Why Godox is succeeding where Yongnuo failed

Sep 29, 2017

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.

Why Godox is succeeding where Yongnuo failed

Sep 29, 2017

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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The flash market used to be rather simple. You go to one company for speedlights, usually your camera manufacturer or a specialist brand like Metz. Then, you go to another company, such as Bowens and Elinchrom, for strobes when you needed more power. The strobe market stayed largely stable, but then Yongnuo came along and upset the speedlight scene quite drastically.

Last night, as I was in bed, browsing Facebook on my iPad, as you do, I ran across a post over on Flash Havoc. Described as “something of an open letter to Yongnuo”, I thought it seemed to hit the mark pretty well on many points. So, here’s some of my own thoughts.

Why I bought into “cheap flash”

My introduction to Yongnuo was the RF-602 radio triggers back in 2009 or so. I’d heard of Yongnuo, but had never used their equipment. I knew they made speedlights and radio triggers, but I assumed that because they were so cheap, they can’t be very good. After all, Yongnuo speedlights seemed to be around £40-60, while my Nikon SB-900s were close to £400 at the time. Surely they wouldn’t even compare at that price? How is that even possible?

I’ve always believed in “you get what you pay for”, but after having spent far too long waiting for PocketWizard to release their Nikon TTL triggers, I took the plunge. I bought a set of Yongnuo RF-602 radio triggers, for those times when Nikon’s optical CLS system just wasn’t going to work. When I’ve got a flash inside a modifier, or around a corner, for example.

For as little as they cost (£28 for a Transmitter/Receiver pair vs £300 each for the PocketWizard equivalents when they came out), they were amazing. They were supposed to be a short term thing until PocketWizard finally gave me what I wanted. 18 months later, I was still waiting, and the RF-602s had worked beautifully this whole time. And I didn’t really need TTL anyway.

Over the next 7 or 8 years, I picked up a bunch more. Now have a handy stock of a dozen receivers and four transmitters (gotta have backups). I also bought a whole bunch of Yongnuo speedlights for those times when I didn’t want to risk my expensive Nikon SB-900s. My shoots are on location in the middle of nowhere, and those times can pop up quite often. So far, I have drowned two Yongnuo YN560-III, a Nikon SB-900, and a Godox AD360II (it was only 2 weeks old).

The YN460 and YN560 ranges of speedlights were cheap enough that if one fell off a cliff, drowned in a river, or met some other untimely demise, it wasn’t a big deal. Yongnuo literally opened the door for making cheap flashes popular. Eventually they even brought out fully compatible replacements for Canon and Nikon’s flagship strobes, at less than a third of the price.

Yongnuo lagging behind

So what happened?

Every day, I see people posting on Facebook or sending me messages and asking me what speedlights I recommend for beginners. Up until two years ago, my answer was always Yongnuo, without fail. I’d ask them what they needed a flash to do, which would determine which models I’d recommend, but the brand was always Yongnuo. They were the least expensive way to get into flash, while still having some kind of reliability.

When asked that same question today, Yongnuo doesn’t even enter my mind.

While they were once the hot favourite for inexpensive flashes, to put it simply, they’ve been dethroned by Godox.

Of course, the basic Yongnuo YN560-IV is as good today as it was when it was first released, and the Yongnuo YN560-TX is a fantastic trigger offering full remote control over them. And if that’s all you will ever need then that’s all well and good. But for the same money, you can pick up a Godox TT600 and XPro transmitter, which also offers full manual remote control and gives High Speed Sync.

High Speed Sync wasn’t that big of a deal a few years ago, but these days everybody wants to at least try it. For me, I was using it even back in 2009, which is why I held onto my SB-900s even after getting Yongnuo speedlights.

Even stepping slightly up the range, Godox easily stand toe-to-toe with Yongnuo on price, yet often beats it on features. Most importantly, though, Godox have a unifying system that encompasses all of their flash gear, even their older generation lights which don’t have built in radio triggers. You can buy external triggers for the older lights that are compatible with the current 2.4Ghz Godox system.

With Yongnuo, there’s essentially at least three completely different systems (not including all the Nikon & Canon stuff they copied). There’s the fully manual dumb systems of the original RF-602 and 603. Then there’s the manual but remote controllable system of the YN560 range. And there’s the TTL & High Speed Sync capable YN-622 system. Different products within each of these three systems only share, at best, some limited compatibility with the others, if any at all.

