FLASHPOINT R2 PRO Mark II Transmitter For Nikon – Now Available

 

Flashpoint have released the new flagship TTL and HSS enabled R2 PRO Mark II Transmitter for Nikon, further enhancing, and providing the most control currently available with the complete Flashpoint R2 and Godox X lighting system.

With the R2 PRO II being the first product specifically designed by Flashpoint for the R2 / Godox X system, based on extensive user feedback, and available exclusively from Adorama.

The R2 PRO II builds considerably on the original R2 PRO / XPro transmitter, with an interface and functionality highly focused around speed and convenience.

The R2 PRO II Transmitter for Nikon are available now from Adorama for $69.

With Canon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax, versions also becoming available.

All flashes in the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X 2.4GHz lighting system now provide Auto Sensing radio receiver modes compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax, version transmitters and master flash units.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 PRO II

 

Like with the original R2 PRO and Xpro, the new R2 PRO II features a large clear dot matrix LCD screen displaying up to 5 Groups of lights at a time.

With 5 newly positioned dedicated Group Buttons, the interface provides fast control of 5 mixed TTL and Manual Groups, or 16 Manual only Groups, corresponding with the XTR-16/s radio receivers..

Groups can be turned ON and OFF individually, and managed much faster with the R2 PRO II.

 

SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES INCLUDE

  • 5 Quick Access Group Buttons Located Around Main Control Dial
  • 10 Quick Access Dedicated Function Buttons
  • Larger Main Control Dial
  • Built-in Bluetooth For Smart Phone APP Control
  • Mac and PC Firmware Updates
  • Single Group Test Fire Button (To Be Enabled)
  • Button Backlighting
  • Modelling Light Power Control (5% Increments)
  • Beep Function Control Via Individual Groups
  • Large Text – Menu Option
  • High Sync Delay Setting – Menu Option
  • Multi Mode Disable – Menu Option
  • Fast Group Management –  Shortcuts To Turn Groups ON & OFF
  • LCD Backlight Button – Shortcuts To Set LCD & Button Lighting
  • Updated Display And Functions

 

EXISTING FEATURES

  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen Displaying 5 Groups
  • TTL, Manual, Multi, HSS, SCS
  • TCM Function – TTL – CONVERT – MANUAL
  • Display Zoom – Displays One Group Larger With More Details
  • 0.1 & 0.3 Stop Manual Power Level Increment Options
  • Flash Head Zoom Control Interface – By Group
  • Modelling Light Control – By Group
  • Global Adjustment of Group Power Levels (ALL Button)
  • Large Graphic Menu System With Multiple Custom Functions

 

 

QUICK ACCESS GROUP BUTTONS

The R2 PRO II now features 5 dedicated Group Buttons, as well as regularly used Function Buttons, all located closely around a new larger Main Control Dial.

This allows a number of lights to be adjusted quickly, without constantly reaching some distance back and forth between controls, and possibly blocking the LCD screen in the process.

Regular users will now likely find themselves being able to quickly adjust a number of lights by feel alone, without even viewing the interface and display.

 

QUICK ACCESS FUNCTION BUTTONS

The R2 PRO II now also features 10 Quick Access Side Function Buttons, allowing direct access to commonly used functions without the need to dig through any Menus.

For convenience, the Menu Bar buttons located along the base of the LCD display are currently set to the same functions as the original R2 PRO / Xpro.

Though they are also now free to potentially be assigned to further functionality in the future. That’s right, a transmitter with spare buttons actually still available!

 

 

FLASHPOINT R2 PRO II FEATURES

 

  • Flashpoint R2 / Godox X – 2.4GHz RF Radio System
  • Range – 100m +
  • Flash Modes – ETTL / M / Multi
  • TCM – TTL – CONVERT – MANUAL
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Global ALL Group Power Adjustment
  • Remote Flash Zoom By Group
  • Remote Modelling Light Power Control By Group
  • Remote Beep Control by Group
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display with Adjustable Back Light
  • Zoom Display – Displays One Groups Larger With Details
  • Large Text – Menu Option
  • Modeling flash
  • Auto Memory Function
  • AF Assist light (With On / Off Switch)
  • Wireless Shutter Release
  • Type-C USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • 2.5mm Sync Port – Input & Output
  • Powered by 2 AA Batteries

 

FAST GROUP MANAGEMENT

The R2 PRO II Group Buttons are not only located for fast access, they now also provide fast access shortcuts to manage and switch Groups ON and OFF quickly as required.

This relatively simple combination of button location and functionality now provides a significant improvement in usability over the original R2 PRO and Xpro.

