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Godox Flash Systems - Any Good?

Chris_L Avatar
Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
18 May 2016 1:00PM
There seems to be a huge range of Godox branded flash systems including studio strobes, speedlites, sophisticated wireless hss ttl systems etc. Prices seem extremely competitive. I only heard of the brand this week. Are they worth trying, can't find good info or good reviews?

I need a new speedlite and like the idea of having TTL available and being able to use it off camera and wirelessly and it being part of a system that can grow if I decide to add to it. It seems with Godox I can get all of that for the price of a basic on camera speedlite from my camera's manufacturer. Anyone got experience of this make?
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
18 May 2016 2:21PM
I`m not sure that TTL works off camera Chris, unless they have something new that I have not seen.

I`m not using Godox flash units, just a powerpack.
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
18 May 2016 2:37PM
I've just read this which suggests TTL works off camera (wirelessly) as does HSS too!

I've ordered one "Thinklite" (£85) and one transmitter (£30). If they are as good as the specs suggest and as good as they look I'll be super happy Grin


Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
18 May 2016 3:01PM
But with M4/3 ?

It would be great if it does.

Third parties have been a little slow adding these features for M4/3.
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ChrisV 16 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
18 May 2016 3:28PM
Are you using these with your new Sony Chris? I've got a Godox power pack, with a lead for my Metz flash. By the time I realised it wasn't working, I'd dumped all the packaging and lost track of where I'd bought it. Still not sure if it was the pack or the lead - neither were especially cheap...
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keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 May 2016 7:24PM
Ive got several Godox products and have owned others in the past. I'd place them in the upper bracket of the fresh out of China companies.

They are on the whole well made and I've never had a non working product. I did have some Triggers pack up after a couple of years but they had spent their lives in the boot of a car with wet wellies and coats
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
18 May 2016 8:20PM

Quote:Are you using these with your new Sony Chris?

Will be yeah, got two Sony bodies now, moving over from MFT to Sony E mount. The GH4 and GX7 both sold, all MFT lenses gone or going.

I loved the A7 that much I sent it back and bought an A7S II (for video) and an A7R (v1 the 36 megapixel one without the alias filter) for stills.

Have got two native lenses and can not afford any more.

I paid a lot for the A7S II - bought new from WEX at 2.4k - but the A7R cost me just 800 quid on ebay and apart from loud shutter it's fantastic. The amount of detail it resolves is incredible. I bought the Sony Zeiss 55, which is a fantastic prime lens and am having a whole new adventure now. Sweat dripping at credit card balance though Sad
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
18 May 2016 8:56PM
Ah that Makes more sense Chris, I thought you wanted this for M4/3, it should be just fine with Sony.
AlexandraSD Avatar
AlexandraSD 12 773 United Kingdom
21 May 2016 3:34PM
Never used godox speedlights, though i am pretty sure i bought one years ago and it lasted me about 24 hours, so cant really say i used it much at all, didnt have chance, but that was a long time ago, im sure QC has improved since then.

As a side note, i did have a godox product fail on me recently, the 80cm octobox, it fell over in the lightest breeze a few weekends ago and killed itself, bent itself all out of shape, and when i tried to bend the shaft back into place... snap... it broke in my hands, and im not exactly ham fisted! The speedlight inside was fine and still works Grin

I thought many sony shooters now were using Nissin speedlights for HSS?
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
21 May 2016 7:04PM
I've only been a Sony shooter for a few weeks. Just want to add some pop to outdoor portraits. Realized the Sony hot-shoe is a multi purpose interface with hidden connections and heart sank, was sure only Sony flashes would work, but when I tried I found that the camera even fires old triggers that my GH4 wouldn't talk to. An old Yashica flash works on my Sony bodies too.

Build quality of the Godox "Thinklite" and the wireless commander thing is actually extremely good. Higher than Yongnuo, just shy of Canon standard. Infact, going out on a limb, the flash itself is as good as my Canon 580 was, same build quality!

Super versatile. USB ports for updates, you can charge batteries within the flash using a phone charger (if you forgot your battery charger or wanted to travel light). The light is great, no colour cast, it's a total bargain.
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
21 May 2016 7:13PM
Yeh I think Sony reverted back to using a standard shoe (be it with a few other terminals)

Godox are producing some quite nice stuff these days.
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
3 Jun 2016 6:32PM
How are you getting on with that flash Chris.
Chris_L Avatar
Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
4 Jun 2016 8:26PM
Used it outside yesterday and today to photograph friend's dog. Will post in profile when on other PC. It's worked flawlessly. Today I had a modifier on it (a light sphere style thing). I've got some wide shots where you can see the flash in foreground. I'd recommend it.
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
4 Jun 2016 8:45PM
If your looking for some good simple light modifiers check out the flashbenders. I use them all the time these days when I don`t want to be packing a lot.
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Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
4 Jun 2016 10:18PM
Snaps are of the Godox flash in use today and yesterday and first is a fave photo from yesterday which is in my PF. My friend rescued two Dobermans, they hadn't been played with, hadn't been to the beach or seen water etc. One coming on really well after some love and good care, the other needing MRI scan so the photos are to for the fundraising page that's set up to try and help to pay the vets' bills ( here if you can spare a few quid it would make a massive difference)




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