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Flashpoint/Godox XPLOR 600 HSS TTL | Full Review

By Bing Putney on May 22nd 2018

Several years ago Profoto started a small revolution in the lighting arena with their B1. The idea of building a high-powered strobe with an on-board battery, capable of shooting in High Speed Sync and TTL metering modes was new, and since the introduction of the B1 and its rise to popularity, there have been many imitators. In this post, I will discuss one such imitator, the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL.

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Flashpoint is Adorama’s new in-house lighting brand, and it already features an impressive selection of full sized strobes and speed lights, all of which include 2.4G radio receivers/tranceivers. This means that you can control any combination of their lights with one smart trigger, the R2.  It should also be noted that products branded as Godox are exactly the same as those labeled Flashpoint, albeit without the product support offered by Adorama.

The XPLOR 600 is currently the flagship offering from Flashpoint, and is available either with or without TTL metering, with a fitting price difference between the two. While I am not in any way endorsed by Adorama or Flashpoint, the unit I tested is my personal flash, so while I hope I can recommend it by the end of this review, I will remain as unbiased in my opinions as I am able.
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I’ve had the opportunity to use the XPLOR 600  on several shoots now, and for the purposes of this review I ran a few very tedious tests to push it to its limits. In real world use it does not disappoint. When using an efficient enough modifier, it’s easily bright enough to overpower the midday sun, and TTL works quite well, in both normal and high speed sync modes. Speaking of which, shooting in HSS is incredibly easy with the XPLOR 600. There’s no stopping to switch the light into HSS mode. With the R2 transmitter, which is currently being offered for free with the purchase of the flash by Adorama, simply crank up the shutter speed of you camera, and the transmitter and flash take care of everything.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, camera right.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, with 28″ beauty dish, camera right.

Flash Power

The “600” in the light’s name indicates its output in watt seconds. For most situations, this light packs plenty of power. I braved the harsh Los Angeles winter to test the flash power against the afternoon sun, and got the following results. The light was fitted with the included 7” reflector, and placed about 6 feet from the grey card.

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As you can see, the flash is easily able to compete with the direct sunlight in the background. Once I was back inside, I tested the light with my trusty light meter, and recorded the following results:

At full power, from 6 feet, at ISO 100, 1/200th:

  • w/ no modifier or reflector: f/16.0
  • w/ 7” silver reflector: f/22.7
  • w/ 7” silver reflector and plastic cover: f/22.6
  • w/ 32” round soft box, inner and outer baffles: f/16.1
  • w/ 32” round soft box, outer baffle only: f/16.4
  • w/ 32” round soft box, inner baffle only: f/16.2

Honestly, this was about what I had expected. 600 watt seconds is perfectly respectable for a studio strobe. For comparison’s sake, the Profoto B1  is rated at 500 Ws, which, in practice, is really only 1/3 stop less light. The Paul C. Buff Einstein,  an AC powered light (although the Vagabond battery can make it more mobile) is a 640 Ws light, essentially the same as the Flashpoint, but without HSS and TTL.

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Another noteworthy point is that the Flashpoint’s power is adjustable over a 9 stop range, from 1/1 full power down to 1/256 in 1/3 stops. This puts it near the top of its class in this regard.

Color Temperature

One of the most common knocks on cheaper lights is the consistency of their color temperature. The light color is said to vary depending on both the flash power, and the battery level. I put this to simple test: in a darkened room, I set the XPLOR 600 6 ft. from my grey card, and fired it at each major power setting from 1/1 to 1/256. I then popped off 50 test flashes at full power, and repeated the test, until the battery ran out. Please keep in mind that this test was only as scientific as I could make it, considering that I do not own a spectrometer.

ISO 200 1/200 s f/4, XPLOR 600 in TTL mode

ISO 200 1/200 s f/4, XPLOR 600 in TTL mode

I would say that the results of this test were more in line with the XPLOR’s price tag. Flashpoint quotes the color temperature as being 5600±200k. I imported the raw files I shot into Lightroom and Capture One, and used the WB eye dropper tool to read the temperature of the grey card.

Mysteriously, the readings from LR and C1 were different by about 1000 Kelvin, but they were consistent in that they showed a 400 K difference from full power to minimum power, with the warmest (lowest Kelvin temp) coming at full power, and gradually becoming cooler as power was decreased. This is right in line with what Flashpoint advertises, and fairly standard for mid-level strobes. The good news was that the battery level seemed to have no effect whatsoever on the temperature.

