An overview of the Godox X2T radio synchronizer (transmitter) which is also useful to those who are looking for a Russian instruction or user manual for the Godox X2T transmitter.
- Features of Godox X2t:
- Equipment and appearance
- Custom Functions
- Smartphone control via Bluetooth transmitter Godox X2T
- Comparisons and Conclusions
Until recently, the choice of radio synchronizers (transmitters) from Godox was small. There were only two options: either the “small” Godox X1T, released back in 2015, where there were not very convenient controls and a small screen, or the “large” Godox Xpro, where the controls were much more ergonomic and there was a fairly large screen that displayed everything at once. options.
Personally, I have been using the Godox X1t transmitter for several years now. unlike the Godox Xpro, it is much more compact, and situations where I would need an instant and significant change in the parameters of the remote flash groups are several times less likely than the likelihood of hooking a flash mounted on the camera or a larger synchronizer, such as Godox XPro or YN560TX.
And in February of this year, at the WPPI exhibition, Godox announced a new synchronizer model, namely the Godox X2T. And more detailed information appeared only in May. The announcement mentioned:
- modified interface on the graphic display
- five direct group selection buttons (A/B/C/D/E)
- select button “all groups”
- built-in Bluetooth for smartphone control
- button illumination
- control button lock
- USB TypeC port for firmware upgrade
- channel scan function to find the least loaded
- power adjustment in steps of 0.1EV
- settings of modeling light and sound signal at once for the entire selected group of flashes
- graphic menu
After reading the announcement, I was looking forward to the release of the updated model of the Godox X2T transmitter and tried to get my hands on them for review. And I succeeded, I got Godox X2T‑C synchronizers for Canon and Godox X2T‑N for Nikon. And at the time of writing this review, a version of the Godox X2T‑S transmitter for Sony is already available for order, and Godox X2T‑F for Fuji, Godox X2T‑O for Olympus / Panasonic and Godox X2T‑P for Pentax are expected.
Well, let’s take a look at Godox X2T and compare it with its predecessor, Godox X1T. I’ll start with the characteristics.
Features of Godox X2t:
- Compatibility: E‑TTL (X2T‑C Canon), iTTL (X2T‑N Nikon), TTL (X2T‑S Sony), TTL (X2T‑F Fujifilm), TTL (X2T‑O Olympus/Panasonic), TTL (X2T- P Pentax), any cameras via PCSync.
- TTL: yes
- Manual power control (M): yes
- Support for simultaneous operation of multiple synchronizers: yes
- High speed sync (HSS/FP): yes
- Second curtain operation: yes
- Exposure Compensation (FEC): ‑3…+3EV in 1/3EV steps
- Flash exposure lock (FEL): yes
- Autofocus light: yes
- Settings memory: yes
- Firmware update: yes
- Remote flash zoom control: yes, manual or auto
- Working distance: 0–100 meters
- Operating frequency: 2.4GHz
- Channels: 32
- Support wireless ID: yes, 01–99
- Groups: Five (A/B/C/D/E)
- Display: backlit dot matrix LCD
- Power: 2 AA
- Dimensions: 72x70x58mm
- Weight: 90g
Equipment and appearance
The boxes are decorated in dark colors, and only in the corner there is a mention under which system the transmitter is packed in a particular box.
On the reverse side, the capabilities of the radio synchronizer are clearly shown, but I’d rather show you a picture from the manufacturer’s website:
There is nothing else on the box.
well, except that there are a few pictograms) After all, the most interesting thing is, of course, it is inside the box.
Manual in English and Chinese (there is currently no instruction in Russian for the Godox X2T transmitter, and it is unlikely that it will appear), warranty card, QCPass carton and a constant companion of new electronics, a bag of silica gel.
And here they are, the long-awaited transmitters Godox X2T‑C for Canon and Godox X2T‑N for Nikon. But it is absolutely not interesting to compare them with each other, because they differ, well, except, of course, for the letter in the model name, only with additional hot shoe contacts. And so I propose to compare them with Godox X1T‑N:
As you can see, the test button has moved from the right side to the left side, highlighted group selection buttons have been added, and the Bluetooth icon has appeared.
