FLASHPOINT R2 SPT Single Firing Pin Transceivers – Now Available!

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

Flashpoint have released the new R2 SPT Single Firing Pin Transceivers, the first simple universal flash trigger set directly compatible with the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X 2.4 GHz Radio Flash System!

And the R2 SPT Transceiver are available now from Adorama for just $24.95 each, or $32 a pair.

The R2 SPT Transceivers were designed to fill a number of commonly requested functions, either used as a stand alone flash trigger set, or expanding on the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X Flash System

 

  • Simple Manual Flash Trigger Set – Also compatible With Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System
  • Inexpensive Receiver – Universal To Fire Non Flashpoint / Godox Lights
  • Single Firing Pin Transmitter – Universal To Work On Any Camera With Standard Hotshoe
  • Remote Shutter Release – Combined Shutter & Flash Firing (TRX Mode)
  • Increased Range – Up To 150m, or 300m Using R2 SPT as both TX & RX

 

The R2 SPT Transceivers were developed exclusively by Flashpoint, and manage to provide a number of convenient features, as well as high build quality and performance, all into an economical package.

For people looking for a simple manual flash trigger set, the R2 SPT work with just about any camera and flash, and being directly compatible with the most common flash system makes the R2 SPT an easy choice.

And many people already using the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System may well find having at least one R2 SPT on standby pretty handy as well. Whether its for shutter release, stronger signal, or universal camera or flash firing etc when needed.

NOTE – The R2 SPT will provide Remote Manual Power Control when acting as a Transmitter to R2 enabled flashes, NOT when acting as a receiver though.

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT FEATURES

 

  • Flashpoint R2 / Godox X – 2.4GHz RF Radio System
  • Range – To 300m (R2 SPT as TX & RX)
  • Range – To 150m (Between R2 SPT and R2 / Godox X System)
  • Flash Modes – Manual
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • APP Mode (Sends Fire Signal Only)
  • Remote Modelling Light Power (Global ON/OFF)
  • Remote Beep Control (Global ON/OFF)
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • 5 Individual Group Buttons
  • Auto Memory Function
  • Wireless Shutter Release (In Sync With Flash – TRX Mode)
  • Type-C USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • 3.5mm Sync Port
  • 2.5mm Shutter Release Port
  • Powered by 2 AA Batteries

 

The Flashpoint R2 SPT are Transceivers, with the Transmitter and Receiver units in this case being exactly the same device. A manual switch on the side simply assigns the unit as Transmitter (TX) or Receiver (RX) as required.

Being Single Firing Pin only, the R2 SPT do not provide TTL or HSS, though this allows them to work universally, as well as providing longer range.

Acting as a Transmitter to R2 enabled flashes, the R2 SPT will provide Remote Manual Power Control. (Not when acting as a receiver though).

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

Acting as a Transmitter and Receiver Set, the R2 SPT will work with just about any camera and speedlights having a standard hotshoe and foot. Studio lights will require an appropriate sync cord to connect with the receiver.

The R2 SPT simply fire the remote flashes in sync with the camera shutter.

Remote Power Control is not available in this situation, though each of the 5 individual Groups can be turned ON and OFF remotely from the R2 SPT transmitter.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

Though an R2 SPT acting as a Transmitter, can fire and control the Remote Manual Power Levels of Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System flash units. As well as turn the Modelling Light and Beep ON and OFF remotely.

Radio range is increased to 300m between R2 SPT transceivers, or up to 150m between R2 SPT and R2 / Godox X System enabled flashes or transmitters.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

RX MODE

Functioning as a Receiver unit, the R2 SPT provide an economical way to simply fire you existing non-Flashpoint/Godox studio light and speedlites in sync with the camera.

Whether using another R2 SPT as the transmitter, or in combination with your Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System Transmitter or Master flash.

(An optional sync cord is required to attach studio lights).

The R2 SPT provide a 300V safe trigger voltage on both the Sync Port and hotshoe, so even most older flash units should be safe to use connect to the receiver.

NOTE – In RX Mode all buttons on the R2 SPT (except the SET / TEST Fire Button) require a long press to have any effect. This is so that settings can not be bumped and changed accidentally.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

TX MODE

Functioning as a Transmitter unit, the R2 -SPT (being single firing pin) are universal to work on most any camera having a standard hotshoe.

