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.
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
- 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
- Group Style Mode – A / B / C / D / E (5 Groups)
- Manual Mode – A – F & 0 – 9 (16 Groups)
- 32 Channels
- Wireless ID 01-99
- Compatible with Flashpoint R2 / Godox X 2.4GHz System
- 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).
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).
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
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.
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.
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
|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|
|HSS (High Speed Sync)||YES|
|Second Curtain Sync||YES|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||YES, +/- 3 stops, In 1/3 stop increments|
|Flash Exposure Lock||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|
|Transmission Range||0-100M approx.|
|Bluetooth||YES, provides remote control via smart device with APP|
|Sync Port||2.5mm sync port (function in or out)|
|USB Port||Type-C USB port, for firmware updates|
|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