FLASHPOINT EVOLV TWIN HEAD – Bracket Announced

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

Flashpoint have announce the all important EVOVL Twin Head Bracket / Godox AD-B2, which will combine two EVOLV 200 / Godox AD200 strobes into a single 400Ws light source, with Bowens S-type mount, and dual unobstructed LED modelling lights!

And the brackets are available for pre-order now from Adorama for $59.

 

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

You can use either the original 2 flash bulbs straight from the EVOLV 200 /AD200 strobes, or an optional single AD360/II flash bulb centered in the bracket.

 

 

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

And the twin bracket itself remains nice and compact for transport.

 

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

Regular Bowens S-type modifiers and reflectors can then be easily attached to the convenient 400Ws twin flash set up.

 

 

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

The EVOLV 200 / AD200, and full Godox 2.4GHz flash system are now compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and Olympus / Panasonic camera systems.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The EVOVL Twin Head Bracket / Godox AD-B2 are available now for pre-order from Adorama for $59.

 

Flashpoint – Website

EVOLV / AD200 – Overview

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32 Comments
  1. Nismode 3 weeks ago

    I wonder how bright those modeling lamps are…bright enough to do video with?

    Also, I mean if you have 2 AD200s I guess this would be worthwhile, but the AD600 would still be more powerful and take less time to setup, no?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Hi Nismode,

      The LED’s were meant to be the same as the AD600B, so 2 of them should be 20W (and not obstructed by the flash tube like the AD600). Flashpoint haven’t provided a spec though so I’m not completely sure yet.

      Regarding power, placing the strobe a little further into the softbox one AD200 is only a stop less than the AD600B, so its pretty likely a twin AD200 set up like this will only be around 1/3 or a stop less power than the AD600B.

      I don’t think the point is really comparing to the AD600B though, the advantage here is you can have a few lights all the same, using the same batteries etc, and combine them into more powerful strobe when needed. Because often people only use one strobes outdoors to complement the sun etc, where indoors more individual lights may be of more use.

      The other major point of the bracket in my original design was to provide a solid modelling light for single flash use as well. Godox have not implemented the on-board battery compartment though, so I’m not actually sure what will be available with single strobe use yet.

      The standard AD360 flash tube option is much cheaper than a custom dual filament flash tube would be though, so that’s certainly a win.

      With single of dual flash tubes fitted you could likely have this set up in the bag ready to do though, just like the AD600B.

    • Mariosch 3 weeks ago

      Yes, AD600 should be about half a stop brighter than this (in theory, using the spec values).
      A single AD600 will probably also be cheaper than two AD200 + this bracket.

      If your intention is using one powerful light, the AD600 would be the way to go. I think this is more intended for people already having more than one AD200 or want to get a second one to use as two lights most of the time, but combine them if needed.
      Like, usually using one as key and one as fill or as a back-/rimlight, but if you want to dial down the sun a bit just throw both together and join forces….

    • Chris 2 weeks ago

      you can use one battery and 2 bulbs.

  2. John Wilson 3 weeks ago

    Wonder what happens if you put them in different groups and select different power when using the single bulb?

    Also I assume you can just use one AD600 in the bracket and get the advantage of a modeling light.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Hi John,

      Yes, it will be interesting to see what the flash durations are like with the single bulb as well. I’m really surprised Godox managed to connect 2 strobes to one flash bulb like this.

      Regarding the single flash use, I’m really not sure yet. If you saw my original suggestions, making use of the modelling light with single flash use was one of the major functions. Though Godox haven’t implemented the on-board battery compartment, so I’m not sure if both LED lights will function with just one strobe attached.

      I would expect at least one LED light will work, and hopefully one strobe will work ok with the single AD360 flash tube centered as well. If both LED’s work that would go through batteries quickly, though it would be better to at least have that option.

  3. Andy 3 weeks ago

    Will it just be Adorama carrying this, or will there be a Godox version available from usual Godox sellers?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Hi Andy,

      As far as I know there should be Godox branded versions available as well.

