Godox Xenergizer 600 first impressions
I recently purchased a Godox Xenergizer 600 portable flash from ebay from Ever Color Studio Shop HK
Price was £310 inc DHL delivery plus import tax which was another £90 or so. Delivery took about 3 or 4 days from purchase.
Note although I paid in GBP I had it delivered to Spain whilst on location, so I paid Spanish import fees, it might be different for the UK and other countries due to local tax laws.
I really wanted a Jinbei 1200 because it can support 2 flashes but the price was almost double and it
doesn’t didn’t have remote power options. (Maybe possible now with a new version of that product – Link )
Price wise the 600 is only about £30 more than the 400w/s version so its a bit of a no brainer to get the more powerful version, unless you live somewhere where the sun does not shine!
Here’s what the Godox looks like:
It comes in a nice hard case
The clasp look a bit flimsy but they seem OK (at the moment!)
The strap is a bit cheap, I would have liked something a bit more robust, but it seem to be strong enough.
The case is big enough to hold the battery and flash head.
Powered on, the display shows power level, beep, trigger mode (you can choose between using the built in optical sensor or radio trigger)
The USB radio trigger fits in here… you can also plug in a 3.5mm jack to trigger from another Tx if you don’t want to use the Godox trigger.
Nice flap on the back of the bag to let you plug in the battery charger.
Note: the battery charger has a set of LEDS on it to indicate the level of charge.
Here is the USB trigger AND 3.5mm jack fitted at the same time. You can set power levels fron the USB trigger but actually trigger the flash via the 3.5mm jack.
The transmitter is the same as the one for the Godox 360 / 180 flashes so you can see how that works on the following review:
I tried Hypersync with my Yongnuo 622c but the results were disappointing, I used the 5dmk2 and 1Dmk3. I will try with my 40D next as that always gave me good results with hyper sync. I’ll let you know what happens.
The whole battery out of the bag.
the battery locks into place securely
The flashhead is made of plastic, I have only used it with a light weight 70x50cm umbrella soft box and the results were very good!
Halogen bulb modeling light, shame it wasn’t LED. It is quite weak and I have never used it so I may just remove it altogether
fitting hole for umbrella
Spring loaded release for the bowers mount.
Hole in the bottom to fit it into a light stand
White diffuser included.
Zip on the front of the bag broke after about 3 days…….Booooo!
Here are some photos taken with the flash:
These were all shot on a 5dmk2. Max shutter speed was 1/200 sec other wise you get a shadow in frame.
This was taken at 1/250 sec you can see the shadow creeping into the bottom of the frame.
This is a really good flash for the money, I wish they would have made a 1200ws version like the Jinbei, but then it would have been more expensive.
Hypersync is a bit disappointing at the moment. There is talk of a new Godox Cells III Tx in development perhaps this will enable some kind of hypersync / HSS function? Who knows?
Finally there are are a couple of negatives as well….
1) Almost every time after the first 2 or 3 flashes I get an Error message on the battery pack. Its says “err 01” which means its problem with the power. The simple fix is to turn the battery off and on again after which time it works perfectly for the rest of the shoot.
I have used it a few more times and I have not experienced the ER1 problem again, so I say it is just a “warming up” issue.
update Jan 2014: After 6 months use I have had the ER1 problem 2 or 3 times. Each time I restarted the battery pack and it worked perfectly for the rest of the shoot. I have bought a second unit and so far I have not experienced the ER1 problem with the new unit.
2) The flash trigger goes down to 1/128 power but the flash pack only goes down to 1/32 Somtimes if you set the Tx to 1/64 of lower, the flash will fire at full power but other times it will just fire at 1/32 power. Hmmmmm I haven’t seen a pattern to this yet but it may be something I am doing wrong?
Anyway, until the next time……. keep flashing!