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What does this mean for real world use? If you’re shooting anything that requires perfectly accurate colors, such as product photography, or certain types of fashion work, it may pose a slight problem. Especially when using two of these lights at different power levels, it may be an annoying process to find a perfect color balance. In situations where absolute perfect color is less critical, you’ll be unlikely to notice much difference. This may be the weakest point of the flash, however, I always shoot in raw, which makes the problem much easier to fix in post, so it’s certainly not a deal-breaker for me.

Battery Life

The battery on the XPLOR 600 is bigger and heavier than the one on the Profoto B1, and, as you might hope, that extra bulk translates to a much higher capacity. The B1 battery is rated by the manufacturer to have 220 full power flashes per charge. The XPLOR 600’s battery is rated to have “over 450” flashes in the tank. Your results may vary, but in my test, and I made sure to double check myself, I got the equivalent of 549 full power flashes on one battery. That is not a typo. That is ridiculous.

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In addition, you can buy an extra Flashpoint battery for just $150. Compare that to an extra B1 battery, at $266. And on top of that, Adorama offers an optional AC adapter, which slides elegantly into the battery slot, available for $90, so if you’re shooting in the studio, there’s no need to worry about keeping a battery on the charger. The B1 has no such AC adapter, so if you’d like to shoot with wall power… you can buy a D2 for about $1500.

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Recycle Time

Again, low cost monolights get a bad rap on their recycle times. In another quick, unscientific test, using the audible recycle indicator on the flash unit and the voice recorder app on my phone, I found the recycle time at full power to be in the neighborhood of 2.15 seconds. It’s listed as being 2.5 seconds, so this isn’t far off. However, when I lowered the power by one stop to 1/2 power, the recycle time dropped to just about half a second. At 1/4 power and lower, the recycle time was essentially undetectable. So, if you’d like to shoot in burst mode with this flash, you’ll just have to decrease the power a bit.

Wireless Range

While I was out in the brutal Los Angeles winter, I also decided to test the wireless range of the flash with the dedicated R2 transmitter. The photo below, taken on an 85mm lens, (full frame) gives you an idea of how far away I was able to get, with the flash firing consistently.

85mm. That tiny speck is the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 at 1/2 power.

85mm. That tiny speck is the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 at 1/2 power.

This was taken approximately 200 yards from the light, at which point I ran out of park, and was unable to find the distance at which it actually stopped firing. I will, however, go ahead and say that 200 yards is enough for me. Unless I decide to start shooting full length group shots with a 1000mm lens, I think I’m good.

Reliability

I’ve only had this light for about a month, so I can’t speak to its longterm dependability, but in my experience so far, it has been spectacular. Only in a few rare cases when I suspect that I outpaced the light’s recycle time did it miss a shot. While running my series of tests I shot about 170 photos with the light, and had only one misfire, which was during the wireless range test from over 100 yards away. I thought I had found its maximum distance, but it immediately began firing again.

ISO 100; 1/500 s; f/2. Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, camera left

ISO 100; 1/500 s; f/2. Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, camera left

 

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Again, it’s difficult to discuss this type of strobe without mentioning Profoto’s offering. The B1 is the current standard-bearer, and is priced as such. The Flashpoint, however, comes with essentially the same bag of tricks, but packs just a little extra power.

High Speed Sync

If you’re still unfamiliar with high speed sync, check out this primer. It essentially gives photographers the ability to shoot with flash at high shutter speeds, and therefore wider apertures. Prior to the advent of HSS, if we wanted to achieve shallow depth of field with flash during the day, outdoors, you would need a set of ND filters to keep your camera at its prescribed sync speed.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 at full power, in 28" beauty dish, camera right

ISO 100; 1/1000 s; f/5.6.  Flashpoint XPLOR 600 at full power, in 28″ beauty dish, camera right

With any system, and any flash, HSS does have some limitations. It becomes very difficult to accurately meter your flashes in HSS mode, as you will lose some flash power as you increase your shutter speed. However, you can work with HSS and TTL simultaneously, and let the camera and light figure out the correct exposure. In this series, I kept the flash power and aperture consistent, and incrementally increased the shutter speed, to give you an idea of the power loss in HSS mode.

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HSS also makes up a bit for the relatively slow flash duration of the XPLOR. At full power, the duration is listed at 1/220 of a second, which will fail to freeze any fast moving subject. The flash duration does decrease as the flash power is decreased, or you can opt to use HSS mode and crank your camera’s shutter speed as high as 1/8000.

