After seeing so many people reaching out for guidance, we have decided to publish our dedicated Godox tt685c review in an attempt to help as many of our readers who are considering picking this flash unit up as possible. As you may know, we have already posted some review articles on other tt685 variants but the thing with the Canon variant of the flash unit is it is directly competing with the Canon Speedlite 430EX II (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
As a Canon camera owner, it should be no surprise that the 430EX II has one of the best reputations for a flash unit amongst the community while retailing at a very similar price point in the market. This makes competition very fierce for the tt685c but it is slowly building its reputation as well as steadily increasing its customer base.
As with any product that we review, we like to share some external reviews and today is no different. You can click here to read some independent reviews of the Godox TT685C that have been posted by other third-party Canon camera owners who use it as their go-to flash unit of choice. This is an excellent way to get some third-party insight into how the flash unit is performing for other photographers. If you like, you can also click here to read some independent reviews of the Canon Speedlite 430EX II, the Godox TT685Cs biggest competitor.
User Interface And Control System
Thankfully, just like most of the other modern Godox flash units available on the market these days, the Godox tt685c has a nice clean and easy to navigate menu system that prevents you from having to waste time trying to tweak settings mid-shoot. Even if you are new to using the Godox flash units or if you are totally new to using an external camera flash the menu for the tt685c is easy to pick up and will quickly become second nature.
All of the buttons on the control system of the flash are responsive and easy to press even if your fingers are cold or wet while the rotary dial is easy to turn to select the option you require. The mode button on the tt685c lets you quickly and easily switch between various flash mode settings such as manual camera flash, TTL mode, and guide number too helping save time during your session.
We really do feel like Godox has managed to smash the ball out of the park when it comes to the navigation menu and control system for the tt685 range. It hits a nice middle ground of having just enough customization to meet the majority of peoples needs while being easy enough to navigate without making it confusing making it quick and easy and ideal for all levels of experience.
Performance And Functionality
Considering its price point in the market, the Godox tt685c flash unit also offers a solid amount of functionality that makes it a useful flash unit in a large number of low light flash photography situations. The price tag also means that you are able to pick up multiple camera flashes if you are planning on using it for studio photography as it supports multi/stroboscopic flash functionality as well as master and slave functionality too.
The backlight on the navigation menu makes it very easy to see if your flash unit is in master or slave mode. If you are running it in master mode then the backlight will be green, if it is running in slave mode then it will be orange. If you are running a studio setup with multiple Godox tt685c cameras then this can save you a ton of time when fault finding between master and slave units.
The Godox tt685c also provides you with a zoom range of 20-200mm via both manual and automatic zoom control too. With a flash duration ranging from 1/300 to 1/20000 seconds, the Godox tt685c is able to fit the majority of flash photography situations that we feel our readers may end up in.
The battery life on the tt685c has also been improved when compared to previous Godox camera flashes too. A fully charged set of AA batteries will provide you with around two hundred and thirty flash activations but you have to keep in mind that the 0.1-2.6 second variable recycle time of the flash unit will burn through your battery life quicker the lower recycle time you have set up.
At the time of writing, the Godox tt685c is suitable for use with the following Canon cameras:-
- 5D Mark II
- 5D Mark III
As you would expect from a camera flash coming from Godox, especially when retailing at this price point in the market the build quality of the Godox tt685c really is excellent. It is a very lightweight and robust flash unit due to being made predominantly from high-quality plastics.
If you have been involved in photography for any decent amount of time then you will be fully aware of how much punishment your kit can take in your photography bag during transit between photography locations. Knowing that your flash unit is robust and can withstand this punishment without breaking can be a weight off your shoulders are you will probably have plenty to worry about anyway.
Thankfully, the great build quality on the Godox tt685c makes the actual flash head feel solid when you are looking to bounce your flash. You can easily rotate or tilt it as needed but the actual flash head doesn’t feel like it is going to break off the flash body in your hands.
That concludes our Godox tt685c review and we hope that you have found it helpful. We really do feel that the Godox tt685c could make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories but we still feel that the Canon Speedlite 430EX II (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is a better option for your flash photography.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Godox tt685c to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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