  • DOUBLE Pressing a GROUP Button turns the Group ON and OFF.
  • LONG Pressing a GROUP Button turns that Group ON only.
  • DOUBLE Pressing the MODE Button turns ALL Groups OFF, and Back ON.

 

 

LARGE TEXT OPTION

The R2 PRO II now also features a Large Text (BIG NUM) menu option. Providing easier viewing from a distance, or with the camera mounted high on a tripod etc, while still accessing all 5 groups displayed on the LCD screen at once.

The larger again, single group Magnify Display option, is also still available as mentioned further bellow.

 

 

CURRENT GROUP INDICATOR

For added speed and convenience the R2 PRO II now highlights the letter icon of the Group last used and held in memory.

This indicates which group will be selected for adjustment if directly pressing the SET Button for example.

And which single group will be displayed in larger format if pressing the Magnify Display Button.

(This will likely also be linked to the Single Group Test Fire Button as discussed further bellow).

 

MAGNIFY DISPLAY

Like the original R2 PRO and Xpro, the R2 PRO II also features a Magnify Display screen option, though now assigned to it’s own dedicated button.

This option shows a single group larger, and with more detail. Also allowing the group’s Modelling Light, Beep, and Zoom setting to be adjusted on the one screen.

 

 

MODELING LIGHT POWER CONTROL

The R2 PRO II now adds remote power control with the receiver flashes modelling lights. In 5% increments, from 10% to 100%, or set to Proportional to automatically follow the strobes power level.

This function is aimed at the XPLOR PRO / Godox AD PRO series of lights (which may require a firmware update to enable).

And the remote manual power control also currently works with the AC powered Flashpoint RAPID / Godox QT600IIM series of lights (they do not have proportional capability though).

From the main transmitter screen, a Single Press of the Modelling Light Button globally switches All modelling lights ON and OFF together, and individual Groups can also be disabled from the global setting.

Double Pressing the Modelling Light Button enters a separate Modelling Light Screen, where the actual power levels can then be individually set and adjusted.

 

 

BEEP CONTROL BY GROUP

Like the Modelling Light control, the Beep function can now be switched ON and OFF via individual Group.

From the main transmitter screen, a Single Press of the Beep Button provides a global ON and OFF for all of the Group’s Beep functions.

Or individual Groups can be disabled from the global setting by selecting the Group for adjustment, before Single pressing the Beep Button.

 

 

TCM FUNCTION UPDATED 

TCM (TTL – Convert – Manual) function, allows a fast initial exposure to be made using TTL, and then at the press of a button converted to Manual power levels displayed on the transmitter, for further refinement and consistency between shots in Manual mode.

The R2 PRO II now also allows the converted manual power levels to be quickly reverted back to the initial TTL settings, with at second press of the TCM Button, so further TTL exposures can be made again quickly.

TCM now has its own button, and the Mode button order has also been reversed (M > TTL > OFF) for faster TCM use.

(NOTE – TCM currently provides the best results when using the same model strobes together).

 

 

ALL GROUPS UPDATED

The ALL Groups Function selects ALL Groups to be adjusted together at once.

This can be extremely helpful when making Aperture or ISO changes on the camera, while wanting to retain the current flash exposure levels.

Groups metered with TTL automatically adjust for Aperture and ISO changes though, so the ALL function has now been updated to only select groups which are set to Manual mode, for adjustment together.

(Global TTL adjustment can be made via the cameras FEC setting if needed).

 

 

SINGLE GROUP TEST BUTTON

To help speed up flash meter use, or simply identify and test fire a single flash Group on its own, the R2 PRO II now provides a dedicated Single Group TEST Fire Button.

Flashes will require a firmware update for this function to be enabled though, and at this stage this function is mainly aimed towards the XPLOR PRO / Godox AD PRO series of lights. At least initially.

The Single Group TEST Button will likely be linked to the Group letter highlighted as the Current Group Indicator, or Group currently selected for adjustment.

 

 

SYNC DELAY SETTING

Available in the original R2 / X1T, though not included in the later R2 PRO / Xpro, the 1 – 100 µs Sync Delay Setting is once again featured in the R2 PRO II Transmitter.

The Sync Delay Setting allows the High Sync, or Long Burn, method of achieving shutter speeds above the cameras X-Sync limitation to be used.

The Long Burn method can provide more light in the frame than pulsing HSS, and can also be used to help avoid heat protection limitations in HSS mode. Also handy with strobes that do not provide any pulsing HSS mode.

