Godox AD1200 Pro Strobe Head and Pack ($1,599 from B&H Photo) features wireless control via the 2.4 GHz wireless X system with a range of up to 328′ and 1200Ws of power, the AD1200Pro Battery Powered Flash Kit from Godox is an impressive lighting tool compatible with several TTL systems including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic.
It offers up to nine steps of output power, ranging from 1/1 to 1/256, and comes with a powerful 36V/5200mAh lithium-ion battery pack that provides up to 500 full-power flashes that make it suitable in outdoor or location shooting. You can also run the monolight on AC power with an optional adapter.
The AD1200Pro recycles to full power in just two seconds and features a high-speed sync mode that works with shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second with action-stopping flash durations from 1/220 to 1/10,860 seconds. Another unique setting is its Stable Color Temperature mode, which tightly controls color to keep temperature changes within ±75K across the entire power range.
Stroboscopic Mode is capable of 100 continuous pops at 1/16 power output. A 40W LED modeling lamp with three selectable modes draws negligible power and helps pre=visualize your captured image.
• 2.4 GHz wireless system with a range of 328′ / 100m, five controllable slave groups and 32 channels
• Guide number of 407′ at ISO 100
• Can work as an optical slave with S1 and S2 modes
• Color temperature of 5600K (±200K)
• 3.5mm Sync cord slot for direct connection, wireless control port and USB-C port for firmware upgrades
• First curtain and second curtain sync modes
• Dot-matrix LCD display for on-board control
• Bowens-type reflector mount for use with compatible accessories
• Battery pack measures 10.2 x 9.3 x 5.7″ / 26 x 23.5 x 14.5cm
Godox V1 Flash for Sony ($259 at B&H Photo) is available for pre-order now. Offering a powerful 76Ws output along with a distinct round-head design. Compatible with Sony ADI / P-TTL, this flexible on-camera light is distinguished by its round head, which provides soft, smooth light with gradual fall off that augments the flattering output. The head rotates 330 degrees, tilts -7 to 120°
The V1 is powered by a removable 2600mAh lithium-ion battery that will give you up to 480 full-power flashes on a charge, so you don’t miss any of the action. V1 recycles to full power in just 1.5 seconds. It also supports High Speed Sync up to 1/8000 sec, for managing bright backgrounds and shooting with wide apertures, and the V1 supports front and rear-curtain sync.
The V1 has both an optical slave as well as a built-in 2.4 GHz receiver, which accepts wireless signals from Godox X System transmitters. In fact, you can control up to four wireless groups in a master/slave configuration whereby settings made on the V1 are duplicated on the slave flashes. Other convenience features include an AF assist lamp, a 3200K LED modeling lamp, and a 2.5mm port for cabled triggering.
The same flash is available under the Flashpoint brand:
Profoto is preparing to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Chinese lighting company Godox in order to stop the Godox V1 from hitting the market, according to Swedish photo publication Fotosidan.
The complaint targets the recently announced Godox V1, which Profoto alleges is in violation of multiple patents it filed for its own A1 light. The Profoto A1 round head flash was launched in September 2017, a year before Godox introduced their V1 flash at Photokina 2018.
Profoto A1 costs $995 USD. Pricing for the Godox V1 hasn’t been announced, but it’s expected to be be priced significantly cheaper. Godox V1 appears to feature a number of similarities with the A1, including the round head design, Fresnel lens, magnetic modifier mount and LED modeling light.
Profoto CEO Anders Hedebark, told Fotosidan, that his company spoke with Godox about its V1 flash at Photokina 2018, and has continued to reach out to Godox in the months since. Profoto has filed seven patents related to its A1, which was in development for four years.
‘We spend a lot of time and money on development and will protect our investments,’ Hedebark said, also warning that manufacturers and other companies may face lawsuits if they market the Godox V1. ‘It feels like we have an obligation to act.’