on December 20, 2011
***NOTE*** THIS IS A MANUAL FLASH...YOU CANNOT USE YOUR CANON CAMERA FLASH MENU TO CONTROL THE FLASH.
I must say, I didn't have high expectations for this flash. I checked some of the reviews and they were mixed, but reviews are a small part of the reason I make a purchase. The flash is pretty well built for the price range, and seems like it will last for a long time. The optical slave NEVER misses, and it's extremely sensitive even when it's turned in the opposite direction of the master flash. Even though I'm a professional Photographer...to me...Light is light no matter where it comes from. If your flash cost you $500...can I use this flash an create the same image?...You bet I can...How you use your equipment is more important than what equipment you have. Don't get me wrong though...more expensive pieces of equipment usually have more options and allow you certain freedoms, but ehhh...learn with the cheap stuff, and once you see your limits with this equipment...move on from there.
First of all (today is 9/11) my condolences to those who have lost loved ones as I did in the attacks)
It has been ALMOST 2 years since I've purchased 3 of these flashes, and they are still working PERFECTLY!!!
I'm not a fan of spending money on things that will breakdown in the future, and these flashes have been banged around and thrown all over the place yet they still continue to produce excellent light for my photography needs.
I usually use them for background, hair lights, and sometimes as a filler when it's needed and they have been great. The construction is solid, ease of use is key, optical slave is super sensitive and reliable. When you have good batteries in them...the recycle time is quick. I recommend VERY good rechargeable batteries (eneloop and powerex have never failed me).
I ordered another one today to use as another slave...the other 3 that I have are still working perfectly fine and I have never had a problem with them at all. for such a cheap product...it's pretty shocking that they last this long and contunue to fire on command in slave mode without a miss!!!! I might be getting 2 more of these for a total of 6...some of my light setups are very elaborate, and I've learned the distance to power ratio in my studio of these flashes and never need to meter tham...they add light just where I need it when I have a snoot on each one. PERFECT!!!
on May 7, 2013
(1). comes with a built in bounce card and wide angle diffuser (you dont even need this with anything narrower than 18mm)
(2). 8 steps of manual control in 1/8th stop increments (1/128, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1/1)
(3). has an auto overheat shutoff
(4). has a PC sync cord so it can be used with PC capable light meters and cameras.
(5). the controls are super simple, bright, and easy to see even at a glance
(6). rotates 270 degrees and tilts from 0 to 90 degrees
(7). it feels nice in the hand. heavy but not bulky or overweighted. doesn't feel cheap, the hot shoe locking screw is secure but not too tight. there's no rattling or any sort of movement that's unwanted. stays securely on your hot shoe.
(8). HAS A SLAVE MODE. the slave is super sensitive and fires every time if you give it time to recharge (.1s for 1/164 and 5s for 1/1) and it even has a "slave 2 mode" that will fire only once your master and 1st slave have fired.
(9). CHEAP AS HELL
now for the negatives
(1). tilting the head from the horizontal to vertical position works like it should and clicks into the designated 45, 60, and 75 degree positions without a problem but when tilting it back from vertical to horizontally seems to get caught on something and takes more force and makes a different sound than the clicking that it should when changing the angle.
(2). the battery chamber has a problem. some brands of AA batteries work fine but others dont meet the contacts like they should. i tested the batteries and made sure they weren't just dead but there's just a problem with the way that batteries fit in the compartment. here's what i've found:
Energizer regular and rechargeable = works fine
Duracell = works fine
panasonic regular and rechargeable = will not work
i tried everything with the panasonic batteries. i switched the order of them, wiped off the leads and even scuffed them up a little with some sandpaper, i tried everything. panasonic batteries and this flash just dont like each other. sorry.
**if you've tested any other brands of normal or rechargeable batteries and can tell if they do or dont work please comment below to let others know.**
The Godox TT560 (released in America from NEEWER) is a Speedlite that has received positive reviews from budget photographers in Asia. Released in Jan. 2010, there is not much known about this flash and because it was around the same pricepoint as YN-560, people flocked to the Yongnuo flashes for their budget strobist needs.
Well, in August 2011, the TT560 went from $60 to the $40-range and many who noticed the price drop, flocked to Amazon to purchase this flash.
