FLASHPOINT R2 PRO Mark II Transmitter – Released!

 

Flashpoint have announced the new flagship TTL and HSS enabled R2 PRO Mark II Transmitter, 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.

And the R2 PRO II Transmitter for Canon are available for pre-order from Adorama for $69!

With Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax, versions to follow.

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 TX-C
Compatible Cameras Canon EOS cameras (E-TTL II autoflash)
Support for cameras which have a PC Sync socket
Power Supply 2 x AA Batteries
FLASH EXPOSURE CONTROL
TTL AutoFlash E-TTL II
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 Canon are available for pre-order now from Adorama for $69.

With stock due in 1st November 2018.

Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax, versions to follow. UPDATE – Some already available for pre-order.

 

Flashpoint – Website

Flashpoint – R2 / Godox X Lighting System

Flashpoint – Firmware Updates

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102 Comments
  1. Allan Bramsen 2 weeks ago

    When will there be release from Godox on this transmitter ?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Allan,

      This transmitter is exclusively available from Flashpoint, not Godox (though fully compatible with both systems).

      For a very brief summary of the background story, a number of years ago Adorama asked Godox to make a new transmitter as an update to the X1.

      Godox didn’t want to do this at the time, though eventually agreed. And the Mark II model you see here was basically our original concept.

      Unfortunately Godox did not agree with the Group button placement we wanted, and the only way forward was for Flashpoint to commission their own seperate transmitter from Godox.

      So the original XPro / R2 Pro was actually Godox’s version derived from this Flashpoint (now MK II) transmitter, and they were being developed along side each other, until the Flashpoint version ran into a major snag with the button backlighting, which was what set it back so much further than the Xpro.

      So the Godox Xpro was able to be released much earlier, and Flashpoint also offered the Xpro as their R2 Pro while their transmitter was still in development. The MK II concept was always the original plan though.

      Its been a long and tough road to get to this point, and ideally I would have liked a sleeker design, and numerous other functions etc as well.

      Though I have been using a prototype MK II for 6 months now, and find it a world of difference (better) than the Xpro, and hopefully others feel the same once they get to try them.

      • John Wilson 2 weeks ago

        Unfortunately, given Adorama’s attitude to shipping outside the US, it’s of no interest to no US users.

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

          Hi John,

          As I mentioned Flashpoint are currently looking for dealers / distributor outside the US.

          If you would like to see them in your local dealer, you can ask them to contact Adorama at – brands@adorama.com

          There is more Godox compatible Flashpoint exclusive gear coming, so I’m sure there will be UK dealers wanting to be involved.

        • Andy 2 weeks ago

          When I saw it was an Adorama exclusive, I looked at ordering from them, and the shipping was going to be $42.
          So I ordered it with a mail forwarding service, and got free shipping from Adorama… just hope there’s no extra customs costs I’ll be stung with!

          • stingy buyer 2 weeks ago

            Well, if you did the customs declaration yourself, I’m sure you marked it as ‘mechandise’ 🙂

  2. Jakub 2 weeks ago

    PRESETS!!! Why there is no dedicated preset buttons to be used as quick location-changing users tool. It is relatively easy to implement I believe, so why not?? It would be VERY helpful for those of us who have to shot in multiple locations placed close to each other by their own.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Jakub,

      Thanks, yes I understand stored / preset lighting set ups, and user customizable buttons are features a lot of people are after.

      We simply couldn’t do everything at once though. The transmitter took almost 2 years just to get to this stage, and every time I asked for reasonably simple changes everyone was panicking the development may go on forever.

      We will be making a note of all the suggestions though, either for future firmware, or possibly even another model update. So feel free to offer suggestions and feedback.

      • Andy 2 weeks ago

        Can you save setups on the App though, and just use the bluetooth in this then?

        I mean if this replaces a $70 XPro, AND a $70 A1, in the one unit… and is STILL only $70, that is incredible value!

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

          Hi Andy,

          EDIT – The APP does have a form of stored user set ups, by using the Import and Export functions as shown here.

          Hopefully this is something that can be added to the both transmitters in the future though.

  3. Sven 2 weeks ago

    Wow, looks pretty sweet! Will this be available outside the US?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Sven,

      Flashpoint are currently looking at dealers / distributor outside the US.

      If you would like to see them in your local dealer, you can ask them to contact Adorama at – brands@adorama.com

      You can also purchase directly from Adorama.con online, though shipping cost is not ideal for one small item.

  4. Thomas Geist 2 weeks ago

    Great improvements, but alas it looks like the auto focus assist light is still the rather useless cross hatch type.
    Too bad, since this would have improved usability of these devices tremendoussly for many of us.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Thomas,

      Yes unfortunately the AF light was not changed at this point.

