Setting Up the Godox X1T

Setting Up the Godox X1T Transmitter

Do you own a Godox X1T transmitter? Let’s set it up! Keep reading to learn how.

If you follow this blog, you now know how to setup the Godox TT685 and TT350. One of the most useful features of those flashes is their integrated transceiver, so that they can either control other flashes remotely or be controlled, using Godox’ radio frequency communication.

However, you may run into situations where you need all your flashes off your camera and you need something else to control them. Enter the X1T, which is one of Godox’ dedicated transmitters, and it works by placing it on your camera’s hotshoe.

Flashpoint R2 TTL Transmitter (Godox X1T)
Flashpoint R2 TTL Transmitter (Godox X1T)

It’s not the most recent Godox transmitter but it’s the most popular. There are different versions, compatible with various camera systems, specifically: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus/Panasonic (Micro 4/3).

The X1T uses a proprietary protocol over the 2.4GHz radio band, so it is similar to the Canon ST-E3-RT, or the Sony FA-WRC1M. They can all control 5 groups of flashes, cover 30 m (approximately 100 ft) and can use one of 32 channels. Even though they have similar functionalities, they are not compatible.

Enough about specifications, let’s set it up!

Batteries and Power

The battery compartment is pretty straightforward, with a sliding cover and it holds two AA batteries, which can be alkaline or rechargeable. These should be enough to work for 10 hours.

Buttons and Switches

After you put your batteries in, you slide the door closed and you’re good to go. Look at the back of the flash and there is no power switch but a screen, three buttons labeled CH/OK, GR and MODE respectively, and a control wheel. The power switch is located on the side, along with another switch which controls the screen light.

Channel

On the top right of the screen you see the channel you’re using. The default channel is 1, but you can change it by pressing the OK/CH button once, then turning the wheel up or down to change the channel. Press the OK/CH button again and you confirm your selection. Please notice that the transmitter and the flashes need to be set to the same channel, in order to communicate properly.

Group

When you first turn the X1T on you see a list of groups on the left side of the screen, labeled from A to E. You select the group to work with using the control wheel and aligning the group letter with the small arrow on the left of the screen.

Mode

If you select a group and then press the MODE button, you will cycle that group between Off, TTL and Manual modes. This means you can turn the group off, set it to TTL (automatic) mode or Manual mode.

TTL

Pressing the GR button while a TTL group is selected makes it flash on the screen. You can then turn the wheel up or down to set the Flash Exposure Compensation for that group, between -3 and +3 stops, with ⅓ stop increments.

Manual

Pressing the GR button while a Manual group is selected allows you to change its power setting. You can then turn the wheel up or down, to set power from 1/1 (full) to 1/128 (minimum), with ⅓ stop increments.

Notice how you can set some groups to Manual power while other groups can work in TTL mode, giving you more creative freedom.

If you set the power and want to test communications with the flashes without taking a photograph, you can press the TEST button located on top of the X1T. You should see all the flashes firing, as well as an LED light turning on, next to the TEST button.

Passthrough

While the X1T is made to be operated from your camera’s hotshoe, it has a hotshoe of its own. However, it is not a TTL-passthrough hotshoe, so it sends a simple firing signal to whatever you place on it, whether it is a flash or another transmitter.

As you can see, the Godox X1T is a very capable flash transmitter/controller, available for many camera brands, very reliable, well made, and a great alternative to brand name flash systems. I’ll make sure to update this blog as I continue expanding my flash system.

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