The FJ400 flash and trigger

Wait? How A lot? Did Westcott simply outdo Godox?

Westcott has simply introduced the FJ400 Strobe, which on first look isn’t that thrilling. Then you definitely see the worth, solely $569! That’s $80 cheaper than the ultra-popular Godox AD400. That’s earlier than you get to the common set off system. Has Wescott carried out the inconceivable? Has Westcott out Godoxed Godox?


Let’s get these things out of the way in which. If you’d like the headline numbers, right here they’re:

FJ400 Strobe

  • 400 watt-second AC/DC strobe
  • 9 F-stop vary in 0.1 and 1.Zero increments
  • Mains energy adapter included
  • 0.9 recycle time at full energy
  • 480+ full-power flashes per strobe
  • 0.05 second recycle time on the lowest energy setting
  • 20 watt LED modeling lamp (Daylight balanced)
  • Excessive-Pace Sync as much as 1/8000th second, TTL and rear curtain sync
  • Bowens Mount
  • Collection of gels (full CTO, has CTO, window inexperienced and diffusion) included. These connect by magnets
  • Shade Display

X2-M set off

  • Common wi-fi radio set off for FJ400 strobe
  • Suitable with many Canon, Nikon, Sony (with adapter), Fuji, Panasonic Lumix and Olympus cameras (extra are being examined by Westcott)
  • Built-in long-lasting lithium-ion battery
  • As much as 200,000 flashes per cost cycle
  • Wi-fi communication vary of as much as 985 toes (300m)
  • Bluetooth appropriate with free cellular app
  • USB Sort-C to USB-A wire for fast charging and firmware updates
  • 6 teams and 16 wi-fi channels
  • Shade LCD display screen

It is a critical specification listing that clearly exhibits that Westcott is after potential Godox customers. 

The Flash

westcott-fj400-strobe-Wescott FJ400 flash with bag and filters

westcott-fj400-strobe-Wescott FJ400 flash with bag and filters

The headline specs on this are large. Not solely is the flash cheaper than the Godox AD400, but it surely has a bigger battery permitting for extra flashes (480 for the Westcott vs. 390 for the Godox). That is on the expense of dimension, with the Westcott being barely bigger than the Godox. I’d personally fortunately commerce the dimensions (and accompanying weight) distinction for the additional flashes. 

The opposite actually spectacular characteristic is that the Westcott features a mains cable, permitting you to plug within the Westcott FJ400 Strobe and use it as an ordinary studio strobe. For the Godox that is a further further. 

Lastly, the mount is Bowens (as is Godox), which lets you use a number of totally different modifiers in any respect totally different worth factors. It additionally has an adapter for the Fast Field system, which means you may simply use the superb Westcott modifiers

The Set off

westcott-fj400-strobe-Westcott X2-M Trigger

westcott-fj400-strobe-Westcott X2-M Trigger

The common set off is one thing that’s going to be extremely helpful to many individuals. I shoot each Canon and Fuji and at the moment have two triggers that I’ve to recollect every time I shoot. The truth that this technique has a common system is admittedly thrilling for these of us who shoot totally different manufacturers. 

I additionally just like the motion within the set off. The truth that I can flick it up when setting my lights, then flick it again right down to maintain a extra compact footprint is thrilling. The LCD display screen dimension is good and massive which means it will likely be straightforward to vary settings. The included Li-Ion battery is nice for 200,000 flashes. That is nice, however I do like utilizing AA batteries on my triggers. It’s the peace of thoughts that I can get batteries irrespective of the place I’m. 

For these of you who use Sony cameras, you will want to purchase an adapter. Nonetheless, that is solely $20. 

Isn’t this only a rebadged Jinbei?

It definitely appears like these strobes are based mostly on the Jinbei. It’s not completely stunning that the FJ400 Strobe has been based mostly round an present system. The worth level Westcott has introduced this unit out at can be extremely troublesome in the event that they needed to create the entire system from scratch. 

I’m not an skilled on digital engineering, so can’t touch upon the precise variations, however I’ve a hunch that the Westcott FJ400 might be constructed to a barely greater specification. How a lot, nevertheless, is to be decided. The filter system included with the Westcott is extra sensible than these I’ve seen included with the Jinbei system. 

Additionally, Westcott has glorious customer support. You get to speak to an actual individual on the telephone and issues are US-based.  For a lot of photographers, and particularly professionals, nice customer support is price its weight in gold.

When can I get it?

Westcott expects to be delivery the FJ400 Strobe for the tip of October. 

If you wish to get your self extra excited, you may try the announcement video beneath.

So, are you excited by the FJ400? Is it sufficient to influence you to take a look at the swap from Godox? As at all times, let me know within the feedback! 

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