The Godox AD100 Flash is Unusable for Professional Images


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

I fall into the primary camp. As knowledgeable photographer, I usually shoot on location. I discover the Godox AD-series flashes best as a consequence of their small dimension and weight.

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

There’s one large 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 must be pretty constant. Colours have to look proper in pictures, so you’ve gotten a dependable beginning place earlier than any post-production.

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

From a $300 flash, you’ll anticipate there to be some modifications within the shade temperature, and that may usually be acceptable.

Nonetheless, the massive subject with the ad100 is the colour forged. It’s inexperienced. Very inexperienced.

After I first seen this I assumed it have to be a foul unit. Certainly no flash aimed toward skilled photographers would have such a powerful inexperienced forged?

So, I purchased a second AD100.

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

Testing the AD100

Whereas this was certainly not laboratory circumstances, I did every thing I might to regulate the entire 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 mild was spilling from one facet to the opposite.

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

As you’ll be able to see, the AD100 produces a really vital inexperienced forged when facet by facet with an AD200 Professional. (Word: I had a spherical head on the AD200).

Examine this to the AD200 and AD300 models:

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

Do not forget that I purchased a second AD100? The colours had been precisely the identical as the primary, exhibiting it wasn’t a faulty unit.

Pondering I’d simply be having a foul run of luck, I posted on a Godox group on Fb.

A number of others posted up their pattern pictures:

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

What’s the Massive Subject?

For those who’re considering it may be mounted in submit… effectively, typically. If the AD100 was the one mild supply for a picture, the inexperienced tint might simply be balanced out.

Nonetheless, 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 mild popping out of the AD100 will probably be tinted barely inexperienced.

To appropriate this it’s essential add pink to the photograph. Any components of the photograph with appropriate shade to start with will now turn into too pink.

There’s no means you could win. One a part of the photograph will all the time have a powerful shade forged.

The above photograph illustrates the purpose. On the pores and skin, you’ll be able to clearly see a distinction in tint, from one facet of the face to the opposite.

The Resolution

The straightforward answer could be for Godox to repair this throughout manufacture. They may tint the Fresnel lens to be extra pink, which might appropriate the inexperienced shade forged.

Or the choice is to put your personal shade correction gel on the entrance of the unit.

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

It’s not good, however it’s shut sufficient to make it useable.

Discover that the AD100 remains 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 regarded into it but).

However… Why?

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

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

Their very own advertising supplies usually showcase the AD100 getting used alongside the AD200 and AD300. It will 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 vital, 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 shade look unsuitable.

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

Godox, please repair this.

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

Concerning the creator: Paul Richardson is knowledgeable headshot and private branding photographer based mostly in Stockport, England. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the creator. You will discover extra of Richardson’s work on his web site, Fb, and Instagram. This text was additionally revealed right here.


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