GODOX – V850II – 2.4GHz Speedlite – Now Available

GODOX V850II

 

Godox have released the second generation, remote manual, and HSS enabled, Ving V850II speedlite, with Godox 2.4GHz X series radio transceivers built inside.

The V850II now providing both remote manual radio Master and Slave modes (no TTL).

And they are available now from around $149 on Ebay and Amazon.

UPDATE – The are also available for pre-order from Adorama for just $99.95. And expected to ship from July 8th 2016.

 

GODOX V850II

 

The V850II have basically all the same functions as the recent TT600 speedlite.

Though the V850II are powered by an impressive Lithium-ion battery, capable of providing up to 650 full power flashes, and 1.5 second full power recycle times.

Unlike the TT600 though, the V850II do not provide any external HV battery pack port.

Please also see more details in the hands on review of the original, somewhat game changing, V850 speedlite here.

 

GODOX V850II

 

GODOX V850II FEATURES

 

  • GN 60 (m ISO 100)
  • Powered by 11.1V, 2000mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Flash Mode – M / Multi
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output Control (1/3rd Increments)
  • Flash Zoom 20 – 200mm
  • HSS to 1/8000th (Off Camera Only – Requires Suitable Transmitter)
  • Radio Master & Slave Modes for Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System (Remote Manual Only)
  • 5 Remote Groups M / A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels
  • Compatible with Godox X1-C, X1-N, X1-S, TTL Transmitter & Receivers
  • Compatible with Godox XT32C, XT32N, XT32S, XT32G Transmitters
  • Compatible with Godox XTR-16s Receiver, & XT-16 Transmitter
  • Compatible with Godox FTR-16s Receivers, & FT-16 & Cells II Transmitters
  • S1 and S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Recycle Time: 0.1 – 1.5 Seconds
  • 650 Full Power Flashes
  • Full 360 Degree Swivel, and Tilt Head
  • Large LCD Screen
  • AF Assist Light (Manual Only)
  • Metal Foot with Locking Pin (Single Firing Pin)
  • Sound Prompt
  • Custom Functions
  • Settings Memory
  • Overheat Protection
  • Communication Port (For XTR-16s / FTR-16s Receivers)
  • 2.5mm Sync Port

 

GODOX V850II

 

 

ON-CAMERA / RADIO MASTER 

 

The V850II are single firing pin flashes, so they are compatible with most cameras when used as a manual flash mounted on the cameras hotshoe.

Used as a radio master flash on-camera the V850II provide a master group, and 5 remote manual slave groups – M / A / B / C / D / E.

As a master flash on-camera the V850II and TT600 can provide remote manual power control only, of other slave V850II / TT600, and numerous other hotshoe flashes and larger strobes in Godox’s 2.4GHz system.

(No TTL or HSS can be communicated to the slave flashes with V850II / TT600 as master).

 

GODOX V850II

 

 

AS A RADIO SLAVE

 

Used as a radio slave flash the V850II provide 5 remote manual slave groups – A / B / C / D / E.

Like the TT600, the V850II also provide an automated HSS mode when used as a slave flash off-camera, and with a suitable transmitter unit. (No HSS when mounted directly on the camera hotshoe though).

 

COMPATIBLE 2.4GHz TRANSMITTERS  -

Providing HSS and remote manual power control include –

Providing remote manual power control only –

GODOX V850II

 

COMPATIBLE MASTER FLASHES -

Providing HSS and remote manual power control include –

Providing remote manual power control only –

GODOX V850II

So whether a master flash or transmitter unit is used on camera, the V850II can be fired and controlled in a remote manual and HSS environment, combined with a range of different Godox portable and studio strobes.

And with no AA batteries required at all in the strobes if desired.

 

The V850II provide a 2.5mm sync port, as well as a 4 pin communication port for attaching XTR-16s / FTR-16s receivers.

 

GODOX V850II

 

Original V850 flashes can be combined in the current 2.4GHz system by attaching XTR-16s receivers to those.

(Note – HSS mode must be switched on and off manual directly on the flash with original V850 strobes).

 

 

GODOX V850II SPECS

 

GODOX V850II

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Godox V850II speedlites are available now from $99.95 –

AdoramaEbay, Amazon, UK

 

Godox – Website.

Godox – Flash System Overview

 

 

 

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39 Comments
  1. Andrei Tihi 7 months ago

    just ordered mine !!

  2. william 7 months ago

    godox Ving proprietary is one of the worse battery quality out there, i own the Ving V850 before and it gets bloated on normal usage(used only once or twice per weekend) within 5 months time frame, bought a replacement for it which were told it’s the 2nd version which they claimed to hve addressed the easily bloated battery issue, still encounter the same thing within 4 months of purchase, i gave up and switch to TT600, and couldn’t be happier since.

