual settings, master/slave functions as well as channel and grouping selections. They even thought of a battery life indicator. This particular setup is Phottix‘s big win over the Canon 600EX-RT in my opinion.

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The Other Numbers

  • Guide No.: 58/190 (at 105mm focal length, ISO 100 in meters/feet)
  • Flash coverage: 24-105mm (14mm with wide angle diffuser panel)
  • 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.
  • Power: Four size-AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries, compatible external battery pack
  • Power saving: Non-wireless slave modes: 90 seconds, Wireless slave mode: (programmable) 10 minutes or 60 minutes
  • Channels: 4
  • Controlled Groups: 3 (A, B, and C)
  • Transmission range (Approx.): Radio: 100m +, Optical: Indoors: 12-16m/39.3-52.4 ft., Outdoors: 7-9m/22.9-29.5 ft.

Conclusion

The Phottix Mitros+ is currently listed at $399 and it’s an excellent value. (It is also available for Nikon cameras). Finding a flash with this much capability will understandably move us out of the lower priced flash range, but it’s still less than it’s branded counterpart the Canon 600EX-RT. Given the functions, flexibility to use with existing gear, and the easy to understand UI, I’m giving the Mitros+ 5 out of 5 stars.

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Michelle is a Southern California Portrait and Wedding Photographer. When she’s not geeking out with a camera she’s nerding out in her IT world. All other moments in the day are spent with her two wonderful children.

See her work on The COCO Gallery
check out her blog at frexNgrin

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    Generally I like Phottix products, I have a small army of flash triggers and receivers from them and they have all worked flawlessly in any situation I’ve put the through. But I have read and heard of a lot of ppl having issues with this particular flash, I’m interested in buying one or two just to put them through the ringer but I think I will wait for the next revision.

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    • Miguel Chavez

      I am in the same boat as I need to find a reliable flash system for Nikon and I have heard so many problems with them failing within months of use or not even lasting a full wedding day!

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    • Miguel Chavez

      Michelle, are your Mitros +’s still working without issues? Very curious if your experience is still a 5-start rating.

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  2. AJ

    Just a question, are you able to turn off the flash and just have the AF-Assist firing on the units?

    This is a feature that I use on the Nikon flashes “AF-Only”.

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  3. Robert

    Purchased a Mitros and all was well for about two months. Then the LCD screen died and while I could utilize the manual settings from memory I thought I’d send in for repair under their well marketed “2-year warranty”. After sending it in I received an e-mail from their repair shop in VA stating I would owe them in excess of $100 because the strobe had been damaged. It had not a single scratch on it and had never been damaged in any way. I got after them and threatened to contact the atty general where I live and in VA and, several weeks later, they returned the repaired strobe without charge but without informing me of their decision. It just arrived one day. I had a very unsatisfactory experience and now utilize the flash as an emergency backup. Buyer beware on the two-year warranty.

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  4. Jamie

    How does this flash compare to your Yongnuo 560?

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    • Michelle Ford

      jamie my 560 is the very very old version that didn’t even have master/slave capabilities. the 560II isn’t any better. neither of them have HSS or TTL abilities either. those are the most affordably reliable flashes with super duper basic capabilities. now the YN 568exii is closer to the mitros+ BUT to get the radio triggering i think you have to use the YN660 triggers. don’t quote me on that since i haven’t tried the 568 flash out but… i did try the YN660 trigger and for grouping capabilities of a variety of light sources that was a very poor performer compared to the phottix stratto. so seamlessly adding the YN 568exii might not happen if i used them.

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    • Jamie

      Thanks Michelle!

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  5. Rodrigo Torii

    I’ve got a Mitros+ and it isn’t working properly…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB13wgnLrDY

    Trying to solve the problem with the Phottix Support.

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    • Michelle Ford

      were they able to help you? the flashes themselves have a 2 year warranty which i forgot to mention and is a great bonus compared to the usual 1 yr manufacturer’s warranty.

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    • Rodrigo Torii

      Michelle,

      I’m in contact with them… So far we weren’t able to figure out what is the problem. Maybe I’ve just got a bad unit but as I live in Brazil it’s gonna be tough to send it to repair.

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