Phil O Sophical

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Pejannl: Nice review. Close, but no cigar, though. Yes, Godox sells an external battery pack PB960, but.... erhm.... The Ving 860ii does not have a connector for an external battery pack...

To me, this was the one and only disappointment after I bought it, because the flash, and its internal Li-Ion power, is just excellent. Since I have these, I use them exclusively at weddings. I combine the flashes with Magmod clones (from Selens) which all-in-all gives you an affordable studio environment on the go.

Mr Pej...
The point of these batteries being Li Po is that they have enormous capacity and current delivering abilities. Beach, Sun? Here's me in Bournemouth doing just that. If you are worried about running out of batteries after 800 to 1K shots with two batteries, lets bring-on a third, they're only £$30 or thereabouts. Mind you I have never taken a thousand pix on the beach. That would suggest such uncertainty in my result I couldn't do it. Whether this be classed as deviant behaviour escapes me but if you have, then I am lost in admiration for your sheer perseverance and tolerance of sand. Charles Atlas would be proud.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:41 UTC
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tom1234567: The Godox TT350 is only $84 or £85 for me and my X-T2 its good enough
they do it for other makes I believe.
not everyone wants to spend £200 on a flash.

Tom G

Tom the Frugal.
If one could arbitrarily decide how much one should pay for one's gizmo we should see many more cardboard replicas of proper-stuff to satisfy such demand. It ain't like that though is it? Whether these chinese things are orchestrated and subsidised with a view to bankrupting "proper manufacturers" in the west or that the workers are walking about ragged-trousered we should worry. The blow-you-jack attitude permits child labour and the sweat-shop so daddy dinky can have his gizmo. It's not right lads, now is it?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
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Prognathous: Can the controller unit be used to trigger Sony flashes (in my case HVL-F42AM and HVL-F58AM)?

Mr Pro Gnathing of teeth:
Never much of an advocate of regulation - I deviate in wishing these flashbotherers would sit down and standardise things. One could have core functionality as standard plus a bit of scope for hyped-up pseudofeatures to please the marketeers and accountants bleating for claims their stuff is better and unique. After all, we got records tapes and CDs all spinning at fixed rates, cars with pedals and controls in standard places. Heads need banging together. Gently at first though eh?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:23 UTC
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wcowan: Godox make a great flash that is let down by the horrible LiPo batteries. My two Godox flashes had the batteries fail within months of purchase. Since they were bought overseas it was not worth sending them back for replacement. Because of the battery problems which I and many others have had I wouldn't buy another Godox flash.

I saw online some thrill-seeking fellow had dismantled his godox Li-Po battery to find that they are not cyclindrical cells - he having expected 18650s or similar - but flat pouch-type things a la mobile phone. Further; he noted the cells themselves claimed a lower capacity than 2 Amp Hours. Now If I were keen to maintain a good name, I would not indulge in such capers as they are bound to backfire. Mind You I suppose such a rascal would re-brand and move-on.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:14 UTC
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Wally Brooks: Re Blind Spot. This may be due to receiver and transmitter being too close to each other. Transmitters and receivers generate radio waves & electromagnetic fields which will interfere with each other and cause misfires, missed communication re settings. The design of the shielding on the units in relation to the frequency used allows this to happen. This is the Pocket Wizzard-Canon flash problem from a few years ago.

The problem becomes worse the closer you get as the fields get stronger. A particular angle may be more susceptible to interference. You have to experiment to see where the gear is more suspectable. A practical fix is to separate the gear relative to the transmitter and receiver.

Mrs Wikkid has hit a significant nail on the head here.
Godoxcobblers: The manuals coming with these Godox products are the reverse of a model of clarity and order. Look at Metz manuals in comparison, there is none. Chinese lacks normal tenses and conjunctions thus some hapless engineer, speaking a bit of English, gets charged with the task of manual writing giving the result we see. It astonishes me how many apparently clever folk can't convey information properly organised and categorised for the purchase victim. Aha..! Here's a job for you Mrs Wikkid... Move to Guangdong eat some noodles and set up a manual-writing enterprise populated by normally articulate english folk. We, the confused, await your input.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
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Dan Vincent: A few notes:

1. Mention the firmware upgradability of these units.

2. With the latest firmware, flashguns of Sony/Canon/Nikon can be mixed together under one transmitter for cross-brand compatibility. It's nice to be able to share flashes amongst friends with different mounts.

3. The Lithium flashguns cannot use the add-on external power packs, only the AA flashes can use them.

4. If you're in the US, you can buy them from Adorama as Flashpoint flashes, with a real warranty and support.

Dan. Mounting with friends...
You don't need the external pack when you have Li batt on-board and another in your pocket for luck/pessimism.
Now why would you want to carry a heavy pack, nostalgia?
Being anchored to the ground in strong wind? It's simply not rational Captain.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:56 UTC
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Adam007: A note on the X1 controller. It is awful, as the reviewer implies.
After sending it back, I saw that Godox had released the X32, which is much
easier to use. I do not find it as bulletproof reliable as the ares phottix,
but then again you can't control flash output with the area. I use the X32c on a Pentax K-1.