TTL

TTL, or ‘through the lens’ metering uses a system which is proprietary to each major camera manufacturer. Currently the Flashpoint range works with Canon, Nikon and Sony, and there is a specific R2 transmitter for each brand. In practice, it works quite well; I use it often, and the results have been well exposed and consistent. It’s also easy to adjust the flash compensation in TTL mode in 1/3 stop increments.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, camera right.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL mode, camera right.

One area where TTL falls short is when the camera picks up on something other than your subject to gauge exposure. During one shoot, I was working in TTL mode when my subject decided to pose with his hands nearer to the camera. The light was close enough that the hands were perfectly exposed and his face was too dark. Profoto has a feature on their Air Remote whereby when in TTL mode, when you get an exposure you’re happy with, you can lock it in and the light will continue to fire at that same power level. I would love to see something like this in a future version of the Flashpoint trigger.

Wireless Operability

Also worth noting is the inclusion of the radio receiver within the light itself. It’s becoming more of a trend in lighting these days, but is still highly appreciated. With the Flashpoint system, you can set your light where you need it, and then control nearly every setting from the transmitter on your camera, with no dangling radio packs to lose track of. The R2 can switch the mode of the light, (Manual, TTL or off) adjust the power setting, adjust flash exposure compensation when in TTL mode, and can even turn on and off the LED modeling light.

Sometimes you forget to bring a lightstand to the desert.

Sometimes you forget to bring a lightstand to the desert.

The only minor gripe I can find with the system is that it’s only adjustable in 1/3 stop increments, while several other competitors (including the Profoto) can be adjusted in 1/10 stop steps. Again, this is a very minor complaint, but it does make it a bit more difficult to fine tune your shots.

Bowens Mount

I appreciate that Flashpoint has chosen to use the already well-established Bowens mount. You can already easily find modifiers of any size and shape mountable to a Bowens speed ring, which is easy to attach to the light, and feels very secure. The mount is made of metal, and gives a satisfying click when your modifier of choice locks into place. The modifier mount is actually one of the main reasons I began to look for lights outside the Paul C. Buff lineup. Their “Balcar” mount has always been a source of aggravation for me. It’s unnecessarily difficult to line up your modifier with the mount, and once it’s on it never quite feels secure. The Bowens mount on this light solves those issues.

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Accessories

I’ve already mentioned the reasonably priced extra batteries and AC power adapter, which provide welcome functionality, but there’s more coming from Flashpoint. The light itself is heavy, which can present a problem when being used on a long boom pole, so Flashpoint offers an extension head.  The extension’s cable attaches to the flashtube socket, and leads to a small, lightweight head, complete with Bowens mount and umbrella holder, and which uses the same flashtube as the XPLOR itself, essentially turning the light into a power pack and head system. Additionally, if you really need a lot of power, you can purchase two XPLOR 600‘s and an accessory that will combine their power into a single flash head, giving you 1200 watt seconds of total power via one light source. The extension goes for about $80, and the 1200 Ws version is $300, including a flashtube capable of handling the power. Most lighting brands would have you buy into multiple systems to achieve the type of functionality possible with the XPLOR and a few well priced accessories.

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While there’s nothing groundbreaking about the overall design of the light, it’s well done, and makes sense. The backlit LCD display on the side of the unit is complete with all the relevant information, and the button layout is well done. In fact, it’s nice that there are enough buttons that most of them serve a single purpose, to prevent users from having to cycle through options. There is also a menu button, which gives access to several lesser-used options, such as the recycle indicator (beep or modeling light). The buttons themselves, and the single scroll wheel, feel well made and responsive, with a good ‘click’ sound when pressed.

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However, in practice, you will rarely use the buttons on the flash itself, since the controls you need the most are included on the R2 transmitter. The R2 is a bit less intuitive than the XPLOR, but can be learned relatively quickly. Turning on the modeling light, for example, requires a double click of the CH/OK button, for whatever reason. The R2 has only one LCD display, 3 buttons, and a scroll wheel. It does have a hot shoe on top, which is nice if you need to stack a speed light, or another trigger on top, as well as a focus assist beam on the front for dark shooting situations.

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Besides the control layout, the light has a solid metal Bowens mount on the front, and a very secure-feeling battery mount on the back. I’ve never been concerned that the battery might inadvertently fall off, as it makes an audible click when fully engaged, and requires a button push to release.

