GODOX AD200 WITSTRO – Cordless TTL Strobe Released

GODOX AD200

 

Godox have released the ground breaking AD200 Witstro cordless strobe, also available as the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL .

The AD200 / eVOLV are 200Ws cordless Lithium-ion powered TTL and HSS enabled strobes with Godox 2.4GHz X-system radio receiver built inside, compatible with, Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, and Fuji camera systems.

Don’t be fooled by the name or Ws rating though, the AD200 are only around 03 to 0.5 stops less powerful than the well proven AD360II, and come in a remarkably more compact and convenient all in one package.

 

GODOX AD200

 

Being dedicated off camera flashes having no hotshoe, the AD200 provide similar compact size of a speedlite, though with considerable added power.

Another ground breaking feature of the AD200 is a modular interchangeable flash head system, which provides the option of either bare bulb or traditional speedlite fresnel head (fixed at 35mm, no zoom).

With various other head options becoming available, including an LED head, and Ring Light adapters in flash and LED versions.

 

GODOX AD200

 

And to take the AD200 to another level again, there is now also an EVOVL Twin Head Bracket / Godox AD-B2, which will combine two EVOLV 200 / Godox AD200 strobes into a single 400Ws light source!

The twin bracket providing a Bowens S-type mount, and dual unobstructed LED modelling lights.

The bracket can be used with dual flashes for extra power, or with a single flash to add a very useful LED modelling light.

The original AD200 flash bulbs can be used, or a single AD360 bulb centered in the bracket.

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head

 

GODOX WITSTRO AD200 FEATURES

 

  • Power – 200Ws
  • Bare Bulb Head – GN 60m, ISO 100 (AD360 reflector)
  • Speedlite Head – GN 52m ISO 100
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, Radio Slave Modes (Auto Switching)
  • Range – 100m + with X1 as Transmitter
  • Groups – A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels
  • S1/S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Flash Duration Frensel Head – 1/220s – 1/13000s
  • Flash Duration Bare Bulb Head – 1/220s – 1/11300s
  • Color Temperature – 5600 +/- 200k
  • 14.4V 2900mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • 520 Full Power Flashes
  • 0.01 – 2.1 Second Recycle Time
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Memory Function
  • LED Modelling Light (Fresnel Head Only)
  • USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • 3.5mm Sync Port
  • Communication Port (For XTR-16 / FTR-16 Receivers)

 

Godox AD200

 

The AD200 can be mounted via a 1/4″ 20 threaded mounting hole on either side of the flash (allowing landscape or portrait orientation when using the speedlite head).

 

 

GODOX AD200

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

GODOX AD200

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Godox AD200 / eVOLV 200 are available now from $299 –

EVOLV 200 – Adorama, Amazon, Ebay

GODOX AD200 – AmazonUK, B&H PhotoEbay

 

Godox – Website

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396 Comments
  1. Andy 4 months ago

    Does anyone try 3 AD200/Evolv 200 in the wedding reception yet? I just got one and tried in the church today (yes, the priest allows us to use flash). The light is awesome. So I was thinking of getting 2 more for wedding reception. Or I may get a few V860 II instead.
    thanks.

    • Joel 3 months ago

      Just curious, but what was the light/position/modifier if any used in the church?

  2. Author
    Flash Havoc 3 months ago

    UPDATE – There is a new Mini Reflector (AD-M) for the EVOLV / AD200, now available for pre-order.

  3. Yesenia 3 months ago

    I want to buy some flashes for wedding photography the canon 600ex-rt or the AD200, but Does the AD200 have a short flash duration that helps freze movent as the speedlights (flashguns)? I want to buy the AD200, but would it be able to freze the wedding couple with no problem when they are dancing or when there is a lot of movement?..I have heard that a medium strobe does not freze moving subjects as a speedlight because it does not have short flash duration…I hope to hear from you thank you.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Hi Yesnia,

      Yes the AD200 are IGBT flashes like a speedlite, which means they have very short flash durations at power levels below full power.

      The lower the power level the faster the flash duration. So with the extra power they have you will likely be running them at lower power levels than a regular speedlite, and therefore durations should be as short or better.

  4. Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

    I will be using the eVOLVs in a commercial shoot over the next few days and decided to test the umbrella mount to see just how durable it is. You can see my results here:
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/reviews/review-flashpoint-evolv-200/

  5. Ken 3 months ago

    I thought the Godox stuff auto-switched to HSS when shutter speed goes over the X-Sync speed?? Could have sworn I read that and have had it work before. But this weekend I was shooting outside with the Evolv 200 and I couldn’t shoot above 1/200 on the 5D3. Unless I shut the master off. How does one get auto HSS to work?

    • Ulysses Ashton 3 months ago

      Ken, the Evolv flash DOES automatically go into HSS once your shutter speed goes beyond the camera’s x-sync speed. You’ll want to go into your camera’s Flash Sync menu and ensure you’ve selected either HSS or Auto.

  6. John Wilson 3 months ago

    I’ve just bought another S-type Speedlite Bracket. The AD200 fits in it without and effort. Comparing it with one I bought a few months ago I see that the rubber covering of the metal top jaw of the bracket is slightly different. It’s flat rather than rounded so that the metal top jaw will go all the way up to the top.