    Godox, u make good flash but pls pls, change whoever u get ur proprietary batteries from, they suck balls.

    • Tapio 7 months ago

      The problem with the batteries is that people like to complain a lot: things are either too expensive or do not have the right build quality. And as soon as one of these issues is solved, the other one becomes troublesome. Canon will charge you 50$ for a LP E6 charger and over 60$ for a LP E6 battery. That is over 100$ for a 2 cell system of lesser capacity. Godox will sell you a whole flash with built in radio system and battery + charger for around that money. Of course something is going to be cheaply made and I am glad that is not the flash.
      If Godox made a good quality charger + battery and sold it for 150$, would anyone buy it?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 months ago

      William, the battery issues where well documented here.

      Godox changed suppliers a few times as far as I understand, and there have been very few issues for a long time now.

      I have batteries going back to November 2014 which are still fine with no bloating etc.

    • Scoob 7 months ago

      I somehow missed this. I have had 2 of these battery that I got new from Cheetahstand in May of 2014 when I bought the org V860 and V850 from Edward. Also 2 Godox batteries since Oct 2014 and all four of these batteries are still going strong and still charge to 100% for work in my new Cheetah V860X.
      I have sold off my older Cheetah V860,V850 and am super excited to finally being able to pick up a pair of the new V850ii from Adorama to go with my new V860X I go last month from Cheetahstand.

  3. Greg 7 months ago

    Will these flashes accept the FTR-16s receivers? I understand that you cannot do TTL with them, but I find the 433 MHz trigger system about 5-10x as reliable as the 2 GHz system in actual use (based on some 10,000 shots in varying environments).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 months ago

      Hi Greg,

      Yes you can still use the FT-16 triggers with the V850II.

      HSS would be the tricky part though, you would need the Cells II etc again for that.

      • Greg 7 months ago

        Totally fine, Elv. Thanks!

  4. Author
    Flash Havoc 7 months ago

    UPDATE – I checked with Adorama, and their (considerably lower) price of $99.95 is correct, and they will be keeping that.

    At that price, with 12 months warranty on the battery its pretty hard to beat. The next big question is when they will be in stock. UPDATE – They are expected to ship from July 8th 2016.

    Also the Flashpoint version of the TT600 are now $69.95 in line with Amazon and Ebay etc.

  5. Ganesh Naravian 7 months ago

    Hi FlashHavoc
    Any News about AD200 ? . In their FB page also they told they are planing .

  6. Author
    Flash Havoc 7 months ago

    UPDATE – The Flashpoint version are expected to ship from July 8th 2016 (for $99.95).

    • Scoob 7 months ago

      OHHHHH YEH !!!!

      Thanks for the update Elv

  7. Jon 7 months ago

    I know it is just a branding difference between godox and flashpoint, but just to make sure, will they work interchangeably? i.e. flashpoint transmitters with godox flashes, and vice versa

    • Scoob 7 months ago

      @Jon
      Yes the godox, flashpoint and Cheetah all interchange and talk to each other.

      Sadly another ship date on the Adorama Flashpoint version has come and gone with no units shipping :(

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 7 months ago

        I’m not sure whats happened there. I don’t think I can find out just now either, as the Flashpoint guys are likely on there way to the Godox factory in China.

        The good new is they are taking our with list with them :-)

        • Scoob 7 months ago

          That is at least some good news Elv. Lets hope for some improvements on an already very good line of flashes.

          I know I could just spend 50 dollars more for the Godox version, but as you say $99.00 and a 1 year warranty is pretty hard to pass up. So I will wait and I still have my V860X as a main so its not like I am flashless :)

  8. robert 6 months ago

    Adorama are shipping FlashPoint 850ii.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Great thanks Robert!

    • Scoob 6 months ago

      They must have only had a handful. Have shown as backorder everyday for me. I must have missed the couple hours they had any even though I am on the “Notify me when in stock list”
      Depressing

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 6 months ago

        They were likely just shipping the current orders first.

  9. Chris 6 months ago

    Doesn’t flashpoint call there v850ii and v860ii something different?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Hi Chris,

      Yes they do. Though they have just started adding the Godox model number to the Flashpoint product names, for easy reference between the systems.

      I’ve also put a chart and list of the Flashpoint equivalent strobes in the System Overview here.

  10. Scoob 5 months ago

    FINALLY the adorama version of the v850ii is in stock. Ordered me a pair.

    Get them while you can :)

  11. Thomas Geist 5 months ago

    I just received my Adorama Flashpoint branded versions. Those however do NOT have a 2.5 mm Sync Port.
    Even though the manual says so.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 months ago

      Thanks Thomas.

