Godox TT685 C and X1c Hot Shoe Fail???
Update 29 Nov 2015:
Since writing this review I have done the “Wiggle Test” on the Godox Ving 860c and that too wiggles off the camera, but it takes much more effort to do so.
This may explain the occasional ETTL exposure problems I have been encountering eg: flash wiggles off the shoe slightly and loses contact with some of the pins which prevents it from communicating with the camera properly.
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Let me start by suggesting you search google for a more technical review. This is just a brief hands on review.
Note: I bought the flash and trigger with my own money from Ebay. These are shipping products not production samples.
I’ll keep my review short by saying the units feel well built.
The TT685 flash has an easily readable LCD display which changes colour between Normal and Wireless modes so its easy to tell whether its in the radio RX mode or not. Interestingly even if it is in RX mode it still works fine as a ETTL flash on camera.
The X1C has a small lcd screen and you need to memorise what some of the custom functions do as there are no prompts on screen to help you. Otherwise build quality is decent and it functions well.
The AF Assist light is very good!!! Much more accurare than the ones fitted to my V860c which seem off centre.
ETTL and HSS Exposure is good, much better that the V860c…. (I’ll follow up with another comparison soon)
Overall the products feel well built at an affordable price. Firmware updates are available to download from the following page: Godox Firmware updates
However the metal hot shoe on both products is fractionally too long.
So although they fit in the Canon hot shoe the locking pin will not engage into the hole of the camera’s hot shoe. This means even if you tighten the locking ring really hard the flash and trigger can and eventually will wiggle off the hot shoe and fall off the camera.
Scroll down to see the measurements…the Metal hot shoe on the TT685 is 0.56mm longer than the one on the Ving 860C.
This 0.56mm difference prevents the locking pin from engaging the hot shoe properly. I have tested this on my Canon 5Dmk2, 6D and 1Dmk2.
Maybe I got a duff set of flashes this time???…well I have spent nearly 1000 USD on Godox equipment that just doesn’t work 100%, so more fool me. Just learn from my mistakes and perhaps wait a year for them to sort out their manufacturing tolerances.
To summarise: The TT685 and X1c system work well, exposure is good but they will, at some point, fall off your camera……