elv wrote in post #18488224
I feel like I'm talking to myself here...
Last time I'm going to mention it, you may want to wait for the R2 Pro II (the original Flashpoint transmitter).
No, quite the opposite.
Godox has created a new transmitter to replace 2+ others and would like my hard earned money. It is to be a replacement for an older transmitter I am using now. In order for that to happen, it has to satisfy my needs. I have simply stated my concerns when doing a tripod sequence of 2 hour sessions of group portraits, and how the new transmitter would be hard to manage and see, and suggested some simple changes or a new adapter that could help for a future release.
What I have received from you and others are:
a. What? You don't have one and thus you just don't understand. You can see the device if you stand on your tippy toes. That 30deg angle is better than the horizontal display of Canon and YN. I agree with the latter, and think the former is less than ideal I know that when I have my camera at eye level for the viewfinder, I WILL NOT be able to easily see a screen tilted away from me at 60deg and be able to easily use it unless I bring a small stool to stand on, or get on my toes. That was exactly the solution I was looking for in a new replacement, wasn't it!
b. Lower the camera... I am doing group portraits, which mean some folks are taller than I am, and some are lower than I am. Many are older, and already are uncomfortable with how they look (mainly the women obviously). Lowering the camera makes it worse. I have been doing these sessions for 6 or more years now, and started with lower, the results are better with a higher camera angle.
c. Buy a 2nd device, or that one device you were going to replace with the new product... You are going to have to keep it. I shouldn't have to buy extra units or keep older units around if I am buying an upgraded transmitter. Having all these extra items, cables, or brackets or a 2nd unit makes the Godox transmitter system more expensive, and more difficult to do setup for these sessions.
d. Wait for a new unit, it will solve all your concerns, or part of them. Well that is probably the best answer so far. The X1 is workable, just a pain, but it does the job. But also so is spending more money for cables, brackets or a second unit, or go back to having to hold one unit in my hand to adjust settings. This is the second best answer, to keep my X1 and use the Xpro in hand to adjust things. One of these two will be the solution for me. Neither ideal, but since this isn't a weekly thing for me, I can either wait and continue using the X1, or keep it (as a backup I guess), and then use the Xpro in hand.
I have suggested some changes that hopefully get into the next gen units, quite frankly things that aren't even a novel idea even. Having bluetooth in a transmitter so I can control with an app is so 5 years ago even. Several things in my house are controllable by bluetooth, some by simple voice commands, through $40+ devices I have purchased, lights, music, temperature, etc. Having bluetooth in a flash controller isn't a novel idea for pete's sake. Even a hot shoe adapter to change the angle for those that want a different angle is an easy product to develop and wouldn't be very expensive at all. A tilting LCD touch screen with orientation sensor would be cool and worth spending more money on as well.
I know for those close to development of new products, it's hard to hear things like this, but suggestions from customers is what brings a product line forward. It is good that you will continue to make suggestions to the group responsible for designs, I wish you luck.