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Godox Announces Firmware Update Allowing for Cross-brand TTL and HSS Support

By Justin Heyes on July 15th 2017

There has been a flood of high-quality, battery-powered monolights and speedlights that have hit the market over the last few years. Third-party flash manufacturers like Profoto and Broncolor set an incredibly high bar in terms of power, quality, and cost, edging out Paul C. Buff products in a number of studios. Though not in the same league, smaller companies like Phottix and Godox have produced “budget alternatives” that have won over the hearts (and Benjamin’s) for many photographers.


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Godox (AKA – MoLight, Flashpoint, Neewer, Cheetastand, and Pixapro) has been doing some incredible things as of late. The V860II has given aspiring strobists an alternate budget option to Yongnuo, allowing to build kits with less cost compared to OEM flashes like the SB-5000 and the 600EX II-RT. Most notably the Godox AD-200 gives the power of a small strobe in the size of a speedlight.

From the mirrorless-aimed TT350 to the Wistro AD600, the majority of the Godox line of lights utilizes the same built-in radio system, the X1. All wireless flashes in the X1 family were trigger-able with X1T line of transmitters, but with the introduction of an Olympus/Panasonic and a Fuji specified triggers, all the capable speedlights, strobes, and speedMonolights now have HSS and TTL for the mirrorless systems.

The June 28th firmware update enables specific lights designed for Canon, Nikon, or Sony in the TTL-capable X-series lineup to allow for cross-brand TTL and HSS. The new firmware update has photographers on social media buzzing. With no formal announcement on the update, members of the Godox User Group on Facebook have been confirming compatibility between various brands.

When a Godox-made light detects a signal coming from an X1 transmitter, it will convert the signal to the respective master camera. An interesting thing to note, the firmware has also seemed to fix issues that arise when two triggers of different settings operate on the same channel.

Larger brands, like Profoto, have begun adding support for Olympus cameras to their lineup, but Godox has opened the floodgates in true cross-compatibility on different scales.

You can download the newest firmware from Godox here.

Source: Robert Hall via Petapixel

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Doug Coulson

    After firmware upgrade to V1.5 for 860ii-N flash, I was able to fire this 860ii-N  flash from my Olympus OMD E5ii with a Godox TT350-O flash acting as a radio trigger in manual mode at different powers, as well as firing this flash in TTL HSS.  Furthermore, I could suppress the light from the TT350-O so that the only light was coming from the 860ii-N.  Pretty remarkable!!!

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  2. Doug Coulson

    Got it … found .FRI file in “downloads folder” and moved it to where the Godox G1 screen was looking.  Changed USB cable, and 860ii-N firmware upgraded fine (presumably to V1.5) … now to test cross-platform aspect of the 860ii-N flash with my Olympus gear.

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  3. Doug Coulson

    Thanks … Godox download not showing any .FRI files, which the Godox G1 window looks for.  Only .DLL and .SYS files are shown.  Just ran USB.BAT … Wizard says device driver successfully installed on my Windows 10 computer … will keep trying, and post when successful. Thanks, Doug

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  4. Doug Coulson

    After downloading GodoxG1 and 860ii-N, the opening G1 screen does not show any .FRI files and I am not able to progress with a 860ii-N firmware upgrade to V1.5 (from V1.4).  Any suggestions?  Thanks, Doug

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    • Motti Bembaron

      I have the same problem. It seems Windows 10 has a problem IDing the USB connected flash…No solution for me yet.

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    • Justin Heyes

      You have to find the update files through the G1 app. I think dragging and dropping works as well.

      Also make sure you have a good quality usb cable, some can be finicky 

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  5. Pete Tapang

    nice, this would really open up some options for fellow Fujifilm shooters. I’ve been using the Cactus v6ii solution, and it’s a bit finicky. 

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  6. Motti Bembaron

    Way to go Godox, my choice of professional equipment.

     There is still a way to go with regards to customer service but as product goes these guys know how to make some great gear and for a price that actually makes sense. 

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