Godox set their sights on Elinchrom with new flavour of AD600 strobe

Oct 30, 2017

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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.

Godox set their sights on Elinchrom with new flavour of AD600 strobe

Oct 30, 2017

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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With Bowens now out of the picture, it looks like Godox have realigned to set their sights on Elinchrom. While there’s been no official announcement yet, a new link has popped up on the Godox Downloads page. That link is to the manual for a new “Godox AD600E” strobe.

Functionally, it’s the same AD600 TTL 600Ws strobe we know and love, but with one exception. Instead of the familiar Bowens mount, it accepts Elinchrom EL mount modifiers. It seems like a pretty shrewd move from the Chinese manufacturer to try to take on another well known brand.

The link to the new manual sits right between the AD600BM and AD360IIC manuals on the Godox website. Interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be a manual only version of this, only TTL. This suggests that availability might be limited to just one or two vendors around the world. It may not actually sell under the Godox brand itself, as with the current AD600B TTL model.

Comparing the AD600E manual with the AD600B manual, there is no difference between the two aside from the mount. Power, recycle time, battery, everything else is the same. There’s no “AD600EM” strobe listed, suggesting that a manual Elinchrom mount version of the light may not happen.

Although the AD600E presents Elinchrom users with another option without having to deal with adapters, hold back your excitement. While it’ll take Elinchrom modifiers, it’s highly unlikely that’ll be compatible with your Skyport triggers. So, you won’t be able to mix Godox strobes in with Elinchrom.

But, if you’ve been thinking about making the switch from Elinchrom to Godox, you won’t have to buy all new modifiers. And you won’t have to deal with clunky adapters that kill efficiency, either.

It does seem odd, though, to release this now, given some of the recent rumours of an AD600 replacement model. If there were a new model coming, surely they’d hold off for a little while, and just released the new light with the Elinchrom mount. Or, it could be that this has been in development for a while, and they want to unload the components before a new strobe announcement. Only time will tell.

As there’s been no official announcement yet, there’s no word on price or availability. I would imagine, though, that the price will likely be the same as the current AD600B model (or Flashpoint Xplor 600 TTL, if you prefer). As to when? That’s anybody’s guess, but if there’s a manual available, it probably won’t be too long.

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11 responses to “Godox set their sights on Elinchrom with new flavour of AD600 strobe”

  1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    This will hurt a certain UK based retailer

  2. Gary Bailey Avatar
    Gary Bailey

    Elinchrom users will stay Elinchrom users for good reason – quality, performance and after sales support. The few pieces of godox kit that I have bought have failed, the retailer rid his hands of it and godox have failed to answer emails.

    1. mario Avatar
      mario

      Don’t think so, Gary. Elinchrom plastic ware is fairly overrated and overpriced too. Got some Quadras, 2 Rangers, some D-Lites and some BXRi lights besides 3 of the old metal housing classic lights which are great. Alle of the other plastic lights are made in india or china. Bought 3 AD200 and 2 AD600BM from Godox, no failure since. They do TTL, the radio commanders are way better than Skyports and there are so many things to like at. No way back, Elinchrom has no future in my closet, sorry.

      1. Todd Alan Avatar
        Todd Alan

        Mario, does your comment on triggers include the EL Skyport Plud HS? As I understand from those that are using it, it’s a fantastic trigger. What has been your experience with it?

        1. mario Avatar
          mario

          Todd, I did not use the Plus HS trigger. I got the Plus only and was wondering about the lack of setting the modelling light on or off. And again, Until now, Elinchrom has no TTL feature. Not that I cannot work without TTL, but most of the times, it is very helpful in fast changing locations.

        2. Series Avatar
          Series

          It is a good trigger, it’s also not actually made by Elinchrom so not the best product to illustrate their build quality as a brand.

    2. Jason Avatar
      Jason

      …you’re exactly right! The ONLY product made by Godox that passes professional ‘mustard’ is their high end sine-wave power adapter – purposefully made to power a pair of BRX / ELC units on location.

      1. Vanitas Foto Avatar
        Vanitas Foto

        Have you tried the AD360 and AD600 yourself? If not I would urge you to do it to make an informed opinion…

    3. Marko Avatar
      Marko

      Many of us have excellent experience with Godox. I have 4 of their sppedlights and two AD200 (and of course their radio system), they all work extremly well. My friend has an old Bowens (I think it’s about 15 years old) and it is built like a tank. His studio partner has Elinchrom (about 5 years old) and it’s all plastic. It does not feel like it’s of good quality.

    4. Thomas Campbell Avatar
      Thomas Campbell

      Elinchrom user here (12 EL lights total) – moving to Godex and selling everything but my Quadras.

  3. Todd Alan Avatar
    Todd Alan

    A few fallacious statements (or at least one) that the adaptors are clunky etc. The only difference would be the insert that goes into the speedring. They’re mostly universal as I have come to discover. Besides there are tons of good quality modifiers you can order with the correct insert. I’ve compared Westcott, Elinchrom, Broncolor, and Profoto modifiers and besides a few differences here and there, I don’t see much difference in the quality of the modifiers or final outcome of an image. Construction seems durable etc. So, who cares about that part of it. Now if you are buying an adaptor that goes between the modifier and the light, please do a little research and just replace the adaptor insert on the speeding. If you pay close attention, it seems as if most modifiers are coming from the same manufacturer and while there are slight differences, the biggest one seems to be the name on the outside. Fotodiox markets fantastic modifiers for an extremely reasonable price. Cheetastand has pretty much the exact same stuff with some slight changes like velcro tabs for the inner diffuser or, a beauty dish type reflector plate, but charges almost 50% or more for their version. Get into Westcott and you’ve doubled or tripled the price. Now, look at Brese, Broncolor et. al. and you’ve gone up 5 fold. The point to all this is to say, do some research and don’t let the modifier myth become an issue.

    As far as the hold up on the release, maybe THIS is the rumored “new” light that is creating the buzz or it could be a licensing deal from Elinchrom to use not only the mount but the reflector style plate behind the bulb that is holding up the release. Either way, Elinchrom, Profoto, Broncolor, Bowens (still available), Paul C. Buff, Phottix, whatever the case may be, it’s all light. The inexpensive Godox stuff seems to be good so far and very popular which is documented in millions of facebook posts. Even Joel Grimes is using some of these lights. But I’ve noticed Joel uses what ever is available and suites the purpose.

    Regarding Bowens “being put out of business”, this is not the reason. The license on the Bowens mount form many many manufacturers is probably generating tons of revenue, however, there lights never garnered much of the market. I’ve only seen one local photographer using them and got rid of them in lieu of Einsteins, then switched to Phottix Indra when they came out. Bowers finally introduced a HSS unit but it’s prices up there with the Profoto and Broncolor units. Very little advertising was done for it, at least in the U.S. and I’m sure there were other financial issues Bowen’s was having which caused their demise. All light companies still make standard studio lights that are NOT HSS or TTL capable and still selling the crap out of them as they serve a purpose. Not everyone needs those features. Buff is currently working on a product to be released sometime after today (which is to say there is no release date) to compete with the current crop of HSS/ TTL lights on the market. I for one hope they DON’T mount the battery on the light itself as it makes it very heavy. I prefer pack and head systems were the weight stays off the end of the stand. It’s beneficial in several obvious ways. That last statement is purely subjective opinion. But if they create something that kicks ass like all their other products to go along with their incredible customer service, They will once again fill the gap between light providers.

    At the end of the day, light is light and if your lights are serving your purpose and you’re getting the results desired, GREAT! If not, switch!

    Good lighting everyone!