Godox V850 Ving Flash – Now Available !

25 Comments
  1. the Flasher 3 years ago

    intersting product!

    it says ” matrix focus assist laser beam” sounds like the AF assist Yongnuo use?????

    Later in the specs it says “Wirelessly control flash power, focus assist beam and buzzer”

    I have the current Godox ft-16 and it doesn’t have any other buttons to control a focus assist beam….Perhaps this is a feature that will work with an upcoming trigger product??

    I wonder how difficult it would be to make a TX and RX which is brand specific which would add features like TTL to these flashes?

    Remember the old metz SCA system where you just changed the flash foot to the type compatible with your camera? Why can’t they make TTL modules which can just plug into the USB connector on the side of the flash?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Flasher,

      There is a picture of the AF light beam in the Chinese review linked to in the post.

      The current FT-16 transmitter does actually have a button to turn the AF light on and off. That’s all they are referring to.

      Actually the Cells II is already brand specific for the HSS function (which is a small part of the TTL system).

      I think you can be pretty sure there will be combined HSS transmitter coming sooner or later. And a full TTL flash is pretty inevitable too I think.

    • Spiros Zaharakis 3 years ago

      I wonder how is AF assist possible with just one pin in the hot shoe? Am I missing something here?

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        Hi Spiros,

        The AF light is turned on and off manually via a button on the flash, or via a button on the FT-16 radio transmitter. So it can be switched on and off manually from the camera even when used remotely. This is the same as the Witstro AD180 / AD360 and Cheetah Lights.

        So its really of limited use at the moment, its obviously been implemented more for the TTL versions which I’m sure will come later. Thanks.

  2. Jacques 3 years ago

    Awesome! Now all I need is a TX with Panasonic & Canon compatible TTL pass-through hotshoe or, preferably, Panasonic- and Canon-compatible TTL flash units with TX built in for on-camera use.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Jacques,

      Pretty slim chance of both Panasonic and Canon compatible TTL (flash or pass through) I think :-).

      But hopefully what we can at least hope for is remote manual control still with non Canon-Nikon cameras.

      • Jacques 3 years ago

        A Panasonic TTL flash might be a longshot. But I’m hoping a pass-through hotshoe might work for both Canon and Oly/Pan. Apparently the pin positions are the same. I’ve read that a Canon-version Strato TX can pass a TTL signal to from an Oly/Pan m43 body to a compatible TTL flash. Do you know anything about this? A TX with such a pass-through hotshoe would allow me to at least mount a Metz 44 AF-2 for Canon on my Canon body and one for Oly/Pan on my m43 body.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi Jacques,

          I have heard similar with the Strato. But that’s a full manual trigger, most of the pass through are not a direct pass through, they run through the triggers processor and manipulate what goes through to some degree. Even the manual ones appear to have some effects like this

          Not to say it can’t be done, if they had the will do do it. I have done my best to explain to Godox universal use, and mirrorless etc, are important to a lot of people now.

  3. Marcel 3 years ago

    How could they….how could they forget the Godox PB-960 in the “Super Value Flash & Power Handy Combo” section on the information sheet when comparing to also a external powerpack!?!? ;-)

    I second it that it’s time that Godox is also producing a more versatile remote trigger to keep up with their flashes.

  4. Armin 3 years ago

    My one is ordered since yesterday and if i have it first here, I’ll let you know about my experience.

    • Alex 3 years ago

      That’s cool, Armin! I know I’m most interested in it’s actual power levels compared to a YN568EX and Canon 580EX. If you can compare those, that would be great :)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Fantastic thanks Armin, keep us posted. Thanks

  5. Meddin Studios 3 years ago

    Still needs remote zoom and an HSS trigger with remote manual built in. Imagine leaving one Tx on top of the camera and freely rolling the shutter up to 1/8000 while remotely controller the flash output. Shouldn’t be hard to combine the FT-16 with the CellsII. You don’t even have to modify your Rx.

    Next they should make a TTL version similar to the Mitros and I’d sell everything I own and buy into Godox.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Meddin,

      I’m pretty sure Godox are working on a combined trigger, but I’m not sure how far away they will be. The Cells II for Nikon will come first.

