Olympus HSS and TTL

By admin

I have been using the GODOX system ever since I switched to mirrorless back in 2014. The one thing that was missing in my transition to Olympus has been the lack of HSS. That is until now. Godox just announced cross compatibility with their entire line of products. Read below to learn what that means for Olympus shooters. This article is an in depth look at the entire GODOX line of products and my experience with them.

Olympus HSS

This is going to be a longer post than normal as I am going to explain the Godox line and how to make everything work together. In my opinion, Godox is the most complete and modular system you can buy. Once you understand your options you will be extremely pleased with the quality and versatility of the entire line. This has been my favorite company to offer Olympus HSS.

Some Notes About Godox

Across the entire Godox line, you have the ability to update the firmware on the devices. This week Godox announced that they have cross TTL compatibility which means you can use the Sony, Canon or Nikon versions of the flashes on your Olympus with full TTL comparability.

*Note: Only this only applies to wireless TTL not hot shoe TTL as the Sony and Canon Pins on the hot shoe will not line up.

Let that sink in for a minute. You can use these devices across all platforms and they all work together like 1 happy family. You can download the firmware updates here.

Godox is sold in many different names in the US, you will find them sold as MoLights, Godox, Neewer, Cheetah and Flashpoint.

Image result for godox r2

Triggers:

To trigger your Godox lights you have a few different options.

X1T-O Trigger– This trigger runs on 2 AA batteries and the Olympus version was recently released and is shipping very soon. There are 2 things I love about this trigger.

Image result for godox r2

  1. The trigger is able to control the power output of all of your flashes wirelessly. Gone are the days of having to bring lights back down and change ratios and flash power on your light. This trigger allows you to set it and forget it while having full control over the power from the camera.
  2. Hot Shoe that allows you to keep a flash on the camera instead of having to have odd brackets or cobbled together solutions on your camera. You can use wireless TTL so your flash functions just as it would in the hot shoe.

You can purchase the X1T-O trigger here

Master Flash- The term master flash is when you place a flash on top of your camera and you can fully control your other flashes and strobes while maintaining regular flash functions on camera. Another option is using one of the Godox flashes as your trigger. This is the method that I use as it allows me to control everything from on camera and still have a flash to bounce light.

Here are the flashes that can be used as a master flash. (I use the TT350)

  1. TT350 (TTL & HSS)
  2. TT600 (NON TTL)
  3. V850II
  4. TT685
  5. V860II
  6. AD360II

Image result for TT350O master flash

Receivers

If you already have speed lights or strobes you can now trigger them as well from within the Godox system. In order to trigger your gear simply pick up the X1R receiver and connect your flash or strobe. In my testing TTL did work but HSS did seem to function properly.

You can pick up the X1R receiver here

Image result for x1r godox

Lights

Now the exciting part. What kind of lights does GODOX offer? Let’s start small and simple.

TT350 (TTL, HSS, Master Flash, AA Powered) 

Image result for tt350 godox

The TT350 is my new favorite flash in the lineup. It packs a lot of punch for its size and it allows me to control my wireless flashes. You can pick up the TT350 for under $80 over on Amazon by clicking here. This is a small but mighty flash with a GN of 39.

From the TT350 we move up to the larger line of flashes.

There are 4 models of speedlights. The TT in the model number means it uses AA batteries where as the V means it uses a rechargeable batteries.

 

TT600

The TT600 is a non TTL basic flash that has built in 2.4ghz wireless. These are great for photographers that just want simple manual lighting. I would suggest having at least 1 AA powered flash in your kit in case you run out of juice at a wedding ceremony, its easier to toss AA’s in and keep shooting. These flashes can be used for HSS but they must me fired remotely (not on hot shoe). This flash is very similar to the TT685 but does not offer TTL.

GN 60 (100 ISO)
Powered by 4 AA Batteries
230 Full Power Flashes with 4 AA Batteries
Recycle Time: 0.1 – 2.6 Seconds
Flash Modes: TTL / Manual / Multi (stroboscopic)
Flash Exposure Compensation 1/3rd increments
3 Remote Groups (A/B/C)
S1 and S2 Optical Trigger Modes
32 Channels
2.4GHZ triggering built in. (100M Range)
External High Voltage Battery Port (Canon Style)

You can find the TT600 here.

V850II

The V850 has the same features as the TT600 it just runs on a lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery. Note with the built in battery you get 650 full power flashes and a faster recycle time.

GN 60 (100 ISO)
Powered by 11.1V, 2000mAh Li-ion Battery
650 Full Power Flashes
Recycle Time: 0.1 – 1.5 Seconds
Flash Modes: TTL / Manual / Multi (stroboscopic)
Flash Exposure Compensation 1/3rd increments
3 Remote Groups (A/B/C)
S1 and S2 Optical Trigger Modes
32 Channels
2.4GHZ triggering built in. (100M Range)
External High Voltage Battery Port (Canon Style)

You can find the V850II here.

TT685O


This is a brand new flash that was recently released (Summer 2017) that is specifically made for Olympus Cameras. This flash offers TTL and HSS and has the 2.4 ghz system built in. This flash works as a master flash to control up to 3 groups as well as a standalone flash.