Though this method can add some gradient to the light output, and often requires IGBT strobes to be set to full power.

 

 

LCD & BUTTON BACKLIGHTING SHORTCUTS

To help in dark environments, the R2 PRO II now provides a degree of button backlighting, as well shortcuts to engage the button and LCD backlighting quickly, without needing to dig into the Menu settings to do this.

To save on battery power though, buttons surrounding the LCD screen are actually illuminated by the LCD backlight, while buttons bellow are illuminated separately by their own individual LED lights.

Single Pressing the Lamp Button illuminates the LCD and surrounding buttons.

Double Pressing the Lamp Button locks the LCD and surrounding buttons illumination ON, and OFF again as required, also displaying an icon to indicate this.

Long Pressing the Lamp Button locks the lower button illumination ON, (stays on for 12 seconds after activity), and OFF again as required, displaying an icon to indicate this.

 

 

BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH & APP CONTROL

Another significant feature of the R2 PRO II is Bluetooth capability now built-in.

This allows smart devices to provide remote control for the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X lighting system, without the need for separate products like the Flashpoint M1 PRO / Godox A1 to relay the signal through.

The FlashPoint R2 APP is currently available for iOS, and GodoxPhoto APP for iOS and Android devices.

NOTE – BlueTooth initial password is “000000”

Unlike the basic APP mode, which basically disables the transmitter’s interface, the R2 PRO II’s Bluetooth mode conveniently displays the settings sent from the smart device, while relaying them on to the receiver flashes.

 

 

MENU OPTIONS

The R2 PRO II again features a full graphic menu system, now providing 16 Custom Function options at the time of release.

A static image showing all functions can also be seen here.

And one of the new options not highlighted previously above, is the option to disable MULTI Mode from the main Mode button. Avoiding entering the MULTI screen accidentally when that mode is not required.

NOTE – 0.1 or 0.3 stop Manual power level increment options have also bee added since the animation bellow was made.

 

 

FLASHPOINT R2 PRO II SPECS

 

MODEL R2 PRO II – N
Compatible Cameras Nikon Cameras
Support for cameras which have a PC Sync socket
Power Supply 2 x AA Batteries
FLASH EXPOSURE CONTROL
TTL AutoFlash i-TTL
Manual Flash YES
Stroboscopic Flash YES
FUNCTION
HSS (High Speed Sync) YES
Second Curtain Sync YES
Flash Exposure Compensation YES, +/- 3 stops, In 1/3 stop increments
Flash Exposure Lock YES
Focus Assist YES
Modelling Lamp Manual 10-100%, In 5% increments, & proportional
Beep YES, control via group
Zoom YES, Adjust the flash Zoom setting from the transmitter
TCM Function Converts the TTL shooting value into an output value in M mode
Memory Function Settings stored 2 seconds after last use, and restored after restart
Shutter Release YES, using a receiver connected via shutter release cable to camera
Firmware Update YES, upgrade via Type-C USB port
WIRELESS FLASH
Transmission Range 0-100M approx.
Built-in Wireless 2.4GHz
Modulation Mode MSK
Channels 32
Wireless ID 01-99
Groups 16
Bluetooth YES, provides remote control via smart device with APP
PORTS
Sync Port 2.5mm sync port (function in or out)
USB Port Type-C USB port, for firmware updates
OTHER
Size 98 x 65 x 51mm
Weight 98g without batteries

 

FUNCTION UPDATES OVER THE ORIGINAL R2 PRO TRANSMITTER

  • Fast Group Management
  • Double Press Group Button Turns Group ON & OFF
  • Long Press Group Button Turns One Group ON
  • Double Press Mode Button Turns All Groups OFF, and Back ON
  • LCD Backlight Button
  • Double Press Quickly Sets Light To ON and Adds LCD Icon
  • Long Press Quickly Sets Button Light to ON For 12 Seconds and Adds LCD Icon
  • Group In Memory Indicator Grants Fast Access To Group Last Set
  • TCM Button – Second Press Restores Groups to Original TTL Setting
  • ALL Button – Adjusts Manual Groups Only
  • Modeling Light Button -Double Click to Adjust Power Levels
  • Mode Button – Order Reversed To – OFF > M > TTL (Faster TCM Use)
  • Menu Option to Disable MULTI Mode
  • Updated Display Layout

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Flashpoint R2 PRO Mark II Transmitter for Nikon are available now from Adorama for $69.

With Canon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax, also becoming available.

 

Flashpoint – Website

Flashpoint – R2 / Godox X Lighting System

Flashpoint – Firmware Updates

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