      I have suggested a twin pattern light (tighter pattern in the center) which is actually what the Profoto A1 now use. So hopefully this is something that could be updated still in the future.

      I’m not sure what Godox have planned yet, though I will suggest the same for the coming round head speedlite. Hopefully that may be the chance to finally move forward with this.

      • Thomas Geist 2 weeks ago

        Any improvement there would be welcome!

        It definitely would be great to look into how Nikon’s AF light works. It’s hands down the best in the market, working even with far out AF points with wide angle lenses.

        Question is whether there are any patents on that…

  5. Paul 2 weeks ago

    Unrelated but any news on H1200B Pro?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Paul,

      Are you referring to an extension head for 2 AD600 Pro, or a separate 1200Ws strobe?

      I’ve seen comments posted regarding both, though I’m not personally aware of whats happening with either at this stage.

      • Paul 2 weeks ago

        Yes extension head for 2 AD600 Pro, that’d complete my setup, I can’t justify getting the remote head for AD600 Pro given I can easily mount the AD400 Pro indirect with everything stripped away (it becomes light enough).

  6. Benson 2 weeks ago

    Can a Xpro do the global adjustment and the updsted TCM function with firmware update?

    • Andy 2 weeks ago

      Ok,

      Do you mean changing all the groups together? The Xpro can currently do that anyway, with the ‘All’ function.

      And it also currently has TCM. The only difference with TCM on the mkii, is that you can press the button an 2nd time, to go back to TTL.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Benson,

      I’m really not sure if Godox will update the current Xpro or not. I suggested some time ago a list of things to update in the Xpro to help provide consistency between the 2 transmitters, though nothing has been changed yet in that regard.

      So for now I’m sticking with the battles I can make a difference.

      As Andy mentioned, the ALL function is available in the Xpro already, we just updated it so that the TTL settings would not be changed, only the manual power levels.

      The TCM function returning to TTL makes a major difference though.

      We also changed the MODE button order to M > TTL, if you want to TCM meter just one group again quickly.

  7. C. Stephen Hurst 2 weeks ago

    Regarding Presets via the APP can;t you create a lighting ratio via the APP and then save as an EXPORT. When you next use the app with transmitter can’t you simply IMPORT the preset via the APP and use accordingly.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Stephen,

      My mistake, you are correct. The Import and Export functions are shown here.

  8. JL Williams 2 weeks ago

    Okay, I’m going to buy one to replace my current Pro transmitter — built-in Bluetooth alone is worth the upgrade — but… man, that is a LOT of buttons! I like to set up my cameras to minimize distractions while shooting; this will be like parking a whole keyboard on top!

    I know everybody hates the original X1 transmitter, but once you had set up your groups you could ignore everything else and just use the thumbwheel to dial in compensation. I can’t help wishing some of that simplicity had been inherited by the later designs.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi JL,

      Its mainly only the buttons bellow the LCD screen which are used regularly, you can almost forget about the side buttons if you don’t want to use them. They are there for quick access if you do though.

      The buttons used regularly are all located closely around the main dial, so it doesn’t take long before you can adjust a number of groups with your eyes closed, and without reaching far between buttons.

      The backlighting is also pretty dim on the side buttons so they are not obnoxious. That was not intentional, as it was actually a battle to get some light behind them.

  9. John Wilson 2 weeks ago

    Bluetooth is nice – I complained that it was not in the original Xpro – such an obvious easy thing to do. However I have an A1 now so it matters less. I’m not mad keen on lots of tiny buttons myself but I can see some users will like this.

    Two things this misses – the damned on/off switch is a menace. I’m forever switching it on when I cram it into a bag. There has to be a better way.

    Secondly now you have bluetooth it should allow the app to trigger the camera via the 2.5 mm sync port.

    Now someone need to reverse engineer the bluetooth protocol. I wonder if there’s a bluetooth Man in the Middle toolkit for the Raspberry PI?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Regarding the ON / OFF switch, I know it can be a problem, though I personally wanted to keep it because that is what I have used on most transmitters to turn all the Groups On and Off together quickly.

      It was only recently though I came across a Youtube video where one person was suggesting to use the MULTI mode as a DIY method off turning all Groups On and Off together (requires not using Group A at all though).

      And ironically one of the first things we actually did was to add a Menu function to disable the Multi Mode altogether if wanted, because people were complaining about ending up in the Multi Mode screen accidentally.

      So one of the last functions added was – DOUBLE Pressing the MODE Button turns ALL Groups OFF, and Back ON (quickly).

      And that way you still have an AF assist light (while all flashes are turned Off).

      Regarding the shutter release, unfortunately that’s another thing we didn’t get to update at this stage. Though there is something else interesting coming soon which in conjunction will help nicely with remote shutter release.