On top is the usb port, for firmware updates, and the sync port, just in case you need that. The bottom has a vent for the integrated fan, which is only a bit troublesome in that it seems possible that dirt or dust may get inside the electronics of the light. I took the light out into the desert for a shoot recently, as was afraid to let it anywhere near the ground for fear that it would come home full of sand.

ISO 160; 1/160 s; f/5. Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL camera right

ISO 160; 1/160 s; f/5. Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in TTL camera right

It’s all on top of a hinged Light stand mount, which works with standard light stands as well as the ends of C stand arms. The angle of the light is controllable via a ratcheted handle, which has presented no problems tipping out of alignment due to the weight of a modifier on the front. There is also an umbrella holder incorporated into the Light stand mount. It may have been nice to have the umbrella hole a bit further forward on the light, but I suppose it doesn’t actually make much of a difference.

This light is hefty. With the battery attached, it’s about 6.4 lb., which is actually right in line with the B1, which comes in at fighting weight of 6.6 lb. It’s noteworthy that the Flashpoint comes in just slightly lighter than the Profoto, considering the substantially larger battery. Then again, it helps that the Flashpoint is made largely of plastic.

 

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Speaking of plastic, the XPLOR 600 uses a lot of it. It’s certainly not the cheapest, flimsiest plastic I’ve encountered; it actually strikes me as the standard hard rigid type of plastic used in the bodies of lots of electronic products. In general, it doesn’t bother me, and there is metal where it counts. The Bowens mount is all metal, as is the entire front of the unit surrounding the flashtube. The back of the light, where the battery attaches, is also metal. The one area that is slightly concerning is the Light stand mounting bracket. The interior of the shaft, where the end of the Light stand is actually inserted, is lined with metal, which is reassuring, and the angle adjustment hinge seems to employ some metal hardware, but much of the assembly feels a bit weak. This is worrying considering the weight of the light itself, and the potential weight of any large modifiers you might want to attach.

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That being said, in the time I’ve had the light, the bracket has given me no problems whatsoever. I’m always a bit careful when tightening the ratcheting angle lock lever, as it feels like too much force might crack it, but so far, so good.
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This section is easy; here’s the takeaway quote: The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL offers the best value of any battery powered strobe currently available, without question. The functionality of the light, paired with the versatility offered by Flashpoint’s range of accessories makes it a no brainer if you’re looking for this type of light on a budget. At $750, with the R2 transmitter included, it’s an absolute steal.

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Competition

As I’ve mentioned above, there are now a selection of lights available with the same bag of tricks. I keep rambling on about the Profoto B1 because it’s the current go-to among professional photographers, and will most likely continue to be. If money is not a consideration for you, and you want a battle-tested, top of the line light, go for the B1. It’s currently about $2,100, and the Air Remote  is another $400.

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On the slightly cheaper side of things, Phottix offers the Indra500. It’s a slightly different form factor, as it consists of a monolight head, which is slightly smaller than the flashpoint, which attaches to a separate battery pack. It puts out 500Ws, has a built in Phottix Odin receiver, and uses a Bowens mount, and is available for $1200, without the transmitter. The Interfit S1 might be the XPLOR’s closest competitor, which, for $1000, is rated at 500Ws, has an on-board battery, and is capable of running on AC power out of the box, but has only a 7 stop range. It also comes with a brand specific TTL transmitter. I haven’t had the chance to use the Interfit model, so if anyone has any experience with that light, please leave your opinions in the comments below.

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I am pleased to report that I can recommend this light that I’ve already purchased. The specs and features of the XPLOR 600 are class leading, the price is the lowest you will find among this type of light, and it works incredibly well in the field. I do wish that the color temperature was a bit more consistent, and the use of a bit more metal and less plastic in its construction would be nice, but these are honestly the only problems I’ve found with this strobe.

You can get a kit featuring two of these lights, two R2 transmitters, two extra batteries, two AC adapters, and an extension head for less than the price of one Profoto B1. Add a few of your favorite Bowens mount modifiers to that kit, available from the manufacturer of your choice, and you’ll be ready to go forth, illuminate, and conquer. Get your XPLOR 600 here

 

 

This review was originally posted in December 2016*

 

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Bing is a professional portrait and on-set still photographer who lives in Los Angeles, and frequently travels the world to explore new and interesting cultures and pastries.

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  1. Sada Domonkos

    Try the x-pro transmitter too its much more better than the old one! 