The R2 SPT feature 5 individual quick access Group buttons – A / B / C / D / E .

in TX Mode the R2 SPT provide Remote Manual Power Control of Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System flash units. As well as turning the Modelling Light and Beep On and Off remotely.

Only Remote Group Control (ON / OFF) is available with R2 SPT as receiver.

NOTE – Double pressing a Group button turns that Group ON and OFF, and Holding a Group button turns that Group on only (which is consistent with the Flashpoint R2 PRO II transmitter functionality).

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

APP MODE

When set to TX Mode, the R2 SPT also feature an APP Mode.

In APP Mode the transmitter only sends a fire signal to the remote flash units and other R2 SPT Receivers. No Remote Power Levels or functions are communicated.

To enter APP mode, while in TX Mode, hold the “GR” button for 3 seconds until “APP ” appears on the LCD display.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

The APP mode allows another Flashpoint R2 / Godox X transmitter unit, or Mobile device with Godox APP installed, to be used in hand to control the power levels etc of the remote flashes.

These alternate Master units may offer a more detailed interface and adjustments, or simply be easier to access when the camera is mounted high on a tripod etc.

NOTE – The R2 SPT do not have Bluetooth built-in. So a Bluetooth enabled device like the R2 PRO II or A1 / M1 is still required if you want to use the smartphone APP.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

SHUTTER RELEASE – TRX MODE

The R2 SPT transceivers provide a shutter release function which can be used to remotely fire a camera’s shutter.

And in TRX Mode the R2 SPT also provide the more complex function of firing both a remote camera shutter, and remote flash units in sync together, and with just one transceiver unit attached to the camera.

(Where previously the Godox X1 / Flashpoint R2 receivers required a second device (separate transmitter & receiver units) attached to the camera to fire both camera and remote flashes).

To fire both remote camera shutter and flashes, the R2 SPT transceiver must be set to TRX mode, and both mounted on the camera’s hotshoe, as well as connected via an appropriate shutter release cord.

To set the R2 SPT transceiver to TRX mode, set the switch to RX mode, and hold the SET button for 3 seconds until “TRX” is show on the LCD display.

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

Using a second R2 SPT transceiver (set to TX mode) in hand as the remote shutter release button as shown above, provides the most range (up to 300m).

Though any of the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X System transmitter or master flash units can also be used as the shutter release in hand, as shown below.

So effectively owning even just one R2 SPT transceiver could be very hand for many people already using the Flashpoint R2 / Godox X Flash System.

Though shutter release range would be more limited to approximately 150m in the scenario bellow.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

NOTE – There is no TTL or HSS possible with only an R2 SPT transceiver attached to the camera acting as TRX shutter release.

If TTL or HSS is required with remote shutter release, a TTL transmitter must always be mounted on the camera hotshoe, and basically a second pair of R2 SPT would be required as a separate remote shutter release set.

 

Also one issue Flashpoint ran into while developing the R2 SPT transceivers was that the shutter release unit in hand would unwantedly test fire the remote flashes early as you tried to release the camera shutter.

To avoid this the TRX mode was set up so that the shutter release remote in hand must be set to one Channel higher, than the TRX unit attached to the camera and remote flashes are set to (as illustrated below).

This way the TX in hand can not directly communicate with the remote flashes, and fire them early.

Though the TX in hand can be briefly set back one Channel to directly test fire the lights while taking light meter readings, and remotely adjusting power levels.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

BUTTON FUNCTIONS

Although not the ideal situation, as more useful functionality was ultimately squeezed into the R2 SPT transceivers than originally intended, access to a few of the functions is not obvious unless you know actually where they are –

 

– APP Mode – In TX Mode, Hold the “GR” button for 3 seconds to enter, and release.
– TRX Mode – In RX Mode, Hold the “SET / TEST” button for 3 seconds to enter, and release.

– LCD Backlight Stay On – Hold Group buttons A & C for more than 2 seconds to enter, and release.
– Factory Reset – Hold the “-” and “+” buttons for more than 2 seconds.

– In TX Mode – Double pressing a Group Button – Turns that Group ON and OFF.
– In TX Mode – Holding a Group Button – Turns that Group on only.

