The Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II seems a good upgrade from the Godox XPro trigger

Jan 14, 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.

The Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II seems a good upgrade from the Godox XPro trigger

Jan 14, 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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When Adorama announced that they were starting to go in their own direction with their rebranded Godox kit and actually developing their own compatible products, it was something of a surprise. The initial announcement of the R2 Pro Mark II got a lot of people very excited. It also got a lot of criticism, too. What’s with all the extra buttons? You’re making it too complicated!

Well, now the trigger has started to ship, and the first reviews are out. Photographer Rob Hall has got his hands on one, and he’s put together his thoughts on it in this video after spending some time with it. The short version, though, is to just go get it.

Coming as something of an upgrade to the Godox XPro trigger, which was only released itself a little over a year ago, Adorama’s new R2 Pro Mark II trigger costs exactly the same, but packs a lot more features.

The LCD has larger text that’s easier to read, it’s got easy access to a lot of functions through a wealth of buttons (although some may still be better served in menus), those buttons are also backlit for easy viewing in dim conditions, and it has built-in Bluetooth (negating the need for a Godox A1), amongst others.

Overall, Rob definitely prefers the R2 Pro Mark II over the original Godox XPro trigger. He suggests that if you’ve been considering buying either, then just skip the XPro and go straight for the R2 Pro Mark II – after all, the cost is the same. Although, that’s a little difficult for anybody not in the USA as it’s an Adorama exclusive and it doesn’t seem to be making an appearance elsewhere.

Rob does say that there are some things that haven’t been addressed, though. Like the inability to easily use rechargeable AA batteries. Well, you can use them, although your battery indicator still wont’ be accurate (no word on whether they still have range issues like the XPro when using rechargeables). Although, personally, I really don’t see the point of using rechargeable AA batteries in a flash trigger. Flash triggers draw so little current that rechargeable batteries are likely going to be dead within a year of being permanently kept at full charge anyway. I’ve had Duracell Plus sitting in the first XPro trigger I received in August 2017 that still show plenty of power.

The other issue Rob mentions is something he says a lot of people have complained about, and that’s the “flimsy” battery cover. I’ve got five of the original XPro triggers now (2 for Nikon, 1 for Canon, 1 for Sony and 1 for Pentax) and I’ve never lost any of the battery covers or had any issues with them falling off. So, I’m not entirely sure what people are doing with them that they lose them so easily. There’s certainly no way they just “fall” off, unless there was a bad batch made at some point.

Still, if those issues affect you, then they haven’t been addressed.

It would be nice to see this released in other countries, too, but until that happens, I’m quite happy to stick with my XPro triggers. They do all I need. The backlit buttons would be pretty awesome, though, if Godox is planning their own XPro update.

But if you’re in the USA, then you can buy the Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II trigger for $69, and it’s available in Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Panasonic/Olympus flavours.

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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 “The Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II seems a good upgrade from the Godox XPro trigger”

  1. g_discus Avatar
    g_discus

    Is it work with Godox flashes?

    1. Joost Avatar
      Joost

      the Godox version is just released as well – availability depends on your country

    2. Marko Avatar
      Marko

      Absolutely.

  2. gimmedathoe Avatar
    gimmedathoe

    The battery cover absolutely sucks. It doesn’t really “click” into place. It slides off way too easy. Literally any time I put the trigger in my bag, or take it out of the bag, just the general handling causes the cover to slide off and the batteries to fall out. Very frustrating.

  3. ZaraSpook Avatar
    ZaraSpook

    I shoot real estate and was wondering if I can just use the trigger to fire the strobes as I walk around the house and adjust the flashes manually firing the camera with camranger? I don’t want to adjust power at the camera. thanks!

  4. Tristan Noel Avatar
    Tristan Noel

    I have an r2 Pro Mk II that I got solely to replace a mark 1 that broke… How did it break? Well, a battery got left in it. And it turns out the spacers that they used to hold the battery leads in place are so poorly designed that a little bit of pressure will break them. Especially if they’re weakened by, say, a bit of battery corrosion getting into that chamber.

    Couple that with the software issues, and so many other little problems that all stack up on each other, I want to love what Godox/Flashpoint makes, I really do, but I keep desperately wishing I could get pulled into their office to give them a whole metric butt-tonne of “How to fix your shit 101”.

    Some free advice.

    1: Treat this controller as a ruggedized device. It’s gonna get tossed into bags, it’s gonna get left with a battery in it from time to time, let it not… you know… eat itself. So maybe bolster the system’s sturdiness in the next version.

    2: Semi-standardized rechargeable battery in the next version, if you would please be so kind.

    3: Expand the R2 line to really make this thing soar. RF16/DM16 units are great for the 433MHz range, but this…. doesn’t use that. So two things. Either A: make a simple 3.5mm dongle that works on the 2.4GHz range(even if you use in-line power like the DM16… that you’d rather people not know about, apparently, because you’ve scrubbed its existence from like… ALL your documentation), or in the next R2 Pro controller… Add in a secondary 433MHz controller tap. Or even just a group mode, i.e. “Group B is on 433MHz mode”. Which would supplant the need for swapping out the controller for one of those mini units, with a soft-switch 1-16 channel list to pick from for that mode, to match the hard switch channels on the standard 16 channel receivers. You could even do like the Sk400II interface and have a visual representation of the switches, for those who can’t extrapolate binary(Let’s face it, a lot of photographers ain’t technical).

    Here’s the deal. Neewer’s making a lot, on the Vision line. They’ve got a new AD200 clone, they’ve got a new AD200-with-the-more-expensive-round-head clone, and they’ve got an R2pro clone. And from what I’ve seen, they’re actually pretty much equal to what you’re offering at present. And much cheaper.

    Which means Neewer, the Walmart of camera gear, the one-step-up-from-cowboy-studio, the we-swear-we’re-not-as-garbage-as-limostudio of studio equipment… Is a short step away from surpassing you.

    That… Imagine the embarrassment. Imagine getting outpaced by NEEWER of all people.

    1. Tristan Noel Avatar
      Tristan Noel

      Oh, and… MAKE A DUMMY BATTERY FOR THE AD200. Seriously. Right now they’re great for portability, but I want to be able to put them to use in a small studio space, and I want to be able to power them directly off of an AC line when doing so.

      I’m available for product consultation.

    2. sid Avatar
      sid

      Did you even know neewer, flashpoint, godox are all the same guys selling the same thing in different shells and labels catering to different price ranges!