Unifying the system

Flash Havoc present a rather extensive conceptual solution, with the goal to unify Yongnuo’s speedlight system. It is a rather elegant one, too.

I do agree that Yongnuo absolutely need to do something to organise their speedlight lineup to unite everything under a single banner. Or completely phase out the older systems and introduce something fresh that’s at least somewhat backwards compatible with each of their existing systems until they die off completely.

Their lineup now is just far too fragmented to be able to recommend anything. And this is the main reason why I no longer recommend Yongnuo. After Yongnuo started to release different communication systems for different flashes and triggers, those people I’d recommended Yongnuo to were coming back to me that they bought some other Yongnuo product and it wouldn’t work with what they had. After seeing what they’d now purchased, I was the one who had to tell them it never would.

They simply expected that two pieces of kit from the same manufacturer would talk to each other. It’s a logical assumption to make, as proven by Godox (and Elinchrom, and Profoto, and countless other companies). Their stuff all works together. Sure, you might have to update your old 433Mhz triggers to 2.4Ghz triggers for your first generation lights to work with the new system. But what you don’t have to do is buy a whole new set of lights.

The bigger strobe problem

The other big advantage Godox has over not only Yongnuo, but just about every other flash manufacturer out there, is that the range isn’t limited to speedlights. Oh no, Godox also produce 200Ws, 360Ws and 600Ws bare bulb strobes (or at least strobe-like). And if those aren’t powerful enough, you can pair two AD600 lights together into a single 1200Ws head. And they’re all part of this unified system, too.

Yes, the same trigger controls everything from your speedlights to 1200Ws strobe heads. You can mix and match. Want to put a TTL 600Ws strobe in an octabox as your key but use a couple of manual speedlights as rims? Want to be able to adjust the power of any of them right from your hotshoe? You can do it with Godox. You can even do it with Profoto now, if you’re willing to splash the cash.

Flash Havoc put forward an idea for a 360Ws strobe head, and while it is much smaller than a typical strobe head, I have to say. I like my AD360IIs.

What’s the real difference between Yongnuo and Godox?

Essentially, at least the way I see it, Yongnuo is a “Me too!” company. While Yongnuo have brought one one or two original products, they’ve largely been a copycat company. They produce items designed to replace other specific products. And that’s not just limited to speedlights, either. I’ve been using Yongnuo MC-36R intervalometers the last few years. They’re pretty much a direct copy of the Nikon MC-36, except with the addition of wireless triggering. Price aside, the 2,4Ghz wireless feature of the MC-36R was the main reason I went for it over the original (ya hear that, Nikon?).

Godox, on the other hand, aren’t really trying to copy anybody. Yes, there might be a little artistic license here and there between brands when it comes to design choices. And sure, you know they had to reverse engineer Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic protocols to produce compatible flashes. But, they’re not trying to replace individual products in an existing brand ecosystem. They’re trying to replace the whole ecosystem in a photographer’s kit collection.

And even though the Godox 2.4Ghz wireless system translates to proprietary brand systems, the protocol is their own. They’re not trying to tack onto somebody else’s compatibility chart. You can’t really fire a Godox flash with a Nikon SU-800 (as you can with the Yongnuo YN685), and you can’t directly fire a Canon 600EX-RT II with a Godox XPro either (although you can with the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT).

So I think that’s fundamentally what’s different between the two companies. One is trying to usurp everybody with a whole bunch of cloned compatible products. The other is trying to stand up on their own, and become a complete and competitive system in their own right. Godox also has a global distribution system in place, through companies like Adorama and Pixapro, like virtually nobody else in this industry.

Would I go back?

Even though I was once one of Yongnuo’s loudest advocates, I can’t see myself ever switching back. Even if they released a complete unified system with every flash I could possibly need tomorrow, I’m happy where I’m at, to be frank. Yongnuo should have done what Godox did, only they should’ve done it 5-10 years ago.

I’ve already sold my Nikon speedlights and Bowens strobes to switch to Godox. I still have my Yongnuo YN560-III speedlights – packed in a box because they’re not worth anything on the used market. I’ll likely never need to use them again. Godox gives me pretty much everything I need already, so why would I go through the hassle and expense of switching brands again?

I’ll never say never, but they’ll have to come up with something extremely special to tempt me back.

So why do I care about Yongnuo getting their act together and stepping up to compete?

Because competition is a good thing, and for consumers it’s a fantastic thing. It drives innovation and reduces costs.