 

Also accessing and adjusting Channel and ID can take a little getting used to. Its intentional that you must hold the Channel and ID buttons for 2 seconds before accessing them so that they are not changed accidentally.

And because a speedlite mounted on the transceiver hotshoe in RX Mode can block access to the Group Letter, “-” , “+”, and “SET” buttons, its also possible to adjust the Group, Channel, and ID, using only the corresponding “GR”, “CH”, and “ID”, buttons, by pressing them multiple times to scroll through to the desired setting.

 

PASS THROUGH HOTSHOE

Although the R2 SPT transceiver does have an active (single pin) hotshoe available on top when used as a transmitter on the camera hotshoe, this hotshoe was predominantly designed for receiver use.

As any flash or transmitter mounted on top of the R2 SPT transceiver will likely block access to the transmitters display and master interface.

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT SPECS

 

MODEL R2 SPT
Compatible Cameras Universal for cameras with a standard hotshoe.
Power Supply 2 x AA Batteries
FLASH EXPOSURE CONTROL
Manual Flash YES
FUNCTION
Manual Power Contol 1/256 – 1/1 (1/3 stop increments)
APP Mode Sends Only Fire Signal
Modelling Lamp ON / OFF (Global)
Beep ON / OFF (Global)
Memory Function YES
Shutter Release Using a shutter release cable connected to camera
Firmware Update Upgrade via Type-C USB port
WIRELESS FLASH
Transmission Range Up to 150m
Up to 300m (with R2 SPT as TX & RX)
Built-in Wireless 2.4GHz R2 Radio
Modulation Mode MSK
Channels 32
Wireless ID 01-99
Groups 5
PORTS
Shutter Port 3.5mm port
Sync Port 2.5mm port
USB Port Type-C USB port for firmware updates
OTHER
Safe Sync Voltage 300V (sync port & hotshoe)
Size 46 x 92 x 48mm
Weight 75g (without batteries)

 

 

FLASHPOINT R2 SPT

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Flashpoint R2 SPT transceivers are available now –

Single $24.95 – Adorama, Amazon.

Pair $32.00 – Adorama, Amazon

 

Shutter Release Cords –

Canon N3 – Adorama, Amazon
Canon 2.5mm – Adorama, Amazon
Nikon 10 Pin – Adorama, Amazon
Nikon DC-2 – Adorama, Amazon
Sony – Adorama, Amazon
Sony Multi – Adorama, Amazon
Olympus – Adorama, Amazon
Panasonic – Adorama, Amazon

Sync Cord –

3.5mm to 3.5mm/6.3mm – Adorama, Amazon

 

Flashpoint – Website

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32 Comments
  1. Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

    I have just begun testing this unit as a backup for my triggers.
    https://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-r2-single-pin-transceiver/

  2. John Wilson 3 months ago

    This looks a splendid idea. I’m just sorry that Godox didn’t do this themselves.

    • Mikhail 3 months ago

      What difference does it make if Godox did it or not?

      • GRUBERND 3 months ago

        quite simple: you could buy it anywhere on this planet without going through the ridiculous international ordering system of an USA based company.
        being in Europe even ordering directly from China is easier than the US of A.

  3. Brandon L 3 months ago

    This couldn’t come at a more perfect time. I was looking to purchase an older XT-16 trigger so that I can share my flashes with those who owned different camera brands…and I was also separately looking to purchase an X1T and X1R set for remote camera triggering. This is genius!

  4. Michael 3 months ago

    Won’t work with some of the newer small Canon DSLRs.
    Since 2011, Canon fires their own speedlites via datagram and not center pin anymore.

    Lately, the have put the axe to center pin backwards compatibility
    on a number of small DSLRs.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi Michael,

      I see you’re back! ( …slipped right through my filter 🙂 ).

      Yes that is true unfortunately. Flashpoint developed these transceivers over a year ago, before we realized Canon started removing the center pin on base camera models.

      Its a pretty disappointing move from Canon, but there not much anyone can do about it.

  5. Dennis 3 months ago

    Can someone help me clarify the following?

    One of these acts as remote camera release in hand. The other is on the camera to trigger my godox flashes.

    The trigger in hand releases the camera which in turn fired the flashes.

    What about per adjustments from the unit in hand? Do both transmitters sync their power levels? Say I up the power on the remote in my hand, will that be reflected by the on camera unit?

