TurtleRig bulb extensions say they provide up to a whole stop of extra light with Godox strobes

Jun 29, 2019

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.

TurtleRig bulb extensions say they provide up to a whole stop of extra light with Godox strobes

Jun 29, 2019

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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One of the big problems with the Godox AD600 and AD600 TTL was the position of the bulb relative to the modifiers. It just sat a little too far back into the head, and many people felt they weren’t getting the power they should. Godox largely solved this problem with the AD600Pro and AD400Pro, but there are still many AD600 owners out there.

TurtleRig has now announced its newest solution to this problem, with their version 3 bulb extensions. Essentially, they’re shims which sit between the strobe head and the bulb, offering extension pins to bring the bulb out further from the modifier. They’re available for the original AD600 models as well as several other Godox strobes.

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The extensions bring the bulb a whole 32mm (1.25″) forward so that less light is wasted when using certain modifiers. They’re available for the manual and TTL versions of the AD600 (as they are externally identical), the AD200, AD400Pro and AD600Pro. For the AD600 and AD600 TTL.

For the AD600, I can understand needing to bring the bulb forward. Possibly even with the AD200 to some degree. But I’m not entirely sure it’s needed on the AD600Pro and aD400Pro. Of course, it will depend on the modifier you’re using.

As explained in the video above, TirtleRig claims you get between a third to a full stop of additional light by bringing the bulb forward. I would imagine you’d see the most benefit with the original AD600 models, and as I mentioned, it would depend on the modifier being used.

It’s a very interesting idea and one that many original AD600 owners have been asking about for a while. Although I’d still like to see some tests with and without the extensions and various modifiers with a Sekonic light meter. I certainly don’t think it’ll hurt the light output, though, even if you don’t see any real benefit.

But the theory is sound. It might be worth having some of these in your bag just for those times when you do come across an awkward modifier and need to squeeze every bit of light output from your Godox strobe that you can.

Four models of bulb extension are available to buy now, for the AD200, AD400Pro, AD600 and AD600Pro priced between $20.95 and $22.95. The AD200 version will most likely work with the new Godox AD200Pro, as well.

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4 responses to “TurtleRig bulb extensions say they provide up to a whole stop of extra light with Godox strobes”

  1. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    this is interesting!

  2. Rafael A. P Maduro Avatar
    Rafael A. P Maduro

    hmm one thing i was happy about the bulb is that it attaches very firmly, specially for those of us living outside the States, this modifier wont seem very secure and true to be told bumping my ISO from 100 to maybe 200 isn’t the end of the world, so at least this is not for me.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      But on location, bumping the ISO also increases the ambient exposure. I think that’s primarily the folks who need the most power. Those mixing strobes with the bright outdoor ambient where they want their ISO low to not blow out the environment. :)

  3. Eric McCormick Avatar
    Eric McCormick

    Too bad their website has no contact information and their products for the AD200 aren’tavailable on Amazon as their website would suggest.