New Godox AD400Pro strobe photos leaked on Facebook

Jul 3, 2018

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.

New Godox AD400Pro strobe photos leaked on Facebook

Jul 3, 2018

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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Well, people have been wondering what would replace the Godox AD360II in the Godox flash lineup ever since the AD200 was released last year to replace the AD180. Now it seems we may have an answer, thanks to some photos posted to Facebook by “Rainbow Store-Camera“. The post and photos claim to show a new AD400Pro strobe unit.

If it is a fake, whoever’s made the images has gone to great lengths to trick everybody. so I would imagine that it’s likely real. As to when we’ll hear an official announcement, though, is anybody’s guess.

From the photos and text in the Facebook post (and translation attempts from both Facebook and Google), the only real things we can determine as far as specs goes is that it will be a 400Ws strobe, with a 30W LED modelling light, and it will go all the way down to 1/256th power.

It appears that the AD400Pro will not have a native Bowens mount on the front. It would instead use what looks to be an S-Fit adapter and has a reflector which seems to be identical to that which comes with the AD600Pro. And, speaking of the AD600Pro, this unit appears very similar in design, almost identical except for modifier mount, albeit somewhat smaller.

It also looks like the light stand bracket can be completely removed from the unit. We can also see that it uses a similar style of lithium ion battery that clips onto the back end of the unit, rather than a separate pack & cable like the current model AD360II. And there’s a handle that can be bolted to it, as with the AD600 Pro.

I think we can likely assume that an AD400Pro would be TTL, and that there will not be a regular manual-only version. After all, that’s what Godox have done with the AD600Pro, and the AD360II only came in a TTL version, too (the original AD360 was manual only).

This might cramp the style of the recently announced Cactus RQ250, expected to be released in the next couple of months. Judging by the above image, both units appear to be of similar size. Of course, this is a 400Ws unit, whereas the Cactus is 250Ws. Already having to deal with Godox’s impending Pentax support, Cactus may struggle even more now. We’ll have to see how the prices match up once both are available.

It is nice to see this style of strobe filtering down into the smaller units, though. Personally, I’m happy with my AD360IIs. I don’t need the modelling light (it wouldn’t be bright enough for where I shoot anyway), and I like having the pack separate from the head. Even if I did get AD400Pro units, I’d need a head extension cable (assuming they release one).

So, I see no reason to make the switch when these are eventually released. But there will be many users out there for whom this type of design will be invaluable.

We’ll keep you posted when we hear something official from Godox.

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10 responses to “New Godox AD400Pro strobe photos leaked on Facebook”

  1. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    don’t see it as a real replacement to the 360, the 360 can act as an on camera flash, this is a real strobe. You would want them both I assume.

    I bought the AD200 to act as a strobe and now with the extension cord I can place it on my camera (on the trigger) and use it as an on camera flash. I love their products.

    1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
      Roy Bridgewood

      Motti. I am awaiting an extension head for my AD200. I was not aware it had a cold shoe mount. You just made my day a little brighter

      1. Motti Bembaron Avatar
        Motti Bembaron

        Yes, it has. You cannot trigger the flash with the cold shoe of course but I just put it on the X1T trigger that sits on the camera and I have a powerful speed light. I am going to experiment with using the bare bulb and the AD-S17 dome (see it here: https://tinyurl.com/yaldweur). It should give me a much softer light than a standard flash head. Cheers.

    2. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I don’t mean that it can do all that the AD360II can do. I mean that it will be the replacement model in Godox’s lineup. Just as the AD200 was the replacement model for the AD180, despite being a very different type of unit.

      And I’d never use, or have need to use, a barebulb strobe as an on-camera flash, but maybe that’s just me. :)

      1. Motti Bembaron Avatar
        Motti Bembaron

        I see. Yes, Godox is truly extending their line of lights. In fact, they have so many more strobes that most don’t even know.

        When doing events I have two AD200’s flashes on stands in two corners of the reception room and a speedlight (V860II) on my camera triggering them. I either bounce the V860II of the ceiling or off walls and use a bounce card to soften the light.

        I would love to see how the AD200 will perform as an on camera flash with the dome and the bare bulb. It will be a bit heavy hanging from my shoulder (I have a pouch with a strap for the AD200’s) but it might prove to be a success.

        Worth trying.

        Just as a side note, anyone who thinks that the “professional” grade strobes like Profoto or Elinchron give you superior light should check out these two videos:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir6ahHW9HA0
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-u3UGey3Ic

  2. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    Having movesd from the AD360 to the AD200 (Pika200). I would be interested in one if these. My reason for Switching to the Pixapro Pika 200 (pixapros version of the AD200) was I use a Peli 1510 roller case which carries both my Panasonic GH5 and Oanasonic G9 both fitted with 12-60 Leica lenses plus a 100-300 lens plus three Pika 200 units. I would gladly sacrifice one Pika to accomidate tone of these

  3. Kathleen Aurel Daphne Avatar
    Kathleen Aurel Daphne

    remember Cactus by “Samyang” aka “vivitar” and other Samyang brands.. Technology is one level up, already HyperSync like Cactus Trigger V6Mark2, at Godox only limited HighSpeedSync only… HSS at full power 1/1 the real power is down to keep pulse from the beginning shutter and last shutter, not HyperSync still at full power. That different technology, samyang beyond others..

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Hypersync is not new. It’s no different to what pocketwizard were doing 20 years ago, and HSS is generally more consistent and reliable. Hypersync loses light, too. :)

  4. barry thoms Avatar
    barry thoms

    No Bowens mount and TTL only means I do not need it.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      It comes with a Bowens mount adapter that bolts onto the unit (essentially making it a full time Bowens mount light).

      https://www.diyphotography.net/the-godox-ad400-pro-is-the-best-value-for-money-strobe-godox-has-ever-made/

      And you’re not forced to use TTL. I’ve got 9 Godox strobes, and 8 of them offer TTL, but I don’t use it on any of them.