If you are looking for a fast, light-weight and pocket-friendly light source; look. Those days are gone when you needed assistance to carry around large-sized battery packs no further than the latest entry to the Godox family the Godox Ad200 TTL pocket flash accompanying a 120cm softbox.
No need to struggle with boxes of kit either. Now you can easily take it with you anywhere you want, and yes, it fits conveniently in your pocket! This is not the only reason why we love the new Godox AD200. Here is a review to let you know about it.
Godox AD200 Features
Unlike its predecessors, like the AD360, the Godox AD200 packs a great punch by being lightweight, compact and portable. It has a battery that is built-in, and that means no more suspended or sagging lines and cables.
It may be a tad larger than the speed light but its almost one-third the weight of the AD600. Being just 2lbs (19.7 oz without flash head and battery), it is just so easy to carry around with you.
Talking about the Controls section, the product is a bit tricky to control due to controlling screen being at the back of the light. The screen includes different modes which enable the user to work through conditions using HSS, LED, 32 Channels, Custom functions, and Power mode. While if one wants to know that, will there be any new model of the AD200?
It is sad to say that it is one of its kinds and will not be getting a new version on any improving specifications and stuff. These details are pretty obliged for professional users or professional photographers that they might want a new model of this product due to the build quality of it.
In the start, it would be a bit tricky to work with this gadget, but it would seem to get easier as one gets to know different modes of the AD200.
Is the Design of Godox AD200 softbox reliable?
The quality of its built is good, and it seems durable and sturdy, almost at parity with the Canon and Nikon speed lights. The dials and buttons are of a much better standard than the previous flashes like the AD360 or the AD600, giving it an outlook that is of superior grade.
It has a pleasing LCD panel for exhibiting the existing status of the flash. This top-quality and clear AV panel offers convenient operation even for the novice user. Truly speaking, the built quality is a benchmark in the industry, giving the bigger brands a hard time altogether.
If one can relate this product with a speed light, only difference one gets is the rotation. Head of Godox Ad200 does not rotate as compared to the speed light. Speedlights have a rotating head which are a beneficial thing and more appealing thing as compared to this product.
Godox AD200 Battery
The Godox AD200 has a lithium battery that is 14.4 V / 2900 mAH with a power remaining indicator. It has a super quick recycle time that is only a mere 0.01 to 2.1 seconds. That means more flashes and double the pleasure of taking good shots.
Personally, we like shooting babies, and this super flash is just the thing to use. Babies don’t wait for you to recycle your flash. They just keep doing their cute little movements as quick as they can. So with this kind of recycle time, you can get a sure shot photo super quick. It also gives you 500 full power flashes which are truly awesome.
Another thing that is spectacular about the AD200 is that it has two flash heads that are interchangeable. One is a speed light-type Fresnel head, and the other is a bare bulb-style head, and one can be easily swapped with the other.
Why these two are used is the important thing to know here. The Fresnel head gives better compatibility when you are on the go as there are fewer chances of breakage when using this head.
It has a small LED modeling lamp that can be useful in situations where low lighting is needed. Whereas the bare bulb head gives you diffuse light projection when used along with an umbrella or softbox.
This ensures a more even light source with large modifiers and a whole lot more power. The only thing that we didn’t like was the fact that the head does not articulate much which is a slight hindrance to your work. Also, the Fresnel head does not allow zooming. Nevertheless, considering other features, these are minor limitations.
Modes of Godox AD200
Like the AD600, the AD200 delivers both TTL and HSS support with the Godox trigger system. Both are compatible with Nikon and the Godox H-1 trigger.
The TTL is precise, and a feature that is relevant here is that it automatically switches to HSS when the shutter speed goes above 1/160. This can be tiresome for some photographers as other flashes can hold up to 1/250 without HSS.
AD200 also supports the Fuji X system, which is good news for Fuji users. There is a built-in 2.4G wireless X system which can be used to attain the TTL mode. You can regulate the TTL functions using the wireless control and even adjust the power levels of the flash along with the sound beep as well as use it to trigger the flash.
Among the accessories are a 3.5mm sync cord jack and a wireless control port. These can be used to attain multiple means to trigger the flash. These Amazing Features or modes will help you managing the trigger system.
Talking about the company that it did not manage to include such modes before but now it is a promoting alternative which people can use while photographing.
This is the thing when you want a good gadget. One should always view the recycle speed and shutter speed because there might be some times when the photographer had to click speedy images two or three times.
Fascinating Result of Godox Speedlight
The AD 200 packs a power punch. It’s better than almost twice the number of speed lights which is beneficial for most speed light users. But it is less powerful than the heavier AD600 yet more portable.
So, it would of be of help if you use two AD200 flashes and hence get around to being 1/3 stops short of a full AD600. Thus, giving you better output than the regular speed light and being in handy at the same time.
The thing you need most as a photographer is a powerful flash that recycles quickly, and the Godox AD200 is just the thing for you.
Godox AD200 Accessories
The AD200 accepts the Godox mount with several accessories, e.g. barn doors, color filters, and diffuser, etc. so you can use a wide range of products for better light projection.
It holds some features which you would not get with other flashes. This even reduces the extra baggage that you would need to carry around with you whenever you leave for an outdoor or field shoot.
Some wedding photographers find it handy as the head allows simple and easy attachment of its accessories.
Compatibility of the Product
The Fresnel head can adopt typical speed light modifiers like the MagGrip from MagMod, Rogue flash benders, gels, etc. Barn door, honeycomb and gel holder is also provided by Godox for the Fresnel head.
The multi-directional head can also incorporate modifiers that were designed for the AD360ii. But the AD200 can have a problem with the rear-mount speed light softboxes such as the Wescott Rapid box for the sole reason that the AD200 cannot bend, it might not be a good fit with those types of modifiers.
Should You Buy Godox Ad200 Kit?
This question is a mere applicable thing towards the merits and demerits of the product one is reviewing. In case all the demands, influential components, and intuitions meet your criteria, then why not.
One should definitely get his or her hands around such kind of product. Godox Speedlight is a very excellent and handy product. One might get stuck in getting better lighting condition; this is where Godox ad200 kit comes into the rescue.
The user will not get stuck; one will just have to bring out the Godox Ad200 and start setting up some details and also trying checking out the conditions from different angles. This product here is the key to a good and non-pixilated photo which can be put in one’s memories and albums.
Although most of the people want their gadgets to look graceful, this product here is the number one contender for being graceful if it is put in from with all of its gadget.
Concluding the details, all in all, the AD200 is a great catch. If you are one who likes to be nimble and quick yet at the same time, you prefer to travel light; you can go right ahead and get yourself an AD200.
Godox ad200 kit is a fine product from the Godox family. We would suggest getting yourself two of these little beauties to assist you in speed light photography with almost the same power as the AD600, a more powerful entity altogether.
The AD200 is everything that it is promised to be…a small, fast, powerful, reliable and well-designed flash. Setting it to be right in between the speed light and the moonlight, it is a real treat for the passionate photographer.
In a quick summary of its features, the Godox AD200 flash has dual flash heads, built-in 2.4G wireless X system, TTL, HSS of up to 1/8000th of a second, 60 guide number and second-curtain sync.
These are to be the best features on a gadget like this having a low-cost budget on it. If these features don’t make you drool, then you will be missing out on a great deal. Make sure to review everything the nice way and think three times before getting to a real decision.
It will help you more if thought thrice and not one single time. Once again, Godox AD200 is a good machine to run at many moments of troubles because it works as a remedy.