What I use for off camera flash with my Sony cameras
Welcome to Sony, now you need some lighting and are wondering what to get? Well, here is a list what I use and like for OCF and where to get them with the best customer support, free setup assistance and super helpful FB group on OCF and super fast shipping.
- Godox tt685s
- Godox V860ii
- Godox V1
- Godox ad200
- Godox X2t Sony
- Godox XPro sony
- Powerex rechargeable batteries
- 8′ light stands
- 10′ light stands
- S- bracket
- Godox AK-R1 Accessory Kit
- Round head adapter
This is the the tt685s. Works off camera as a slave, or on camera as a master.
These are my new favorites, the Godox ad200. They’re little strobes that are quite portable. They are not camera brand specific. They work as off camera flash for any brand of camera. You just need the camera specific controller to be able to make it work.
All the info is on the back end of an ad200. Here’s where you set it to it’s channel and group. Oh, one thing that was tricky for me, was finding the on/off switch. It’s a slim switch you slide on the right while looking at the back end.
This is the X2ts Controller. I like this one a lot because it gives me the flexibility to have no flash on camera and still control my off camera lighting, or add an on-camera flash if I wish.
Its got a little screen on it’s side.
This is the Xpro controller for Sony. It does more tricks than I’ve even learned yet. Also, I’ve learned it hated the really good Powerex rechargeable batteries. It prefers crumby disposable aa batteries.
How to hitch it to a light stand
The ad200 comes with this widget/cold shoe to attach it to the top of your light stands. I’m not a huge fan, there isn’t a lot of ability to adjust angle and direction with it.
I like this S-Bracket better. It’s Bowens mount, so if you have any Bowens mount soft boxes they work on this too!
It hitches easily in there looking like this.
This is the fun stuff! This is the Godox AK-R1 Accessory Kit I think it’s kind of like magmod accessories only lighter and costs less. Each of these have magnets and can be stacked on top of each other for however you want to use them. They attach onto the Godox round head on the V1, or to make them work on all my flashes and strobes I got the little adapter below.
The inexpensive round head adapter. Works on normal speed lights or the Godox ad200.
It looks like this on the ad200.
Then you can slap on the different modifiers and gels. pictured here is a CTO gel. CTO gel is good for fighting with indoor warm lighting, or outdoors at night, I’ll sometimes use it to make my sky look bluer and skintones of the couple nice and warm. What’s CTO? it stands for color temperature orange. That’s it! nothing exotic or technical at all.
This is a Snoot. it just looks like a collapsible rubber funnel. It’s probably one of my favorites to use when I want some light in a certain spot, and not spilling everywhere.
I used the snoot here. You can see the light hitting them only in a small area on them and not the ground.
Fun fact: You can really make a Snoot out of a rolled up piece of cardboard and tape.
These are called Barn doors. They’re great for directing light.
Left the light is spilling everywhere. I actually like it better. Right is with the barn doors restricting the light spill a lot.
I don’t know what this is called, but it shields light from one side. I probably should have used this on those night photos in the rain above.
edit: if you turn it around so the white side is facing the flash it’s bounce card.
Ballin’ on a budget?
If you’re just starting and don’t want to spend a lot yet, or overwhelm yourself in learning a while bunch at once. Try getting a couple of the tt685s If you’re a canon user get the tt685c, if Nikon get the tt685n. Set one to master, put that one on your camera. Set the others to slaves. make sure you’re on the same Channel, turn on the groups you want and set their power output. And you’re in business!
Important: set it to radio, not optical. Optical can’t talk to the flash if something is blocking the line of sight. Radio can fire the off camera flash through people, walls, in another room.
The Difference between the ad200 and the TT685
The light in the right corner is an ad200, the light in the left corner is a tt685. So you can see 1/32nd power for each of these is different. Actually, for all I can remember I may have had the tt685 set at 1/64th power. Never mind, this probably isn’t a fair comparison. The pluses to an ad200 is its just a more powerful light and recycles a lot faster.
Same room, and here I’ve adjusted the power up to light things the way I like.
I get all this stuff from Tim of Flashgear.net. I like him because 1, he speaks English, is in the USA, is a photographer himself, replies to my questions when I ask what should I get to work with XXX existing gear I already own. Ships super fast even when he’s sick. He hosts this helpful group, Speedlight and Strobe Fundamentals. A beginners guide to learning OCF on facebook.
If you order through these links I’ll get a small percentage of the sale. ????
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