MoLight FAQ

Need to learn how to use your MoLight gear?  Check out the MoLight Video Page or my YouTube Channel.  Also check out the User Manual download page.

 

Who manufactures the MoLights?

All of my MoLight speedlights and flashes are manufactured by Godox Ltd, a large and well-respected manufacturer of photographic gear based out of Shenzhen, China.  You will see the lights under different brand names, including Godox, Neewer, Flashpoint, Strobies, Bolt, Cheetah, and others.  Yes, these are the same flashes and they should all work together perfectly.

 

So what’s different about MoLights?

Excellent question.  There are actually several very important benefits to purchasing MoLights over other brands.

  1. I am a well-known working master photographer and this is the gear that I use.  I know it very well and if I can stand up the abuse of a full-time professional like myself, I am confident that will meet the requirements that virtually any pro can dish out.
  2. You have someone you can contact and talk to.  I’m not a faceless website based who-knows-where. My email is michael@michaelmowbray.com
  3. I am based right here in the good old USA. Place your order today and you will have your gear quickly.  No more waiting weeks for gear to arrive from sketchy overseas retailers. I stock the gear here in Wisconsin and ship using your preferred shipping service: USPS Priority Mail, FedEx Ground and Air.
  4. I go above and beyond offering products.  I also show you how to use these products via educational videos and tutorials.
  5. I personally test each battery and flash after they arrive from the manufacturer. This double-check on quality ensures that only the best gear arrives on your doorstep.
  6. I offer a 6 month replacement guarantee on ALL defective gear. If a battery fails within 6 months, I will replace it. If a flash fails from a defect, I will replace within 6 months of purchase.  If it has the MoLight label, it’s covered!

Will the MoLight 850 and the AD360 work together?

Yes, absolutely!  Using the FT16 transmitter with the FT16 receiver clipped onto the AD360 and the FT16s receiver clipped onto the 850 speedlight, you can remotely control the power on both lights as well as trigger them to fire simultaneously.  Just be sure that you have the proper version of the FT16 receiver for your flash (regular FT16 for the AD360 and the rectangular FT16s for the 850).

 

Will MoLights work with my Canon or Nikon flashes?

Yes, no, and it depends.

For TTL Gear: If you have the AD360II or TT685 TTL gear, then you can pair an X1 receiver with newer model Canon (580EXII, 600EX-RT, 430EXII, 430EXIII-RT) and Nikon flashes (SB910, 900, 800, 700) and have them work with the MoLight system in both TTL and manual.  Be sure to check out my How To Video.

For Manual Gear:  If you have the AD360 or V850 manual flashes, you can use the Cells II transceiver with your Canon and Nikon flashes set up off camera. Slide your Canon or Nikon flash onto the hotshoe of the Cells II, set the Cells II switches to “Flash” and “Rx”, and be sure that the dip switches on the Cells II are set to the same frequency as your FT16 or Cells II transmitter. The branded flashes will fire when you trigger the transmitter.  However, your FT16 transmitter will not be able to control the power settings on your Canon or Nikon branded flashes. You will need to set your flash to Manual mode and manually set the flash to the power setting you desire.

 

Will MoLights work with my Alien Bees, Photogenics, Insert Studio Brand Name Here?

Yes, see the description above, with one important change.  Because you cannot slide your studio strobe onto the hotshoe of the Cells II, you will need to connect it to your cord using a cable. There are several adapters that ship with your Cells II. Be sure to use the one that is appropriate for your studio strobe.

 

Will the MoLight 850, 860 and AD360 work with high speed sync (HSS)?

You bet!  First, be sure to turn on the HSS feature on your flash.  Be sure that the FT16 receiver that fits your flash is connected to your flash.  Place a Cells II (C version for Canon, N version for Nikon) in your camera hotshoe.  Set the Cells II to “Camera” and “TX”.  You can use your FT16 transmitter handheld off of the camera to remotely turn the power up and down on your flashes. Then, set your shutter speed and aperture according to the ambient exposure you desire.  Check out my demonstration video to more fully understand when and how to use HSS flash. Please note that the minimum power setting you can use for HSS with the AD360 is ⅛ power.  The MoLight 850 and 860 speedlights will allow HSS for all power levels.

 

Can MoLights work in high speed sync (HSS) with my Canon or Nikon flashes?

Yes, if you have the AD360II and/or TT685 along with the X1 transmitter and with your Canon or Nikon flash on an X1 receiver.

With the manual flashes, not really.  Or at least, not easily. You probably can cobble together some work around by adding in something like the Yongnuo 622 transceiver, but this starts to get messy in my opinion. I do still use Canon 600EX-RT flashes for my candid wedding work, but prefer to use the MoLight AD360s for my wedding location lighting when I am photographing my creative images with the bride and groom, or lighting the wedding party or family for the more formal group shots.  But I don’t mix them together.

