Sony shooters need wait no more, the Godox X1 triggers for Sony are now available

May 9, 2016

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.

Sony shooters need wait no more, the Godox X1 triggers for Sony are now available

May 9, 2016

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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Sony’s decision to go with a hotshoe design that no other camera system in the world supports has meant that Sony shooters have typically been limited to using Sony’s own expensive flash units, or going with some array of adapters that may or may not allow them all the functionality they need out of their flash units.

A short while ago, we mentioned that Godox, along with a few other gear announcements, had planned to remedy this situation by adding Sony capabilities to their X1 trigger system.  Today, that promise was made reality and now the Godox X1T-S has been officially released.

Supporting the Sony MI Shoe, the transmitter fits on any physically compatible Sony camera, (A7II, A7RII, A6300, etc) and allows you to get full TTL capabilities and high speed sync with the Godox TT685s released last month, as well as their more powerful AD360II bare bulb flash units and AD600 TTL strobes.

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The X1T-S transmitter allows remote control from the hotshoe of up to five groups of flashes and will also work with Godox flashes that don’t have built in receivers via the use of Godox XTR16 receivers, which replaces the previous FT-16 system and bridges the gap between Godox’s older flash units and their latest X series TTL system.

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The AD360II for Canon and Nikon also provide a Sony TTL receiver mode, which will eventually be extended to their other Canon & Nikon speedlights like the TT685 and V860II via a firmware update.

With the number of folks shooting Nikon or Canon alongside Sony, this will come as good news to those shooting multiple systems and wanting to get similar capabilities with each of their cameras without having to buy more flash units.

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The X1T-S transmitter and the X1R-S receiver provide the Sony MI (Multi Interface) foot and hotshoe.

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As with the Nikon and Canon versions of this transmitter, a PC Sync socket is also provided, which is great for those of us who also shoot older or film cameras that don’t have modern digital hotshoes, but would still like remote control over our flash units.  A Micro USB port for firmware updates is also provided.

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Full details on the Godox X1T-S are available on the Godox Wesbite.  The Godox X1T-S transmitter for Sony is available now as are the XTR16 receivers for older Godox flashes, and the X1R-S receiver for Sony is expected by the end of May.

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9 responses to “Sony shooters need wait no more, the Godox X1 triggers for Sony are now available”

  1. iphoto27 Avatar
    iphoto27

    John, do you know that the AF assist beam will not work on A7 series, if you are using Godox, CheetahLight, Flashpoint, Bolt?
    Only the ATG Gold Tribrid Kim X3 (C/N/S), one made with MIS will do ATG AF auto assist beam on A-Mount (A is for ATG) and E-Mount cameras.

    ATG is working on firmware to accept Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic, meaning you DO NOT have to buy more than one Gold flash/monolight. This will be great for budget photographers.

    ATG & Godox are hurting Pocket Wizard, Profoto B1, Phottix Indra500, Canon 600EX-RT, Nikon SB-910, Metz 76MZ-5 and Metz 64AF-1.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I did not know that, but I don’t shoot Sony, so it’s something I hadn’t looked into. I’m sure they may figure out a way eventually, though, if enough people moan about it. :)

      And you’re right about it hurting the other brands. I’ve already sold two of my SB-900s, and will be selling the other two and some studio strobes to switch to AD360II lights.

      1. iphoto27 Avatar
        iphoto27

        Kaouthia, If I were you don’t buy the AD360II. ATG/Godox have approved of selling thousands of new hybrid flash for Adorama, CheetahLight, Calumet, Neewer many internet sellers.

        To the world it will was first called Godox ATG2brid but changed to Godox AD200.
        To Adorama, ATG and Godox got payment & printing Flashpoint eVOLV 200.
        For the working professionals, ATG Gold A2 Kim X
        * 200ws
        * Buy three and you have more power & can do more than Profoto B1 & Phottix Indra500
        * Barebulb, 35mm flashhead with barndoor
        * Wireless radio TTL/M in 1st, 2nd and HSS
        * Battery is like ATG’s first invention, if you can remember, Vivitar 285/285HV
        Then ATG applied onto ATG’s Nissin Di866/Di866 II & Di700A
        Battery is much less than Profoto B1 & Phottix Indra500
        Recycle time is faster than Profoto B1, Phottix Indra500, AD360
        No more battery tethered cable
        * ATG’s no overheating, no shutdown with barebulb
        * ATG’s with 24-135 manual head & barebulb (late 2017)
        * ATG’s with radio 24-200 head with barebulb (2019-2010)

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          For what the AD200 costs, I’m giving it a miss.

      2. Pravin warik Avatar
        Pravin warik

        I have same problem.

  2. Tarmo Lukk Avatar
    Tarmo Lukk

    I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or the items are faulty. I received a Godox TT685 S flash and an X1 transmitter (for Sony a7R II) and the flash works fine on the camera, just the transmitter is a freakin brick, it does nothing besides showing its nice backlit LCD and allows to change the numbers and stuff. It does not send any signal to the flash. Its TEST button does not trigger the flash. Both show A and Ch 1, and it just does not work. I’m about to throw this little brick in the trash can.

    1. iphoto27 Avatar
      iphoto27

      Tarmo Lukk, Please use Energizer Lithium Battery.
      Both the X1T-S (transmitter) and TT685S must be on Group & Channel.
      Make sure the TT685S is set to wireless radio TTL receiver mode, not in wireless IR TTL nor in wireless IR S1 or wireless IR S2 mode.

  3. Dave Avatar
    Dave

    I am using an A7rii and the Godox X1T and receiver. When I put the flash on the transmitter mounted on the camera, it flashes when I take a picture. If it is on the receiver, the status light turns red (but it doesn’t fire) then I press the test on the receiver and the strobe fires and red light extinguishes…what’s the deal?