Competition from Godox put Bowens out of business. Bowens got complacent and lazy because they were such a big name for such a long time that they thought their seat was secure. Turns out, not so much. We saw that before with Polaroid and Kodak. Other big names are also feeling the pressure from Godox, too.

While nobody ever really considered Yongnuo a serious major player, at least in professional markets, they’ll probably soon be gone, too, if they can’t turn things around. They were once the mainstay of the beginner flash market. The go-to brand for anybody getting into flash for the first time. And it wasn’t that long ago, either.

Sure, the bigger brands will still give Godox some competition, but those big brands that are also truly innovating are aiming at a different market. Broncolor and Profoto looking to pick up customers who just got their entry level DSLR kit for Christmas. Nobody’s going to spend $15K on a light for a camera and lens combo worth $500.

But at that entry level, for those just breaking in, Yongnuo has the potential to give Godox some serious competition. If they wake up. But if Yongnuo die, there won’t really be anybody to keep Godox in check or keep pushing them.

That being said, Godox seem to be doing a pretty good job of pushing themselves, regardless, taking many customers from those higher end brands. And whether you love their ideas or hate them, they certainly are innovating.

The A1 (the Godox one, not the Profoto one) might be seen as a joke by many, but I’ve had one for a week now, and it’s already found its way into a permanent place in my bag for specific tasks. The new XPro trigger contains a TTL to Manual conversion feature only found in higher end lights from Profoto. At what price? It’s less than $200 for an XPro trigger and TT685.

You can read Flash Havoc’s complete post over on their website, and it’s well worth a read.

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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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47 responses to “Why Godox is succeeding where Yongnuo failed”

  1. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    All my lighting is Godox now.
    Our college studio has Profoto kit throughout, but the flashguns are all Godox

  2. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Yongnuo= Imitation
    Godox = Innovation.

    1. mtnredhed Avatar
      mtnredhed

      Well, I did like the 622 triggers. The channel and group buttons were too easy to push though.

      1. Vanitas Foto Avatar
        Vanitas Foto

        Ditto on the YN622 but that’s about it, the only reliable product they have (well if you dont mind the failure rate of the pc sync port…)

      2. Uncle Bro Avatar
        Uncle Bro

        Word I liked them too. My flash and trigger ate batteries like mad though. I got tired of spending wads of cash on batteries. Sure I could have gotten eneloops but they take forever to charge are expensive and the speed light itself had terrible recycle times. I ended up getting the ad200 which is a fantastic unit. I plan on buying 2 lion speed lights as well to use as rims for their recycle times and rechargeable batteries.

  3. Christopher Eduardo Molina Avatar
    Christopher Eduardo Molina

    Overheating issues with Yongnuo

  4. Juan Gamundi Avatar
    Juan Gamundi

    Celeo Ramos

    1. Celeo Ramos Avatar
      Celeo Ramos

      Too late i got another yn flash maybe I sell them … But to me they work fine…

    2. Juan Gamundi Avatar
      Juan Gamundi

      Celeo Ramos ~ Oh mane… :/ Oh well… That is fine. But… Let you know why Godox has a lot of Lighting Gear as Strobe, Portable Flash, and Speedlite. Godox is very innovation.

  5. Ian Brace Avatar
    Ian Brace

    I have a Yongnuo GPS device that cost me £50 in 2012 and it’s a nice piece of hear, not spot on but near enough.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      I didn’t even know they made those, lol. What’s the model?

    2. Ian Brace Avatar
      Ian Brace

      Here a image with all the details on, this version for the Nikon but if I remember there Canon version.

  6. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    All my gear is now Godox. I used Yongnuo before, but it just wasn’t good enough. Not reliable enough, and the build quality wasn’t good enough

  7. Duncan Avatar
    Duncan

    Hi John, I was just wondering but seeing as you will never use them again, can you please send your yongnou 560III s to me as i would really like to use them for our photography club, The Mercat Camera Group who are based in Kildary, Ross-shire. We are a small club and could do with some more equipment to go with the one 560II and the triggers we have (2x603n’s), we also have a couple of cheap umbrellas and an octobox and a small soft box, we do have a cheap background and stand as well :). More of the 560 s would be fabulous, thanks for the offer :) lol
    Duncan M

  8. Pate Fagerström Avatar
    Pate Fagerström

    No probs with Yongnuo. Used many products many years.

