GODOX X1T TRIGGER, X1R RECEIVER
These relatively inexpensive trigger & receivers are a bit of a no brainer if you want a dedicated trigger or if you’re not quite ready to switch out all your speedlights for Godox variants. Again you need to make sure you buy the right model for your camera (eg. Canon or Nikon) but they are pretty simple to use and get the job done. They use the more popular 2.4Ghz frequency which gives them more range than the previous FT16 system that was heavily criticised for their short range. Using the X1T I can now control any of the above flashes or any flash connected with the X1R! In the past I carried the Ft16 to control my AD360, YN560TX to control my Yongnuo 560’s and a set of YN622’s in case I wanted to use my normal speedlights like the Nikon off camera.
GODOX XTR16 & XTR16S
In a forward thinking move, Godox released the XTR16 & XTR16s receivers to allow owners with their older flashes to be controlled from the new X1 flash range. So if you have the AD360 mk1 then you can replace the FT16 with a XTR16 and you’re up to date and can use the X1T or TT685 to remotely change power. If you have Ving 850’s or 860’s then you would need to use the XTR16s receivers that do the same job.
They seem to work perfectly and so simple there’s not much to write about. The only minor gripe is that Godox still write “Power” on the dial that you use to choose the “Group”. That makes no sense to me but it’s a minor quibble in the grand scale of things.
In fairness most of the people who have asked me questions have been Nikonian’s. This is probably because Canon users have had the 600EX series for a while now and other manufacturer’s like Yongnuo & Shanny have cheaper clone versions out for Canon too. Nikon shooters such as myself have been looking longingly to Nikon for a integrated wireless solution it seems like forever. Yes, Nikon will be bringing out the SB5000 soon but for the price of the single speedlight, you could buy the AD360mk2 AND a couple of TT685’s. I know which I’d rather have! That’s not to say Canon users wouldn’t benefit at all. Especially if you have the bigger AD360 or AD600 flashes.
What Godox have created is an ecosystem that’s affordable and gets the job done. No they’re not perfect. Godox seems very unresponsive to messages leaving me to liase with whoever I purchased my flashes from to help if I have issues. That’s one thing to bear in mind. Support. You need to check with whoever you are buying to understand what warranty you get. Then you need to decide if that’s worth the gamble. There are plenty of Godox flashes on eBay/Amazon through third party sellers whose commitment to after sales service may not be quite there. However, if support is important then your best bet is to get a rebadged version from an in country supplier.
For me this has been a powerful combination and has freed me from fiddling and messing which translates to more time actually creating wedding photographs for my couples.