FusionTLC has announced Raven, a lighting control product that uses 2.4GHz wireless communication to control flashes from numerous lighting brands including Profoto, Godox and PocketWizard. Raven is developed by Jim Clark, who is a founder of PocketWizard. FusionTLC says that Raven is ‘poised to revolutionize the shooting experience for photographers.’
Raven attaches to your camera’s hotshoe and allows you to control lights from two brands simultaneously. The device includes a 1.4″ OLED touchscreen and a haptic ring-dial interface. On the left side of the Raven are a USB port and a test button. The right side includes ‘home,’ ‘back,’ and ‘SyncView’ buttons. SyncView allows the user to adjust flash timing with the data captured using Raven’s built-in light meter. On the front of the Raven are an infrared light and a white light to assist with autofocus. The lamp can emit 180 lumens. The Raven includes a built-in rechargeable 2,500 mAh lithium-ion battery, which FusionTLC says powers the device for 15-27 hours of normal use. Raven can be charged while in use, as well.
Using the rotating haptic dial surrounding the touchscreen, you can control up to four flash zones (groups) in TTL or manual modes. Raven offers remote control over power levels and supports high-speed sync (HSS).
Raven can also be used to control up to eight groups of remote cameras. Additional features include PowerTracking, MultiPop, SpeedCycle, GPS, sound triggering, time-lapse mode and more. PowerTrack is a hybrid flash control mode that adjusts your flash based on your camera’s current aperture and ISO settings. FusionTLC writes that this mode is well-suited to studio shooting when you need an identical exposure across multiple shots captured using different camera settings. MultiPop allows you to capture multiple exposures in a single frame by shooting with 2-60 flash pops. Raven automatically computes and sends a sequence of triggers to connected flashes based on your shutter speed.
The Sound Trigger lets you set a threshold, and the Raven triggers 1 to 60 shots. Time-lapse mode lets you select a photo count from 2 to 9,999 and an interval from 1 second to 24 hours. Raven does the rest. If you need to set up cameras days in advance of an event, you can use WakeUp mode to set up your camera and schedule a wake-up time, ensuring that your camera’s batteries don’t die while waiting for the event. For additional information on Raven’s special features and modes, click here.
As of now, Raven is only compatible with Nikon cameras. Canon and Sony support is in the works. Full flash control compatibility works with many Nikon cameras, including most of the company’s DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Remote camera triggering through USB is limited to fewer models but includes support for all Nikon’s mirrorless cameras and the company’s most recent DSLR cameras. Raven works with flashes and lights from Profoto, Godox, Paul Buff, Nikon and Flashpoint. Raven has an operating range of up to 1,500′ (450m). For the full list of compatible cameras and flashes, click here.
Raven is available for purchase for $449 USD. There are two bundles available, too, including one with the Raven and PocketWizard Plus IIIe remote is available for $579 and another with the Raven and PocketWizard Nikon Speedlight kit for $799.