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Godox TT350 Flash Review – the little flash that can do that

The post Godox TT350 Flash Review – the small flash that could first appear at Digital Photography School. It is written by Sean McCormack.

Godox – the mighty Chinese brand sweeping the lighting world, bringing fear to long-established premium brands. And their quality has reached the point where they can now be trusted.

One thing they've done well to help the brand move forward is their system integration. Each of their X-series triggers will fire any light in the system. Not only that, their TTL speed lighting can also act as masters for other lights in the system, from the mighty AD600Pro to the simple TT350.

That is what we are looking at today – the TT350.

This compact and pocketable unit is the smallest flash in the Godox range. It is really small – it requires more than two AA batteries.

The specifications

  • A guide number of 36 (instead of the standard 52 of most larger flashes).
  • Recycle the time of 2.2 seconds at full power
  • 210 full-power flashes available from two 2500maH AA batteries
  • TTL, Manual, Optical Slave, Optical Slave with Preflash and Multiflash modes available
  • Coverage of 24-105 mm in full-frame 35 mm terms
  • Fast synchronization up to 1/8000 sec
  • Built-in 2.4G radio transmitter and receiver to act as a radio master or slave
  • Wide angle diffuser and bouncing card

On camera

Thanks to the small size and low weight of the TT350, this is the perfect camera flash for any camera system, especially for mirrorless systems. Although I use them with a Fuji, they are also available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus / Panasonic and even Pentax.

As with any flash that is aimed directly at the subject, the light is harsh and not particularly flattering.

Although the flash has a bounce card, I prefer to use reverse bounce for situations on the camera to create a larger light source from behind.

On the camera, the TT350 can be used as a master for other flash units outside the camera.

Now let's look at the flash outside the camera.

Off-Camera

The advantages of using a flash from the camera are numerous. You get a better placement to control shadows, and by extension the shape of the functions in the recording. You can also use a larger number of modifiers to soften or shape the light itself. To get off the camera, you need a flash, a trigger, and a stand (with a modifier being an extra option). In this case our flash is the TT350.

triggers

The TT350 can be powered by:

  • the X-16 for manual power
  • the X1T or XPro trigger for TTL and Manual.

It can also be activated from:

  • another TT350 (and its lithium battery, brother the V350)
  • the TT685 and V860II fast lights.

The trigger is on the camera and transmits information from the camera to the remote flash.

stands

Any stand can do it, even the cheap Photo-R standards. I think Neewer is great value for money, although I prefer to use C-Stands in the studio, even with speed lighting.

Master and slave

To use the radio functions, hold down the Sync button and turn the dial when the antenna symbol is blinking.

The first option that appears is M, making your flash the master.

 Godox tt350 Master

A second turn takes you to S, which makes the Slave mode possible.

Press the Mode button to switch between TTL, manual and multi modes.

Godox tt350 slave

Press the Slave button in Master mode to switch between the groups of the master group (M) and groups A, B or C.

In Slave mode, with Slave you choose the group where the flash is on (A, B or C).

 Godox tt350 slave group c

The M group in Master dictates what the flash does on the camera. Press Mode to switch between flash off, TTL and Manual.

Here is a video that guides you through the entire process.

(youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-__xgGzIXNM)

Make sure that all your flashes or triggers are on the same channel. To set the channel:

  1. Hold down the Slave button until the CH number flashes
  2. Use the rotary selector to change channels
  3. Press Set to make the change.

You are now ready for a flash off camera.

Use the TT350 with modifiers

If the flash is not placed on the camera, it will not automatically look better. But you can position the shadows better, as you can see in my article about lighting. I also have a list of cheap modifiers that won't break the bank. The 120 cm Octa is a good investment.

A light

 Godox tt350 120cm Octa installation

With the TT350 in an Octa of 120 cm (with the diffuser on), you are ready to get some big light from a small flash. With the Octa between you and the subject, you get a flattering light in the ' Butterfly ' position.

 Godox tt350 120 cm octa portrait

You can further improve this by adding a reflector underneath, such as the Lastolite Halo Compact.

 Godox tt350 120 cm octa portrait reflector

Fast synchronization

To get a very shallow depth of field with flash (especially outside), you must use High-Speed ​​Sync to bridge the limitation of the camera sync speed. Tap the Sync button once to turn it on.

Here is a shot at 1 / 2000sec and f / 1.4, ISO400 with HSS on. (You will find the collision with ISO helps to extend the battery life, therefore I use ISO400 here).

 Godox tt350 120cm octa portrait HSS

Two lights

Another way to extend the life of the battery (and the recycling time) is to use two flashes in the modifier.

 Godox tt350 dual

Set both flashes to the same channel and group. This allows them to automatically adjust the power when you make a change.

 Godox tt350 120cm dual 120

You can get double flash brackets and aim them in the middle with them close together or further apart.

 Godox tt350 120cm double portrait

Here is a portrait with this Octa box with two light points on the left (opposite the photo) and a white reflector on the right.

 Godox tt350 120cm octa portrait double arrangement

This is what the installation looks like.

 Godox tt350 120 cm cross light

Removing one of the lights and placing it on a standard behind our subject gives a good setting for cross-light.

Do you have to buy a TT350?

It is clear that a flash that you have with you is better than the one that you leave behind because of the weight. So for general flash applications, the TT350 is great. But it will never overload the sun, and thanks to its compact size, it is the flash with the lowest power in the range (excluding the flash of the cell phone).

However, you can purchase two TT350s for the price of a V860II. And although they don't have built-in batteries, they can combined deliver more power for less weight.

Me? I have bought two so that I can use them in the configurations that I have shown here, and as a master-slave setting if I have a problem with a trigger.

In general, they are great tools to have in the bag.

Have you used this flash? what's your opinion? Share this with us and the DPS community in the comments below.

The post Godox TT350 Flash Review – the small flash that could first appear at Digital Photography School. It is written by Sean McCormack.

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