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes, as you adjust the power levels on the TX in hand, that will update instantly on the TRX on the camera hotshoe.

      The only catch is that its a little bit clunky because the power level does not update on the flash until you take a shot. So it won’t be until the second shot that the new flash power level is correct in the image.
      .

      The second option is to switch the TX in hand momentarily back to the same Channel as the flashes so that the power levels update instantly on the flash.

      Its likely best to use an Xpro or R2 PRO II as the Transmitter then, because the R2 SPT is not as easy to be swapping channels back and forth constantly.
      .

      And the third option is to set both RS SPT (TX in hand, and TRX on camera) to APP mode, so they are not dealing with any power levels at all, just firing the camera and flashes.

      And then use a second transmitter in hand just to deal with power levels directly to the flashes (set to same Channel as flashes).

      This is the easiest method if using a light meter.

      • John Wilson 3 months ago

        It would be nice to have firmware update the the Xpro II so that it could do the two channel trick and then you could just have one in hand controller that set the levels easily and fired the shutter. If there was a quick way to switch that mode off and on it would help with firing just the lights when metering.

        This is getting very close to becoming a really slick system.

      • JL Williams 3 months ago

        This channel-juggling business does seem a little lame. PocketWizard sorted this out eons ago: the on-camera transceiver receives the signal from the hand-held transmitter, fires the camera, then *automatically* jumps up one channel to fire the flashes. Couldn’t FlashPoint implement the same?

        Meanwhile, the single-pins are cheap enough that the simplest solution might be to use two in the hand: one to fire the camera and one to control power on the flashes. Maybe FlashPoint could offer a little clip to hold them together in one unit!

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

          Hi JL,

          Yes Flashpoint had to work around this manually for legal reasons unfortunately.

  6. JL Williams 3 months ago

    Yay! A few months ago I made a single-pin trigger for my older cameras by removing the extra pins from a retired Flashpoint R2 trigger. It would have been much easier to just buy one of these!

    Now my dream: a single-pin unit like this, but with a sensor “eye” for use with non-TTL cameras. I figure you’d have to trigger a test flash manually to get an initial power reading, but from there you could adjust power levels using the controls on the transmitter. In many situations this would eliminate the need for a separate flash meter. How about it, Flashpoint?

  7. TRENT GILLESPIE 3 months ago

    While affordable, can we please get a fix for the Pro transmitter? Its the only design that makes sense from a UI standpoint, but its crippled with mis-fires and full power pops. Unfortunate that a flash system as dynamic as Godox is littered with bugs that make it so frustrating to use.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi Trent,

      Have you updated to the latest firmware?, from my knowledge that has resolved the issue for most people like yourself that were having problems.

      Also the R2 SPT are not made by Godox, so we were able to push the range as far as certification rules would allow. And maybe this will help to encourage Godox to do the same in the future.

  8. Yitzy 3 months ago

    Whats “Auto Memory Function?”

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi Yitzy,

      That’s just remembering your previous power level and group settings etc.

  9. DanB 3 months ago

    I see the images are taken on an EOS R. Can anyone tell me if exposure preview works while this transmitter is in the hotshoe?

    One of my biggest gripes with Canon right now is that exposure preview gets disabled when a transmitter is in the hotshoe. I’d be very happy if a single pin means I can set the background/ambient exposure using the EVF and histogram, then add flash as needed. That would save me from having to turn off the transmitter to set my ambient exposure and then turning it back on to fire the lights…

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi DanB,

      Sorry I don’t have an EOS R here to check this.

      If you cover the hotshoe TTL pins with a thin piece of plastic or cardboard and mount your TTL transmitter that should give you a pretty good indication.

  10. Charles 3 months ago

    Does this allow for camera to camera shutter release?

    For example, my Nikon d850 (trx on hotshoe) triggering another d850 (trx on hotshoe and connected to shutter release port) so they release at the same time? To be clear, NOT using a trx in hand to trigger 2 remote cameras. I want my remote camera to click whenever I press my d850’s shutter that I’m shooting with to get the same scene at two different angles.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 months ago

      Hi Charles,

      I just tried it and it doesn’t appear to work unfortunately.

