Those of you who have read my blog before will know that I am a great fan of Godox speed lights, and after having been “forced” in to buying a Godox Ving a few years back I was so impressed with it I ended up buying four more to compliment my portable lighting set-up. My experience with the Godox Ving changed my attitude towards branded external flash units and speed lights and I never buy Canon branded lighting equipment anymore.
Guide number (105mm @ ISO 100) – 36m/ Focal length coverage – 24mm – 105mm/ Recycling time – 0.1 – 2.2 secs/ ETTL - Yes/ EV compensation on flash - +/- 3EV/ Slave - Yes/ Vertical tilt – -7 – 90 degrees/ Horizontal tilt – 0 – 270 degrees/ Dimensions – 140mm x 62mm x 38mm/ Approx price $USD/£GBP - $85/£70/ power – 2xAA batteries
With a guide number of 36m at 35mm ISO 100 it is easy to see that this is the most powerful flash in its class. As a comparison the Metz 26 has a GN of 26m, the Nissin i40 has a 27GN of m and the Canon 270EX has a GN of 27m. The TT350 may not seem like it has much more power on paper but in the field (i.e. where it matters) that extra burst can make all the difference. The TT350 certainly packs a punch for its small size and Godox have done an excellent job at squeezing so much power out of such a small unit and making sure it is reliable and doesn’t over heat.
Unlike other speed lights in this class the TT350 has full manual mode and used in manual mode it is possible to vary the power output in the range of 1/1 – 1/128. With 22 different power settings to choose from this is a very versatile speed light.
The TT350 has TTL mode which works very well. One great feature of the TT350 is the ability to apply flash exposure compensation (of up to +/-3EV) on the flash itself so there is no need to go delving in to the camera’s menu to change the power. The LCD screen on the back of the flash makes changing the settings even easier – even in low light.
As well as full manual mode and TTL mode this little flash supports HSS up to 1/8000 too. I have to admit that I never really have a use for HSS, and try to get around problems and issues requiring HSS other ways however I know there are many photographers out there who like to use HSS, so this feature is going to appeal to them.
The TT350 has a vertical tilting head (from -7 degrees – 90 degrees) and a horizontal tilting head (from 0 degrees – 270 degrees) which is most commonly found on the top end speed lights. To put this in to perspective the TT350 is the only flash in its class to offer this. Most of the alternatives offer vertical tilting flash heads, except for the Canon which is static. The fully rotating flash head is perfect for bouncing the light of ceilings and walls, and gives more options when using it in the field.
The TT350 is powered by 2 AA batteries, and these appear to give more than enough juice to provide up to 200 full power pops, which is pretty impressive and when you consider the recycling time of 0.1 seconds – 2.2 seconds (obviously depending on the output setting) this is even more impressive.
The TT350 can serve as a TTL master and control the AD600, AD600M, AD360II, V860II, V850II, TT685 and TT600. In addition to this the TT350 can serve as a TTL slave and be controlled by the X1T, V860II, V850II, TT685 and TT600. It is easy to see that this speed light is not a standalone flash and it can complement to your existing Godox speed lights, providing you have some of course. The options with the TT350 are endless, which really is something to shout about.
The build quality of the TT350 is very good, and whilst it does not feel as strong and robust as other speed lights in this class (such as the Canon 270EX) it feels like it will last. All things considered, especially the price, it is unreasonable to expect the TT350 to be built to the same standard as the Canon 270EX so to compare the two directly isn’t really fair on Godox. The point I am trying to make here is the TT350 may not feel as robust as its rivals but it is still good quality and looks like it is going to last a long time.
At 140mm x 62mm x 38mm and weighing in at 203g (without batteries) the Godox TT350 is small, which is why I bought it. I basically wanted a small and lightweight speed light for travel and nothing else, after all I had my existing V860’s and AD360 for my general lighting setups. When I bought the TT350 I didn’t realise just how much I could incorporate it in to my general lighting setup, and it was so easy to do. The TT350 is a valued speed light, and not just for travel photography either. I appreciate there are alternative speed lights that are smaller, such as the Nissin i40, but the TT350 is only a little bigger. Besides it can still fit in the palm of my hand, and it weighs less than the Nissin i40 too.
Godox are renowned for their low cost, and the TT350 is no different. This flash is available brand new for approx. $85 or £70, which is a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. I am stunned that Godox can sell such quality gear for such a low cost and still make money, or is it just that the competition are charging way over the odds for their speed lights and making super profits by ripping off the consumer? Just a little food for thought there……….
Overall the Godox TT350 speed light is an excellent flash and I am struggling to find any negatives with it. I am stunned it is possible to manufacture a flash that is small and lightweight, powerful (for its size), packed full of top end features found in the professional spec speed lights and all for such a bargain basement price.
I bought the Godox TT350 for travel on my dslr camera however I can see this speed light will make a great primary external flash gun for mirrorless and CSC cameras, where the conventional top end speed lights are too big and heavy for a balanced flash photography setup.
The Godox TT350 is available for Canon (model TT350C), Nikon (model TT350N) and Sony (model TT350S) cameras only at present. I have seen a few reports from Panasonic and Olympus users whinging because there isn’t a compatible TT350 for their brand of camera, but whether Godox will take note of this and develop one in the future…….
Alternatives you may want to take a look at
NISSIN i40 (full review here)
Guide number (35mm @ ISO 100) – 27m / Focal length coverage – 24mm – 105mm / Recycling time – 0.1 – 4 secs/ ETTL - Yes / EV compensation on flash - +/- 2EV / Slave - Yes / Vertical tilt – 0 – 90 degrees/ Horizontal tilt – 0 – 180 degrees/ Dimensions – 100mm x 50mm x 50mm/ Approx price $USD/£GBP - $230/£155/ Power – 4xAA batteries
Metz 26 (full review here)
Guide number (35mm @ ISO 100) – 26m/ Focal length coverage – 24mm – 85mm/ Recycling time – 0.3 – 8 secs/ ETTL - Yes/ EV compensation on flash - +/- 3EV/ Slave - Yes/ Vertical tilt – 0 – 890 degrees/ Horizontal tilt - None/ Dimensions – 63mm x 85mm x 85mm/ Approx price $USD/£GBP - $140/£75/ Power – 2xAAA batteries
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