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Best Godox Speedlite Flashes for Beginner Photographers

Published 21st November 2019



There’s a vast amount of on-camera flashes available, but if you’re a beginner photographer you may find the amount of choice overwhelming!

This article is going to try to make your choice easier by looking at the best Godox speedlite flashes out there that are powerful, yet easy enough for a beginner to use.

Why Should You Add a Speedlite to Your Shooting Kit?



You may be wondering why you should bother spending more money on buying a speedlite flash, but having one will give you more freedom than ever before to shoot where and when you want. Flashguns used to cost well into the hundreds of dollars, but brands like Godox have made them much more affordable.

There are many good reasons you should consider investing in a speedlite flash, including:

  • Extra power: A speedlite has so much more power than your built-in camera flash. So even if you are using the same ISO and aperture, the speedlite is around 3-4 times more powerful than your little pop-up flash. This allows you to use lower ISO settings, and also to shoot subjects further away from you.
  • Faster recycle times: Your built-in flash tends to need longer between flashes to recycle and build up the charge again than a speedlite. You’ll also save your camera’s batteries as speedlites take their own set of AA batteries.
  • Better control: You can control the spread of light from wide to narrow with a speedlite, and you can match the focal length of your lens to ensure even and correct lighting. 
  • Swivel head for bouncing flash: One of the most versatile features of a speedlite is the swivel head. It can adjust up or down by 90 degrees, or pivot round by 360 degrees. This means you can bounce the flash off a white wall or ceiling to give a larger or softer light source.
  • Add light modifiers: There are all kinds of accessories you can add to a speedlite to give creative lighting effects. Most speedlites come with a diffusion dome to help reduce shadows, and you can buy coloured gels, beauty dishes, grids, mini softboxes and other modifiers for your flash. You can also create your own DIY modifiers by recycling everyday household objects like muslin squares or opaque plastics.
  • Use it off-camera: When you feel confident, you can start using your speedlite off camera for ultimate control over your lighting. This means that the light is on a stand, and is triggered remotely by your camera or a wireless trigger.
  • Affordable and portable: Speedlites cost a lot less than studio flash heads. They are very easy and lightweight to transport as well as quick to set up.
  • Mix with ambient light for fantastic effects: once you’ve mastered the basics of flash, you can start mixing it with available light to create some very well-lit and atmospheric portraits or still-life photos.

Godox TT350


The Godox TT350 is the smallest flash in the range, but don’t let that put you off – it packs a punch for a budget price:

  • It uses only 2 AA batteries, and gives 210 full-power flashes for each set of batteries.
  • Recycle time is 2.2 seconds at full power
  • High -speed sync up to 1/8000 sec
  • 2.4G radio transmitter and receiver to act as either radio master or slave, and integrated with the Godox range (including studio strobes QS/DP/QT/SK).
  • TTL, Manual, and Multi Modes



The X1T-C (sold separately) is a trigger for Canon cameras, and can be used to trigger your camera flash, studio flash, and camera shutter from over 100 metres away. 

When used as a master/slave flash with the Godox 2.4G wireless X system, the TT350 is compatible with other Godox products.

Although it doesn’t give you the power of a larger flash, the Godox TT350 is fantastic value for money, and great for beginners to flash photography.

The Godox TT350 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash is available with different mounts for these camera brands:

Godox TT350S 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Sony

Godox TT350O 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Olympus and Panasonic

Godox TT350P 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Pentax

Godox TT350N 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Nikon

Godox TT350C 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Canon

Godox TT350F 2.4G TTL HSS Speedlite Flash for Fujifilm

Godox TT685


The Godox TT685 is another great value beginner flash, and offers more power than the TT350 at a competitive price.

Some of the main features of this flash include:

  • E-TTL II for perfectly exposed photos no matter what your camera settings
  • High speed sync of up to 1/8000 second
  • Second-curtain sync feature to capture creative photos
  • Flash exposure compensation to let you increase or reduce flash output exposure
  • Powerful flash output with a guide number of 60
  • Fast recycle times: at full power it recycles in 1.7 seconds, at half power it takes 0.5 seconds
  • 2.4G radio transmitter and receiver to act as either radio master or slave, and integrated with the Godox range (including studio strobes QS/DP/QT/SK).



As with the Godox TT350, the Godox TT685 can be used with the X1T-C (sold separately) as a trigger for Canon cameras, and can be used to trigger your camera flash, studio flash, and camera shutter from over 100 metres away. 

When used as a master/slave flash with the Godox 2.4G wireless X system, the TT350 is compatible with other Godox products.

Check out our full range of Godox TT685 speedlites for different camera brands.

Conclusion



Godox have shown that it’s possible to make high-performance speedlites that offer brilliant value for money. One of their good ideas is to make their lights with inbuilt receivers across the range, which means that you can upgrade in the future without having to buy a new trigger system, and they are compatible with the Godox X1 or Godox XPro systems.

If you’d like to learn more about Godox speedlites, check out our blog post giving a more in-depth comparison of the range.

For more photography lighting and equipment, visit our main page www.hypop.com.au.

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