Adamsez: X1 whinge-propagation.
I haven't had any bother with mine so far except, on-camera, D300s it's such a big-un wanting further miniaturisation and conversion to a single Li-PO cell from the fiddling AAs.
It works fine. one can disengage the, rather easily upset, wheel in the Fn options It was cheap. It's not badly made - at least, on the outside. I'm not complaining. I'm not easily pleased.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
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Miki Nemeth: Thanks for the review. I've recently bought a Godox V860IIS, a controller as well as and AD200 for my Sony A9.

Angular terse trousers and juvx proudly strutting his "professional" weddings n babies jobs... Uneasy flash-bothering bods..
This is not really much of an issue now is it lads? Teacup storm, storm teacup.

I have just retired a pair of still-working Metz 45CL 4s from the 70s in favour of these Godox V860ii jobbies.

Full-power comparison - no TTL on either just manual to be fair:
Metz with NiCds (sanyo 0.7Ah 1.2V x 6) 3s recycling with freshly charged batts dwindling to maddening 8+ s after 50-odd full flashes so necessitating a battery-pack swapout.

Godox? well I haven't run these to exhaustion yet but the recycle of 1.5s is genuine progress. Joy and fulfillment.

I love the hammerheads though, great chunky things - one could ward-off attackers if properly wielded. They give you a jolly good handle to hold the camera rather than an ungainly blob sat precariously on the prism upsetting the balance and ergonomics so striven-for by Mr Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:43 UTC
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trungtran: "I really enjoyed having a block battery and not carrying and disposing of AA cells"

Who uses disposable batteries in Flash guns these days? Sure use it as a last resort, but ENELOOPS have been on the market as well as other LSD batteries for many years now.

Flash guns taken care off can last for many years. Batteries no matter how good will need to be replaced eventually.

I have flashes older than me that still work, (albeit in manual mode) A proprietary battery would make them worthless.

Mr Trung...
You don't get short recycle times with Eleloops or indeed any Ni met Hydrides. I hate recommending toxic products but for speed, Sanyo (latterly Panasonic) CadNIca batteries have the lowest internal resistance of any I have tried thus the shortest recycles of all due to their higher current delivery. Metz 45CL 4 - ancient hammerhead - at full-whack takes 3 seconds, not bad for a 70s design. Nearly 40 years later we wax lyrical about 1.5s on the Godox V860ii.... Progress albeit slow.
Low self discharge talk largely a chimera as no sensible fellow would go out the house on a shoot without having charged his little batteries first now would he?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
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fotowbert: You said "The flash provides rear curtain sync even if your camera doesn’t".

How does this Godox flash achieve rear curtain sync when used with a camera that is incapable of providing the "fire flash" signal at the end of the exposure just before the rear curtain is about to close? I would expect said camera to still be providing first curtain sync signal. What's the deal here?

Foto-Bert's Flash Curtains.
Without knowing the shutter-leaf transit times I reckon a few minutes trial n error going through the shutter-speeds with the delay being adjusted to suit, one could make a nice convenient look-up table on a bit of card with shutter-speed versus delay noted. You might share this wisdom here for the other lads.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: One issue I worked out was that the flash goes into overheat prevention mode after about fifteen pops in 1-2 second intervals. It doesn't matter what power they are set for. So recycling time is extended tremendously. Just turn the flash off and on to reset the counter and get another fifteen or so fast recycles. Rinse and repeat.

I use these (two manual versions with metal hot feet) exclusively for white background blowout. The 20mm zoom is particularly best for even illumination across the paper.

Also use the TTL version (with crappy Sony hot foot) with Speed Box and RRS bracket for on camera work while still using the radio trigger. The bracket with light can be instantly removed and handed to an assistant, or attached to tripod with quick release.

The battery is awesome in all ways.

Clyde overheats:
I reckon ambient temperature will play a significant part in the overheat effects. The design is "pushing it" more than a little so we must expect such limitations in an inexpensive consumer product. I am tickled pink by V860ii + X1 - getting a receiver tomorrow to fire a Metz 45CL too. I think it best to err on the side of caution if I want the V860ii flash to last a while. The Metzes are still blasting away faultlessly after 25 years, with Sanyo Cadnicas* (lowest internal resistance, thus highest current capacity) giving very short recycles a great design.
Godox? we shall see.
* Forget alkalines and Ni met Hy, as their int resistance is so high as to give long cycle-times.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 00:11 UTC
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joelR42: The X1 transmitter is a weakness in an otherwise amazing system. The same protocols are used for everything from these flashes to full size studio strobes! Funny how the onflash interface is so good and the X1 is so bad.

A couple corrections: there is a "close range" mode that should fix some of your triggering issues. Canon and Sony version will use five groups, three seems to be a Nikon restriction. The lithium-ion flashes (like the V860) don't have an external battery port—so they cannot be used with the 960 battery pack. However the Godox TT series does.