      • John Wilson 2 weeks ago

        Suggestion:

        To switch on press the Set button and rotate the dial like the AD400Pro. To switch off press and hold the Set button. Any reason why that would not work?

        BTW like the reverse TCM function.

        Think the channel buttons should have been a different shape to the others so you can locate them without looking.

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

          Yes I think pressing the Set button and rotating the dial sounds viable.

          If I could turn the clock back a couple of years I would have suggested the Group buttons form something of a tighter ring shape directly around the main dial.

          I actually had the current Group buttons positioned in a correct arc around the dial, and Godox changed that slightly to the V shape they form now on either side of the dial. I think that’s why some people are seeing the layout as appearing more random than it is.

          Its very easy to know where the groups are with your eyes closed now though. As soon as you feel the dial, you know where each Group button is by feel. I can’t do that with the Xpro, unless its just Group A or E, and Group A is a long reach back to the dial all the time.

  10. Ricardo Gomez 2 weeks ago

    Wow! This may be the best and most advanced transmitter I have ever seen! And I was just thinking about buying a new transmitter just before I saw this announcement!

    The functionality looks to be fantastic. What I think may be the greatest and most understated design change is the inclusion of quick-access buttons on the side. I personally like a minimalist look myself. However, the icons on the buttons take the guesswork out of them and quick access to common functionality is super. There is a great level of user-interface design that went on here which is so un-common with Chinese-designed products. I applaud all who participated.

    I hope the Panasonic/Olympus version comes out very soon. This is going to be one hot product!

    • Sam 2 weeks ago

      This reminds me – we should thank Mr. Flahhavoc – Elv and any others who have worked tirelessly for so long so that we may all benefit. And for those who may prefer something different – there has never been more options, brands, price points and choice than now.

      • Author
        FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

        Thanks Ricardo and Sam.

        If people support them then I’m sure Flashpoint will keep doing more, that’s really what will make the difference.

  11. Javier 2 weeks ago

    Wow, amazing!
    I’m curious about the SYNC DELAY setting. What does it mean exactly?
    I think that with this mode enabled, the remote flash is not using HSS but normal pulses, then you set a delay to sync the flash burst with your frame. So, at the same time, you are using speeds above normal sync on your camera but normal pulses on your flash.
    Is it correct ?

    • Andy 2 weeks ago

      Yes, that’s correct. You would use it to delay the flash, to time the flash pulse when using hypersync (longburn), instead of HSS.
      The X1T had the same delay feature, but the Xpro does not.

      • JL Williams 2 weeks ago

        I’m still puzzled about how I would use this delay feature to enable higher sync speeds. On a non-HSS camera, the X sync signal gets sent as soon as the main curtain is fully open, right? So delaying the flash beyond this point would simply allow more time for the closing curtain to close, leading to more cutoff in the image, right?

        If the trigger had access to the HSS pre-fire signal, then I could see how introducing a delay would let you take advantage of a long flash peak… but non-HSS cameras don’t generate a pre-fire signal.

        So I’m stumped. I have an original Xpro trigger, which has the delay setting, but I thought its only use would be to simulate second-curtain sync on cameras that lack that feature. And I’ve used flashes that have a long-peak mode, but they require an HSS master flash so their optical slaves can catch the pre-fire signal.

        Anyone have a pointer that explains this? Thanks…

        • JL Williams 2 weeks ago

          Oops, I meant “original X1” trigger, not “original Xpro trigger.” Actually I have both of them, but only the original X1 has the delay feature.

          • Author
            FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

            Yes you still need a HSS enabled camera providing a pre-sync signal for the long burn method to work.

            This delay setting just allows you to fine tune the results.

  12. Jeffrey 2 weeks ago

    Why still the twist lock and not the switch one?
    That’s really important.
    I like the backlit buttons, it will be great at night.
    I was hoping to see presets also but i’m glad it’s finally here.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Godox are apparently working on developing a lever lock hotshoe foot, I don’t know when they will be ready though.

      Eventually everything will no doubt include the lever lock format.

      • Jeffrey 1 week ago

        I hope including this new transmitter

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

          Yes according to Flashpoint that should be the case. Though again I’m really not sure when that will happen. Hopefully the coming round head flash will get this moving.

  13. Tim 2 weeks ago

    Much improved over the XPro. Too bad that the XPro wasn’t like that in the first place.

  14. Motti 2 weeks ago

    Somewhat related question, did anyone ever experienced a problem with the XPro ( R2 Pro) when using in a computer room? (many computers)

    In one of the schools I photograph I use the library and it’s the only place they have. It’s full of computers and a couple of routers. The two times I worked there I encounter issues.

    I tried both the short and the long distance settings on the XPro and no difference.

    I was wondering if there is a solution and maybe this new trigger will help resolve the issue.