 

How many shots can I take in HSS before I have to work about thermal shutdown or overheating?

10 seems to be the norm if taken very quickly, as in back to back to back…etc.  However, I have rarely incurred a thermal shutdown.  I photograph a lot of weddings and high school seniors outside in the hot sun of summer, too.  I guess it come down to your working style.  I’m not popping away like a paparazzi on the red carpet. I’ve found that in general I may take 4 – 8 shots of a given pose/look before I move on to a different look.  This works well with the system and gives it a chance to stay cool and not overheat. My advice is this:  what type of work will you be doing out in the full sun?  Portrait and wedding work should be fine.  Fashion work with a lot of shots in a short amount of time will likely trigger the thermal shut down to protect the unit from overheating, which will likely be the case for any system you use in high speed sync mode. If this fits you, you may need to use a neutral density filter in order to get a lower shutter speed and remove the necessity of using HSS.

 

Will MoLights work in TTL?

Yes, the AD360II, TT685, and V860 work very well in TTL.  The regular AD360 and V850 flashes are manual-only, however.

 

What flashes will the MoLight ProPac PB960 work with?

This lightweight but super-highpowered beauty matches up with the MoLight AD360 and AD180 superflashes.  In addition, you can use this puppy to dramatically shorten the recycle times on your Canon, Nikon, Sony and Metz flashes.  I stock the special Canon and Nikon cords and can special order the cords for Sony and Metz upon request. Remember, this powerpack has TWO output jacks, so you can run TWO flashes off of one pack…awesome!  Just be sure to get a cord for each flash.

 

Can I use a powerpack with the MoLight 850 and 860 speedlights?

No, but you don’t need one!  These speedlights come with a revolutionary 11.1v lithium ion rechargeable battery.  You’ll get lightning fast recycle times along with power to last all day…up to 650 full-power flashes on one charge!

 

How powerful is the MoLight AD360 superflash?

The superflash is rated at 360ws (watt seconds), but  I like guide numbers, because watt seconds don’t always translate into light output.  The AD360 and AD360II have a Guide Number of 80 in meters.  It puts out 2/3 more light than the Phottix Indra 500!  In general, I think of one AD360 being equal to 4+ speedlights.

 

Can you use the MoLight AD360 with large, studio softboxes and modifiers?

Abso-freaking-lutely!  In fact, that’s why I purchased my own AD360 in the first place.  I use only battery-powered speedlights and superflashes in my studio — no plugged in studio strobes at all.  And my work speaks for itself…numerous state and national awards, including multiple PPA International Photographer of the Year medals.  But I digress…you can use any of these lights in a standard softbox as long as you have the appropriate speedring or adapter.  Everyday I use my GoMo Boxes in the studio and on location. I’ve also used a plethora of other types of modifiers, both large and small, over the years.  From a Larson 4’x6’ softbox to a Westcott 7’ parabolic, to Westcott Apollo and Rapid Boxes, to simple umbrellas.  Any and all will work with either the MoLight speedlights or superflashes.when equipped with a cold shoe adapter or similar connector.

 

 

Colin Boyle - April 25, 2016 - 1:54 am

Hi Micheal. My names Colin as you can see…. I know that Godox makes a VN860II for Sony, and a X1 also for Sony. Trouble is no one reputable seems to want to sell them. Do you sell them by any chance? I am based in NZ. Cheers Col

Michael Mowbray - April 25, 2016 - 7:15 am

Hi Colin. Yes, I will be carrying these soon. I just placed my order with the factory and should have them in stock in 3-4 weeks. Shipping to NZ might be pricey, but I’ll be happy to check into it for you.

Gene Durnin - April 26, 2016 - 1:14 am

Hi Michael, I know you do not yet stock them but are you able to tell me the difference between the VN860S and the TT685S ? I shoot a Sony A7ii and wish to get some reasonably priced flashes. In other words, why would I buy a VN860 and not a TT685 . Hope this makes sense and think you. Gene

Michael Mowbray - April 26, 2016 - 7:19 am

Hi Gene
The only difference is the V860II-S has an internal 11.1v lithium ion battery pack, which means much faster recycle times and no need for an external battery pack. The TT685 runs on AAs. The V860II is higher priced because of the battery — $189 vs $129 for the TT685.

Mauricio Fernandez - October 25, 2016 - 9:32 pm

R2 receiver won’t work when not connected to 600rt hot shoe when conected buy a cable only is that normal, like with pocket wizard attached to flash.

Michael Mowbray - October 26, 2016 - 3:40 pm

I guess I’m having a hard time understanding what you are trying to do and why you would want to try to use the cable with a Canon 600EX-RT when you can more easily slide that flash into the hotshoe of the receiver. I think you are making this too complicated.

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