The long awaited Godox Ving V860N, Lithium-ion powered I-TTL flash for Nikon are now available!
The V850N for Nikon follow on from the original, and ground breaking Remote Manual V850, and later Canon ETTL version V860C.
All of which feature a very unique, and compact 11.1V 2000mAh Lithium-ion battery. Which literally replaces 12 AA batteries, and provides a massive 650 full power pops. With full power recycle time of just 1.5 seconds.
Basically an external battery pack conveniently built into the flash!
V860N Features –
- Full Power – GN 58 (m ISO 100)
- Lithium-ion Battery – 650 Full Power Pops
- 1.5 Second Recycle at Full Power
- HSS to 1/8000th
- I-TTL Auto Exposure for Nikon DSLRs
- Master and Slave Modes for Nikon Optic Wireless system
- Manual, Multi, S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
- 24-105mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
- AF Assist Light
- High Build Quality
- USB Port for Firmware Updates
- Full 360 Degree Swivel and Tilt Head
- Fast Clear & Simple Interface
- Large Clear LCD Screen
- 2.5mm Sync Port
- Metal Foot with Locking Pin
- Kit Comes with Battery and Charger
- 12 Volt Car Charger Available
- Remote Manual Radio System with HSS to 1/8000th (with appropriate transmitter unit)
- Range to 100M & Very Reliable
- Fast Simple Remote Manual Power Control
- 1/3rd Stop Power Adjustments (1/128 – 1/1)
- Plug In Receiver can be Updated
- Remote also Compatible with V850, Witstro, & RS600P
Remote Manual Radio Receiver – (No Radio Transmitter)
Although the V860 have an optic wireless master and slave function, they do not have any radio transmitter built in.
The V860N will use the same optional FTR-16s clip on radio receiver as the V850 for Remote Manual power control. This requires an optional FT-16 transmitter unit.
H-Mode – UPDATE – Its not actually clear yet if H-mode HSS (High Speed Sync) is available off-camera with the V860N (like the V850, V860C, & Witstro provide) .
Regular FP HSS should be possible off-camera with radio triggers like the YongNuo YN-622N (provided they do turn out to be compatible).
I-TTL Off-Camera –
Via Radio –
To use the V860N off-camera with TTL via radio, separate external TTL triggers like the YongNuo YN-622N would need to be used (as Godox do not have their own TTL radio triggers available at the time of writing this).
As of Firmware version 1.8 reports are that the V860N are working quite well with the YongNuo YN-622N. Initial reports suggest the Picle King Pro and PocketWizard TT1/TT5 may also be compatible now.
[ The Canon version V860C have been quite compatible with other third party TTL triggers, like the YN-622C, Phottix Odin, Pixel King Pro, etc ].
Via Optic Wireless –
The V860N do also have Optic Wireless Master and Slave Modes for the Nikon AWL / CLS system built in.
The V860N have a USB port for future firmware updates.
To see which firmware version is installed on your flash, hold down the FN / Light button before switching the flash on, and the firmware version will be displayed on the LCD screen .
At the time of writing this the latest V860C firmware updates and instructions can be downloaded from the Chinese version of the Godox Website here – http://www.godox.com/CN/Downloads.html
From Version V1.8 the V860N appear to be providing good ITTL exposures, and are compatible off camera with the YongNuo YN-622N TTL radio triggers.
One other thing to be aware of, is that there have been a number of faulty Godox Lithium-ion batteries reported for V850 / V860C, and also the Witstro / PB960 battery packs recently. This is likely still a small proportion of all the units out there, though it is something to at least be aware of. UPDATE – Godox are reporting the battery issue has now been resolved.
When the VB18 batteries for the V850 / V860 are functioning as they should be, they are exceptionally good.