  4. nixland 3 weeks ago

    How about the total weight, is both heavier than 1 AD600 ?

  5. Ulysses 3 weeks ago

    Nixland, I was wondering the same thing, so put together a little guesstimate. I wanted to compare the estimated weight of such a twin-head bracket with that of an AD360II mounted in a standard Speed Pro S bracket. Here’s what I come up with:

    The twin head bracket loaded with two AD200 flashes is 5 lbs 2 oz. A standard Speed Pro S bracket with AD360II is only 4 lbs 6.5 oz (not counting the power cable).

    To see how I believe it breaks down, check my simple diagram at https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-LstmSqS/0/56ce67bd/O/i-LstmSqS.jpg

  6. Motti 3 weeks ago

    One thing concerns me is that the flashes are held to the bracket by the four hinges made to hold the flash head. Are they strong enough?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      I think the pins are more than strong enough to hold the weight of the strobes.

      Though I think the main issue to some degree was always going to be what happens if a stand goes over etc. And when you think about it, in that case I would prefer the pins in the bracket to break rather than the joiner plate being torn from the strobe (with the bracket being cheaper to replace than a strobe).

      The other thing is it will be hard to resist tilting a softbox etc by holding the strobe bodies. That in time could cause issues with the connections. That’s why I suggested an optional handle in the original design suggestion. That could be used to tilt the bracket as well as a handle for had holding the strobe.

      I don’t think Godox have made any allowance for that though, unless you possibly used the umbrella mount hole to attach a DIY handle.

  7. Adam 3 weeks ago

    I’m interested. Let’s all try to guess at the price. $150?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Close – $59 🙂

  8. Ole Sollie 3 weeks ago

    I’m a bit sceptic on this one.
    Have 2 AD600, 1 AD360 1 AD200 and a little V860II, so I’m all in fanboying Godox… BUT!

    The single AD200 is not too strong when fighting the sun, may very well be good enough for facial portraits.
    My flash struggled a bit with overheating(i think, it stopped working for a few minutes every now and then) when I used it with my Godox foldable beautydish softbox.
    With an umbrella I did not have this issue.

    But the question is how it will do when 2 of them are together and you put a modifier on them, will they overheat then as well?

    What I plan to use it for however is to put some light on backgrounds and/or hair.
    The small format should make it perfect for this, but then the dual link bracket won’t really be needed.

  9. Ed 3 weeks ago

    Adorama’s website now states “Item is no longer available”.

  10. C. Stephen Hurst 3 weeks ago

    Funny. They (Adorama) have since removed the product on their website? The link has been replaced with the Evolv Head. Above the product and Highlighted in yellow: “This item replaces the Flashpoint Evolv Twin Head-Bowens Mount”

  11. Andy 3 weeks ago

    Can you use just one flash in the bracket?… with just one bulb plugged in?
    And could that be be either an AD200 or AD360ii bulb?

    Thinking of getting this while I still only have one AD200, and would bring it along instead of an S bracket.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 weeks ago

      Hi Andy,

      I’ve asked to see if I can get any clarification on that. I’m also curious to know if either or both of the LED modelling lights will function with a single flash mounted.

      From the beginning I tried to stress the point of this bracket was as much to provide a solid modelling light for single flash use, as to provide a dual flash bracket. That’s why to be practical an on-board battery option would have been a big help.

      Godox have obviously opted for a low price point though, which personally I don’t think was necessary, though you can’t have everything.

      • Andy 3 weeks ago

        Thanks. Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. Use the bracket instead of a standard S bracket, and have the use of the modelling light.
        I presume each modelling light would run separately from each AD200’s battery?

  12. Mark Kitaoka 2 weeks ago

    I’m excited to try this. The options and flexibility of the Godox line amazes me.

  13. Mark Kitaoka 2 weeks ago

    Is there a view of this unit to show how the 200s attach to the bracket?

