Godox officially announces the X2T trigger – an upgraded X1T with built in Bluetooth

May 21, 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 officially announces the X2T trigger – an upgraded X1T with built in Bluetooth

May 21, 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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Godox first teased the X2T trigger back in February at WPPI. A refresh to the X1T, with a few extra buttons, easier adjustments and the new style locking foot. It also now incorporates the functionality of the Godox A1, their Bluetooth trigger for controlling your lights with a smartphone app.

In February, the model shown off was a pre-production prototype. Now, the design is final is complete and the new Godox X2T has been officially announced.

The X2T comes in response to the fact that many users still prefer the original X1T over the newer Godox XPro and Flashpoint R2 Pro II triggers. It’s the form factor. Many of the people still using the X1T are wedding or event photographers that still require a flash on the hotshoe as well as off-camera lights.

But the X1T can be quite frustrating to use. The dial isn’t very responsive, and the UI isn’t very efficient or intuitive. The X2T redesign seems to fix these problems by offering dedicated group buttons on the top, a newly designed wheel that sits underneath the flash, the back buttons have been shifted off to the other side of the unit, and the LCD is now much larger.

The button move might seem a little odd, but two things…

  1. Many users complained that when they held their camera up to their eye to shoot, the buttons were hitting their head and causing their settings to change without them realising it. This shifts them over and out of the way.
  2. Cameras are designed to be held with the right hand. So, when holding your camera, using your left hand to press buttons and spin the dial often covers the LCD, making it awkward to see what changes you’re actually making.

As you can see in the image above, the X2T also sports the new design quick release foot and includes the Scan feature to help find the cleanest wireless radio signal – both of these are also found in the new Godox V1 round head speedlight.

Another new addition is the incorporation of Bluetooth. This allows you to remotely control the power of your lights using the Godox app on your Android devices or iPhone. I’ve used this app a lot with the Godox A1, particularly when doing product photography and the camera needs to remain untouched between shots. Incorporating this into the trigger itself means one less device to deal with. It also means that if you still find the controls of the X2T frustrating, you have another option.

The X2T offers 5 groups, 32 channels and access to 99 wireless ID settings to limit interference from surrounding systems. They offer TTL, HSS up to 1/8000th (on bodies that can go that fast), and you can still use your Canon/Nikon/Sony speedlights on the X1R receiver if you wish. And, of course, you’ve got that pass through hotshoe on the top in case you want to pop a speedlight in there.

Personally, I’d just have a speedlight on the acting as both a flash and a commander, but they prefer the X1T and its passthrough hotshoe. I’d love to know why some of you still prefer to have the speedlight sitting in the X1T rather than having a Godox V1 or V860II acting as a flash and commander. If anybody wants to elaborate in the comments, please feel free.

There’s no word on an exact price yet, nor when it will be shipping, but the Godox X2T will be available for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus/Panasonic and Pentax. We’ll update this post when we find out more.

You can find out more about the Godox X2T trigger over on the Godox website.

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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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8 responses to “Godox officially announces the X2T trigger – an upgraded X1T with built in Bluetooth”

  1. g_discus Avatar
    g_discus

    Maybe they don’t have V1 or V860II for use it as commander. Maybe they use smaller flash.

  2. Bennie Avatar
    Bennie

    Likely have ad200 & ec200 remote extension for mounting on camera hot shoe

  3. Brad Barr Avatar
    Brad Barr

    Anyone not using a v860ii or similar that wants on camera and off camera flash at the same time, is simply stubborn to change. There is no compelling reason not to change. Less points of failure, and more reliability all side on that of the godox speedlight use. Considering you can sell your OEM flash for more than the 860ii typically costs, its a no brainer.

  4. Ed Cheong Avatar
    Ed Cheong

    Why need a v1 as flash and commander ? All tt350, tt685 can also act as flash and commander

  5. Stephanie Belton Avatar
    Stephanie Belton

    To answer your question: I cover a lot of events where I need to quickly change set up, the bulk of the event being covered by off camera flash and occasionally I need to have the flash on camera while walking around the room. I don’t really want to have the bulk of the flash on top of the camera throughout the whole event if I only need it for 20% of the event. I’d much rather have a small trigger on top for 80% of the time than a bulky flash for 100% of the time.

    1. Isaac Avatar
      Isaac

      This is a perfect explanation as to why one prefers the standalone trigger.

  6. tayshiro Avatar
    tayshiro

    Is it possible to use it for smartphone photography like the A1? Or the X2T only works as a trigger system for a camera?

    1. Kobie M-c Avatar
      Kobie M-c

      Yes you can use a smartphone. However, you’d have to look at what phones are supported. I think it has to do with the lag time between tapping the button and when the phone actually takes the shot.