      So they have no sync port at all then?

      • Thomas Geist 5 months ago

        I must have had a beer to many. Of course it’s there, you just need to lift the other side of the rubber flap.

        So all is good. :)

  12. bardt 5 months ago

    I have the original V850’s. On a wedding I’d like to use a (nikon) TTL flash on camera and still use a couple of V850’s off camera. That’s why I bought the X1t-n. Since it has a hotshoe on top of it, I can attach it between the camera (D750) and the TTL-flash.

    Apparently the X1Tn is 2.4Ghz, and the original V850 receivers (xtr16s) are on 433 mHz. I bought the receivers for 2.4GHz and mounted them on the V850, but nothing happened… I can’t seem to trigger the flash. Anyone any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance!

    Bardt

  13. george 5 months ago

    Ok I have been using a pair of v 850 for three consecutive wedding seasons on more than 120 weddings that is and although I have dropped them a few times each had their base cracked they are still going strong ! Yes I have had my good share of initial battery problems that pissed me off but after this much usage I m definitely going to add a couple of more of those in my arsenal. Really great quality construction awesome little bastArds :)
    Most highly recommended

  14. Dave Cheung 4 months ago

    As usual, I’m coming back to your website for the treasure-trove of info that it is :)

    Question: is the power set at time of trigger, or time of power change? Asking because I want to be able to have 4 master cameras with X1n transmitters controlling the same V850ii’s at DIFFERENT power levels, simultaneously.

    Thanks for making this great resource Elvis!!

  15. Thomas Geist 4 months ago

    Dave, at time of change.
    It’s not like PocketWizard ControlTL or Any other system that uses TTL signal to determine power.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 months ago

      Hi Dave, and Thomas,

      Power level is set at the time of power change, though if you press the test fire button on each transmitter before shooting that will update all the settings to those of the current transmitter.

      So its not perfect for 2 shooters, though it is easy if you’re switching between 2 cameras yourself (even mixing Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras).

      In TTL obviously the current transmitter will meter correctly for each camera.

      • Dave Cheung 4 months ago

        I read that in your article, but others have said different, but I trust you more ;) Thanks for confirming my worries Elvis :( Another question: does the V860iiN fired as a manual-powered remote flash also receive signal at time of power change, or at time of trigger?

        You’re the best!

  16. Bardr 4 months ago

    Flash havoc, any idea about my problem? :)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 months ago

      Hi Bardt,

      Sorry no I don’t really know. If you haven’t already done it though, you might want to try updating the transmitter to the latest firmware, as its possible the receivers may have lost compatibility in some firmware releases (as has happened with the Canon transmitter previously).

      Other than that I’m not really sure. Double check the group dial is correct and that the channels are selected correctly. They should be set just the same as your old receivers though.

  17. Alex 3 months ago

    Do you know if it is compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)? I would want to be able to integrate it into my existing setup for now.

  18. Lorna 2 months ago

    I used two of these flashes yesterday at an event, controlled by a TT685N on camera. For a few minutes I didn’t need the two manual flashes on stands, so I set their power to “off” in the master flash.

    Later, I went to turn them back on again, and even though I could change the power of their group in the master flash, the manual flashes wouldn’t fire. Tried turning off and on, adjusting power directly on the manual flashes, nothing worked. Any ideas?? I’m so bummed out because they worked great when I first set them up.

  19. Yvan 2 months ago

    Hi Lorna,

    I have the same issue. Flash doesn’t want to fire after some pops, even if the battery is fully loaded. Did you found a solution for this ?

  20. Jorge 1 week ago

    Hi, folks! does anybody have my same problem?
    I recently purchased a flash point r2 Speedlight (GODOX – V850II) and the flashpoint r2 radio (GODOX – X1-C) and they rock!!! except for one thing :(
    Once I put the r2 radio on top of my camera (canon 6d) and then my canon 430 ex ii speedlight on top of the r2 radio the canon focus assist light won’t work, the only assist light that works on this setup is the one of the r2 radio.
    Has a wedding photographer for me it is important to use the focus assist light from my canon flash because it is more reliable than the one from the r2 radio.

    I used to do a similar setup with yongnuo radios and it worked fine you can mount a 622 radio on your camera and then a flash and not only your on camera flash assist light works also the one from the 622c radio so you have two assist lights.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 days ago

      Hi Jorge,

      I updated my X1T-C transmitter to V19 and still only the transmitter AF light is working unfortunately.

      I’m not sure if Godox have done that intentionally or not. I think people rarely try and mount a flash on the transmitter, so this issue hasn’t come up much.

      I still can’t get the X1T-C AF light to work at all on the 5D IV. I thought that was meant to be fixed in V19.

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