This surgery puts a Godox AD200 on an S-type bracket

Jul 29, 2019

Mauro Pastore

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This surgery puts a Godox AD200 on an S-type bracket

Jul 29, 2019

Mauro Pastore

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It was a while since I was thinking how to perfectly center the Godox H200J bare bulb head in the S-Type Bracket. The AD200 and the S Bracket just cant be centered. Surfing the net, I came across this post by Ken Tam.

Ken thought of removing the screw to secure the headlights accessories. Perfect, but this does not make it more difficult to mount the reflector disc when we combine the AD200 with the S-Type Bracket.

The Surgical instruments

For this change, I used a 27mm diameter cylindrical saw and a fine file to remove the burrs from the cut.

The change occurred

 

The hole to house the knob was made on the right side of the S-Type Bracket due to the presence of the speedring reflector release mechanism on the left side.

Perfectly centered

Et voila! Here is our bare bulb head perfectly centered inside the S-Type Bracket with the knob housed in the modification hole.

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Mauro Pastore is a former full-time professional photographer now hobbyist photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. His career started in the 80s in Milan, Italy as personal assistant of the fashion photographer Franco Bottino. Although his experience of over 40 years he keeps the passion of eternal apprentice always looking for new discovers.

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10 responses to “This surgery puts a Godox AD200 on an S-type bracket”

  1. Roy Bridgewood Avatar
    Roy Bridgewood

    The AD200 already fits without this. You ned to shave the rubber cover in the adaptors clamp so it will widen up a little more the make sure the AD200 clamp knob is wound in
    Job done

    1. Andy L. Avatar
      Andy L.

      The key word is *centered*. This keeps the bulb in the proper focal point of a modifier; without this, it’s too far forward, and you lose light output.

      1. Eddy Summers Avatar
        Eddy Summers

        Does it actually impact light output that much from not having it perfectly centred? I would love to see comparison shots (no seriously… I would find it informative).

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          It depends on the modifier. Throw it in a small beauty dish (16″ or less) or a Fresnel and you’ll definitely notice when it’s shifted off to the side a bit.

          1. Marko Avatar
            Marko

            This modification would help if you use a beauty dish where the dish is too close to the flash. If that happens I use the Fresnel head, it does not have the knob and can be pushed in further. However, I doubt it would make any difference in light output.

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Power output, no, but output distribution, yes. The inverse square law applies at all distances. If your bulb is 2″ from one side of a modifier and 4″ from the other side of the same modifier (which is just 1″ off-centre inm a 6″ diameter modifier), one side is getting 2 stops more at its peak brightness than the other side. The light will come more from one side than the other. Depending on how close it is to your subject and the type of modifier, it may be noticeable, it may not. But why take the chance if you can work around it? :)

          3. Marko Avatar
            Marko

            I will try it.

  • Roger Botting Avatar
    Roger Botting

    I just checked my Bowens mount adapter and AD200. This ‘fix’ will move the bulb over a couple of mm. I would doubt that it would do anything to the light efficiency of the light with light modifier.
    Other than the satisfaction of drilling holes in things I doubt that this will accomplish anything.

    1. Reiner Venegas Avatar
      Reiner Venegas

      Agreed Roger.

  • Class A Avatar
    Class A

    Alternatively one can just remove the knob on the AD200. It isn’t useful anyhow unless one attaches one of the proprietary gadgets and can even harm the bulb if tightened too much in the absence of any gadget.