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How to choose a Godox flash?

I want to start with the fact that Godox flashes are currently the best in terms of price / quality ratio. Native Canon / Nikon flashes certainly have their advantages, which we will talk about later, but globally they are not worth the overpayment for most users.

So, when choosing a flash, you need to answer a few questions:

  • do you need TTL mode?
  • finger or battery flash
  • how much power will be enough?

TTL or E-TTL (English Evaluative-Through The Lens) - a system that measures the illumination of the scene, calculates the distance to the subject and sets the flash settings in automatic mode. TTL controls the flash instead of the photographer. Is it necessary? My opinion is no. Sometimes TTL works correctly, sometimes not. Moreover, I am based on the experience of working with Canon's native flash on Canon cameras. In fact, it's like shooting in P mode on a camera. Sometimes he hits, sometimes he makes mistakes, but you lose control of the situation. Therefore, I personally always shoot in the manual and advise most people to do the same. There are some scenarios where TTL will be more convenient, but these are more isolated cases than a rule. See the video at the end of this article for more details. General recommendation - you can safely take a flash without TTL.

Model examples:

Godox V850 - manual without TTL

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Godox V860  - flash with TTL

Godox-V860-II

Pentac batteries/batteries or specialized batteries

Godox has two flash series. One has TT at the beginning, for example Godox TT 685, the second has V at the beginning, for example Godox V850.

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  • TT-series uses AA batteries/accumulators.
  • Series V uses its batteries from Godox.

In general, if you shoot a lot and intensively, AA batteries are less convenient. There are a lot of them, you do not see the charge level and they recharge more slowly if you shoot in bursts. Also, if you need to buy several spare sets of batteries, then AA batteries will cost more, because. more will be needed. Therefore, for intensive work, it is recommended to take flashes on native batteries. But these models are more expensive. If you shoot only from time to time, then you can not overpay and take a flash on AA batteries.

Flash power

Top flashes have a guide number of 55-60. And for an on-camera flash, this is even with a margin. In most situations, you won't be using all that power.

Junior models such as Godox TT 350 have a guide number of only 35, but this will be enough for reportage work. Such a flash can be safely used as an on-camera flash or even put in a manual softbox. Enough power, but there is one BUT. Low power flashes are slow to recharge. Therefore, if you have to work intensively with a large flow of people, this can be inconvenient.

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Plus, there are situations when you still need more power. If you want to shoot a group of people in a dark room, then you will need to move away and put your flash on high power. In addition, shooting group portraits requires a quick flash recycle, because. you definitely need to take a series of shots so that people do not have their eyes closed. This series needs to be done quickly, otherwise you will make people stand for too long, and half the frames will be dark, because. the flash failed to fire. But this applies to intensive professional work.

If you need a flash to keep you light, then the Godox TT 350 low-power flash will please you not only with its price, but also with its weight. You will not notice it and will be able to be on your feet for a long time without experiencing discomfort from the large weight of your equipment. By the way, it is also convenient if you shoot with a compact softbox in your hand in a nightclub - your hand will not get very tired from a heavy flash.

In general,

Just like with a camera and lenses, the more precise you are in your task, the better you can choose a particular model. Often, beginners take the coolest and most expensive - in reserve, and suddenly come in handy. This approach can be understood, because without experience, it is impossible to predict which functions will be needed and which ones will not.

If you want full stuffing then this will be the model Godox V860.

Further descending:

This is not an exhaustive list of models from Godox, there are first, second versions, there are intermediate ones. It doesn't make the weather. The main three parameters have been described above − TTL, batteries, power.

About synchronizers

All Godox flashes have a built-in radio trigger, which is very convenient. It remains only to buy a camera transmitter so that the flash works separately from the camera (e.g. in the Triopo handheld softbox).

Get a synchronizer for your system. If you have a Canon, take it for Canon, Fujifilm - a synchronizer for Fujifilm, and so on. There are situations where non-native synchronizers can work on other systems - but this is a lottery that you should not rely on.

If you have flashes from other brands, there are several options here to get it all puffed from one camera:

  • by light trap. Unreliable, because this may not work under some conditions.
  • hoping that one synchronizer will work with flashes from different brands - more likely no than yes.
  • use a pass-through sync shoe. That is, you put on two synchronizers from different brands one on top of the other, like a sandwich.

General recommendation - do not suffer this crap. It is much more convenient to have all the flashes from the same brand.

Optimal synchronizer - Godox X Pro - it has a large convenient screen and maximum functionality.

godox xpro synchronizer

Differences between non-native flashes and native ones

Non-native flashes have a plus in price, but they also have disadvantages. They may have a different color temperature from their native ones. Although, in my tests, very little. Also, non-native ones can give a different color temperature during a series of pulses. Non-natives reload slightly slower.

Watch my flash videos:

There's bad sound here, but very good content:

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Features and Benefits of an External Flash

Proper lighting of the subject is the key to a good photo. Many novice photographers are often faced with the question of the need to purchase an external or, as it is also called, an on-camera flash.

What opportunities does an external flash give the photographer?

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An external flash is several times more powerful than the camera's built-in flash, and it can be used to illuminate a subject at a considerable distance from the camera. Flash output is characterized by a guide number, which is the product of the distance to the subject by aperture value. By dividing this by the aperture value used for a particular shot, you can determine the maximum distance at which the flash can illuminate the subject.

