Godox TT600… My Favorite Flash!

Godox TT600… My Favorite Flash!

Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. In this video
we’ll be talking about the Godox TT600 flash. This is really my favorite
flash I’ve ever used, which we’ll get to the reasons in this video. I also have a
Flash Point R2, which is basically the same exact thing but rebranded from
Adorama (A United States company). So you get a little bit more support and such with
these. Godox TT600 has a built-in transceiver inside. You can use it as a
master flash, or be triggered from the camera with a standard camera trigger. So
besides that, you can do high-speed sync wirelessly, which is a big feature of
these. And the interface is very simple.. very easy to use, in my opinion. All that
together makes a really nice flash. It is completely manual. You can control power
from the trigger, so we’ll get to all the different features.. All of the reasons this
is my favorite flash to use. Let’s look over the build quality a little bit.
Pretty solid. The battery door is very nice.. smooth action to it, and it locks
down solidly. Put some AAs in here. There’s little indicators for polarity.
Just push it down then it locks in. Easy enough to turn it on. The interface
back here is simple to use for the most part, which we’ll get to in detail later
on. The head has a smooth action to it. There is clicking stops at certain
points. So down here clicks all the way to the bottom.
Pops up one.. there’s another one.. all the way to fully vertical. You can rotate completely.
It’s a little challenging. There’s some definite resistance when you’re rotating
it like this, but it works. It does go fully backwards, and put it down for whatever
reason. Definitely pretty nice action to the
head. There is a charging port down here It’s a Canon style connection, I believe.
I have not tried it. On the side here we’ve got the R1 connector for their
previous triggers and then just a standard sync port with a 3.5mm
connection. So you’ll need some type of adapter in that case. Catch light bounce
with the wide angle diffusion plastic. You can put that away, but keep the white
bounce card out if you would like. Goes back in pretty easily. It’s about it for
build. Does have a solid metal mount, which I should demonstrate. You can see
nice solid metal there. One pin.. these are manual flash, so when you connect it to a
camera directly you’re just simply getting it to trigger. You’re not getting
anything else. All of the advanced features of this flash
are done wirelessly. They do come with a bag. It’s functional. It’s nothing too
exciting. Velcro.. and there’s a little spot for the stand inside. See the
interface in more detail. As I mentioned before, very simple layout. Only a few
buttons. Each one has a dual feature. This first one is the mode selection, and also
the wireless mode selection with the long press. So one press switches between
manual and multi. Then, if you hold it down, you have cycling between the
different wireless features. Single press adjust the zoom. It goes from 20 to 200. Just
press it again turns it off. Long press goes into the function mode. Go into
function menu: SL is sleep mode. You can adjust the timing. Probably a good idea to
turn it off in wireless situations. FC is the focus confirmation. BP is the
beeping setting. I have that off usually. And also BL is the backlight. So we’ve
got different settings to that. of course it is all in the manual. Once you pick one up it’s
very easy to look at that. And OS is the optical slave mode. When you’re in manual
mode, you can have it off for whatever reason, or just adjust the power very
easily with this dial. And then it is in wireless mode at the moment. Channel 4.
And then we’re in Group B. This one here is the focus assist beam if you long
press you will turn on high-speed sync. Of course, that only works wirelessly. Test the
flash with this button. It’s actually off so… There you go.
Then, of course, settings here and then group channel. Single press changes the
group very quickly. Let’s go back to B. And long press lets you change the
channel. Had it on 4, but you just use the main
dial for that. Here I have the Nikon specific trigger with one of the flash.
So let’s go to ‘B’, group ‘B’. See it’s selected. Group ‘B’. Push GR,
that flashes and then as we adjust on the trigger, you can see it changing on
the flash. Here we have one of the TT600 with the XT16 trigger. This is a very simple
trigger as single pin on the bottom standard hot-shoe mount. So this can work
with pretty much anything that you can fit and has the standard single pin. So we
have the Fujifilm X100F. They do have specific Fujifilm triggers now, but I haven’t had
a chance to try those out. Just do a quick test. That works. Can just adjust
things. Here we go, so that changes the power. You can see changing on the flash. In this case, it’s good enough especially
with X100 because it has a leaf shutter. That means you can do higher shutter
speeds with this camera and a simple trigger such as this one. Here we have a
Canon Rebel SL2 with the XT16. Same situation as with the Fujifilm camera.
works just fine. Put on the trigger. Put it into whatever mode.. Doesn’t matter.
turn this guy on. Make sure it works. Put this into manual focus. So no issues
