Review of 2020
Godox AD300 Pro
Early in the year Godox released the AD300 Pro. At 300Ws, it’s only a third of a stop less powerful than the AD400 Pro but designed around the smaller Godox accessory mount rather than the Bowens mount that you find on the AD400 Pro and AD600 Pro.
Godox X2T Radio Trigger
Godox also released an updated version of the X1T radio trigger. This new 2.4GHz controller now has very similar functionality to the XPro trigger but comes in the same compact shape as the original X1T with its pass-through hotshoe. The X2T has a more intuitive menu layout with individual group buttons, a clearer display. It also has Bluetooth connectivity allowing it to be controlled using a smartphone app. The X2T doesn’t have the TCM (TTL Convert to Manual) capability that the XPro does.
Versions have been released for Canon (X2T-C), Nikon (X2T-N), Sony (X2T-S), Fujifilm (X2T-F) and Olympus & Panasonic (X2T-O)
Godox S2 bracket (Bowens adapter)
Following the release of the Godox V1 speedlite back in 2019, Godox have now updated the popular S-type speedlite bracket with the S2 Speedlite Bracket. The new S2 bracket has been redesigned to accommodate round flash-heads such as found on the V1 speedlite as well as the newly released Godox AD100Pro and also the larger Godox AD400Pro lights. Obviously it still accepts the standard rectangular flash head speedlites.
Canon EL-1 Speedlite
In October Canon announced it was going to release a new top-of-the-range speedlite, the Canon EL-1. Release date is expected to be towards the end of February or early March and is available on pre-order. The EL-1 has the same power as the Canon 600EX II-RT and a very similar general specification. However the EL-1 is powered by a lithium-ion battery that will give vastly improved recycle times as well as superior continuous flash capabilities due to the built-in active fan cooling system.