    Thank you

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Motti,

      I’m not sure the new trigger is any different, though a few things people have mentioned that may help –

      – Set to one of the higher channels (rather than CH 1 or 2 etc).
      – Set an ID
      – Use 1.5V Alkaline or Lithium-ion batteries, as they provide a stronger signal than 1.2V NiHM.

      • Motti 2 weeks ago

        Hey Elvis,

        Thank you for the reply! I will make the changes immediately and hopefully it helps. I am at this location again in November and will update.

        Cheers,
        Motti

  15. RSH 2 weeks ago

    The Xpro is still waiting for more firmware updates on the Adorama website page and they bring out a new totally different version…for the same price??
    Also, still waiting to find out why the XPro (R2Pro) doesn’t HSS with the older legacy 360/180 w/ a R2 bridge adapter even tho it ‘says’ they can…it doesn’t.
    I’ve called into Adorama and always get told it’s “on the list to find out”…

    • Javier 2 weeks ago

      Can’t HSS sync with a AD360 ? This is a severe issue. This trigger is supposed to be compatible with the X protocol, so you should need only to put a XTR16 receiver and force HSS mode. If it doesn’t work on a AD360/180, then sure is has the same problem with the V850 Mk I and similar ‘old’ flashes.
      I hope Adorama could fix it soon.
      I have a ‘normal’ GODOX Xpro and it works with my AD360 and v850, no issues with HSS.
      Regards.

      • Author
        FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

        Hi Javier,

        I’m not aware of outstanding HSS issues with the XTR16 receivers and mark one flashes.

        There were some Nikon version XTR16/s originally released with this issue that needed the receivers to be replaced to resolve the problem.

        Though later issues were with specific transmitters like the Sony Xpro-S, and this was resolved via transmitter firmware update.

        • Javier 2 weeks ago

          Thanks for the info.
          This is a very interesting trigger. My idea is to get the Pentax version when available. I have the XproC now, and need to stack on top of a Cactus V6II to get HSS. Of course no TTL.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi RSH,

      Which version of the R2 PRO transmitter do you have? And have you updated to the latest firmware?

      I wasn’t aware there were still outstanding HSS issues with R2 Bridge / XTR16 receivers. Most were resolved with transmitter firmware updates.

  16. Andy 2 weeks ago

    Elv,

    I wonder can you just clear something up…. I want to confirm that there is still no update software for Mac’s, and that you can update the R2Pro mkii via the App, (with iOS or Android devices), but that will be the only way to do it, if you’re a MAC user?
    And I presume that is via bluetooth, so will only be possible on the R2Pro mkii, and not other devices?

    I’m actually a PC user, but it seems another website has picked it up from your feature list, that it will be a MAC updater program.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Andy,

      I haven’t been clear on this myself. The official word is apparently there is no APP based update unfortunately. There will be a Mac version G3 updater performed via USB port only. That is for the R2 PRO II transmitter and coming round head speedlite.

      Sorry for the incorrect information, I’ve updated the post.

  17. C. Stephen Hurst 2 weeks ago

    I will most likely buy this trigger when available from Sony but I do wonder if Godox will respond with their own Mk II design. This trigger has many upsides but like others I do wish it had

    1. A lock down foot
    2. An improved and updated AF assist light
    3. An on + Scroll option (to actually turn on) like that of the Ad400Pro
    4. Braille like texture for the GROUP buttons for easier ‘in the dark/blind’ button selection.
    5. And finally, my pipe dream, an in-body USB-C rechargeable battery that is user removable.

    • Simon MacMullen 2 weeks ago

      Li-ion battery would be awesome, it always feels weird to have to fiddle with AA batteries in the transmitter when the camera and flashes are both Li-ion. Recharging through USB-C would be the cherry on the cake (I know… we don’t ask for much).

      • Author
        FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

        I’m really starting to wonder if its not time for a Lithium-ion battery as well.

        The big fear has always been you get caught out with flat batteries, and can’t simply buy or borrow some regular AA’s.

        Though a protected 18650 Lithium-ion cell will likely be a user replaceable option, and then you could keep spares with you to slot straight in.

        Its not like most people are carrying a bag full of PockwetWizard receivers anymore either. AA’s made sense when they were powering a lot of receivers and speedlites etc.

        I don’t know if the Jinbei TR-Q7 is possibly already run by an 18650 cell.

  18. Craig Volpe 2 weeks ago

    Wow, this looks great! It sounds like you were very involved in this coming to fruition – thanks so much for making this happen and your design input!

    There’s a lot to like, but I think the feature I’m most appreciate of is the ability to update firmware via app. The difficulty updating with a Mac was always frustrating to me.

