"The awesome (but cheap and cheerful) Godox Ving"
The Godox Ving speed light is an excellent external flash and one I highly recommend. I have been using Godox Ving speed lights for a few years now, and I only stumbled across them when I accidentally damaged my Canon 580EX and needed a flash urgently. At the time I was skint and funds were tight so I was forced to buy a budget brand speed light, and I ended up with the Godox Ving. Little did I realise at the time I had found a gem of a speed light, and I haven’t looked back since. As for regrets? I don’t have any and actually wish I broke my Canon 580EX sooner than I actually did.
Since I am a long term user of the Godox Ving I thought it was time to share my thoughts and opinions, and list the pros and cons of the Godox Ving which are as follows:-
Pros of the Godox Ving 860
The Godox Ving speed lights are powerful. With a guide number of 58m the power of the Godox Ving speed light is on par with that of the top end Canon, Nikon and Metz speed lights and flash units.
The Godox Ving speed lights have through the lens technology (ETTL) technology. Over the years I have read loads of articles and tutorials about flash photography, and the most of them state manual flash is the only way to go and that you should ignore automatic flash. At first I believed everything I read however I soon learned that it was utter rubbish. There are times when manual flash simply won’t cut it, and the only way to get the shot is to use the speed light in ETTL mode. For example, in situations where the subject to flash distance is constantly changing, such as event photography, ETTL flash will get the shots where setting the flash power manually isn’t feasible. ETTL is you friend and should embrace it, learn how and when to use it and also when to apply flash exposure compensation to get the shot.
The Godox Ving speed lights have high speed sync (HSS) technology. There will be times when you will want to use a shutter speed that exceeds the flash sync speed (typically 1/250 although this varies from camera to camera) and the only way to do this is to use HSS mode. HSS technology is a feature that is often reserved for the top end (and very expensive) speed lights, however the Godox Ving has HSS technology as standard. Now how cool is that?
The Godox Ving speed lights are easy to set up. The Godox Ving speed lights have a very simple menu system that is intuitive and user friendly. Changing the settings on the Godox Ving speed lights is quick, and is helped by the large buttons and dials and the way they are laid out. I used to use a Canon 580EX and it was a faff learning how to use it properly and I spent hours and hours playing around, experimenting with it and also referring to the manual. The Godox Ving is so simple to use I picked it up in a few short hours and I didn’t even have to look at the manual.
The Godox Ving use a single cell battery which holds enough charge for 650 pops at full power. Yes, you read that right – the single cell battery is powerful enough to provide 650 pops at full power. The single cell battery is great and means that I don’t have to have loads of AA batteries laying around and I don’t have to have loads of battery charges all over the place either.
The Godox Ving speed lights are cheap.Perhaps the biggest pro of the Godox Ving speed lights, and the biggest selling point is the price. The Godox Ving speed lights are dead cheap and awesome value for money. When I ordered my first Godox Ving I was concerned it was too cheap and that when it was delivered I would be stuck with a poor quality speed light that was utter rubbish. How wrong was I? I was so impressed with the Godox Ving I ordered three more so I could gang them together and still have one left to use on camera as a fill flash. My four Godox Ving speed lights cost less than a single Canon 580EX! Now how good a value is that?!?
The Godox Ving speed lights are available in both Canon and Nikon fit. It doesn’t matter whether you shoot a Canon or a Nikon, you can use a Godox Ving, and can benefit from ETTL, HSS, a simple and user friendly interface and everything else the Godox Ving has to offer.
Cons of the Godox Ving 860
The Godox Ving speed light is not as well made as the top branded speed lights like Canon and Nikon. This doesn’t meant the Godox Ving is poorly made though. All things considered I am more than happy with the build quality of the Godox flash unit and the four I own have given me three years of trouble free service, and I expect them to do so for the foreseeable future. It’s just the Godox speed lights aren’t as tough and sturdy as Canon and Nikon speed lights.
The Godox Ving speed lights are not as readily available as the top branded Canon and Nikon speed lights. Godox are a Chinese brand and I had to get mine shipped over from an Amazon store. The delivery time was a couple of weeks (which is to be expected) but they speed lights turned up eventually. I can’t comment on how quickly other countries in the world would get their Godox Ving through, but I don’t suppose it wold take too ling.
The Godox Ving uses a single cell battery. As well as an advantage this is also a disadvantage. If you end up draining the battery you are either going to have to charge it or replace it with a spare. When a Godox Ving speed light battery dies you can’t simply run down the local hardware store, or garage or supermarket and buy some more like you can with AA batteries. Basically, if you don’t have a spare battery or you leave the battery charger at home its shoot over.
The Godox Ving is an excellent speed light and I really can’t rate them any higher. If anyone asks me to recommend a speed light the first thing that comes out of my mouth is Godox Ving. Okay, the Godox Ving may not be the toughest and most durable speed light but it is still well made and put together. The Godox Ving is jam packed with the latest technology, it is powerful, it is fully controllable and it is user friendly and intuitive. The Godox Ving is cost effective and is the best value for money speed light of all time.
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