Product Review AD200
Time to review a product again. This time it is the AD200. I haven’t worked with it a whole lot, but so far I am VERY impressed.
The first time I saw this was when fellow photographer and educator Michael Mowbray posted about it on Facebook. I immediately took a look at the specifications and said, “I want one!”
Patience is a virtue, they say. I was ready to order one, but my gut said, “Wait until you see it.” I followed my gut.
Attending a Michael Mowbray workshop, I asked if he brought one. He did. He brought one to demo, and one still in the box. I asked to see it.
I looked at his demo until and told him I want the one in the box. He asked me to wait to the end of class so others can see the boxed AD200.
At the end of the workshop I bought it, a barndoor/filter kit, and an X1TC transmitter.
We used Michael’s AD200 in the workshop. I am 100% impressed.
I came home with my new AD200 and immediately charged the battery. (The AD200 has a lithium ion battery pack.) Because the battery was charging, I couldn’t do a lot with it, but here’s my summary of what I like about it…
- Small, unique form factor. It’s a brick with a 1/4×20 socket on the side and another on the bottom. (It’s so compact I’d call it cute.)
- I love that it comes with two heads: zoom and bare bulb.
- I love that it is NOT a speed light, but an off camera monolight.
- It comes in a nice zipper case that protects it, the two heads, charger, light stand adaptor and battery.
- Removing the charger from the kit leaves a perfect space for the barndoor filter kit!!!
- The case will fit in my camera bag. Try THAT with an Alien Bee or better, try that with a Profoto B1.
- It has a built-in 2.4GH receiver and is fully compatible with other Godox units.
- You can read its full specifications here.
Buying From MoLight
- Michael stands behind what he sells.
- In support of item 1, Michael gives his own 1 year warranty. (Good luck dealing with Godox in China!!!)
- MoLight pricing is competitive.
- MoLight offers training videos
- Michael offers e-mail support. Can’t get something working, e-mail Michael and he answers.
- Michael’s a cool, all around good guy.
I’ve already got my order in for two more AD200s, as well as a few accessories to round out my kit. My Godox V850s will be my go-to kit for small on-location sessions (i.e. individual, couples, small groups of 3-4 people, etc.). My AD200 kit will be my go-to kit for on-location sessions of large groups. (I can’t wait to do a 170 person group shot with these puppies!!!)