      We did these triggers some time ago, so I’m not sure now if this is something that came up already or not. Maybe its a function that could still be added through firmware at some stage.

      .

      This got me thinking though, surely it would have to fire with the shutter release cord connected to the Sync port of the receiver instead.

      The only way I could get that to work though is using an R2 PRO II or Xpro etc as the transmitter, and without the receiver attached to the camera hotshoe.

      That fires the remote camera, but misses the first shot each time I pause for more than a few seconds between shots. Otherwise I have to press the test fire button first to start the remote camera firing again.

      So at this stage its really not very practical.

      • Cary G 3 months ago

        The YongNuo RF605 transceivers can do this, in 603 mode. Hook one up to your camera hot shoe, and the other onto another camera with its cable, and when you fire the one cameras, the other goes. If Godox could do this, I would rather just have all Godox gear, and I can sell my YN units.

  11. Ricardo Gomez 3 months ago

    This really came in the nick of time. It really has its uses.

    I rented out a studio and they had their own Profoto Air strobes and plenty of PocketWizard triggers. The PW worked. But the transmitters are huge and with my previous experience with that gear, don’t trust their dependability. I had some Yongnuo units but didn’t want to introduce another variable into the shoot. Single-pin and they should be fine. But still…

    The studio I used was fantastic and plan to use them regularly. But with these new triggers, I’ll be using these instead of their PWs. And for the price, it’s a no-brainer.

    Keep up the excellent work Elvis & Flashpoint!

  12. Ricardo Gomez 3 months ago

    Gosh, even USB Type-C connectors… Incredibly well thought-out units.

  13. Jacques 3 months ago

    One reason I’ll be keeping my original Godox/Flashpoint manual triggers is as a backup due to their use of the 433MHz frequency. 2.4GHz triggers can sometimes be rendered unreliable, limited in range, or useless by interference from other 2.4GHz devices nearby, including cordless phones, microwaves, and modern AV equipment. I’ve experienced this once in a large hotel where I was shooting a conference.

    • Greg Dunn 3 months ago

      I use my 433 MHz triggers all the time; I’ve tried multiple instances of the 2.4 GHz triggers, on different channels, and they just aren’t as reliable in practice. That extra 100m of range is useless if you miss important shots; I shoot sports so there are no do-overs.

  14. Arnel G. 3 months ago

    I received and tested my FLASHPOINT R2 SPT units today. It works great with Yongnuo 560-III and Einstein 640. Tested it using Flashpoint R2 Mark II and Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II for Canon. Also, works fine as a Tx – for the Flashpoint AD600 Pro, even turns on and off the modelling light. I am now able to integrate my other flashes into my Flashpoint/ Godox flash system.

    On another note, I wish Flashpoint can design an alternative to the PCB CyberSync™ Transceiver or Power MC2 that is used with the Einstein 640. In which case, the Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II can control and fire the the Einstein 640. I believe that there are a lot of Einstein 640 out there and this is a very big potential market.

  15. Sameer 2 months ago

    Hi. I have been trying to find a wireless trigger for my Panasonic Lumix GX7. Any idea if this will work? I have read that FlashQ triggers from LightPix Labs works with the GX7. Since I am having a Godox system, I would like to go with a Godox / Flashpoint trigger.

  16. James 2 months ago

    You might want to update your price quotes for these. I guess they are popular, the new 2-pack price is now $49.90.

  17. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    In my most recent testing of the single pin along with many other R2 transmitters, the single pin failed to fire more often than the others.
    https://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-r2-pro-mark-ii-r2-pro-xpro-strobe-firmware-updates/

  18. Jacques 3 weeks ago

    Nice idea, but the lack of TTL pass-through in the hotshoe makes it much less useful for event photography. All I ever wanted was an R1 transmitter with a TTL-pass-thru hotshoe for TTL on-camera and manual control for remote flashes. Too bad, because I really don’t need TTL for my remote flashes, but I still need the X1-T/Flashpoint R2 TTL to use TTL flash on-camera. I’m also keeping my original 433MHz R1 transmitters for venues with bad 2.4GHz interference.

    • John Wilson 3 weeks ago

      You can get off camera flash cords which have a pass through TTL hotshoe on the top. Put the trigger on the top of the cable on the camera and your flash on a bracket with the other end of the cable on it.

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