MoLight AD200 Part II

MoLight AD200 Part II

I finally had a chance to play with the AD200.  The AD200 is the other of all portable flash units.  Two heads and a rechargeable battery make it very versatile.

Using it in full sunlight wasn’t an issue.  It packs enough punch to handle f22 on a sunny day.  This allows the simulation of darkness.

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AD200 as the Main Light

Remote Control

I should have read the manual for the remote control X1T-C unit first.  I had some difficulty setting the lights from the remote.  It turns out it is because I was not in Group Mode.  (Gr on the display.)  As a result, changing one light kept changing them all.  In Group Mode you can control each group independently.

Also, if you have more than one remote turned on, make sure they aren’t on the same channel.  Conflicting signals will throw your exposures off.

I highly recommend reading the manuals BEFORE you set out to use the transmitter and lights.

Creativity

You can get very creative with these in or outside.  Here’s a two-light setup.

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Red Gels against a Black Ceiling

The one light was powerful enough to light the black ceiling with red from the gel.  As a result, the 2×4 ribs in this outdoor gazebo created a nice sunburst pattern.

Using it as a main light outdoors, without modifiers, can give you some crisp shadows, but as you can see here, it works.  The sun makes a nice fill light.

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As a Main Light

Holder

The AD200 comes with a light stand holder.  I’m not impressed.  It has a screw-in spigot, however the spigot doesn’t resist turning.  It made me nervous that the light would unscrew and fall.

I recommend using the Godox Bowens clamp.  However, you’ll discover it only holds the bare-bulb head, and not the fresnel head.  (The fresnel head is about 1mm too thick to fit the clamp.)

Compatibility

The X1T-C works great on Canon gear, and most Canon flash units work great on my Fujifilm X-E1 and X-T1.  Yet, there is something off about the X1T-C because it doesn’t trigger the flash when on my Fujifilm equipment.  You need to put a hot-shoe spacer that only has 1 contact to get it to work.  The “single pin” mode doesn’t even work on the Fujifilm bodies.

I’m waiting for the X1T-F.  Let’s hope Godox produces it soon.  That said, the TT350F is due out soon.  It will have a 2.4GHz transmitter built-in.  It will be able to be used as a transmitter with the AD200.

The Nice Thing

The nice thing about Godox is they compatibility of their radio units.  You have two choices:  433MHz (old style), or 2.4GHz (new style).  I’ve converted all of my TT850s to 2.4GHz, but I’m holding on to my 433MHz equipment for those cases where I want to shoot two systems and two lighting setups at the same time.