Godox AD600B test at Caboolture Wings and Wheels
The AD600B is a 600w/s battery powered flash head with the battery clipped onto the back of the unit rather than connected to a floor pack. The flash is triggered via the X1N wireless 2.4G hotshoe transmitter (also by Godox) which has a tremendous range and while I usually shoot fully manual it’s capable of running full iTTL for those who prefer to let pre-flash decide their flash brightness. The X1N (or X1C for Canon users) allows you to change flash settings from atop the hotshoe, with switching from manual to TTL and fast sync, channel settings all built in to the transmitter and within the flashes. No other external adapters required.
The AD600B battery has a claimed 500 full 1/1 flashes from a single charge and I’d like to say that’s right, but my testing so far has yet to run the battery down in one test. Yesterday I’d have shot at least 400 full power flashes and the battery is still reading as a full charge. I’ll have to look into why, but suspect shooting at 1/8000th, less charge is drawn for the far quicker exposure. I’d expected to check it on arriving home to see it exhausted.
I have a second Godox 600w/s unit that’s mains powered and it also syncs at that ridiculously quick 1/8000th speed. I am tempted to invest in the floor pack so I can double my outdoor shooting fun. It used to be that to get shadow detail balanced with bright Aussie skies I had to set up multiple flashes AND use a polarising filter to keep shutter speed to 1/200th second but that’s no longer necessary.
The Godox AD600B weighs only 2.66kg (just under 6lbs) with the battery on so it requires a quality flash stand especially if you’re shooting with umbrella, beauty dish, or in high winds like we had yesterday. Don’t go cheap on the stand size or strength or your flash investment is going to be short lived.
The other option with these is to buy two of the AD600 units and purchase one of the Godox 1200w/s flash heads (H1200) as it can run charge from two units. Strap the two flash units to the lightstand base and you have a much more stable platform (and double the light through one high end flash head) with the lighter and smaller size strobe head only atop the light stand.
These images were captured at 1/8000th at f/3.5 to throw the background further out of focus, ISO 640 on a D800 with 24-70mm glass with the AD600B at 1/1, and I could have pulled back the flash settings but for the large beauty dish I used all day via the Bowen mount on the flash.