  19. Hayward Kong 2 weeks ago

    I have a question….. after reading through the description on adorama site on the markII ..and I quote this “It can even sync with Canon original speedlites under the control of a Flashpoint R2-C receiver.” Does it mean it will support working with older canon speedlites such has a 580ex, 430ex, 550ex or older with a Flashpoint R2-C Receiver? I know with the current setup I have the R2T with R2-C receiver only the 580exII, 430exII, and newer fully work.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Hayward,

      No, it will be the same as your current setup requiring mark II Canon Speedlites for full compatibility.

  20. Alexander Valtchev 2 weeks ago

    I find this new trigger too busy and too messy. The main reason I love the XPro original version is all the groups on the left, which match the groups on the LCD. I dont mind the additional buttons on the right of the screen. Backlit buttons and rechargeable battery like the V860 is a huge plus as well. As we already discussed in my the Godox round head flash that is coming up (a new hot shoe) that works on all camera brands will be the best feature for me. I have Canon, Sony and Nikon and I want spare triggers, so I care 6 at all times… I hope you get my point. Godox itself replied to me today about my suggestions, so I really hope they go that way with the hot show :/ I got information that the round head will be with 1 single battery, which was my main concern! YES YES YES 🙂

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      It may look busy, though keep in mind you’re looking at a very magnified view in the images here.

      In real use if you don’t want to use, the quick access side buttons its easy to forget they are there.

      Though for people that need to move quickly its much better to have the option of direct access than digging through menus.

  21. C. Stephen Hurst 2 weeks ago

    I am now very curious how GODOX will respond, if at all, with their mk II trigger in the coming year/s. Obvious improvements could be.

    1. An OLED Screen
    2. Tilting lock Base (similar to Godox S Backet)
    3. Li-on Battery
    4. Better AF Assist (Twin Pattern AF Assist?)
    5. Lock down foot (Rob Hall was at PhotoKina and communicated with Godox who claimed all future products will have a lock down foot)

    One out of the box awesome feature would be either a separate light meter or light meter integration from GODOX. Sekonic has really been lagging their feet with Godox remote triggering. If Godox could create a meter or meter/trigger combo to…..

    1. Trigger, adjust, and read light output
    2. Trigger/Read HSS pulse
    3. Store lighting Presets
    4. Do ambient to flash ratios (like Sekonic in their %flash to Ambient reading)
    5. And finally, read color temperatures

    I would pay a pretty penny for such a device. $300+ would certainly be reasonable IMHO.

    • Thomas Geist 2 weeks ago

      I mentioned it in a comment above – the AF assist light to look at and emulate would be Nikon’s which successfully covers even AF points way out on the side. And at every distance to the subject (this is where the cross pattern lights fail miserably).

  22. Miha 2 weeks ago

    Im sorry but i will not be buying this. Original Xpro trigger is just right in terms of functionality it offers. This feels more like largest swiss army knife they make. Have all attachments imaginable is suuuper versatile and completely non practical to carry around. I feel like i would need to carry around a copy of manual at all times or use just bare minimum of options I am able to understand, thus under-utilizing its potential. Also regardless of how intuitive that gif makes it seem … I`ve spent 20 minutes watching it, and it looks completely counter intuitive, to me at least.

    Kudos to Godox or Adorama for trying but not my cup of joe.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      HI Miha,

      Well its always nice to have the choice 🙂

      Personaly you couldn’t pay me to go back to the Xpro after using this, though other people may have a different opinion.

      These are no harder to use than the Xpro, if you don”t remember any of the shortcuts, then you’re basically in the same situation as using the Xpro. Though regular users will very much appreciate the advantages.

      Before forming an opinion though, even if not willing to try them yourself, it may be worth waiting to see what real users have to say.

      99% of the time, you’re using a few Group buttons, the main dial, and Set button, which are all located right next to each other. So its very quick and easy to adjust a number of groups even just by feel alone.

      The problem with side Group buttons is they were never going to line up with the groups properly anyway, unless they were too small to be practical to use.The way Godox wanted to do it originally the buttons were microscopic.

      And then you are always reaching back and forth to the dial and Set button, which mostly need to be used in conjunction with the Group button anyway, so it only makes sense to have them next to each other. And the Mode button etc is right there as well if needed.

      There’s actually nothing random about the button positioning as some people have thought, they are mainly located in distance from the dial in order of frequency of use. As well as whats practical to use.

      Also as I have tried to explain, the direct access buttons also help free up the menu bar buttons below the LCD for possible things in the future like user assigned functions, as many people have asked for. For now their functions are just duplicated to match the Xpro, for easy of transition between the 2.

      • Author
        FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

        One thing I do regret though, is using a highlight for the current group in memory indicator. Because it is easy to mistake that for the group being selected. A small underline or mark in the corner of the group box would have been better.