GN 60 (100 ISO)
Powered by 4 AA Batteries
230 Full Power Flashes with 4 AA Batteries
Flash Modes: TTL / Manual / Multi (stroboscopic)
Flash Exposure Compensation 1/3rd increments
3 Remote Groups (A/B/C)
S1 and S2 Optical Trigger Modes
32 Channels
2.4GHZ triggering built in. (100M Range)
External High Voltage Battery Port (Canon Style)

You can find the TT685O here

V860II

The V860II is a powerful lithium ion powered flash with a GN of 60 Much like the above flashes. This flash offers wireless and on camera TTL functions and has the same 2.4 GHz remote triggering system built in.

GN 60 (100 ISO)
Powered by 4 AA Batteries
230 Full Power Flashes with 4 AA Batteries
Flash Modes: TTL / Manual / Multi (stroboscopic)
Flash Exposure Compensation 1/3rd increments
3 Remote Groups (A/B/C)
S1 and S2 Optical Trigger Modes
32 Channels
2.4GHZ triggering built in. (100M Range)

You can find the V860II here

AD200

The AD200 is a hybrid lightweight strobe that offers 3 different heads depending on your needs. This lightweight strobe allows you to have 200ws of power in a small and compact package.

  • Miniaturized Interchangeable Modular Flashhead Components
  • Barebulb Reflector or Fresnel Speedlight Style
  • 200ws of TTL power in a compact format
  • R2 Wireless 2.5 GHz Radio System for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus
  • 330 foot Wireless Radio Range
  • TTL / Manual / Multi Flash Modes
  • Recycles in less than 2 seconds at full power
  • HSS to 1/8000th second
  • FEC/FEB in 1/3rd stop increments over 6 stop range
  • Manual power in 8 stop range from 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3 stop steps
  • Rechargeable and Interchangeable 2900mAh Lithium Battery
  • 520 Full Power Flashes
  • LED Modeling with Fresnel Head
  • 5 Groups
  • 32 Channels

Here is a link to the AD200 kit with gels and barndoors

AD360II

The AD360 is a bare bulb, lightweight, 300ws strobe.

  • High Power – up to 360w/s, GN 85 (m ISO 100, with AS-S2 standard reflector)
  • Bare bulb – providing even and sufficient illumination. Precise Output – adjusting from full power to 1/128 in 1/3 stop increments
  • Good Portability – compact size and light weight body & accessories. Stable Color Temp – 5600¡À200k over the entire power range.
  • Advanced Function – incl. Multi flash, Focus-assist beam on/off & High-speed sync triggering. Wireless Commander – controlling flash functions and triggering. Large Electricity – drawing from external power pack (PB960: 11.1V/4500mAh). Wide-Range Accessories – incl. softbox, reflector, fold-up umbrella, and beauty dish, etc)
  • Over-Temperature Protection

You can find the AD360 here.

 

AD600 (Xplor 600)

The AD600BM is a 600ws battery powered monolight that has full TTL and HSS capabilities for Olympus. This product has been taking the photography world by storm as it offers so much power and is lightweight to take on location. There is a TTL version and a non ttl version so make sure you take note when you place your order.

  • Guide Number 183 (ft) / 61 (m) ISO 100, with standard reflector
  • 600Ws studio quality light without wires
  • Built-in 2.4G R2 Radio Remote System Compatible wireless TTL system: Fully supports the Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL and additional TTL systems in Flashpoint R2 remote system.
  • Integrated professional 11.1V/8700mAh lithium battery pack
  • An option to trigger the flash through a synchro socket of 3.5mm type and photocell.
  • Extremely fast shutter speeds of up to 1/10000 s (t0.1, at 1/256 power).
  • Integrated Flashpoint R2 receiver and the connection for the Navigator receiver.
  • LED light modelling at 10W power.
  • Maximum flash output of up to 600 WS.
  • Power supply ensured by 8700mAh battery allowing for up to 500 full-power flashes.
  • Stable flash color temperature (5600K 200K).
  • Stroboscopic flash function and synchro with short exposure times.

Link to the TTL version here

Link to the Non-TTL version here

AD-H600 / 1200

The AD-H600 and 1200 are used to get the flash head away from the battery pack so you dont have all of the weight in the air. Pair this with 1 or 2 AD600 to get up to 1200ws of power!

You can find the AD-H600 here and the 1200 here

QT Line 400/600/800/1200

The QT line of Godox Strobes come in 400, 600, 800 and 1200 watt varieties. These lights have full HSS capabilities and have a super fast recycle time from 0.05 to 1.5 seconds. Allowing up to 10 frames per second. These lights are great to keep in your studio so you have a single system whether you are working with flashes, battery powered strobes, or AC powered strobes in studio.

  • Fast Recycling Time – 0.05 – 1.5 seconds, up to 10 flashes per second
  • Short Flash Durations – 1/5000 – 1/800 of a second
  • Color Temp Stability +/- 100k over the entire power range
  • Wide Power Range – 1/1 – 1/128 in 50 steps (5.0 – 10.0 in 0.1 increments)
  • Remote Manual Power Control
  • 150W Adjustable Modelling Light
  • Bowens S-Type Mount

Here are links for the 400,600,800, and 1200ws lights.

I’m happy to answer any specific questions you have on the Godox line via email tj at olympuspros.com

For more information about off camera flash check out some of the other articles on the site

Comments

Leave a Reply