Godox is releasing a lens-sized AD300Pro strobe that may double up as a video light

Jan 24, 2020

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Godox is releasing a lens-sized AD300Pro strobe that may double up as a video light

Jan 24, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It might seem odd for Godox to release a 300Ws strobe when they already have the AD200Pro and AD400Pro (not to mention the AD360II is still technically a thing), but that appears to be exactly what they’re doing. A listing on the Adorama website for the Flashpoint Xplor300 Pro TTL strobe has just appeared.

Godox hasn’t made an announcement, but given that the rest of Adorama’s range is made by Godox and the similar design construction, it’s not much of a stretch to assume this is, too. But what makes this strobe particularly useful for photographers is that it’s about the same size as your average 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, so it’s easy to throw in your camera bag.

The specs on the listing look about what we’d expect, although there are a couple of interesting points.

  • Second Curtain Sync
  • 300ws in the most well thought out design
  • Ready for shot after shot with 0.01 – 1 Second Recycle Time
  • Reliable and brilliant Flashpoint R2 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Auto-Sensing and Switching Radio Slave Modes for Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax and Panasonic/Olympus M4/3
  • 328 feet / 100 meter R2 signal reception range
  • Rear port interchangeable 14.4V / 2600mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Manual Flash over 9 Stops: 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd or 1/10th Increments)
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multie
  • 5 Groups keep the pace and the peace – A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels protect the isolation of the signal
  • High Speed Sync to 1/8000th second
  • Advanced IGBT circuitry for stable and precise flash duration
  • Last Shot Auto Memory Function
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • S1 Standard & S2 ‘Smart’ Optical Slave Modes
  • Professional balanced Color Temperature at 5600øK ± 200øK
  • Stable Color Mode narrows to variable down to ±75øK
  • Bi-Color LED Modelling Light (3000øK ~ 6000øK) (M / Prop)
  • Native Godox Modifier Mount
  • Quiet Fan Cooled mechanism
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • An Abundance of Custom Functions
  • Type C USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • 3.5mm Sync Port for manual sync connection
  • Sleek measurements 7.5×3.8×3.4in / 19.0×9.8×8.7cm
  • Light Weight Heavyweight at just over 3.0lb / 1.4kg with Battery

The size is the obvious one. At 19 x 9.8 x 8.7cm it’s not that different in size to something like the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E which measures 8.85cm diameter (not including the tripod foot) and is 20.25cm long, making it easily fit into a lens pouch for transport or into a regular lens slot in your backpack or other camera bags. It also weighs about the same, too, with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E coming in at right around 1.4kg.

Also interesting, is that the modelling light is bicolour. Modelling lights are traditionally only used to give the photographer an idea of how the light’s falling on the subject before taking the shot and don’t actually contribute to the shot. So, being bicolour, along with the mention of the quiet fan, suggests that Godox might intend the AD300Pro to perform double duty and be more capable for video use than previous Godox strobes.

It comes with a Godox modifier mount built-in as standard, but the listing description does seem to suggest that a Bowens mount adapter will either become available for the AD300Pro, or it’ll come shipped with the light, as is the case with the AD400Pro.

Looking at where it sits in the current Godox lineup…

Well, the AD200Pro is a fantastic light, I use a couple myself, but sometimes you need just a little more power or speed (or both), which is where the AD300Pro will no doubt come in. The cylindrical design means it’s just as easy to put into a camera bag as a lens, which makes it easier to lug around than the AD400Pro, which comes in its own separate case. It also has a faster recycle time of up to 1 second, as opposed to the AD200Pro’s 1.8 seconds.

As with all Godox lights, it’s fully compatible with the rest of the Godox X 2.4Ghz system (including Adorama’s R2 Pro Mark II trigger) and offers TTL and HSS all the way up to 1/8000th of a second. It uses a similar style of battery (although not the same battery) as the AD200Pro, which sits internally in the unit, although the listing doesn’t mention how many full power pops you can expect on a full charge.

The listing on the Adorama website looks like it might still be under construction, as some sections of the description actually refer to the Godox AD600Pro, and a couple of sentences are just generally a little odd. But if you want to see the full thing, head on over to the Adorama website.