  14. Harold Clark 2 weeks ago

    When using multiple strobes, often they all have to be fairly close in output. When using 600s, this dual setup is close enough in output to be useful in combination with the 600, or could serve as backup in case of failure of one 600.

    Similarly two speed lights could serve las backup to a 200. Godox is extremely versatile in this regard since everything works from the same trigger system.

  15. Ricardo Gomez 2 weeks ago

    Ever since the X1T-O, I started taking Godox much more seriously and figuring out how I should start investing in the system. The EVOLV 200 is a really interesting item. You could go fresnel, bare-bulb and soon LED. They should take a decent beating due to their lack of moving parts. Now, you can pair them together. Giving you just .5 stops less than the full AD600. For about $100 less including the bracket. Impressive.

    Been trying to figure out where to start. As a frugal photographer, I need to figure out where to start. I thought the AD600’s were the obvious start. But even when paired and the bracket, the AD600 is 2x as heavy. With 98% of my outdoor shoots, using one speed lite to power a small to medium modifier has been more than enough. Even for longer shoots. I think I got about 700 shots on a fairly bright day before I started noticing the longer recycle times.

    So for now, I think it’s the EVOLV 200 and one bracket when I want to pair them up to use a big modifier in the studio. Then a couple move EVOLV 200s for a couple of other modifiers or spare. I should be able to pack 4 of these into a medium-sized pelican case and that will work for a small to medium-sized shoot. Possibly all day.

    I think the EVOLV 200s give us a third option when lighting and really, a smart move for Godox. While I can still use speedlites for location work, the power, toughness (I think) and versatility of the EVOLV 200s are too much to pass on. Speedlites will be relegated to mostly event photography which I have to have as well. Which is more investment and more bottom line for Godox. I don’t consider this a “milking me for every penny” move though. I consider this a “being more efficient on shoot day” kind of move. Instead of 50lbs of gear, I can shrink that down to 20lbs. Or instead of 6 items, 3 will do.

    I got a feeling the Godox designers got to be real photographers and have a good amount of say at their company. Provide really great low-medium cost systems for a few more years to develop a great reputation and culture. Then, if they want, they’ve built the reputation to move into the pro market with 1000w+ lighting systems and beyond. If they keep innovating the way they have, that will be one great future.

  16. qliq 2 weeks ago

    To answer the question concerning the functionality of the modeling light with just ONE eVOLV:
    Yes! The LED lights with just ONE eVOLV200/AD200 mounted on the TWIN Head.
    The answer to the assembly:
    Simply line up the eVOLV to the mounting dock, slide her until it locks and you’re in business.

    What a great light, this eVOLV200! Just used them (barebulb head) in Flashpoint Hexapop’s for light modification. Fantastic lighting with portability and quality.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 weeks ago

      Great thanks for that qliq!

  17. Aaron Yang 1 week ago

    What’s the major advantage of this setup over the AD360II? I know obviously you get 40W more power, but the entire setup is so much more expensive. How does the recycle time compare?

    • Greg Dunn 1 week ago

      The advantage is that if you already have 2 AD200s you can combine them. It’s not designed to be a replacement for the AD360 (which incidentally is just a smidgen over 300 Ws, nowhere near 360).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 week ago

      That’s an interesting thought about the recycle time. At the same light output the AD360II and single AD200 are pretty much equal (that’s setting the AD360II 1/3rd of a stop less than the AD200 to keep the light output equal).

      So with two AD200 combined set to match the light output of one AD360II, the recycle time should be considerably faster. If I calculate right (both AD200 set to 1/2 +0.3) recycle should be around 1 second!
      .

      Another considerable advantage is becasue the AD360II do not have any practical modelling light option available.

  18. Ed 1 week ago

    Does anyone know if this will be available directly from Godox or other Godox dealers? I’m in Hong Kong.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 week ago

      Hi Ed,

      Flashpoint haven’t mentioned any exclusive deal so I think they should be available as the Godox AD-B2 from usual Godox dealers.

      Hopefully Flashpoint get them first though 🙂

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