Voeloon V760 Canon Speedlight review

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Yet another installment of flash review time, This time I got to test a flagship speedlight from Voeloon. I have been quite impressed with the quality of Voeloon products so far. I already reviewed the Voeloon 331EX and I have been enjoying using it. The Voeloon V760 however is a much more powerful flagship flash model.

What comes in the box:

● Voeloon V760 Flash
● Flash soft pouch
● Flash Stand
● Manual
● Warranty Card
● Flash pamplet

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Features:
● HSS 1/8000
● E-TTL II For version Canon
● Compatible with Canon/Nikon wireless flash system(master and slave, Can exposure when as wireless master)
● Guide Number: GN60(ISO100, 180mm); GN38(ISO100, 35mm)
● Support Multi function & Front-Curtain/Rear-Curtain sync
● Fast recycle time: 2S(Ni-Mh battery)
● Auto/Manual zoom (24-180mm)
● Dot-matrix LCD & LED backlit
● Support on-camera or wireless TTL exposure compensation & exposure lock
● Equipped with indicator light for wireless remote mode
● Support red-eye reduction flash mode
● F1/F2 optical flash mode
● Support custom menu, memory function, sound monitoring
● Metal hot shoe, Low power tips & key lock
● Overheating protection(Thermal cut-out)
● PC terminal & external power source socket
● Built-in wide panel & bounce card

First impressions:
The flash was nicely and cleanly packed. The box was well padded. Inside everything was layed out nicely.. My first thought when I took out the manual was that it was thick and similar to brand flash manuals. There was a nice warranty sheet with it similar to the ones you would get with canon equipment. I love flashes with flash cases or pouches.. It keeps the flash nice and scratch free in a busy bag.. It has a flash stand that comes with it and fits nicely in a pocket inside the flash case.. The feel of the flash makes you think now this is a good quality flash.

Build Quality:
The flash is built well I would say it is up there with the brand flashes. The build between the Pixel Mago and the V760 is a toss up also.. Seems most flashes now days are getting better and better built catching up to brand flashes. Photographers starting now days are definitely spoiled with the affordable options out there. I do a thing called the squeeze test. It is where I very firmly squeeze different parts of the flash determining the amount of flex it has in it to tell the thickness and build of the flash.. The V760 is about on par with my Canon 580EXII which is basically my base line in testing quality. The V760 has much less flex than my YN568EX flashes. I did notice on the V760 that if tapping the back side buttons they are a tad lose causing them to tilt and move so the text gets out of line. Now that is nit picky but I try and mention every aspect.

<IMG_6089 Large dot matrix screen/Button Layout:
Normaly I am use to orange or green screens this screen is a pleasant sorta neutral grey. It is bright and I am able to view it from an angle that would be helpfully while on stand. The button layout is intuitive and easy to use..
IMG_6080 Quick lock lever
One feature that really lacked on third party flashes is quick release leavers. You always had to fight with the wheel. Voeloon implemented a quick lock lever almost exactly like the Canon leaver. It is a very nice feature I am seeing more and more of this in flashes. It brings a smile to my face when I see this.
IMG_6092 Ports:
The Voeloon V760 comes with a Canon Style HV port, PC port. No thread for mounting canon accessories. As with the Mago I kind of was disappointed we did not see a 3.5mm port here they are much more reliable than a PC port and becoming more standard.
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The battery compartment almost exactly matches the Nikon style compartment. The door is not flimsy and is quality made. The battery symbols are painted white and easy to read what is positive and negative. I like this instead of just engraved only symbols
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Diffuser panel and bounce card.
The normal diffuser panel standard on many flashes now days so nice to have. I however rarely use it or bounce cards any more. It still is nice to have.

In Use:
I did not have any shoots during my test period, however I had a challenging event. Christmas morning with 10+ kids at a grandparents house. In the pure ciaos of Christmas morning I was using the Voeloon V760 to capture the children opening their presents capturing those special moments.. The flash kept up and I did not really have any noticeable issues with focus acquisition. The flash indicates its dual processor that assists in this and exposure not not sure I can tell a difference but seems to work good. The af focus light has horizontal lines that cover all of the focus points on my 60d. The Lines are much more defined than my Mago focus spread. Also the light is in line with the cameras view unlike my YN568EX and my YN622C which always ends up a tad high.

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I got to test out the optical ttl slave with my popup master on my 60D which worked well with line of site. I was able to set my Voeloon 331EX and V760 on the floor and do a quick setup photos for the girls for my mom on Christmas. I was also able to get the v760 to work with both the YN622C and the Cactus V6 transceivers. More to come on this..

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Like many of my other flashes when bouncing you need to use FEC, however it seemed like I did not need to use as much as with my Canon 580EXII which normally sits at +1ev all the time… See further down for testing..

E-TTL Exposures:

The Voeloon V760 seems to be exposing subjects quite well with consistent results bounce and direct. When bouncing like all of my other flashes normally you have to add a tad FEC. With the Coellon V760 it seems I did not have to add any more than I have had to add with my Canon 580EXII.

Focus assist:

As mentioned before the focus beam is a nice spread covering the focus points of my Canon 60D. It seems that it is a has the sharp points but yet illuminates more than just the sharp lines.. In testing the YN focus assist lights seem a bit high the others are more to the middle of the viewfinder. Im sad to say but the Canon 580EXII is on the lower end of AF assist spread although it still does a good job.. The YN systems are a tad sharper lights. From my understanding YN uses a laser type of light it looks like unlike the others.