      Again Godox have assured there will be more flashes to come with this battery built in, that’s pretty obvious they will likely be TTL. I’ve suggested bar bulb, but they have others to finish first (likely the TTL).

  6. Mike 3 years ago

    Hey Flash, is there any talk of Li-ion over at Yongnuo?

    Is it just me or would anyone else out there like to see YN-560IV, 568EXIII, or YN600EX-RT with Li-ion? Is there any chance YN600EX-RT is already sporting Li-ion? I know that would be a little much to ask for all at once, but that could knock out Canon sales first round.

  7. moshe 3 years ago

    Hi,
    do you know if this flash can be triggered+controllerd by the YN622? By a Canon 58EX or Debau800?
    TNX

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Moshe,

      Not by the Canon optic wireless system, or by TTL triggers like the YN-622 (as the flash foot is only single firing pin).

      Remote power control is only via the FT-16s receiver module which clips on to the side of the flash.

      The HSS feature just requires a pre-sync signal, so triggers like the YN-622 can actually enable this, though the Cells II, or triggers with a timing adjustment like the Phottix Odin may achieve better results (more light in the frame). Thanks.

  8. Kevin F. 3 years ago

    Flash Havoc,

    Do you know where the FT-16s can be found online — shippable to the US?
    I’m pretty good at searching online but I can’t find it anywhere…

    Also, where the VB-18 battery can be ordered — separately?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Kevin,

      Not quite yet, they should start becoming available over the next few weeks. As shown in the brochure pictured there will be separate VB-18 batteries available, as well as the flash available without battery and charger. And the combined kit of course.

  9. Jayc Yu 3 years ago

    Almost perfect. I look forward to your review before picking one up. I’m glad to see it’s inexpensive like the Yongnuo. After reading your exhaustive review, I paid ~1k for the CL-360 combo, plus 50% for modifiers like 28″ beauty dish and 2 60″ umbrellas. Ironically at the end, the best result comes from bare bulb + 42″ circular scrim. A $20 translucent umbrella also works quite well. Having said that, I don’t need the bare bulb’s ability to fill an umbrella evenly— a focused fill light will work just fine as the temporary silver reflector isn’t holding its own.

    I shoot panoramas and I don’t like how the CL-360’s recycle time is 2 sec in HSS even though the power is 1/8. This unit has a 1.5 second recharge time, and I hope it shortens as it dials down the power.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Jayc,

      Thanks for that, but something is very wrong there if you have 2 second recycle at 1/8th, even in HSS!

      I normally use the 2 into 1 cord (which halves recycle time) so I just pulled that off to check, and the recycle is still instant at 1/8th in HSS. Even at 1/4 is only about .3 of a second in HSS. So I’m not sure why you would have 2 second recycle, unless its possibly on heat protection mode already?

      That is an interesting comment about going faster with the V850, but you really shouldn’t need that for recycle speed. Not to say it may not be the ideal solution for what you need (likely factor is if the power is enough).

  10. Tjb 3 years ago

    Do you know if it will be compatible with yunngnuo 622 c triggers?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Tjb,

      The V850 receiver is not directly compatible with the YN-622C triggers. And the flash foot is single firing pin only, so using a YN-622C connected to the V850 will simply fire the flash only, no remote power control through the YN-622C.

      What the YN-622C (and most other TTL triggers) will still do though, is provide the pre-sync signal allowing the V850 to work in HSS.

      So you can fire the flash using a YN-622C receiver connected to the flash, and change power levels with an FT-16 transmitter (and FT-16s receiver attached to the flash). The FT-16 transmitter can be held in hand, or mounted on top of the YN-622C on camera. You have remote power control of all flashes then and HSS available. This is the same with the Cheetah Light and Godox Witsro which you can see more about the triggering options here. Thanks.

  11. Jeremy Lee 3 years ago

    Any idea in what increments the “sleep” or power saving function can be set? Ideally, I’d like to disable this function, as I often setup at events well ahead of time, and dislike having to trigger the flash every few minutes to keep them alive.

    Thanks for any input!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Jeremy,

      You can set them to OFF, so its completely disabled. So there is no issue there. Otherwise, 3, 10, 30, or 60 minutes I think it is off the top of my head. Thanks.

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