There was a time when Chinese made goods were cheap, nasty, inferior, low quality and as much use as a chocolate tea pot. Many years ago I was “conned” in to buying some Chinese exported product that turned out to be an utter waste of money and that day I vowed never to buy cheap Chinese rubbish again. That was then, and I have to say that I have since changed my mind.
Several months back I had a bit of a moment and dropped my Canon 580EX speed light, sending it crashing to the ground and breaking in to several bits. The breakage couldn’t have come at a worst time since I not only had an important shoot coming up but I was also broke and didn’t have the funds available to buy a replacement.
I needed a speed light that was as powerful as the Canon 580EX and I needed a speed light that had ETTL technology, and because of this spec I couldn’t even afford to buy one of the well-known third party speed lights. The only option I had was to buy a cheap and cheerful Chinese made speed light and the options were a Yongnuo 565 or Godox Ving 860. I didn’t hold out much hope for either of them and I couldn’t care less which one I had, as long as it was powerful and had ETTL technology that’s all I needed. The speed light I bought was the Godox Ving 860, and the decision was made by tossing a coin.
When I received the Godox Ving I was stunned and it was not what I was expecting at all. The Godox Ving 860 is a weighty speed light that felt tough and durable. Okay, it didn’t feel as well made as my Canon 580EX but then given the cost of the Ving what do you expect? Regardless, the Ving was far better quality than I thought it was going to be so I was impressed.
The Godox Ving has a user friendly interface that is logical. All the dials and switches are easy to locate and use and setting everything is a quick and painless affair. Everything made sense and I didn’t even have to look at the user guide. Using the Godox Ving is so simple it is child’s play.
The Godox Ving runs on a single cell battery that holds enough charge for over 600 pops at full power, which is very impressive. The high powered battery also allows for very quick recycle times, so I can snap away without having to stop and wait. I think the single cell battery is one of the best thing about the Godox Ving and there is no need to keep several AA batteries on charge all the time.
The Godox Ving 860 is a cheap speed light and I am amazed it is possible to get a flash this good for such little money. Canon and the large/popular third party speed light manufacturers should be afraid because I think that Godox are going to be a big player in the speed light market in the future. If you want a lot of bang for your buck, and let’s face it who doesn’t? you will get it with a Godox Ving.
To say I am impressed with the Godox Ving 860 is an understatement and I think it is an awesome speed light. In fact I was so impressed with the Godox Ving I decided to invest in three more of them when I had the spare cash so I can now gang three of them together for a portable and powerful off camera light solution and have a fill in flash on the camera’s hot shoe. Four Godox Ving speed lights cost a few bucks more than a single Canon 580EX, and you can’t get better than that.
Before the Godox VIng was delivered (but after I bought one) I did read some reviews about the Gdox Ving, all of which were positive. The reviews seemed too good to be true and I have to say I didn’t believe them, however now I own and use Godox Ving speed lights I can honestly say that everything I read about them, and everything I am sure you have read about them is totally true. The Godox Ving 860 really is an awesome speed light and I can’t rate it higher.
If you are on the lookout for a powerful speed light that is jam packed full of features (including high speed sync and ETTL technology) and very well made for a bargain basement price you need to take a look at the Godox Ving 860. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
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