While the photos and video of this flash have shown pretty positive photos from our Asian counterparts, their reviews were positive because it gave quite a bang for the buck and it was easily accessible.
So, let's take a look at the TT560 Neewer (Godox) Speedlite.
I. UNBOXING AND SETUP
The TT560, similar to Yongnuo's YN-560 comes in a black pouch, stand and instructions.
Comparisons can be made in look of the TT560 as it has a reflection board and built-in wide panel, optical control sensor, lock ring and hot shoe stand. The hotshoe stand is plastic and takes 4 double AA batteries (which I used four Eneloops).
On the back, you will notice that it has an output level indicator, mode select (M=manual, S1, S2), Charging Indicator, Test button and Power Switch. It is important to note that this flash does not come with a Zoom for the flash.
The indicator are in blue LED's while the power is the red LED dot.
POWER SAVING FUNCTION: The flash does come with a power-saving function which will go into standby mode in about 30 minutes of idle use. Press any button to wake it up.
PROTECTION FUNCTION: To prevent from overheating, the following is important to know:
POWER LEVEL 1/1, 1/2 - 20 Flashes which will activated over-temperature protection
POWER LEVEL 1/4, 1/8 - 40 Flashes which will activated over-temperature protection
POWER LEVEL 1/16,1/32 - 80 Flashes which will activated over-temperature protection
POWER LEVEL 1/64, 1/128 - 160 Flashes which will activated over-temperature protection
According to the document, this is a Guide number 38 (ISO 100) Flash, Vertical Rotation (0-90 degrees), Horizontal Rotation (0-270 Degrees), Color Temperature 56000K+/- 200K
I am testing this on a Canon T3i:
On-Camera Flash - It's important to note that this is not an E-TTL flash. But you probably don't need it as you can control the flash power levels through the back of the flash. Everything worked as the flash was supposed to, so I can't complain. As an On-Camera Flash, because of it's price...with the Sunpak PFX30 being the next cheaper alternative (with E-TTL), the TT560 pretty much gives more bang for the buck at $40+.
I have not used this Flash for a long period of time to see how quality is over long use but I did contact people in Asia who are using it and they have said the flash is still working and they use it in their strobist setup today. So, that's good news!
Off-Camera Flash - My main purpose for this Flash was to use it in addition to my YN-560 flash. Zoom was not important for me as I have the YN-560's for that. But what was important for me was that it worked with the RF-603C trigger/receiver/tranceiver. After finding out that the Sunpak PFX30 did not work, I took the risk of purchasing this flash, not knowing if it worked or not but fortunately, this flash did work with the Yongnuo RF-603's.
I then started taking a few photos with the Flash in rapid succession and recycle time was fairly quick. According to the instructions (0-1.5 seconds via AA Alkaline).
So, using it along with the YN-560's, I was able to use this flash with no problems whatsoever.
The Neewer (or Godox) TT560 is a straightforward flash and most importantly, my primary needs was to control the output and that it worked on my RF-603C. Granted, it didn't come with zoom and that is why I bypassed it at $59, when I could get the YN-560's (or even another Yongnuo flash for the same price).
At $40, it was great price (prices tend to fluctuate as of late between $40-$50) and it serves as another flash for my setup. It's rival right now probably is the older YN-460II and which one would I would recommend, it's pretty much subjective as they are the same cost but because I didn't need a zoom, while the YN-460II had a metal shoe, the TT560 has a shoe lock. Also, more people have experienced problems with the 460 and obviously, there are hardly negatives on this TT560 at this time. For now, I give a thumbs up to this flash, for its price and functions.
For On or off-camera use, this flash is definitely worth buying and at least worth considering if you are looking into inexpensive multiple flash. At $40, I'm not going to complain...it's actually a solid deal!
- Power Saving and Protection Functions
- Easy to use buttons
- Horizontal/Vertical Swivel
- Wide Angle Diffuser
- Flash stand with needed threaded hole
- Great for On and Off-Camera Use - Manual and Slave Mode 1, 2
- Fast recycling charge
- Shoe Lock
- Price (if in the $40's)
- Works with RF-603
- Lack of Zoom
- Plastic Shoe
- Lack of PC cord socket
UPDATE FOR 2016:
Having had the original versions when I did my review back in 2011-2012, both TT560's are no longer working in 2016. One's flash just died during a photo shoot, heard one loud pop and that was it, stopped workiing. The other one, the plastic shoe broke.