there with the trigger in situations like that. Again, there are Canon specific
triggers for this system where you can get that wireless high speed sync. But.. in
these situations, especially indoors, you can easily pick up a XT16 and it
just works pretty easily. See adjusting the power as normal. Shows up on the
flash. No different. I’m gonna do a demonstration here with
the three TT600 that I have. Each one is set to a different group A-B-C.
And then they have different gels, so blue, yellow, and red gel on each flash. D750 with the X1T-N trigger. Has the high-speed sync feature on it. Take a quick photo.. you can see Group C is set to minimum power the other two are off.
So we’ve got a red.. This is Group ‘C’, we’ve got a red light on there. Let’s turn on ‘B’.
That’s minimum power. Now I’ve got the yellow going. Turn on ‘A’ here. We’ve got
the three different colors: blue, red, and yellow on the top. All different groups.
Another thing we can do here is turn on the high-speed sync feature. That
basically allows you to do high shutter speeds. More than the sync speed of the
camera in question. So in this case let’s just go into bracketing/flash in our
custom settings to make sure everything’s set up. Flashing sync speed 1/200th of a second and Auto FP. That’s what we want. In this case we go
to live-view 1/100 of a second at the moment. Just increase it to
1/4000th of a second. Just do a quick test.. and we can barely see anything is
going on. In that case we need to increase flash power. Or we can change
the aperture a little bit as well. Then go into power for each one. Just bump it
up to.. let’s try 1/8th for the moment. You can see this trigger is a little slow to
deal with. They have two newer versions of X1 or X-system triggers, which are
easier to manage. Okay we’ve got them set up for 1/8th power.
Let’s try that out. You see everything’s working out. 1/4000th of a second.
So I’m going to turn this one off and we’re gonna try the X100F with the
other trigger. We’re going to do a demonstration with X100F and XT16
trigger, which is the very basic trigger. It has a single pin in the hot-shoe, and
the three flash. I had to adjust them a little bit because of how this transmitter
works. It wasn’t triggering one of the flash, so
that’s just one thing to keep in mind with this specific trigger. We’re all set
up for the most part. Everything set to OFF. There’s a little dial on the front
that lets you pick which group to change. Take a quick photo.. just.. nothing happened
of course. Let’s up the power on each one. So let’s put them at minimum power. Go to ‘A’…
It’s a very quick to change groups in this specific trigger, which is nice.
Take a photo. Pop up the preview, see we’ve got three different colors. Exactly
what we’re looking for In this case. You can actually increase the aperture a
little. Just take one again for the example. So a little bit more yellow in
that case, which is what we want. So with this specific camera you have a leaf
shutter. That means at different shutter speeds you
tend to have a lot more flexibility with sync speeds and such. So let’s go to 1/1000th of a second. So we’re at at f5, take another photo see how that
worked… See it worked just fine.
So we’re up to that high of a shutter speed. The thing to keep in mind is that
it depends on what your aperture is in this case. I was at f5.6. If you go to a
really wide aperture.. I think you can still get the 1/1000th of a
second, which we can try really quick. So I change it to f2. Let’s take another
quick photo see if it works. The flash did go off, which is a good sign. Let’s pop up
the preview.. So yeah.. works good, works well. You can see all the different
colors. I have found a few negatives to the TT600. First one is kind of a
mixture.. AA batteries are easy to find, but then you’ve got charging, so if you have
a whole bunch of flash.. you’re gonna have a huge amount of AA batteries to
charge. So it’s kind of a mixture there. But another one is the firmware. You
can’t update the firmware on this flash. There’s no USB port. Their higher-end
flash do have USB ports and do get updates. So that’s kind of a big negative for
this flash. It relates to two other things: One is there’s a flashing red
light when you’re in wireless mode, and you can’t turn it off as far as I know.
If there were firmware updates available they probably would have added that to
the function menu. Another one is related to zoom. You can’t zoom wirelessly with
this flash as far as I know. Even with their more recent triggers, which
actually do have wireless zoom capability to them.. I don’t think it
works on this flash. And it would potentially work if there were some way
to change the firmware on the flash, but there isn’t as far as I know.
That’s pretty much it for the negatives with this flash. There are a lot of
positives as I’ve mentioned. It has an internal transceiver. It’s simple to use.
I like the interface. It also has a low price, which is a big thing, but you do
have that wireless high-speed sync.. which is really nice with the proper trigger.
That said, it is my favorite flash I’ve ever used. They’re simple. They work.
That’s about it. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did enjoy this video, please
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well. Thanks!