Camera flash works from independent power sources: external accumulators or the internal battery which is available in the device. This allows for fast flash recycling and conserves camera battery power.

The main reason why external flashes are popular is the ability to create a directional diffused illumination of the subject.

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Built-in flash is aimed directly at the subject, making the subject's lighting and shadows harsh and the background dark. On-camera flashes have a swivel head that allows you to direct the light at a certain angle to the ceiling or wall, using them as reflective surfaces.

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Such reflected light will be noticeably softer and more natural than light directed directly at the subject. Many external flash units are designed with a reflective plate that allows you to create a combination of light bouncing off walls or ceilings and light bounced off this plate towards your subject.

Camera flash allows you to illuminate not only the subject itself, but also to work out the background, for which it is necessary to shoot with relatively large shutter speeds. In this mode, called slow sync mode, the camera shutter remains open for much longer than the flash exposure time. This allows the camera to get enough information about the background but still capture the main subject in the foreground by firing the flash. In some cases, this method allows you to get interesting artistic pictures. At the same time, it is worth remembering that at shutter speeds of more than 1/60, shooting must be carried out tripod so that the main subject is not blurry.

An external flash can be used not only as a main light source, but also as a fill flash. In this case, the light from the flash is adjusted so as not to interrupt the main light source and serves to soften the shadows it creates. For example, when shooting portraits with direct light from a window, or when shooting outdoors during daylight hours.

External flashes can be used as free-standing light sources located at a distance from the camera. Moreover, you can use several flashes at once, located at different points in the space where the shooting is being carried out. One way to control these outbreaks (in this case, these flashes are called slave) is optical control through the built-in flash or one external (leading) of the flash attached to the camera. Thanks to the optical receiver, the remote flashes will fire after being fired by the master flash. With this method of control, the slave flashes should be located in relative proximity to the master and should not be blocked by other objects. A more advanced way to control remote flashes is radio control. In this case, the remote flash unit can be positioned up to 100 meters away from the camera. However, this method requires a radio transmission / reception function inside the flash or a separate synchronizer.

Some models of on-camera flashes are equipped with auxiliary focusing systems in the form of a grid of vertical and horizontal light lines directed at the subject in the form of a short pulse before the main flash fires. Thanks to this system, the lens can focus on the subject even in the absence of lighting.

External flashes, combined with a variety of attachments, expand your creative shooting possibilities. In particular, devices for creating narrow beams of light (snouts), honeycomb-shaped nozzles and softboxes for even distribution of light, as well as various light filters.

godox 350

Along with the advantages, it is worth mentioning some of the disadvantages of on-camera flashes. First of all, it is their high price. However, there are commercially available godox flashes, which in fact are not much different from the original flashes. It is worth mentioning the rather large mass of the on-camera flash, which can create certain inconveniences when working with it. However, there are quite compact modelsthat will not cause discomfort.

External flash is a step towards a professional approach. This equipment allows you to get the correct illumination of the frame, regardless of the amount of ambient light. Therefore, it will definitely be useful to those involved in photography, and especially those involved in commercial photography.

Godox TT560 II vs Godox TT685

Choosing an inexpensive flash: Godox TT560 II vs Godox TT685

I believe that it makes no sense to spend a lot of money on a camera flash. More expensive models recharge faster, have more power, plus various bells and whistles on the little things. But in my opinion, it makes no sense. If you really want to seriously work with pulsed light, you should already be looking at studio flashes. The task of the on-camera puff is to help you when filming a reportage. And this can be done with simple, inexpensive models.

In this review, we will talk about two flashes from Godox, these are:

➡️Godox TT685

➡️Godox TT560 II

Some general information about Godox flash markings.

The numbers can be preceded by the letters TT or V.

Flash units with TT attachment have AA batteries (rechargeable batteries). The V prefix stands for a Godox battery, which is more convenient to use and provides faster flash recharging. At the same time, models of the same V parameters are on average XNUMX times more expensive than TT.

Batteries in Godox TT685:

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Batteries in Godox TT560 II:

Godox TT560 II

The numbers in the name may be followed by a letter (C, F, N, S, O). This ending indicates which system this flash is for.

flares of Godox for different systems

This is mainly about the automatic TTL mode, but some systems have different contacts on the shoe, so third-party flash will not work with them. So it's better to take the flash under your camera brand.

There are outbreaks involved in my review Godox TT685C and Godox TT560 II... Both flashes are powered by AA batteries, but we see C-Canon at the end of the name of only the first model. The point is that the TT560 II is a fully manual flash. It doesn't have an automatic TTL mode (which I don't use). The power of the TT560 II can only be set manually. The Latin number II indicates the second version of this model. The first version of the TT560 did not have a built-in radio synchronizer and was slightly less powerful (guide number 33, not 38).

Outwardly, these outbreaks are similar. Both have built-in radio sync, which can be very useful sometimes. For example, when working with portable softboxes. Both have infrared lamps for shooting in the dark.

Godox TT560 II vs Godox TT685

The main differences are in power and control. Godox TT685C has guide number 60, Godox TT560 II = 38.
Godox TT560 II has a power scale instead of a screen, the Godox TT685C model has a large comfortable monochrome screen.

You can learn more about outbreaks in general and about these Godoxes specifically in my video review:

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