    1. Freewayjammer Avatar
      Freewayjammer

      Been using yongnuo yn600ex. It rocks on my canon ecosystem

    2. Richy Avatar
      Richy

      I think if you have a system that already works with yongnuo then you are set, I always found them reliable. What went wrong for me was I wanted manual flashes, TTL flashes and larger strobes working from the same trigger as I like to switch around quickly during weddings. Yongnuo meant having multiple triggers. with Godox everything is quick and simple.

      plus, as a nikon user, yongnuo were always slow to the party with us, everything was cannon. Godox are similar but it seems they are quicker at getting the products to the nikon line

  9. North Polar Avatar
    North Polar

    I’ve been using an AD200 and XT1-N trigger since May or so, and have had zero issues. It works freaking fantastic, and you get easily 3-4 times the power output of a regular speedlight in a package the same size. Plus they’re constantly putting out new stuff for their lights. For example the bowens mount AD-B2, which you plug 2x AD200 units into and end up with a single mount that has 2 200ws bare bulbs inside of it.

    My only complaint is their firmware update software sucks, but even that is changing soon from what I’ve heard.

  10. Jake Engel Avatar
    Jake Engel

    I just don’t feel like any of these companies actually use their gear. Until they make a controller that allows you to adjust group flash power with real, moving dials (like the PocketWizard AC3), I won’t buy into cheap flashes. I want to, but playing around with menus on the fly at an event just to adjust power is awful.

    1. Art Nau Avatar
      Art Nau

      Godox

    2. Jake Engel Avatar
      Jake Engel

      Art Nau can you be a little more specific?

    3. Motti Bembaron Avatar
      Motti Bembaron

      So you definitely should use Godox (or at least try). Their X1 trigger is simple and quick to use and the XPro is even better. Their flashes have menu so simple all you need is one click or one turn of a dial to change anything.

      The trigger controls the flashes power, TTL and by changing shutter speed, the flash knows when to activate HSS.

      I used to use Pocket Wizard, no more. Their short range and the amount of misfires made me take them out of my bag for good. It makes me angry that people still refer to them as ‘Industry Standard’ and that they are so expensive. If they are an ‘Industry Standard’ we are in trouble.

    4. Gürcem Eugene Zekai Avatar
      Gürcem Eugene Zekai

      I thought both godox and yongnuo controllers allowed group power change..

    5. Jake Engel Avatar
      Jake Engel

      Gürcem Eugene Zekai as far as I can tell you have to stop what you’re doing, look at a screen, navigate a menu, press some buttons to do that. With the AC3 each group has a dedicated click dial so you don’t even have to take your eye out of the viewfinder.

  11. Jason H. West Avatar
    Jason H. West

    I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on an Amazon Basics flash for $32

  12. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    Godox all the way.

  13. Troublemann Avatar
    Troublemann

    I sold my nikon speedlights, paul c buff alien bees, shanny and my yn speedlights and purchased godox everything. Best move I’ve ever made.

    1. decentrist Avatar
      decentrist

      in a few years…you’ll miss Nikon/Buff

  14. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Monetise their concept design that recently got published.

  15. Marcus Sundman Avatar
    Marcus Sundman

    Make flashes report to the controller when they are ready to fire. That’ll fix many of the reliability problems where flashes aren’t firing because they weren’t ready, or you’re waiting needlessly long because you couldn’t hear the beep from all your flashes (or maybe 2 of them beeped at the same time).

  16. Eric Raeber Avatar
    Eric Raeber

    Great article and I could not agree more and have also switched from Yungnuo to Godox just over a year ago. My YN560-IIIs are perfect for my underwater photography, which has also caused an occasional flash drowning. The other reason I never bought into OEM flashes is that over the years I have been able to keep my lighting kit through three camera brands.

  17. Luiz Valmont Avatar
    Luiz Valmont

    Does godox offer anything like the YN-E3-RT? Being able to adjust flash power from the trigger itself is big to me. Price might even be bigger. Ok, not exactly, though. The feature is more important since I’m investing in RT’s

    1. Tony Reitz Avatar
      Tony Reitz

      Not sure about the YN, but the godox system is pretty awesome and you can adjust everything from your trigger. Plus if I recall correctly, your trigger on top of your camera is pass through. Also, if you buy one of their speedlights, they have the trigger built into them so you can use it as a trigger without actually using the flash in it. You should really check out the system.

