The Godox AK-R21 turns your round headed Godox strobe or speedlight into a projector

Dec 20, 2022

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.

The Godox AK-R21 turns your round headed Godox strobe or speedlight into a projector

Dec 20, 2022

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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Godox has announced the Godox AK-R21 Projection Attachment. It’s compatible with Godox lights that have a round head, like the Godox V1 speedlight, Godox AD100Pro and the H200R round flash head for the Godox AD200Pro. It’s also somewhat compatible with Godox’s regular-shaped speedlights when used with the AK-R25 square-to-round head adapter.

It’s essentially designed to turn your flash into a projector – in a similar fashion to products like the Light Blaster – letting you create different lighting effects with your Godox lights using various slides. The modifier itself, though, only comes with a couple of demo slides. If you want more, you’ll have to buy into the Godox slide kits or make your own.

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Such projection attachments have become pretty popular over the last few years, with a number of products being released to the market, like the aforementioned Light Blaster and with Godox’s existing projection kit for larger strobes.

The Godox kit looks quite interesting and pretty compact. It comes with the Godox AK-R27 65mm lens, the projection attachment itself, the Godox AK-R28 adapter holder, the AK-R26 slide box, a demo slide and a storage bag. You are able to buy replacement AK-R27 65mm lenses in case you lose or damage yours, but you’re also able to buy AK-R23 85mm and AK-R24 50mm lenses for when you want to project a different field of view, too. These are, of course, optional extras.

Naturally, you can get spare AK-R28 adapters for your round-headed lights, too, or the AK-R25 adapter to let you use round modifiers on traditional rectangular-shaped speedlight heads. When it comes to the slights, Godox has six sets of 10 available, labelled AK-S01 to AK-S06, for $9.99 each or you can buy all six kits together in one bundle called the AK-S for $44.99.  It’s quite the variety of slides.

Godox doesn’t mention how easy it is to make your own slides, but even with variety like this, 60 slides are going to get repetitive quite quickly once they start getting into the hands of photographers. We’re going to start seeing the same designs and projections coming up time after time as more people get hold of them. They also don’t mention if it takes standard 35mm slides like the Light Blaster, either. So, hopefully, it won’t be too difficult to make (or have made) custom slides.

The idea of projecting images onto a subject isn’t a new one. It’s been around since the days of film. But doing so is a whole lot easier when you’re using a bright flash as the light source rather than the relatively dim glow of a projector bulb. That being said, I think I might stick to using an ALPD laser projector for a while yet. At least for backgrounds, even if not projecting onto a subject.

The Godox AK-R21 Projection Attachment is available to pre-order now for $89. The 50mm, 65mm and 83mm lenses are available to pre-order for $44.99 each – but remember you get a 65 included with the projector attachment. Slide kits are available for $9.99 per pack of 10 or $44.99 for the bundle containing all six kits for 60 slides total. They’re expected to start shipping in the new year.

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John Aldred

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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.

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    Karsten Bruun Qvist

    Wonder how useful this will be for background projection…🤔