    Its my own test sorry its hungarian  but you can check the pro transmitter there.

    http://sadaweb.hu/content/godox-ad600bm-vaku-teszt

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  2. Art Altman

    Excellent review.   You covered all the important points that I can think of, and very clearly.   QUESTION:  is the popping sound that the unit makes when firing unusual for strobes?  I’ve now got a pair of Xplor 600 and also some of their speed lights — great stuff! — and the POP of the 600 seems unusually loud to me.   I’ve mostly been using speed lights and LCD’s, but not entirely.  Perhaps it’s due to the power?  Thanks!

    ps: the new Xpro remote has that missing feature you noted that the B1 has (carrying over the TTL readings).    

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  3. Lubomir Kotik

    would it communicate with Yongnuo YN-622N i-TTL transmitter?  did anybody test this combination?

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  4. Michael Miller

    One kicker on the XPLOR is that you said there is no Adorama support for it. One reviewer, comparing Indra with XPLOR was that support was difficult (or worse) with XPLOR. However the Flashpoint 600 has good reviews and Adorama support. It just doesn’t have a built in battery, which I really want. But, the Oden II transmitter looks a lot more intuitive than the Adorama does.  Oh, well.

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    • Art Altman

      Adorama has a great tech named Shua who knows the units very well.   Email [email protected]  (It is a bit un-nerving to depend on one person for service ….).   In terms of warranty repair, I think they tend to replace the unit rather than repair.   That might not bode well for out-of-warranty repair, worth inquiring about prior to purchase.   There are some great local repair shops so they might just turn to the locals for that.  

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  5. Tien Doan

    I was crying (ok on the inside only) when I missed the $550 deal. Then on cybermonday, I got the package deal http://www.adorama.com/fplfx600tbbf.html for $850, :) Life is good again.

    FYI,

    1. in HSS mode, the power output is lowered so don’t be surprised if in TTL mode, you can’t dial in + flash compensation (- compensation still works fine obviously).

    2. the R2 remote won’t dial down to 1/256 by default. You have to change the settings (hold down the “ch/ok” button) to get it there.

    3. if you plan to use it with your nikon speedlight, get the r2 receiver for your SB. The Xplor 600 as a CLS receiver (change in the menu) is pretty limited in range and prone to misfire (~1 out of 15 shots)

    Happy shooting everyone :)

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  6. JD Phresh

    If the XPLOR 600 was an imitator of the B1, wouldnt it cost the same?!

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    • DONALD HEALER

      The B1 is a vary good flash, but for everyday shooting, the expl600’s work just as well, myself, I choose to save $500-$600

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  7. Konrad Sarnowski

    And how bright this modeling light is? I’m wondering if it will be enough, so my model’s retinas will shrink enough in dark room when using beautydish… Can you relate to some halogen sources?

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    • Tien Doan

      Hi Konrad,

      The modeling light is 10W LED (which is roughly 60W incandescent equivalent) with three steps setting, useful for flash preview but not enough for what you need, especially inside/behind a light modifier.

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  8. Scott Cushman

    Isn’t this just a rebrand of the Godox Witstro AD600? I’ve used the Witstro AD360 and AD180 for years and they are wonderful. I’ve had the AD600 sitting in my Amazon cart for months now thinking, “do I really need it or just want it.” I’m leaning closer and closer to “need.”

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    • Konrad Sarnowski

      In Poland they’re sold as Genesis or recently as Quadralite brand ;) 360 is awesome, and it’a my main light – aside from studio portraits, when I need modeling light… so I’m hoping for AD600 :D

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    • Bing Putney

      Yes, Flashpoint and Godox are exactly the same, however I don’t think that Godox offers the TTL version of this light yet.

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    • Michael Miller

      Funny. I have the same problem. But, I have Always used the test of whether I will use a product frequently. Let me tell you that I have tons of accessories accumulated over 50 years, and camera bags fill up VERY QUICKLY. I have 3 bags now, full and categorized (shooting, lighting, accessories), but I only have room to take 2 on my photo trips (we drive only). My wife has her own back with just essentials.

      People tell new purchasers “if you can afford”. With credit cards, you can always ‘afford’. I tell purchasers “get the best that you are willing to pay for”. And, in my own case I do use the “how often will I use this”.

