Godox is showing off a new X2T trigger with easy group control and built-in Bluetooth at WPPI

Feb 28, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Godox is showing off a new X2T trigger with easy group control and built-in Bluetooth at WPPI

Feb 28, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Many thought that the Godox X1T line of triggers would simply die off once the Godox XPro had been released. But it was not to be. Too many people want that passthrough hotshoe and they’ll never give it up in favour of the XPro, no matter how much more efficient the workflow is.

Godox appears to have listened to this feedback, and is launching the Godox X2T. It’s a new trigger based on the original Godox X1T style design, but with buttons to select specific groups and built-in Bluetooth for smartphone power control. Rob Hall had the chance to have a bit of a play with one at WPPI and grabbed a few photos.

There’s no official mention of the X2T trigger on the Godox website, but I think it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that it will come in all the usual flavours, including Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic/Olympus and probably now Pentax. There are a few features that we can see from the photos, though, and Rob has filled in a few blanks.

Starting on the top, we can see that there are five new buttons, labelled A through E denoting the five groups of flashes you are able to control. These will offer quick and easy access to adjust the settings for a specific group at the push of a button, which is much easier than faffing around with that dial on the X1T.

And speaking of the dial, it looks like that’s been moved underneath, which should allow easier spinning in greater amounts than is possible with the X1T. You’ll also notice a slight change to the foot. Yes, that’s right, gone is the threaded lock to clamp the trigger into your hotshoe. Now it’s a quick release lever, which automatically locks, and a button to quickly unlock and twist it open to remove it.

On the front, there’s a new AF assist light, which seems like it uses visible light, not just infrared. So, a certain brand of camera should find it a little easier to use autofocus in the dark now.

On the other side, the microUSB has been upgraded to a Type-C. Now, this might not seem like a big deal to most people. After all, it’s not like there’s masses of data being transferred between the X2T and whatever it’s plugged into. But Type-C sockets are just much more solid than microUSB, as are the cables. They’re less prone to being damaged or bent, and it’s a pain having to keep a bunch of microUSB cables sitting around these days when everything’s switching over to Type C.

The observant ones amongst you will have also noticed that little Bluetooth logo on the top. This is possibly in response to the Adorama-exclusive R2 Pro Mark II trigger. That has built-in Bluetooth, too, so I think it’s just something that people will expect now. And the Godox A1, sadly, was never all that popular anyway. So, if it eats into the sales of that, it probably won’t upset Godox too much.

Overall, it looks like a great direct replacement for the X1T. It keeps those who need the passthrough hotshoe happy, while still offering an updated user interface experience that should make workflow a little quicker. Hopefully, the misfire issues that some X1T users have mentioned will be resolved – that’s not something I’ve ever experienced myself with the X1T, but it seems to be quite a common problem for some users.

Personally, I think I’ll stick with the XPro for my regular day-to-day shooting, but I might pick up one of these for when I’m shooting products. Right now, and this is the setup I used when we photographed the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art lens, I use an X1T on the camera locked off on a tripod, with the Godox A1, controlling the power from my phone. This way, I don’t have to touch the camera between shots and can easily composite images together in post. Using the X2T would eliminate a device, and thus a point of failure (and more batteries to charge).

There’s no word on price or release date yet, but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.

Many thanks to Rob for letting us share his photos. Be sure to check him out on YouTube and join his Facebook group.

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11 responses to “Godox is showing off a new X2T trigger with easy group control and built-in Bluetooth at WPPI”

  1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    That looks interesting

  2. Clement RENAUT Avatar
    Clement RENAUT

    like the cactus v6 but from godox :D

  3. Grant Harper Avatar
    Grant Harper

    Looks much better than the original. Particularly the left hand operation and group select buttons. ?

  4. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Hmmmm. Was considering the XPro, now this is coming. What to do…

    1. decentrist Avatar
      decentrist

      they are both cheap crap

  5. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    “So, a certain brand of camera should find it a little easier to use autofocus in the dark now.”

    Which brand is that?

    1. Giacomo Cordisco Avatar
      Giacomo Cordisco

      Mirrorless cameras can’t use ir focus assist cause the sensor are covered with infrared filter, the af system it’s integrated in the sensor and not a separate module like in DSLR cameras. So in the dark the can’t use the flash assist focus as normally do with reflex

  6. Travis Haughton Avatar
    Travis Haughton

    Still looks like the same terrible interface though. The X1 transmitter is far more reliable (no misfires) compared to Pro transmitter. At some venues we’re lucky to get all four lights to fire even half the time.

  7. Richard Bierman Avatar
    Richard Bierman

    Any idea if this will also feature the tcm function to convert ttl to manual?

  8. jaclu Avatar
    jaclu

    When I work on my own with the camera on the tripod, I often put on the X1T with no groups active on the cam, and keep a XPro with me to adjust the flashes, this way I can walk around with a light meter and get all the settings right. The Godox triggers just send out a trigger signal on the desired channel, and if you use another trigger to select what groups are active and at what settings, it just works!
    If you let your camera go to sleep, when it wakes up again it wakes the X1T up, and it will send out no groups active, thus disabling all groups. All you need to do then is to power-cycle the XPro, as it starts up it will transmit all settings and what groups should be active and then things are back to the intended setup. Combine this with tethering, and you hardly ever need to walk over to the camera unless you need to change the framing or zoom.

    I often use a similar setup in lighting workshops, I put the X1T on the students cam and control the flash levels myself with the XPro, initially having them focus on using the lights, then slowly engaging them more and more in why I do certain changes in settings, until they are confident to do it themselves, and that is when they put the XPro on their own camera and do the settings themselves. This saves a lot of time, since if they have to do it themselves from the start it tends to become information overload. It’s also much quicker compared to walking over to them and changing settings on their camera, it tends to be much more distracting. This way I can spend my time closer to the model or subject and point towards how various light setups change their image.

    I look forward to see if the X2T can be used in a similar way, since the X1T by it self has a pretty frustrating workflow.

  9. Robin Mordasiewicz Avatar
    Robin Mordasiewicz

    Problem with the APP.
    When using the iPhone GodoxPhoto app, only the power settings for group A are transmitted. Other groups are triggered, but the power settings in the app only transmit for group A.