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The Godox AD100 Flash is Unusable for Professional Images


Folks all the time have a love/hate relationship with Godox. For a lot of, they’re an affordable entry level to off-camera flash, providing huge bang for the buck. Others see them as low-cost imitations of costlier manufacturers.

I fall into the primary camp. As an expert photographer, I typically shoot on location. I discover the Godox AD-series flashes best because of their small measurement and weight.

I’ve cherished all of Godox’s merchandise that I’ve used to this point. That was, till I purchased the Godox AD100 Professional (AKA the Flashpoint XPLOR 100 Professional).

There’s one huge oversight on the a part of Godox, which makes the flash fairly unusable for me.

Inexperienced within the Face

For any flash to be usable for skilled images, the colour output needs to be pretty constant. Colours must look proper in photographs, so you could have a dependable beginning place earlier than any post-production.

Most flashes are daylight balanced, with a coloration temperature of 5600k. In actuality, solely high-end flashes will reliably hit that, and cheaper flashes could be +/- 150k.

From a $300 flash, you’d anticipate there to be some modifications within the coloration temperature, and that might usually be acceptable.

Nevertheless, the massive problem with the ad100 is the colour solid. It’s inexperienced. Very inexperienced.

Once I first seen this I believed it have to be a foul unit. Absolutely no flash aimed toward skilled photographers would have such a robust inexperienced solid?

So, I purchased a second AD100.

I made a decision to run some exams in my studio and evaluate it to my different Godox flashes.

Testing the AD100

Whereas this was under no circumstances laboratory circumstances, I did the whole lot I might to regulate all the variables.

Two flashes had been positioned facet by facet, about 1m away from a white backdrop. I then used a flag to separate the 2 lights. No gentle was spilling from one facet to the opposite.

  • White stability was set to ‘flash’ in digicam.
  • Shutter velocity 1/250 to kill all ambient gentle.
  • Flashes had been positioned near the background, so no gentle air pollution might happen.
  • A SpyderCHECKR was used to white stability from.

As you possibly can see, the AD100 produces a really important inexperienced solid when facet by facet with an AD200 Professional. (Notice: I had a spherical head on the AD200).

Examine this to the AD200 and AD300 models:

Right here, the colours are nearly an identical. I additionally examined an ad600, which matched up with the ad300 and ad200.

Keep in mind that I purchased a second AD100? The colours had been precisely the identical as the primary, displaying it wasn’t a faulty unit.

Considering I would simply be having a foul run of luck, I posted on a Godox group on Fb.

A number of others posted up their pattern photographs:

Courtesy of Steve Kershaw. AD100 on proper, AD200 with roundhead on left.
Courtesy of Jeff Behm.

What’s the Large Concern?

In case you’re pondering it may be fastened in put up… nicely, generally. If the AD100 was the one gentle supply for a picture, the inexperienced tint might simply be balanced out.

Nevertheless, I discover that the AD100 isn’t actually highly effective sufficient to make use of by itself. This implies I exploit it together with different Godox flashes, which creates a difficulty. Any gentle popping out of the AD100 might be tinted barely inexperienced.

To right this it’s essential add pink to the picture. Any elements of the picture with right coloration to start with will now grow to be too pink.

There’s no manner that you may win. One a part of the picture will all the time have a robust coloration solid.

The above picture illustrates the purpose. On the pores and skin, you possibly can clearly see a distinction in tint, from one facet of the face to the opposite.

The Answer

The straightforward answer can be for Godox to repair this throughout manufacture. They may tint the Fresnel lens to be extra pink, which might right the inexperienced coloration solid.

Or the choice is to position your individual coloration correction gel on the entrance of the unit.

In my very own testing, I discovered {that a} ½ minus inexperienced filter will practically repair the colour solid.

It’s not excellent, but it surely’s shut sufficient to make it useable.

Discover that the AD100 continues to be barely hotter than the AD200. That’s as a result of the AD100 is spec’d at 5800k, and the AD200 at 5600k. (This could be fixable with one other gel, however I haven’t appeared into it but).

However… Why?

Godox advertises itself as a model for skilled photographers, which implies you’d anticipate professional-level high quality…

On the worth level, I’m not anticipating them to be excellent. However why launch a brand new flash within the AD sequence that’s incompatible with different flashes in the identical sequence?

Their very own advertising and marketing supplies typically showcase the AD100 getting used alongside the AD200 and AD300. It might be a reasonably cheap assumption to make, that they need to play properly collectively. Sadly, they don’t.

For any form of shoot the place fairly correct colours are essential, the AD100 will fall flat. Inaccurate colours usually are not solely annoying to take a look at however a nightmare to repair. That is very true in portrait images, the place any tint from the flashes will make the pores and skin coloration look flawed.

Positive, it may be ‘fastened’ with a minus inexperienced gel, however why ought to an finish consumer have to repair an issue that was induced throughout manufacturing?

Godox, please repair this.

P.S. If anybody is aware of why the flash is tinted inexperienced, please let me know!

In regards to the writer: Paul Richardson is an expert headshot and private branding photographer primarily based in Stockport, England. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. You will discover extra of Richardson’s work on his web site, Fb, and Instagram. This text was additionally printed right here.


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