 

Voeloon V760 AF assist Light:

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Canon 580EXII Center point/ All AF assist Light:

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Pixel Mago AF assist Light:

Avantek DF660 AF assist Light:

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YN568EX AF assist Light:

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YN622C AF assist Light:

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Flash Spread in zoom:

One thing that impressed me was the quality of the flash spread on zoom.. I compared the V760 against the Canon 580EXII. It seems the V760 has a smoother distributed spread in zoom positions than my Canon 580EXII this was a pleasant surprise. See the following comparison.

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Power Testing:

The Voeloon did very well compared with my other TTL flashes in my arsenal.. I did regionally test against all my flashes including manual but the spread sheet go out of hand so I narrowed it to my E-TTL flashes I have.. Now take theses tests with a grain of salt I tried to keep as controlled of an environment as I could so they should all be the same.. Theses all were measured with a light meter set on 100iso 1/250 shutter speed

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Tilt head and swivel:

A must have for me in the flash is the ability to tilt and swivel the head. With this flash I am able to angle it and bounce off the walls and roof around me to get the lighting effect I need. The rotation is 270 degrees and 90 degrees up and down.

F1 and F2 slave:

A feature that basically I have come to expect in flashes and actually if reviewing flashes that do not have slave options. I point this out as a must now days to manufacturers. F1 means it fires on the initial flash.. This means that if you are using other manual flashes this is the option you use. If using TTL flashes set it to F2 so the optical slave will ignore the ttl pre flash and fires upon the main flash.

TTL master and Slave:

One really cool feature is the ability to either be master or slave to canons E-TTL IR flash system. Most third party flashes will allow you to be slave but being the master is a big positive. Having the master control on flash is good. I got to try this out while taking pictures of my Nieces at christmas. It worked really well. You can set the flash on camera to emit or not emit to the scene. Also all the in camera menus work correctly it seems. So you can managed the master functions either through the flash control menu, or from the flash its self.

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Multi-mode:

In Multi Flash mode you can control the number of pulses and the flash frequency. This is very handy if you are doing things like trying to capture an object multiple times at different points in a frame. The lower the power the more pulses you can get in of course. It seems pretty easy to setup.

Audio feedback:

One feature that many brand name flashes do not have but off brand flashes do is a ready beep. This is very important to me during a shoot because I know when the flash is ready to fire again with out having to be looking. When you are sitting there taking photos of your client quickly you do not have the time to be distracted looking for the ready light to change.. With a ready beep you can keep your view focused on the subject through the viewfinder to get the best photos possible. I am however not a fan of a beep each menu change. I believe this needs to be an option difference between ready beep and if you want menu beep.

Over Heat Protection:
The V760 has builtin over heat protection to protect the tube and flash from buying up. The overheat protection kicks in after 25 consecutive full power pops.. It works correctly. I tried to ask if there was a secondary system besides just the count could not get verification. I know some flashes have the number limit then they have a secondary over heat sensor to fully shut it down.. Voeloon said you can turn it off for 5 min and turn it back on.. You can disable overheat protection in the sub menu but I would highly suggest not turning it off. Unless you feel like you want to fry your flash for fun.. I would strongly suggest against it. Turning over heat protection off will shorten the life of your flash or completely burn it up.. I did test the feature and it shut the flash off after 25 shots.

Recycle time:
They indicate recycle time full power with enloop NiMh batteries are at 2 seconds. I have not had a chance to test this. Look back for an update on testing and comparison to there flashes.

Radio trigger compatibility:
Of course one big thing is many of us don’t necessarily want to switch trigger systems.. So it is nice when flashes work with existing systems and this is the case with the Voeloon V760… Of course it will work with all center pin fire triggers. However now days we are concerns with triggers that allow for remote power control.

YN622C:
The Voeloon V760 seems to work fully with the YN622C Manual and E-TTL control. FEC does not show actual on the flash adjustment however the flash output still changes so as fully as I can tell the YN622C is fully compatible.

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Cactus V6:
The Cactus V6 you can not manually create a profile because the V760 uses a digital protocol, however there are existing profiles that work with the V760. To use the V760 with the Cactus V6 you need to be at Cactus V6 FW level v1.1.006. It seems some older and newer FW versions do not work.. I am going to address this with cactus but v1.1.006 does work. You can use the Godox v860C profile or the YN568EX* profile. I would suggest using the Godox v860c profile because the flash power is a closer match on the v860 than the YN568EX..

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Voeloon future Canon TTL trigger:
Voeloon developed the 810-RT trigger for Nikon they are currently developing one for Canon that will work with their E-TTL flashes among others. I may be reviewing this later on so more to come.

Summary:
The Voeloon V760 is a good well built flash. Its price point is in the mid to high 100$. I would expect the flash to be of quality and it does not disappoint.. It has some touch competition now days. I feel my self putting this flash on my camera just as much as my Canon flash.. It is powerful and able to keep up with the situations I need it for. The power output and performance of this flash I have no problem using it in professional use.

Pros:
-Well built flash, seems good quality in construction
-Feature packed
-Large LCD screen that is easy to read
-Intuitive controls and use.
-Manual and E-TTL
-HSS
-Cactus V6 and YN622C compatibility *see review text for Cactus V6 FW notes*
-Canon like quick lock shoe

Negatives:
-Lack of usb port for firmware upgrades
-PC port instead of 3.5mm
-Lack of 1/4-20 mounting thread “I always want a 1/4-20 thread on the side Like RF60 and LP180 for stand mounting but that’s picky.”
-Price *I feel that the quality of the flash the price makes sense*

Price: ~169 on ebay ~189-200 on Amazon..

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