  18. Doug Birling Avatar
    Doug Birling

    Ditto on the one time Yongnuo user that switched to Godox (Well actually Adorama’s Flashpoints). I would say that partnership has help Godox because they seem to be taking suggested from Adorama and implementing them. Love the Godox line!

  19. Rob Gipman Avatar
    Rob Gipman

    Got both in tha house w/o a problem. Problem is getting them here in NL at a decent price.

    1. Kapongola Nganyanyuka Avatar
      Kapongola Nganyanyuka

      You can buy them from YONGNUO official EBay store hkyongnuophotoequipment as they can ship to the Netherlands. I have done it before. They’re reliable. As well, you save a few €€

  20. Doug Turney Avatar
    Doug Turney

    I’ve been using Yongnuo for several years now and haven’t found a reason to switch. If I was just starting out I think I would go with the Godox because of the large selection of hardware. However right now I don’t see a huge difference on price or specs between the two companies. I image the Godox stuff is rather good just for me not enough difference to switch.

    Has anyone used their soft boxes? The price seem great but I’m wondering about quality and ease of assembly. I most interested in their strip soft box.

    1. Uncle Bro Avatar
      Uncle Bro

      I bought their P120L 48″ Deep parabolic Softbox from adorama and it is fantastic. The quality seems pretty good. I think with the godox light modifiers you are sacrificing convenience for price. the thing is huge and takes a while to set up. the rods also are not sewn into the soft box itself meaning they can slide out of their little pockets while setting up. Once set up it’s pretty sturdy though. It gives of some reeeaally soft creamy light. for the $100 I paid I’d say it’s a damn good deal if you don’t mind the setup. I’m definitely not mad at it.

  21. Vanitas Foto Avatar
    Vanitas Foto

    Yongnuo’s biggest weak point is quality control(lack of innovation gets 2nd place) this was the case of Godox until they decided to change things, they invested a lot in R&D to offer quality and innovative products, but they also invested a lot of money into tightening their quality control.

    Godox is playing in the same league with the big boys now and giving them a hard time with their quality and innovative products, while Yongnuo keeps wasting time picking its own nose and playing with its own boogers…

  22. Mike O Avatar
    Mike O

    Yes, Godox products are less expensive and have great features, but when things go wrong where is the support? The time wasted getting support clearly outweighs the savings in price.

    What is your suggestion regarding the poor service options for Godox products? I been sending the following to servicesupport@godox.com marketing@godox.com and godox@godox.com, with no success:

    Purchases three Godox TT685S flash units. One is not working. It is frozen and will not
    respond to buttons. I attached a photo (screenshot) of where it’s frozen.

    Also, attached video of flash buttons not responding. I tried reloading firmware versions 2. 0 and 2.1. Reloading firmware did not resolve the problem. Tried pressing reset buttons. Did not resolve the problem.

    I would like to know who handles warranty issues in the United States. Many retailers who sell your products only have 30 day return policy, and DO NOT support warranty service issues.

    Please assist.
    Thank you.

  23. Michael Schore Avatar
    Michael Schore

    Really don’t care whether they imitate other makes as long as they work similar to and are CHEAPER than the “brand” names. For instance, I paid $600 for a SB-900 Nikon that I used infrequently. it recently went up in smoke quite literally when an alkaline battery went nuclear. Am I going to buy a new Nikon? Not likely. I can buy a new Yongnuo YN-986N for a little over $100.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Yeah, I sold half a dozen SB-900s to make the switch to Godox. The TT685 is only $110, but it’s compatible with their larger strobes, too. I ended up going with TT600s speedlights, which are $65, because TTL’s no good to me and they still offer HSS.

  24. TheMeckMan Avatar
    TheMeckMan

    Having switched to Nikon from Canon 3 years ago I had a basic flash kit setup that comprised of triggering my old Canon 580 EX in manual mode off the Nikon hotshoe (lens acquisition was the initial priority after switching). That said last year I bought a Yongnuo 968N as a basic starter flash. It works very well though it seems to underexpose by one stop consistently.

    That said after reading about the potential of Godox I picked up 2 Godox 685’s as well a 2 receivers (one for Nikon and the other for Canon flashes). The latter was to test cross compatibility I’d read about that would allow me to continue to use my Canon flash from my D750 in manual mode via the Godox Wireless system (i.e. non-optical).