        What people are not aware of though is its often a battle to get anything done, and then when you finaly do, as in this case the engineers don”t want to update it further.

        So its not an easy process, though its getting there step by step.

        And to be fair, Godox have done a large amount of really good work as well.

      • Miha 1 week ago

        Some time ago there was amazing little audio player … a competition of Winamp … that was only serious music player back then. Name of that program was audio galaxy or Audio Sound … cant really remember and it like this intuitive setup was based on PLAY in the middle and rest around it, so you don’t have to move mouse a lot. Even tho it was great audio player it failed miserably because no one found it to be intuitive.

        I don’t doubt there will be people who are into it. I said i will not get it. But I love simple design that you can use without any prior knowledge. YN622TX and XPro are such devices … I preordered XPro because i saw logic. This i don’t need to test, because it doesnt matter how it is explained, closest to set button is not easy to use. Most guys (i can only speak for guys) keep their tools sorted by group and not by what they will use most. We like it neat and simple, organized in visible groups. This is neither. I commend the effort, but i feel that not enough input from users were taken when this was designed, or it was but ignored by designer who wanted to make his vision a reality (like some Skype designers most of Internet want fired) and ignore what other people think.

        I also thank You for lengthy reply and time spent to write. I am not ungrateful and I do appreciate what You do here. Im just not a fan of new trigger and hope that there will be still old design available to people who are not into this advanced functionality trigger.

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

          Ok, we will have to agree to disagree, its impossible to please everyone in any case.

          Though I hope others thinking this may be more complicated at least take the time to hear real users feedback before forming any strong opinion either way.

  23. Dawnavan 2 weeks ago

    I usually deal on the used market for photo gear, but the price point & functional improvement to workflows over prior models made this a no-brainer; thanks for the detailed article. Can you please comment on battery life of the current vs prior, or even x1 models?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Dawnavan,

      The battery life is the same as the XPro / original R2 Pro, unless you use the bottom button back-lighting. In which case it will go through batteries if you keep them on a lot.

      I don’t really remember how the X1 compare, though I would think they would have to be more efficient considering the smaller LCD display. Though I have the LCD back light locked on a lot of the time, and thats not been an issue.

      • Andy 2 weeks ago

        How about the battery usage with Bluetooth enabled? Have you been able to test that out much?

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

          Hi Andy,

          I haven’t used the APP for any expended period, so I will give this a go with a new set of batteries and see how long it will run.

          I have left the Bluetooth mode on previously when not actually using it, and hadn’t noticed an issue, though I’ll try an do a test.

  24. Joel Richards 2 weeks ago

    Any (even rough) ETA on the Sony version?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 2 weeks ago

      Hi Joel,

      Right now its actually showing shipping the 1st of November like the Canon version.

  25. Mel Cox 2 weeks ago

    Great improvement to a great system.
    Price is very reasonable for the amount of function and the fact the the new one is the same price as the old one is amazing!!!!!!!
    I’ve placed one on order.
    The only improvement I’d like to see for the R2PRO transmitter is a TILTING HEAD. Being on the “shorter” end of the height spectrum, I tend to find myself having to stand on my tiptoes to see the LCD display to change settings when the camera is mounted on a tripod. Tilting the entire camera means having to loosen the ball head then re-positioning the entire camera.
    Being able to tilt the Transmitter head alone would be a nice improvement to an already great transmitter.
    Maybe an improvement for the MOD III ?

    • Andy 2 weeks ago

      The price is even better, when you consider that there is effectively a $70 A1 in there as well!

      And having said that, If you are using a tripod in a studio kind of situation, you’ll be able to use the Godox App with this transmitter, and set all your flash settings on the App, without needing to look at the transmitter screen at all.

    • John Wilson 2 weeks ago

      Hi Mel!

      If you can’t see the LCD have you considered putting the on camera trigger in APP mode and using a second trigger in single shooter mode hand held to change the settings? The second trigger doesn’t have to be the same type as the one on the camera. I’ve got a Canon and a Fuji Xpro and they work fine in this way. There’s even a little hole in the top left hand of the Xpro where you can thread a lanyard to keep it round your neck. I imagine you could also use an X1 on the camera and an XPro in your hand.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Hi Mel,

      Thanks for that, yes the tripod viewing issue has been an on running one for some time, and Flashpoint have been working on various solutions. So there is something coming soon which may help with the current transmitters.

      The other options are to use a second transmitter in hand, with the one on-camera set to APP mode, as John mentioned. Or now to use a smartphone in hand etc, with the transmitter set to Bluetooth as Andy mentioned. Or use a TTL shoe cord to position the transmitter away from the camera hotshoe.

