FLASHPOINT – FT-16 Transmitter Adds SYNC PORT

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The Adorama Flashpoint version of the Godox FT-16 transmitter have now added a very much needed a 3.5mm miniphone sync port.

Adorama are saying this feature is exclusive to Flashpoint, and no other rebrand has them.

The new Sync Port version of Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receiver Set are available now for both the StreakLight and Zoom Li-on Flashes –

- Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receive Set – StreakLight

- Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receive Set – Zoom Li-on

FP StreakLight

 

A sync port is something the FT-16 transmitter has very much needed from the beginning. As this allows the transmitter to be connected to the cameras PC sync port, leaving the hotshoe free to mount an on camera flash as well.

Though with the High Speed Sync feature available with the Witstro and V850 / V860 flashes its also commonly required to attach the FT-16 transmitter to another HSS enabled transmitter like the YongNuo YN-622C.

So to enable this in the past the common workaround has been to use a Hotshoe to PC sync cord

 

FlashZebra Hotshoe PC Sync Cord

 

…and attach that to the FT-16 transmitter’s foot instead of a sync port –

 

FlashZebra Hotshoe Cord

 

This hotshoe sync cord actually works quite well, and its still a decent option if you own the current FT-16 transmitter without a sync port.

Though the extra shoe can be a little cumbersome at times when trying to mount the extra transmitter.

So the new built in sync port should be a very welcome addition to the FT-16 transmitters.

A good quality minipnone to Screwlock PC sync cord will still be needed though for reliable operation when connecting to radio triggers like the YN-622C above, or directly to the cameras PC sync port.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Adorama Flashpoint version of the Godox FT-16 transmitter with sync port are available now –

- Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receive Set – StreakLight

- Flashpoint Commander Transmitter and Receive Set – Zoom Li-on

 

And original Godox branded versions will likely be available eventually as well.

 

Godox – Witstro, V850, V860

Witstro / V850 – Triggering Alternatives.

 

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21 Comments
  1. mmmfotografie 2 years ago

    To obtain pre-sync (HHS/HS) it is still a work around with the new sync port. I loved to see the FT-16 transmitter supporting pre-sync directly and no be depended on other transmitters.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi mmmfotografie,

      I’m sure Godox are still working on a complete new and integrated trigger system. Hopefully this doesn’t mean that new system is still a way off yet.

      Godox really should add a PC sync out to the V860 flash units as well, so the FT-16 could connect to the V860 mounted on camera, and still provide the HSS signal.

      They overlooked this because of the new trigger system coming as well, but like the Sync port here, people could be making good use of this in the mean time. A small change like this can make a big difference in convenience and practicality.

  2. george 2 years ago

    finally!

  3. Earle 2 years ago

    The V860Ns I have to have that mini phone sync socket. — I found cords at Midwestern Photo and they work just fine.

  4. qliq 2 years ago

    The brainchild of a pro Streaklight shooter to Godox, no doubt. And you’re covered stateside with Adorama

  5. Motti 2 years ago

    The only bees I have is with the price. $69 for a set at Adorama, $29 for a set at Gadget Infinity. It seems excessively expensive. $39 would have been the right price.

  6. Motti 2 years ago

    I wonder if it would be possible, through firmware update, to make the mini-phone jack on the V860 to a sync port to trigger other flashes.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Motti,

      I don’t think so unfortunately. We really pushed Godox for a sync out for the V860. Preferably with the pre-sync signal, so that the FT-16 transmitter could be connected to fire other flashes.

      This went right to the owner of the company, who responded they were aware of the need for this but would prefer to do it properly with a new trigger system.

      If that’s going to take some time though still it would really help if they would add Sync out to the V860.

  7. Alberto 2 years ago

    I don;t get why they just make a nikon version of the Cell II transceiver. They have it for Canon.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Alberto,

      Godox had intended to make a Nikon version Cells II. But they were obviously having some difficulties completing it, and again put that aside in favor of producing a complete new trigger system.

  8. mmmfotografie 2 years ago

    There is already Nikon version of the Cells. If I remember well Godox stopped producing all Cells a time ago.

    You will have to search for shops/sellers who still have some.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi mmmfotografie,

      I’m really not sure if Godox stopped producing the Cells II for Canon or not. They never confirmed this was the case, and there still appears to be plenty of them available, so I’m not too sure.

      UPDATE – The Nikon Cells II-N has just been released now, so its very unlikely the Canon version would have been discontinued.

  9. Charles Fara 2 years ago

    Just got my transmitter and it has the sync port!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Great, thanks Charles!

  10. Craig 2 years ago

    My solution has always been to mount the FT-16 on top of a Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 instead of jury rigging it to a YN-622. Works well for HSS and is more compact. Bad thing is no AF Assist, but I don’t ever need that when I’m using HSS.

  11. Jz 2 years ago

    I got a flash bracket for the camera.
    I tested the ft-16 transmitter on hot shoe with the adorama 360 on right next to it. unfortunately the signal is too close im asumming and it wont communicate. if I remove the trigger of the hot shoe the problem is gone and it communicates well. what is the best solution to this? yn-622? I hate to another cable like the ttl cable just to fire the flash.

  12. Jz 2 years ago

    not sure where my previous comment posted.

    I tried the godox cells ii and the issue is gone. Problem solved.

    • Jz 2 years ago

      Another update. Testing around if i bend the antenna of the remote to the left away from usb receiver it works. I guess the signal is too close to the receiver.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 2 years ago

        Hi Jz,

        Yes its common for triggers to have need a minimum distance between transmitter and receiver.

        I’m not really sure which triggers are good at this, though the Cactus V5 are one that stand out as having issues with minimum distance required.

        The reliable method for flash mounted on a camera bracket is usually a cord though.

  13. Luke 3 months ago

    I just want to clarify something. If I have this new transmitter, will I be able to trigger HSS on my AD360 by simply connecting the unit to my camera with a PC sync cable?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Hi Luke,

      I think that may be possible if you’re using a Nikon camera, and have a HSS enabled Nikon speedlite in the cameras hotshoe.

      It definitely works if you connect the sync cable directly to the PC sync port or an SB-910 or similar mounted in the Nikon camera hotshoe, and flash set to HSS mode.

      For Canon, no it won’t work. You need a HSS enabled transmitter unit on the camera hotshoe, and connect the PC sync cable to that. With the X1T-C transmitter you can mount an FT-16 transmitter on top of the X1T-C to get the HSS signal as well.

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