My thoughts on the recent P2400Ws Head and Pack from Godox

May 16, 2021

Rob Hall

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My thoughts on the recent P2400Ws Head and Pack from Godox

May 16, 2021

Rob Hall

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Godox announced a 2400w system. Here are some thoughts. (No I don’t have one, I’m reacting to the available info).

It’s wired

First, this is looking like a wired system, so don’t get excited about a 2400w on location system.

It’s integer

Second, it looks like they used an integer or stop scale. This is purely preference vs. fractions, so I don’t care either way, but it does present an issue There are some 50+ lights (AC models included) on the X series that all use fractions. So either it converts fractions on the trigger to integer on 2400 display (in which case integer “simplicity” is gone), Or they update the trigger to have an integer option (in which case it doesn’t align with the other 50 lights), Or they update everything to have both options on display and on the trigger. Which will just lead to me answer the question “how does his flash display integer?” 100k times.

Fast for really low power

Marketing a 1/17000 t.l flash duration. That’s cool but they are also marketing a 10 stop power range (aka 1/512 minimum setting). so that 1/17000 t.l will be around 4.5ws in which case, the QT1200 would still be superior for short flash durations.

Overall thoughts

This system isn’t designed for existing Godox users. Why? Most got in for the low priced, lightweight, wireless options. The P2400 will not be any of those things.

This system is designed to compete with the Broncolor and Profoto P&H systems that Godox has never held a candle to. The users of these systems represent <1% of the photo industry. Many won’t convert simply because they are already deeply invested in Profoto / Bron / Elinchrom. These users could easily have $100k+ in lights and mods.

So, as always, just because it exists, doesn’t mean you need to consider it. But I think this might be cool to expand Godox into the trunks of some significant commercial photographers, and also make Godox more viable to rental houses around the world.

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7 responses to “My thoughts on the recent P2400Ws Head and Pack from Godox”

  1. Jeff Wasserman Avatar
    Jeff Wasserman

    As a commercial photographer who went from Profoto packs and heads to their D2 monolights and has never been happy with them … I will be looking hard at this offering. I miss the pack and head system for a bunch of reasons and the Profoto 11 pack is $22K in Canada. I think Profoto has almost abandoned the pack market (the sole change from the Pro 10 pack to the 11 is the addition of Bluetooth) so it might be a good opportunity for a new player at a modest price point.

    1. John Wick Avatar
      John Wick

      I’m hearing is that this plug in the wall studio unit- that’s very unfortunate, because where we need the big power is when you’re shooting on location with no scrim and no assistants in bright sunlight at F5.6 -F8 at 1/8000 sec bottomed out at ISO64 and your softboxes are backed off away because you need the background in the shot….who needs 2400 ws in a studio?

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        You’ve never photographed a large set, have you? :)

        1. John Wick Avatar
          John Wick

          Yes ,with multiple 600ws and 1200ws strobes, my point was we need it a hell of a lot more on location

      2. Jeff Wasserman Avatar
        Jeff Wasserman

        Large sets, when pumping light through multiple scrims or when you need a small f-stop.

      3. Adam Gasson Avatar
        Adam Gasson

        Are you shooting on the surface of the sun?!

  2. Adam Gasson Avatar
    Adam Gasson

    This feels like a great move for Godox. When Profoto discontinued the D4 packs it felt like they’d waved goodbye to a lot of commercial and editorial photographers. The Pro 11 pack is just far too expensive and Profoto must assume that D4 users would switch to the D1 (or equivalent) range. Personally I always found the D1s to be a very different light source, firing the light out into the modifier rather than filling it like the Acute D4 heads do.

    This will be expensive compared to Godox’s existing units but a fraction of the cost of Profoto so, in a sense, a bargain.