      All are not a nice as a simple tilting transmitter base though, and I’m sure we will see a more of those in the future. I think there are some patent issues to work through though as well.

  26. Kathy 2 weeks ago

    Nice. Elv, couple questions: is the battery meter now accurate for NiMh batteries? And have they included single-pin mode this time?; I keep thinking it should just be added as another SYNC setting.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks, I generally use Alkaline batteries in radio gear so I hadn’t really looked at this too much. I just put in a fully charged set of Eneloops, and the battery indicator is showing 3 bars. Though if your’re having issue still with the Xpro, the R2 PRO II will likely be the same.

      I really don’t know how they get a good reading for NiHM batteries, because they have a flat discharge curve where the voltage remains fairly constant, and then finally drops down near close to empty.

      Regarding the single-pin mode, this is something we very much wanted, though unfortunately Godox insist its something they can not implement. Its always possibly that is still a miscommunication or lack of understanding etc, though we can’t really debate the issue without knowing for certain ourselves.

      So it will likely mean something in the way of a separate single pin transmitter version eventually.

  27. Ron 1 week ago

    Just posting question for better visibility.

    Can anyone answer these questions….With or with out the Version 2 transmitter can you get proportional modeling lights where the modeling lights are set at full with lower power settings? E.g Set flashes to 25 watts with full modeling lights and as you power down the modeling lights follow. Specifically interest in the flashpoint 400pro units….Is this possible? How fast does the modeling lights drain the battery?
    Thanks…look forward to any answers…

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Hi Ron,

      No there is currently no option to do that with any of the transmitters, or directly via the lights interface. In Proportional mode 1/1 flash power = 100% modelling light power.

      It sounds like a nice feature to have, though proportional power control itself is something that’s only just been added with new lights like the XPLOR 400 / 600 PRO.

      Regarding how fast the modelling lights drain the battery, that’s really hard to say, because it obviously varies dramatically on the LED and flash power levels used.

      I had meant to test how long the XPLOR 600 PRO LED light runs at full power though, and I’ve done that just now. With a full battery and LED at full power it lasted 1 hour 25 minutes total.

      • Ron 1 week ago

        Thank you very much for your effort in answering my questions. It is unfortunate that proportional only works down from full power… Extremely extremely limited feature. Thanks again… You run a very tight ship. Thank you

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

          Thanks, I’ll add this to the wishlist. I could see a global setting at the top of the Modelling Light control screen which sets the maximum proportional value.

          It would also be nice if the ALL button would provide a quick adjustment for all LED lights set to a manual power level (just as it does with the flash power levels).

          • Ron 1 week ago

            You are absolutely right… If these changes will be made to the modeling light… It would have professional level of control.

  28. Mark Z 1 week ago

    Interesting development. Do you know if they have addressed the shutter lag issue with Panasonic cameras with this new version?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Hi Mark,

      Sorry no, I’m not even particularly familiar with the issue. Hopefully there is an update before the Pentax version arrives then.

  29. Andy 1 week ago

    It’s great that Godox/Flashpoint improves the transmitter. But I hate that they keep offering new release in short time as I just purchase Xpro-C nearly a year ago. As much as I love to have this new version, I can’t return or exchange it as it passed 30 days. Hmm….may be I should stick with Xpro until it breaks.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Well if this hadn’t have run into issues with the button backlighting it would have actually been released a year ago at the same time as the Xpro.

      At least that provided time to add the Bluetooth, which otherwise costs just as much to buy in a separate unit like the A1 / M1.

  30. Ahmed Agbabiaka 1 week ago

    Excellent review. I have the original, but I love these new features. Definitely will be pre-ordering one.

  31. Joel 1 week ago

    I like the new group button selector placements. I can set each light as a group of its own and visualise each in a position relative to the subject (the “set” button) – so back left, back right, front left, front right – much more intuitive than as a row down one side. And more direct buttons with fewer shortcuts means less to remember for the less-commonly-used / accidentally activated features.
    I much prefer a hard power switch to a logic controlled one but agree the existing design is too easily switched in the bag. A stiffer, countersunk switch would be my preference to buttons you have to hold and press (which can also get accidentally knocked).
    Rechargeable AAs work fine in my mk1 version. They never report full power on the indicator but haven’t proved a problem over extended use. I can always switch to lithium if I need a bit of extra performance and I’d much prefer this to an obscure or sealed battery that’ll run flat in the middle of a job with nowhere for me to turn.
    This Godox kit is really good value.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 1 week ago

      Thanks Joel.

      Regarding the ON/OFF situation, I was actually thinking the the SET button press and DIAL swivel could possibly be added as a custom function option with the current transmitter hardware. So for the people who wanted to use this, they would switch the transmitter ON, and then need to SET-Press & DIAL-Swivel before the transmitter interface fully switched ON.

