Godox V1 vs Godox V860ii C

The Godox V1 vs V860ii

This article discusses the Godox V1 vs V860ii and the main differences between the two models. For a more in-depth review of each speedlite please see our webpages Godox V1 Review and Godox V860II Review.

The Godox V860II was released back in July 2016 so it’s been around for a while now. As far as value for money is concerned the V860II is still hard to beat and remains one of my favourite speedlites. The Godox V1 was released in April 2019. It sets itself apart from the traditional speedlites by having a distinctive round flash head. The round head design, according to Godox, produces a much softer and more natural looking light. In theory this is true but in practice I’ve found the difference to be quite small and difficult to see in the final image.

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Round head speedlites vs rectangular head speedlites

Round head speedlites vs rectangular head speedlites

So what’s all the fuss about round head speedlites?

Profoto was the first company to manufacture a portable round head TTL hotshoe flash. The Profoto A1 was released to much critical acclaim in September 2017 describing itself as the world’s smallest studio light. Profoto is one of the big names when it comes to professional studio lighting but its innovative and high quality equipment come with a very hefty price tag. The Profoto A1 went on sale in the US for just over $1000 (around £840 in the UK).

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I’m Back!!

Well I’m finally back blogging again. I’ve tried to keep the website up-to-date with some new equipment reviews but I’ve totally neglected the blogging side of things over the last year. The good news is that the website has started to grow in popularity with around 600 visitors to the site each day so I’ll try my hardest to keep the numbers increasing and not to scare you all away!

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Canon 430EX III-RT vs Canon 600EX II-RT

The Canon 430EX III-RT vs Canon 600EX II-RT: The Canon 600EX II-RT is Canon’s flagship model and was released in May 2016 aimed squarely at the professional photographer who needs that extra bit of power, fast continuous shoot rate, reliability, durability and all the fancy features that you can think of. The Canon 430EX III-RT was released in July 2015 and replaced the 430EX II which didn’t have radio wireless capabilities. Both the 430EX III-RT and the 600EX II-RT have integrated radio wireless communication and both speedlites can operate as radio master or radio slave units. Both speedlites are also backwards compatible by including Canon’s optical wireless communication whereby the master unit communicates with the slave units using a series of optical pulses/flashes. The 430EX III-RT can only act as an optical slave.

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Canon ST-E3-RT vs Yongnuo YN-E3-RT II

Canon ST-E3-RT

The Canon ST-E3-RT was released in 2012 and is Canon’s only dedicated radio transmitter which works using their 2.4GHz RT radio system. The transmitter can be used as a master to control the Canon 600EX II-RT, 600EX-RT and 430EX III-RT speedlites. The transmitter supports E-TTL II and high speed sync and has a range of up to 30m. It hasn’t been upgraded since it was released but it still works fine with all the most recent Canon speedlites and cameras so that’s not a problem.

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Canon 430EX II vs Canon 580EX II

The Canon 430EX II vs Canon 580EX II: The Canon 580EX II was introduced in 2007 and at the time was Canon’s flagship model aimed at the professional photographer who needed maximum power and the need to control other slave speedlites wirelessly (using optical wireless not radio wireless). The smaller and lighter Canon 430EX II was introduced the following year and retailed at almost half the price making it a firm favourite with the enthusiast photographer.

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Canon 600EX-RT vs Canon 600EX II-RT

The Canon 600EX II-RT was released in June 2016 and improves upon the Canon 600EX-RT which was released in 2012. However the updates are minor and most photographers will find it difficult to tell the difference between the two versions. They look exactly the same and the maximum power output and recycle time at full power seem exactly the same (flash recycle time stated in both user manuals is 0.1-5.5 seconds).

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Yongnuo YN-E3-RT II vs Yongnuo YN-E3-RT

For separate reviews see YN-E3-RT II and YN-E3-RT

The updated version of this Yongnuo radio transmitter YN-E3-RT II was released in December 2018. There are basically no big changes, just a higher compatibility with the latest flashes and cameras, a problem that the older model was starting to suffer from and couldn’t be resolved by firmware updates alone. The previous version YN-E3-RT was released back in March 2015.

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