On the left side, the changes are only cosmetic: different power switches and autofocus backlight.
But on the right side, alas, the sync and USB connectors lose the rubber plug. It’s a pity.
On the front side, everything is the same, behind the red window there is an autofocus backlight LED.
The X2T is slightly taller than the X1T, mainly due to the fact that now the synchronizer is fixed in the hot shoe not with a washer, but with a quick lock.
More of the changes, more significant: the transmitter is now shifted to the left side of the hot shoe and it no longer overlaps the top LCD screen of the camera; the illuminated buttons and the wheel have also been moved to the left side; the enlarged screen became graphic and much more informative. And got a brighter backlight. There was even a battery level indicator.
By the way, the buttons to the left of the LCD screen have dual functions:
- mode — mode selection TTL/M/— for the selected group or groups of flash units, and when held long-term, control lock. Useful if you do not want to accidentally knock down the settings.
- Menu — enter the user settings menu. Long press turns the modeling light on or off.
- set — installation / selection. Holding down fires all flash groups in M mode.
The custom functions menu now includes more options, I’ll go through them briefly:
- Sync — enable high-speed sync (HSS/FP) or rear-curtain mode (Rear / Second curtain sync)
- BLUE.T. — turn on Bluetooth
- BEER — turn on sound confirmation
- ZOOM — remote flash unit zoom control (AUTO/24–200)
- SCAN — scan the band to find the most suitable channels. Scanning takes approximately half a minute and then displays channels with the least amount of interference and minimal interference.
- CH — channel selection (01–32)
- ID — Godox flashes with the latest firmware versions, in addition to the channel number, can also use the transmitter ID (01–99) to identify “friend or foe”, which allows several photographers to work simultaneously on one channel without interfering with each other.
- PC SYNC — the mode of operation of the synchronization connector, for input or output, for use via cable with cameras without a burning shoe, flash meters, other synchronizers and other trigger devices.
- DELAY — remote flash firing delay in high-speed sync mode (FP / HSS), up to 9.9ms in steps of 0.1
- SHOOT — A very interesting parameter, I will dwell on it in more detail.
Its essence is that, by default, synchronizers send parameters to slave flash units only when they change, and when shooting for groups of flash units operating in M or Multi modes, only a trigger signal is sent, which allows you to save battery power a little. This is suitable for the case when one photographer shoots (one mandefault).
If it is necessary that several photographers simultaneously work with the same flash units, then the “multiple photographers” mode should be selected (three men), in which case the transmitter will send the settings to the slave flash units every time a picture is taken. Of course, in this mode, the consumption will be somewhat higher.
By the way, the same mode will be convenient if you shoot with two cameras, with two synchronizers on them. This will allow you not to be distracted by turning the synchronizers on and off on the cameras.
When APP is selected, the synchronizer will only send a signal to fire, and the control of the operation parameters of remote flash units will be carried out only from the application from the smartphone.
- DIST — choice of working distance 1–100 meters or 0–30. The same choice is in the Godox Xpro transmitter, but on the Godox X1T there is no such choice, and many complained that the remote flash does not fire when it is located next to the synchronizer. However, in the instructions (but only who reads them) to the Godox X1T synchronizer, it is written that to switch to the 0–30 mode, you need to hold down the test button and turn on the synchronizer. The synchronizer should flash the status LED twice to signal the transition to 0–30m mode.
- STEP — power control range and step, the following options are available: 1/128(0.3), 1/256(0.3), 1/128(0.1), 1/256(0.1), 3.0(0.1), 2.0(0.1). Of course, adjusting the power in increments of 0.1EV is certainly cool, but in practice such accuracy is rarely required. But the fact that such an opportunity exists is good. It is better to let there be redundant, although unused opportunities, than vice versa.
- GROUP — switching between work with three (AC) or five groups (AE).
- STBY — setting the time for the synchronizer to go into low power mode (sleep) when not in use.
- LIGHT — Management of the operating time of the backlight of the screen and buttons.