    While the system triggered all my flashes as expected (Canon in manual) I’m having issues with the flash itself. The exposure compensation is great but it’s the battery recycle time that’s killing me. At half power I’m lucky if I can get 3 continuous shots before the flash needs to recycle (i.e. I miss a shot or 2 and have no flash). At even 1/128 the at best I can get off 8-9 shots. At full power at best 1 or 2.

    Before anyone asks I’m using the same 2700 mAh batteries in all the flashes tested. When I swap batteries the issue remains with the Godox not the batteries.

    My Yongnuo/Canon/Sigma flashes get 3-5 times that depending (With near continuous shooting at 1/128, 20+ shots at 1/64th and ~6 shots at full power).

    Is there something wrong? Did I get “Amazon Fakes” or factor rejects? Loving the Godox wireless system; not loving the performance.

  25. 1888 Avatar
    1888

    YongNuo went wrong screwing wholesale customers, The smaller ones just stopped buying en masse because when you included freight, taxes and cost they were cheaper on eBay. This no doubt reduced the R&D budget and the rest as they say is history.
    This is why we stopped selling YN.

  26. M Ark Avatar
    M Ark

    At the local photo Expo Godox was there, and a salesman was there who knew his products. No Yongnuo presence, nor is there a dedicated Yongnuo website for users to resolve problems. So I’m stuck with triggers and flash units with issues no amount of Chinglish manuals can resolve. Godox it is.

    Fool me once, shame on you.

  27. John Avatar
    John

    Stumbled across Godox looking to replace the bare bulb Sunpak 120J on my flash bracket. It was the older one with TTL modules for film cameras such as the Olympus OM system, and an auto module with thyristor for auto control. I’d run the wheels off it using a remote cord to elevate it on a bracket and put the high voltage battery pack on my belt that could recycle it in a couple seconds from full dump. Discovered the AD200 with the EC200 and it was just what I was looking for. The brick is much lighter and overall smaller than the massive Metz 60 CT-4 battery slab and it’s no heaver than the battery pack for the Sunpak. I could still use either one in auto or manual mode and they are a convenient backup, albeit more cumbersome by comparison (used both for a long time). Bought the AD200 Pro and I’m impressed. With the Sony hot shoe adapter, I can trigger and fully TTL control it with the Sony variant of the XT1, XT2 or XT-Pro on a NEX-7 which was made with the old Sony/Minolta hot shoe – although the NEX-7 doesn’t support a couple of features, notably the AF assist light. It’s not the Godox units, it’s the NEX-7. I’m about ready to buy the V1 as a lower power alternative when I don’t want to wear the brick. In additiion, the AD200 Pro can be stand mounted in a Photoflex X-Small 12×16 softbox and used for macros – with the TTL control – which works magnificently for the tabletop macros I’ve been shooting. I’m about ready to add a Sony a6500 to the stable. Yongnuo has only supported Canon and Nikon. The Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm are left out in the cold. Not so with Godox now. While I saw a lot of folks touting the Yongnuo speedlights, the YouTube and blog postings were older ones, and mostthey were using them in completely manual mode. That’s fine with lights on stands doing portraits – for which I have real 500 WS monolights and use a flash meter. It’s not something an event photographer in run and gun mode wants to deal with using a speedlight on a flash bracket. It would require continuously changing the power level. It’s the equivalent of my father using Press 25B flash bulbs and having to continuously change the f-stop on his completely manual camera. TTL (or at least the old auto-thyristor sensor) control is much, much easier. I’m now using Flashpoint 2.4 GHz basic trigger transceivers in receiver mode on my Hensel monolights. They have group, channel and ID, and are completely compatible with with the Godox X system. My Hensel lights – albeit in manual mode with settings on each light – are now unified with a Godox speedlight and the AD200 Pro using a single X series transmitter on the camera. Set different units up in different groups and simply switch between them at an event. No more fussing around with a different trigger system for doing portraits with the monolights at an event mixed in with shooting candids. Little wonder that Yongnuo has been left in the dust.

  28. beerborn Avatar
    beerborn

    Yongnuo sucks when it comes to repairs. Yongnuo does not have a repair facility if you damage your Yongnuo product such as a speedlite or lens. Don’t even email customer service when it comes to this issue. They will never respond neither help you. They will just ignore you and expect you to just purchase a new item that you broke. It you damage a Canon product, Canon will find a way to fix it but Yongnuo never will. I had this issue with one of their products and will never again purchase a Yongnuo product again. THEY SUCK !!