The leaks have been floating around for a while, but now the complete specs for the Godox AD1200Pro have been released, including the price – which is not insignificant. Strangely, though, it’s not showing up on the Godox website yet, although B&H now has a listing up with the full specs – although no photos. Pixapro in the UK also has a listing with a price now, which is where the photos in this post have come from.
Flash equipment can be a pain. No matter who the brand is, they all have their little issues. Maybe the buttons stop working, perhaps there’s too much interference on the frequency they use stopping them from firing, too many cryptic buttons and menus? Sometimes they decide to just not play ball for no apparent reason whatsoever.
This video comes from US-based lighting and accessories retailer, MoLight and parodies one scene in the movie Office Space perfectly (if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean), including the pre-cursor clips of frustration leading to the inevitable demise of… well, you know.
In December, word of an upcoming Godox AD1200Pro got out. As usually happens, Adorama popped up a listing almost immediately afterwards. That listing didn’t really reveal much except for a few product photos, though. Now, the UK’s biggest Godox distributor, Pixapro, has also put up a listing for the Pixapro CITI1200Pro, showing off some of the specs for the new unit.
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.
Up until now, Godox has primarily been known for its rather popular range of flashes and continuous LED lights. Now it seems that they’re expanding out to cover other aspects of the creative arena, as they’re showing off a range of Godox branded microphones right now at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.
They were spotted on the counter at the Godox stand by Anthony Schaller and posted into the Godox User Group on Facebook. There have been no official product announcements yet, nor pricing, and we’re told there won’t be for a while, but it looks like a decent variety to kick things off.
Godox is apparently planning to release an AD1200Pro head and pack strobe. Images have leaked on social media of what appears to be an AD1200Pro strobe, with a fairly substantial-looking pack and a small flash head. There’s been no official announcement from Godox yet, but it looks quite promising for those demanding more power on location.
With cameras and lenses out of the way, it’s time to light your scene. So, you’ll need lights. I’ve noticed a distinct trend over the last year towards continuous lights, so while there are some flashes and strobes in this list, we’ve put quite a few of our favourite continuous LED lights in this year’s list, too.
Godox has been getting an unfair, I think, hard time lately about its batteries. With reports of them spontaneously catching on fire or just dying completely. But as I’ve said before, this isn’t something that’s unique to Godox. The fact of the matter is that lithium-ion battery technology can be dangerous when not respected. Lack of proper care can also cause them to become useless fairly quickly, too.
In this video, photographer Wes Perry, who has a background in engineering and alternative energies, walks us through five simple tips to prevent our lithium-ion batteries from catching fire or exploding and to extend their life for as long as possible.
With all the LI-ION strobes going around, it is sometimes hard to remember that not so long ago, most strobes had to be connected to a power outlet to actually work. But with the rise of the battery-operated strobe, the AC-powered strobes are now cheaper than even and provide a great opportunity to get started in a studio for almost no money at all. The Godox MS200 (Amazon | B&H) is a prime example of that.
I recently was contacted by Godox to review their new MS200 200ws monolight. Being on the low budget end of the spectrum at $99.00 on Amazon or B&H, I did not expect too much. I was quite surprised by the value of this value monolight.
Lithium-Ion batteries are not to be trifled with. They can be very dangerous things, as evidenced by massive recalls from companies like Samsung and Apple. You have to be very careful when flying with them, and some devices aren’t even allowed on flights anymore. Manufacturers do everything they can to try to ensure their batteries are safe, there is always a risk that one can go bad.
One went bad for one photographer, though when he says his Flashpoint branded Godox AD360 battery exploded on him. He put his batteries on charge the night before a session, as many of us do, when one of them started to swell. He unplugged it, and rushed outside with it, unprepared for exactly what would happen next. Fortunately, his security camera captured the whole event.