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  9. Rex Barcarse

    Just got this a couple of weeks ago before the BF deals. $550!! Also got a couple of R2 receivers for the Nikon speedlights, which by the way can be fired together with the the Xplor 600 receiver at the same time (TTL/HSS)! wow! Can’t wait to use this weekend ;)

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    • Art Altman

      How do you include the Nikon speed lights with the Xplor 600 and fire them all consistently?  Can you remotely control the power of the Nikons?   Is it via CLS?

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  10. Konrad Sarnowski

    I’m collecting resources for a non-TTL version of this ;)

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  11. Jay Taylor

    Where can the TTL version of this be found on sale for $550 as mentioned by Justin below? Thanks

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    • Cosmin Crisan

      Here is the link http://www.adorama.com/fplfx600tbc.html?utm_source=rflaid912974 and yes, a few weeks ago was on sale for $550. So happy with my purchase.

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    • DONALD HEALER

      There is a company called Pergear out of Ca. contact: Steven Zhou
      1215 John Reed Court
      City of Industry
      CA 91745
      United States
      Tel:626-410-6483

      I had to have my Godox AD600BM replaced, took about a week good service. Adorama has the re-branded version for the TTL exclusive rights in the USA, however, these folks can get the Godox TTL. It’s a great flash unit. I use it with the SONY and NIKON.

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  12. Stephen Jennings

    Only 4 stars? Hmm… I’ve seen this site peddle a bunch of crap with a much more gracious rating system lol.

    I was between a B1 and Siros L .. the B1 is amazing, aside from the recessed bulb I have nothing bad to say about it besides the price and the price of the transmitter. The Siros L is a giant plastic POS .. The first one I rented was cracked right down the middle .. they went back and got a second one and the dialing knob was missing .. the third one was cracked near the handle .. I started seeing a trend here. Then to my surprise didn’t even have HSS capable transmitter! And it’s important to note.. they adopted the Godox transmitter .. ya know .. the Flashpoint one..

    I ended up buying 3 xplor600’s and a few speed lights (that can fire these, or be grouped with them using the R2) for less than one B1 .. that’s worth being off 400 degrees of temp that I’d adjust in post anyways.

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  13. Kristian Myhre

    great review, just have an question… you say you got F16 with no modifiers on, at 8 feet distance? well, i just got an TT600 and testet the same at same distance, got F22 at max zoom, and F16 at 20mm zoom? how is that even possible? shouldent the AD600 be alot more powerfull then the cheapest manuell flash they make?

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    • Justin Haugen

      it’s without a doubt significantly more powerful than their speedlights.

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    • Bing Putney

      Hey Kristian. The XPLOR is certainly more powerful than their speed lights. I just tested my Zoom TTL R2 and at 20mm I actually got f/11.2. Also, because of the more focused beam on the speed light, it would be more akin to the test with the 7″ reflector, which was well above f/22. The focused, zoomable spread is great in certain situations, but the XPLOR is much better for filling larger modifiers.

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  14. Marcelo Valente

    Great article!

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  15. Justin Haugen

    It’s worth noting there is no way to get a damaged or faulty out of warranty XPLOR600ttl serviced.

    I heard Cheetah will service the non ttl version, but Adorama has exclusivity for the ttl model and Cheetah won’t touch it.

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  16. Dennis Hellwig

    There is one important difference missing here between the XPLOR 600 and the B1. With the XPLOR 600 you can use HSS all throughout the power range it offers from 1/256th to full power. This is not possible with the B1, it will limit the power to level 7 (Canon) or 8 (Nikon) in HSS mode. It’s impossible to balance the ambient light with the strobe. I own two B1’s and I bought the XPLOR 600 for only that reason. I think this should be mentioned in this article because in my opinion it’s an important point.

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    • Bing Putney

      That is true. I wasn’t aware that the Profoto’s HSS was quite so limited, but it certainly is impressive, and helpful, that the Flashpoint can make use of its entire power range.

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    • Suhail Rahman

      I totally agree. I wonder why doesn’t B1 allow us to go below level 7 (Canon) or 8 (Nikon) in HSS mode. There are times when I want to shoot at f1.4 and to balance the ambient light I needed to be higher than 1/250th and level 8 was too much power. 

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    • Art Altman

      Profoto fixed this with a firmware update, so I’m told. 

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  17. Kishore Sawh

    This is fantastic. It’s hard, objectively, to see how this wouldn’t be more than enough for most photographers other than the most discerning or specific genres.

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    • Justin Haugen

      I picked up the TTL model with remote on sale for $550 and I’m so impressed with it.

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