    So you no longer have to chop the top off the rubber covering to get the AD200 to fit in the bracket.

    Nice to see the change.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Thanks John.

      Is the top metal jaw plate still rounded / concave though?

      • John Wilson 3 months ago

        Yes the metal plate is unchanged. It’s just the rubber covering which has a flat top rather than a rounded one

  7. Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

    In addition to the Xplor/AD600 line of strobes I successfully configured and tested a Pentax 645Z at HSS using the eVOLV200 and a Cactus v6II trigger. You can read my results here:
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/xplorgodox600-pentax-645z-hss/

  8. Dwight Roberts 3 months ago

    I just got the AD200 and have had nothing but problems with it. The TTL doesn’t seem to work nor does the hss. I’m using this with the Fuji X Pro 2 and triggering it with the TT350F. Even the exposure comp. works backwards. I’ve shot with Canon gear for the longest of times and using hss was as simple as turning it on. If I shoot at 1/250th, it blasts full-power. This does NOT seem right to me. Also, when selecting manual power, after the shot, it goes back to TTL.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Hi Dwight,

      Is the AD200 on V2.0 firmware, if not that would be your issue.

      The X Pro 2 is listed as compatible (Type A camera) so TTL and HSS should work. Some people have had to update the firmware in their camera as well to have HSS working.

  9. Karver 1 month ago

    Unfortunately, it maxes out only about 130-140 Ws. I have done tests to compare real light power of a AD200 against 2 units of YN 560IV. One test was done with Profoto stripbox 1×3′ and softbox 1.3×2′ using bulb. Then another test projecting on the wall with fresnel attachment and 560’s set to 35mm zoom. In all cases, when firing at max power, AD200 was just slightly short of two 560s. So, I am returning my AD200. If it were by half stop more powerfool, I would be very happy to keep it. But that’s just not the case.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 weeks ago

      Hi Karver,

      I had to use 3 V850 to match the AD200.

      Though in any case I don’t think the fresnel head is the AD200’s strongest point. The bare bulb is there for the quality of light, though that’s not going to compare directly in terms of power to speedlites either unless you used the wide angle diffuser etc to spread their light more evenly as well.

      Using the AD200 twin head, that is only 0.1 stops less than the AD600B in the same softbox. In a lighter package that even recycles slightly faster.

      So I’m more than impressed with the power of the AD200.

      And you have Profoto softboxes there, so I’m a little surprised you prefer to use a couple of fresnsel head speedlights in them rather than a nice bare bulb flash (particularly in a strip box)?

  10. Karver 4 weeks ago

    Of course, I always use built-in diffuser to spread light out.
    Your results of 3 speedlights matching AD200 are similar to many reviews on the net.
    I tend to think my sample was just a bad copy. The fact that it was the last copy in a stock makes my suspicion even stronger. Overall, using Profoto speedlite speedring wiith two speedlites is very capable solution. Especially when light source is located as close to a product as possible. And increasing ISO up to 400 is not a problem at all.

    • John Wilson 4 weeks ago

      Hi Karver!

      Using the AD-B2 instead of the S type bracket is reported to increase the light through a modifier by about 1/3rd of a stop.

      It’s also reported that putting what’s effectively a kill spill on an AD200 in an S type bracket can increase the light by up to 2/3rds of a stop (I’m a bit wary about getting quite such an increase). The cheapest way of doing that is to buy an AD S17 dome, unscrew the dome part and use the base as the spill kill reflector.

      See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBdJkRddzz4

      • Michael 4 weeks ago

        Certainly seeing similar figures with the reflector I bought

        Mike

  11. Andy 2 weeks ago

    Hi,
    Does anyone have problem of detach the barn door from AD200? Once it’s in, it’s hard to take it out. I even try to push so hard and until the point I think it breaks! I’d like to hear your experience.
    Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 weeks ago

      Hi Andy,

      Yes they clip on tight, and you won’t get them off just by pulling on them.

      You need to lift one of the tabs that clip over the flash head and then they will pull away quite easily. I basically get 3 fingernails under the edge and lever the clip/tab up and off pretty easily.

      Something like a butter knife should to the trick pretty easily otherwise.

    • Fritz Nordengren 2 weeks ago

      Here’s a tip, from Mark Kitaoka’s blog:

      “But once they are on the Fresnel head they are TOUGH to remove. I’ve found prying one end up with a credit card as a pry bar helps. UPDATE! 4-16-17 I recently watched a video demo by Edward Tang of Cheetahstand where he shows how to more easily remove the grid from the Fresnel head! He covers it at 1:50 in his video. Thanks so much Edward!!”

      here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_87eQioU9_c?t=1m38s

  12. Andy 2 weeks ago

    thanks for the suggestion. It really helps.

  13. Joe 1 week ago

    Hi… I have the AD200 and after taking a couple of shots the bulb stopped working. I let it rest and did more shot and it worked well. The bulb later stopped working again. It’s been over 24hrs and the bulb isn’t still working, but clicks when I press the test button. What could be the problem?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 days ago

      Hi Joe,

      Sorry I’m not too sure. Do you have the regular speedlite head to try and see if that is at least firing?

      If so, it may be a faulty flash tube, or possibly the connection between the head and flash tube pins.

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