      Because people have different uses/needs, and some may be switching the transmitter ON and OFF more often, so this extra step may drive them up the wall.

      Regarding the rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, I’m not sure what Godox’s thoughts are on that yet in any case. Though if it was to be implemented at some stage I would think it would need to be a protected (somewhat standard) 18650 cell, and easily exchangeable, housed in a regular battery compartment like the previous AA batteries. So that you can carry spares and swap them if needed.

      You can see this is the way things are going, (built-in batteries / USB charging) so it likely better to get ahead and at least make sure its practical and user replaceable. I’m not sure if the Jinbei transmitter has the battery sealed in, though it wouldn’t surprise me. (That may not be finalized though either).

  32. Jeffrey 5 days ago

    Having seen the Robert Hall video today i must admit i agree with him about the placements of the group burrons i think having them side of each group on the screen makes more sense.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 5 days ago

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Rob is saying he thinks the Group buttons may be harder to locate without looking, though its designed to be exactly the opposite. (And again he hasn’t actually tried one yet).

      As soon as you feel where the main dial is you will know where all the groups are already in a short time by feel alone.

      And even regardless of that, and the fact that you don’t have to reach back and forth a distance to adjust more than one group, I still find it easier to simply press an obvious button marked A or B etc, than the time I spend trying to select the correct side Group button when they are all small, close together, and misaligned to the LCD.

      After using them, the people that are most likely going to complain are those still using the MarK I transmitter as well. Though there’s not a lot we can do about that.

      And Rob mentioned we duplicated some of the functions on the Menu Bar buttons, and that was so that they helped to match the mark one transmitter for now.

      It was obvious the transmitter was going to get criticized for the look of all the side function buttons, we started off with less, and even with just 4 on each side its looks less busy. The room was there though and it allowed for direct access to most functions without digging in the menu, and also for expansion by reassigning the Menu Bar buttons later if needed.

      Just wait until Godox start trying to shoehorn more functions into the Xpro!

      • C. Stephen Hurst 5 days ago

        I have to agree with Elvis. From a snapshot visual the new transmitter looks cluttered BUT the functions that matter most to me are all grouped on the lower third of the remote. Direct Group access, adjustment, and on/off are easily done with one thumb and blindly. In addition, I much prefer hard button access for seldom used functions (on the sides) than having to do deep menu dives. I really think this trigger will be a time saver once we get used to it.

      • Motti 4 days ago

        Did not see it mentioned anywhere but would we be able to keep the LCD light and the buttons back light on the whole time? For people like me with glasses who cannot see jack when looking at the something close, having the lights on the whole time can really help. No need to search for a button to light it up.

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 4 days ago

          Hi Motti,

          The LCD (which also light the side buttons at the same time) can be kept on continuously.

          The lower button lights only come on for 12 seconds at a time though, because we didn’t want to risk people accidentally running the battery down, not realizing they have the lights on continuously when out in the sun etc.

          That’s why we added a Lamp button in the lower right corner. And it becomes second nature very quickly to feel straight for that first, whether its just waking the transmitter, or turning on the LCD and button lights.

          Then also to speed things up, you don’t have to dig into the menu to set the the LCD light etc on continuously, just double press the Lamp button and its done (Icon added to the LCD, as shown in the animation).

          I can imagine a continuous option for the bottom buttons may be added to the menu later if people are requesting it.

          • Motti 3 days ago

            Good to know. May I suggest for next time, Just to make the light button easier to find at night, maybe have rigid texture so the feel is different.

            Also, I definitely understand not wanting to drain the batteries too quickly but in reality, even if the trigger’s lights are on constantly (both LCD and all buttons), how much would it drain? I am sure it will last more than a day.

            I think it’s important for many with bad eyesight.

          • Jeffrey 2 days ago

            I think i would prefer the option to keep them on continuously or even an option for 12 sec 30 sec 1 min continuously. Then for different shooting environments options would be available. Ill be buying mine when i get my new sony camera next month

    • Jim Setzer 2 days ago

      At first I was disappointed that they moved the group buttons down around the dial. But from an HMI perspective, after some quick muscle retraining, we might will find having the group buttons close to the dial and mode button will speed things up as you won’t need to move the finger from the side to the bottom so much.

  33. Mark W 5 days ago

    So will this new transmitter REPLACE the Mark i at Adorama? They are the same price. I am a Pentax user, and have a Mark i on pre-order. Will they come out with Mark ii instead, or should I cancel my pre-order?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 4 days ago

      Hi Mark,

      You might be best to check with Flashpoint directly (brands@adorama.com) before cancelling any orders, though I would have to think they are 2 separate items, and both will still be available for some time to come.

  34. Skip Barber 4 days ago

    So any estimated release date for Nikon?

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