- LCD — setting the contrast of the LCD screen from ‑3 to 3. In my opinion, the changes are hardly noticeable.
Smartphone control via Bluetooth transmitter Godox X2T
Find in Google Play (IOS version is also available), install, launch, go to Bluetooth,
Searching, Connectingwho has not read the Godox X2t manual, the default password is 000000), we use.
it is possible to select a channel, import and export settings, and Multi (strobe) mode
Below the groups is a button to add (activate) additional flash groups, and if you click on any group, you can set individual parameters for the group, such as power or exposure compensation, modeling light power, operating mode and minimum power.
In general, there is the ability to control Godox flashes from a smartphone, but because. I don’t see a need for this functionality, I clicked, tried, smiled, took screenshots and left it at that. The fact is that I didn’t like how the flash power correction was organized: if on flashes or a transmitter the jog dial allows you to immediately significantly adjust the power, then in the application one swipe changes the power by only 1EV, and a finer correction is possible only by clicking on “minus” and “plus” to the right and left of the current indicator. It may seem convenient to someone, but personally to me — no.
It may be possible to control flash settings from a smartphone application for those who take pictures from a tripod when the camera must remain stationary, for example, when shooting subject matter, because in this case the camera and synchronizer can not be touched at all.
Comparisons and Conclusions
If we compare the Godox X1T synchronizer released back in 2015 and the Godox X2T transmitter released in 2019, we have the following:
- more convenient operation, with buttons for direct selection of the desired group of remote flash units
- improved screen, which became larger, got better backlighting and became graphic
- due to the fact that the screen of the Godox X2T transmitter is now graphical, the user settings menu items now have clear and understandable names, and not like in the Godox X1T transmitter, where the user settings were encrypted under Fn.XX codes and you had to remember which number corresponds to which function
- mode of simultaneous operation of several photographers (synchronizers) with one set of remote flash units
- the ability to set parameters from a smartphone via Bluetooth
- the ability to lock the transmitter controls to prevent accidental changes to the settings of remote flash units
- the ability to turn on modeling light and speaker for remote flash units
- switching range modes from 1–100m to 0–30m is now in the menu
- power adjustment in steps of 0.1EV
- button illumination
- search for the most suitable channels
- lock washer replaced with quick lock
But there were also several, in my opinion, deteriorations, namely:
- standard PCSync connector replaced with jack
- sync connector and USB connector for firmware updates lose the rubber plug
- there is no mode of operation only on the central contact, which came in handy several times
In my opinion, Godox X2T has come close to Godox Xpro in terms of functionality, it is worse only in such parameters:
- a smaller screen on which only the parameters of three groups are placed at the same time (Godox Xpro has all five). And in most cases, three groups is enough. Judge for yourself: group A — drawing, B — filling, and C — either back (contour) light or background.
- there is no TCM button (TTL-Convert-Manual, for a quick and comfortable transition from TTL mode to manual power control mode, with copying the used power values from TTL to Manual)
- less intuitive control of the zoom position of remote flash units and the inability to individually set the zoom position for each individual group of remote flash units
- fewer controls (buttons)
After several shootings, I can say that the control has become much more convenient: now you can hold the camera with your right hand, and completely set or change the flash settings with your left, unlike the X1T, where either the left hand covered the screen, or you had to intercept the camera in your left hand and pull it out the right hand from the hand strap to control the synchronizer.
After getting the transmitters, I took both the X1T and X2T for the first few shoots to compare them in action, and the more I used the X2T, the less I wanted to go back to the X1T. So I think that Godox managed to significantly improve and rework the “younger” version of the transmitter, at the same time successfully falling into a niche between Godox X1t and Godox XPro.
On the manufacturer’s website, you can read about the Godox X2T transmitter and download the instructions, and when it appears, the new firmware version.
Godox X2T transmitters are already available for purchase on Ebay and Aliexpress, and will also be available in the gox.com.ua store in just a few days
And of course, on the Adorama website, where the full range of Godox products (under the Flashpoint brand) are on sale, the Godox X2T transmitter is available for purchase as the Flashpoint R2 Mark II.
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