Godox’s third generation of “Quicker” QTIII series strobes bring LED modelling light and more efficient bulb design

Dec 2, 2021

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.

Godox’s third generation of “Quicker” QTIII series strobes bring LED modelling light and more efficient bulb design

Dec 2, 2021

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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Although the Godox M600D LED light might not quite be official yet, Godox has announced three new strobes in its QT series today. The QT series is Godox’s line of “Quicker” AC-powered studio strobe lights offering HSS up to 1/8000th of a second as well as short flash durations with t0.1 times as fast as 1/29,600th of a second. Today’s announcement brings the third generation of QT lights with the Godox QT400III, QT600III and a very powerful QT1200III.

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These are manual lights and do not offer TTL, but they are designed for shooting at high speed with super short exposures – whether that be through a fast shutter speed or an extremely short flash duration. And while High Speed Sync might not always be that useful in the studio, the fast flash durations most definitely are, especially if you’re trying to freeze the action of fast-moving subjects like dancers or objects flying through the air.

All three models also feature recycle times to match that speed at only 0.9 seconds at maximum power and 0.01 second at minimum power. Multiflash is also supported up to an insane 30Hz (yes, 30 flashes per second!) for 99 flashes – or just over three seconds.

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The new QT III series lights aren’t that different on-paper to the QT II series, but they receive the newer bulb design of the AD400Pro, AD600Pro and AD1200Pro portable strobes. This leads to more efficient flash output and the 150W incandescent bulb has been replaced with a more energy-conscious 40W LED modelling light, bringing down both power consumption and heat generation. LEDs also have a much longer lifespan, so you’ll likely never need to replace it under normal operation – something which you might have to do regularly with incandescent modelling lights.

Godox QT400IIIGodox QT600IIIGodox QT1200II
Power400Ws600Ws1200Ws
Flash ModeM/Multi/HSSM/Multi/HSSM/Multi/HSS
Guide Number (1/1 power)6576105
HSS Flash Duration (t0.1)1/760-1/29,600s1/530-1/26,100s1/300-1/23,400s
Stable Colour Mode Flash Duration (t0.1)1/670-1/6700s1/530-1/6,010s1/300-1/6,090s
Stable Colour Mode Colour Temp5600K +/-200K5600K +/-200K5600K +/-200K
High Speed Flash Mode Colour Temp5400K~9500K5400K~9500K5400K~9500K
HSS Mode Colour Temp4600~5000K4600~5000K4600~5000K
Recycle TimeApprox 0.01-0.9sApprox 0.01-0.9sApprox 0.01-0.9s
Power range1-1/256 (M)
1-1/32 (HSS)
1/4-1/256 (Multi)
1-1/256 (M)
1-1/32 (HSS)
1/4-1/256 (Multi)
1-1/256 (M)
1-1/32 (HSS)
1/4-1/256 (Multi)
MultiflashMax 99 flashes at up to 30HzMax 99 flashes at up to 30HzMax 99 flashes at up to 30Hz
Sync modesHSS up to 1/8000
Front Curtain Sync
Rear Curtain Sync
HSS up to 1/8000
Front Curtain Sync
Rear Curtain Sync
HSS up to 1/8000
Front Curtain Sync
Rear Curtain Sync
Delay Flash0.01-30 sec0.01-30 sec0.01-30 sec
Mask functionYesYesYes
FanYesYesYes
BeeperYesYesYes
LED modelling lamp40W40W40W
Modelling lamp brightness1-100%1-100%1-100%
Display flash durationYesYesYes
DisplayLCD PanelLCD PanelLCD Panel
WirelessBuilt-in 2.4Ghz Godox X receiverBuilt-in 2.4Ghz Godox X receiverBuilt-in 2.4Ghz Godox X receiver
Working temps-10°C to 50°C-10°C to 50°C-10°C to 50°C
Dimeninsions392x176x143mm392x176x143mm550x176x143mm
Weight2.96kg3.33kg4.26kg

Are they worth upgrading if you’ve already got the QT II series lights? Possibly not unless you really want that 40W modelling light to pull double duty when you want to shoot video. Although. in that case, I’d probably just invest in some dedicated video LEDs if you’re planning to go that route. But if you’ve been thinking about picking up some high speed AC-powered studio strobes, and don’t already own the QTII series, then the new QTIII lights look like they could be just the ticket.

The Godox QT400IIIM, QT600IIIM and QT1200IIIM will be available to order soon priced at $589, $639 and $829 respectively. For now, you can find out more on the Godox website.

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John Aldred

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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