But considering how much I put these flashes through, many photo shoots in the last 4-5 years, I'm quite thrilled with the results. While I now use Canon Speedlites, I still use the TT560 for traveling or when I need slave flashes. This is still a go to Flash, when I know I don't have time to test things, as I have found it so convenient.
So, I purchased two more (2016) and they are much better than the older versions I purchased years ago. They have a metal shoe (which I know many people started seeing in the 2012-2013 revision) and has a PC sync socket and charging socket.
And seriously, the fact the originals I had lasted nearly five years and cost under $40...for its pricepoint and how long they have lasted and the improvements made to the TT560 and for a simple, inexpensive flash, it's an awesome deal!
on November 17, 2014
Failed to flash about every 25th go. When it did flash, output was inconsistent - often a half a stop darker.
I purchased this just to use as a slave to be triggered by another flash - a Yongnuo 560-II. I figured this one looked pretty similar and cost a lot less (though it's less powerful and doesn't have zooming or an LCD screen, doesn't go into sleep mode. I didn't need those things). The Yongnuo was about $60 and this one was $37 at the time.
I would should 100 shots of the same setup with the same 2 flashes -- everything the same (this was for macro - close up work). Over and over again I'd find dark frames on the Neewer TT560 side and the Yongnuo was dead on every time.
If you're shooting your nephew's 5th Birthday Party and don't care if the shots come out (why aren't you using a phone cam?), then this is OK. If you care at all, pay the $25 extra and get the Yongnuo. (Actually, Yongnuo has a 460-ii model for about $40. I haven't tried that, but I'd give it a shot before this one).
on January 27, 2015
On Brand New Energizer AA Batteries it fails to flash! (Yes, they are inserted properly) I also tried other batteries and to no avail.
Instructions are written in very Sloppy English, or what sounds to be English. Get this spell checked and grammar corrected!!
From the minute you open the box, don't even touch the "manual", you'll be much better off with common sense.
Connected to the hot shoe on my D3100 (what a Camera <3), with many alterations to settings on my cam and still nothing. This would lead to infer there might be a problem with the hot shoe, but no not even the TEST button on the flash would work. I try other flash heads and they work Flawlessly! Some lights come on this one but that is it. 100% useless. I read one reviewer has SIX of these and they work good, from the review here on Amazon - So I thought why not give it a try for $35. With the gear I own, I though this would do it's flashing...
So for me even that one star is a misperception about this review. Can't go lower than one star on Amazon, but still it's a disappointing product.
If you want a real flash go for Altura. I love it. Triggers every time, on hotshoe, wirelessly, slave modes.
on December 17, 2013
I was looking for a set of portable strobes to take into the field that could be used as portable flashes, and the Neewer TT560 would have seemed to fit the bill--with a claimed guide number (GN) of 38 (in meters, at ISO 100), this would be a powerful flash indeed and one could be forgiven for thinking that it would be as powerful as much more expensive flashes from Canon and Nikon.
Sadly, after ordering three flashes and testing all three, I have to report that the specifications are far from accurate.
To test the flash power, I used a flash meter, which can be used to provide the actual power of the unit. At full power, the flash should be putting out the power provided by the GN of 38 (in meters, at ISO 100) or if you're measuring distance to subject in feet, GN123. However, my testing revealed a consistent GN of between 45 and 48--only 40% of the claimed output.
On the positive side, all three of the flash units are very consistent in providing this output. But it's actually quite weak--with power dropping off enough that the flash becomes useless at distances more than 10 feet at ISO 100. Users will need to increase the ISO sensitivity of their cameras to increase flash effectiveness, even at minimal distances like 6 feet.
For the $39, this isn't a bad flash, just a terribly underpowered one. Add in the fact that it's a "manual-only" flash with no automatic or through the lens (TTL) metering capabilities and this flash is really a two-star flash. Too bad the manufacturer inflated the numbers--I might have bought something else instead!