Mr Joel... The Xi trigger "a weakness"? Pray tell dear boy quite what weakness(es?) you refer to? The only one I can identify is that the thing is a rather lumpen object sat on the camera. Looks like an AWACS dome on a boeing 747, a late addition designed by a deviant. But, really. Aesthetics and vanity aside, I can't find a whinge myself even given my gathering cynicism.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
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tko: Proprietary batteries needing a new charger? How much are the spares?

AA's can be changed in secondary, you can have dozens of spares, and you can use them for anything in your house when your not doing flash. Envelopes will stay charged for at least a year, just let them sit, fully charged.


Mr Tiko an incorrigible, inveterate AA Lover?
Now who would want a bunch of AAs rolling around, getting mixed-up despite a regimen, boxes and labels, the ability to pop them in wrong way round when rushing, a four (or sixfold in a meccablits 45CL) faff-about - In comparison to one neat, Li-Po mini brick with 400-600 flashes up it's jumper plus a spare one up my own - is cheaply available and charges in 2.5hrs. This AA fixation seems like a triumph of perversity over wits. Perhaps I could recommend flash-powder as joyful nostalgia not requiring anything newfangled..

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
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melias: Damien,
Great review! i have experienced the XT1 problem of not firing when close to the strobe. There is a close setting where you turn the XT1 off, Push the test button then turn the XT1 on again and the LED indicator light should blink twice telling you the XT1 is in close up mode.

Michael Mowbray at is a Godox guru and can help you further

Godox Guru?:
I rather wish the eejit writing Godox's manuals was himself a Godox Guru. I rooted out the Meccablitz manuals and in comparison these are the very model of clarity. Chinese lacks normal tenses and conjunctions and this leads to ambiguity at the least and downright obscurity at worst. Being a marginal eejit myself I am having to make notes to shed light on the subject. (not a joke)

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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Pejannl: Nice review. Close, but no cigar, though. Yes, Godox sells an external battery pack PB960, but.... erhm.... The Ving 860ii does not have a connector for an external battery pack...

To me, this was the one and only disappointment after I bought it, because the flash, and its internal Li-Ion power, is just excellent. Since I have these, I use them exclusively at weddings. I combine the flashes with Magmod clones (from Selens) which all-in-all gives you an affordable studio environment on the go.

Man with Li Battery flash Godox V860ii - him want external pack: ? ?
I would far prefer to have a second Li battery in my pocket for this flash rather than a damn great heavy battery pack. If you're hell-bent on external power there's a fellow on youtube putting a socket on the flash. A lumpen, inelegant solution to a rather non-existent problem.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 23:26 UTC

So the collected view below is "never heard of T Swift?" This is no point for pride. Reading-on, it appears that having one's finger on the cultural pulse is not a component of this readership. What's the demography here? Technobores, monomaniacs and dads? I am both the latter yet have managed, somehow, to have heard of Swift. Funny, that. The phrase "Need to get out more" comes to mind.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 16:15 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

This is no hypocrisy on T Swift's part but a petulant whinge from a poor old photographer subject to the same kind of commercial abuse that she was complaining of. The fellow should be on her side. In any case to equate the creativity in music with that of photography is questionable. She (whether you like her music or not - I am indifferent) makes up music from thin air, inspires others to join in, she looks good and dances - whereas a photographer merely pokes a lens, click and thats it. The inflated egoism of such photo poseurs is sickening here. Let us see photographers as artisan more than artist, recorder rather than impressionist, and stop this strutting about with our technical clobber beleiving ourselves, against all evidence, to be creatives. I begrudge no-one an ego but hell, let it be in proportion.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 16:08 UTC as 13th comment

Just had a thought: To read a curved focal surface with a flat sensor...

If the image was "scanned" by the sensor-read process in a circular fashion as the sensor moved towards the lens during the shot.... This would be easy with a liquid-crystal shutter near the focal "plane"
The process starting at the centre as a circle and then becoming an anulus as it radiated to the corners, we should have compensated for our curved field.

The camera could be equipped with the curve parameters of any lens. The sensor moving by piezo or moving-coil actuation may be a limit to higher shutter speeds.

Is this an equally silly idea or the germ of a better one

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Simpler - curved focal-surface - lenses enabled by curve on the sensor? Cheaper lenses for novelty-fun photos maybe. However with the advent of in-camera processing able to compensate for barrel, pincushion and chromatic aberation, AND the ability to make non-spherical lenses, this seems a bad move. Swallowing a spider to catch a fly. Sure our eyes are spherical but the brain enables us to see the side of a house as a rectangle. The curved sensor, only appropriate for a given lens, limits interchangeability. It looks like a strategy for cheapness. A rush to the bottom. Pezval's lens was fast but unsharp and passed into history - so should this

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 22:38 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography (55 comments in total)

There was an Aussi film called Crystal Voyager made in '73 and with pink floyd as soundtrack. Shot mostly in California, it featured similar spectacles, tunnels of green glassy water rotating about the moving viewpoint and was a breathtaking experience in a big-screen cinema. The cinema had the aroma of exotic smoking mixtures floating in the air to add to the atmosphere. Despite the difficulties of hauling (what I guess was - based on the limited definition) a watertight 16mm film camera on a board the results were unprecidented and great. It's on youtube if you're keen.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 3rd comment
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