50 thoughts on “Godox TT600… My Favorite Flash!”

  1. I am using Canon 750D pop up flash to Tigger the optical slave mood. I use the S2 mood but it can not cancel the preflash have you any idea about it.. please give me your reply..

  2. I just bought this flash how do you set up slave mode ( S2 ) on it? I have it on s2 on their but the flash from the godox flashes with the cameras pre-flash

  3. Very informative, Scott – THANKS! After watching this, this flash seems very much the same as the Godox TT685? A year ago, I bought the TT685 and its X1 trigger (which I prefer over the new trigger because it has a hot pass-thru shoe on top in case you want the trigger combined with on camera speedlight). Anyway, I am blown away that this TT600 has the HSS when off camera – Wow! So, I'd really like to get one because of the price and HSS feature, but feel like I'm missing something important. Can you help by explaining the difference between TT685 and TT600, please? Is the only difference that one has TTL and the other does not? Is that all? Thanks again.
    PS: I didn't even know this flash existed before seeing your video – Ha. Subscribed.

  4. Have a question for you regarding this flash bro…

    When trying to use live view to find focus in dark environments where it won't focus in the VF, the camera automatically searches for the focus. I have my canon 750D on BBF but soon as I switch to live view it doesnt let me manually focus.

    How do I stop this? I can't find the solution lol

  5. I'm thinking about buying a TT600 but I was wondering if I can trigger it with my Godox XPro? The Godox homepage isn't really conclusive. Does anyone know for sure?

  6. why does the battery tt600 run out quickly ?

    i just used 15 shots and its going to death because the batteries logo is blinked

  7. Hi! I am learning how to use external flash, my question is how do you connect 2 external flash that can work at the same time? I just purchased the same model in Amazon. Thank you for your answer in advance.

  8. Hey Scott – Great video!
    I really like that bracket thingie at about 9:00 — is it pretty secure? That bracket seems to be a great substitute for expensive HSS monolight. Thanks!

  9. Thank you sir for very informative video..i have few questions about this TT600
    1. What is the difference between TT600 universal vs dedicated like TT600s? Since i have different camera product i want to buy 1 TT600GFuji, 1 TT600sony and 1 TT600 universal..i thought universal hotshoe meaning that we can attach this flash in every camera but lose some feature like TTL or HSS..is it right?

    2.if i use one of this flash ex: TT600f for fuji on fuji camera hot shoe, does it mean that i can use all the feauture this flash provide such as HSS?

    Hope you get my point because since english is not my primer language i may have some gramatical and tenses error 🙏🙏

  10. I bough this flash but every time when i want to take a pic my camera flash poop out i have a nikon d7200 how i can stop it to come out?

  11. I have canon 80d and I will buy godox tt685c and x1 trigger but a lot of people says that tr685c is not working good in ttl mode with canon 80d and even the trigger x1 is not working cool with canon 80d so the problem of ttl mode of flash and trigger with canon 80d solved or still stuck please help me before I waste my dollars 💔

  12. Thanks for the video. I was looking to sell my Metz and buy a couple of Godoxes, but wasn't sure about remote triggering. You explained every little thing.

  13. I must be an idiot because I can’t figure out how to turn on the wireless sync options on this speedlight to work with my godox trigger… no channel or group number appears on my speedlight no matter what I press or hold.

  14. I am new to this flash game and am considering this as my first external flash. I've always been an available light type. Wondering if I can bounce off a reflector.

  15. Thank you for this comprehensive review, brilliant! Mine just arrived.. I cannot find a setting for rear curtain sync on the flash. I will trigger it wirelessly with the X1 trigger. Will choosing rear curtain sync option in my camera menu automatically make the flash do so?

  16. Great review & tutorial. I bought mine after my Yongnuo transistor conked out. In comparison, Godox are rugged and well made. I've used it on camera, bounced & diffused on product shots (in Manual mode). Also great as Optical slave if you don't have triggers for fill light etc.. No TTL but who wants that?

  17. I do not understand the reason for the flashing red light on the front when you activate the wireless mode. It is quite uncomfortable and safe consumes more battery.

  18. Only been using months,the time they have saved me,manual,mine anyway,says no hss on hotshoe,my camera has no hss,TTL locks shutter on 500th,but I still can have 4000thI can fire 4000th,and optic slave others,all in noon sun!..
    Found cheap hot shoe to pc cable to flash still does it.
    All exposures in daylight,black,flash on use aperture and power,no banding on white wall expo.???????????????
    I love them.

  19. I got mine today and I'm in love. Very solid, fully professional, logical menu. Much better and several times cheaper than Nikon speedlights. I hate brand products and marketing and I am happy to invest in independent producers such as Godox.

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