There’s no word on price yet, but with the AD200Pro at $349 and the AD400Pro at $649, I think we may be likely to see this somewhere around the $499 mark. There’s no mention of a release date yet, either, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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18 responses to “Godox is releasing a lens-sized AD300Pro strobe that may double up as a video light”

  1. José Soriano Avatar
    José Soriano

    I think this is freaking awesome. I love my ad200 but the fact that you can avoid bringing the bracket and fits in you bad is a great thing

  2. RyanT Avatar
    RyanT

    My AD200 is pretty rad, ordered a V1 speedlight to complement it for real estate and architecture shoots. Having an integrated bowens would be fantastic, and while the cheap little video head for the AD200 is good for a hair light it’s not good for anything else. If the 400 can be a decent video light that would be awesome too.

  3. Chris Diller Avatar
    Chris Diller

    This really seems like it could be the perfect light. Having an option for the modeling lamp temp is smart. I actually swapped out all the 150w modeling in my studio strobes with 100w 5600k LED bulbs (highest dimmable bulbs I could find). Not to mention I don’t have to worry about destroying filtersmodifiers with a super hot bulb . Making sure there’s a Bowens mount option also super smart. Plus everything else, small size, hss, built in wireless, looks like it can go down to 1256th, under 1s recycle time, out of the way battery pack, etc… Bravo ?

    1. Ofer Rosner Avatar
      Ofer Rosner

      Can you share what are the led bulbs

  4. Robert Hicks Avatar
    Robert Hicks

    Godox and Fuji seem to be on a roll for the things I didn’t know I wanted.

  5. Carlos David Avatar
    Carlos David

    This is the flash I’ve been waiting for. Yes. Glad I waited.

  6. Peter Hollos Avatar
    Peter Hollos

    Oha the B10 from Godox ?

    1. HariS Avatar
      HariS

      And something we humans can afford

  7. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    if this little puppy comes out as they say its going to have a loyal fan base in no time… my ony gripe at this moment is… the bowens mount issue… i would love to see the bowens mount adapter included… that way its immediately useful in a studio and of course on location.
    Love this…

  8. mark meerdam Avatar
    mark meerdam

    It’s about 87mm diameter perfectly round at the front, so with an adapter ring or some hard felt or rubber padding around it would probably take Profoto (ocf) mount modifiers. which would make it an excellent b10 alternative :P

  9. Se77e Avatar
    Se77e

    You can now get refurbished B10s from profoto at about a grand. The B10 is a bit lighter and probably a bit more powerful. It is certainly better built, nicer and safer to use – just look at those buttons, the display and that bracket. I always replaced Godox brackets with Manfrottos coz they were bits of plastic cr4p.
    More importantly, two of my AD200s broke within a year, while my B10s still work perfectly after 2 years. So no, this Godox does not seem cheaper in the long term, just more trouble.
    On the other hand, cheap stuff is good to get one’s feet wet. Then, put in more money and buy the proper stuff. Wait, that’s even more expensive…

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      So a used one is twice the price of a new AD300Pro? I don’t know how you killed your AD200s. I’ve got two AD200s, two AD200Pros, two AD360s, an AD400Pro, an AR400 ringflash and an AD600Pro. They’re all still working just fine. :)

      1. Se77e Avatar
        Se77e

        I am glad for you. The Manfrotto brackets are not very expensive, I suggest you use those to avoid accidents with the Godox plasticky things. By the way, do they still unscrew on their own accord?

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          I’ve had no “accidents” with them, even using 5ft octaboxes. They still screw and unscrew fine and only when I tell them to.

          1. Se77e Avatar
            Se77e

            I may have got two lemons out of three, it’s possible. One of them died while lying about, from one day to the next, perhaps poltergeist. The other got a bit wet inside a backpack, the rest of the gear did not suffer at all. Wet poltergeist. The brackets came loose countless times until I added manfrottos + growers, it’s a design error, but again, I might be too choosy.
            There is also the psychological side of it: the high price of the Profotos sort of pushes you into being more careful, so the odds of an accident are lower.

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Maybe it’s just me. I’m careful with all my gear.

            Well, except for that one Godox AD360-II I bounced off a rock and into a river. It was fine after a week of drying out and a new flash tube. :)

          3. Se77e Avatar
            Se77e

            LOL.

  10. gurpreet singh Avatar
    gurpreet singh

    oh it will good to carry it in kit or lens bag. my friend used godox other strobe and found trouble to carry it on shoot. some photographers use speed-light flash for shoot. check out my post on

    godox s-type bowens mount for speedlite