Although not officially on display at Photokina 2018, Godox have shown an early prototype of a Round Head Speedlite currently in development, and expected to be available around the end of the year.
The coming Round Head Speedlite will accept the same convenient stackable magnetic gels and modifiers as the EVOLV / AD200 Round Head.
The speedlites round head will feature a motorized zoom, likely from 24 – 105mm, and contain an LED light for focus assist in the flash head, as well as a second LED on the front of the flash body.
Interestingly the Round Head speedlight will not use the current VB-18 Lithium-ion battery used in the V850 / V860, with Godox instead opting for the non proprietary Panasonic 18650 Lithium-ion cells (as we discussed recently here).
With the 18650 cells apparently expected to provide faster full power recycle times of approx 1.2 seconds. Lets hope Godox opt for the easier to manage protected cells.
The flash body design and interface has not been finalized yet, though will very likely feature a larger display than the current Godox speedlites.
The image above by Francisco Joel Hernandez at Photokina 2018.
And Video bellow by Rob Hall.
Another item spotted at the Godox display at Photokina, and likely to be coming soon, appears to be a Profoto modifier adapter for the EVOLV / AD200 flashes.
Images below by Rainbow Store Camera.
Which may be a very interesting option, as it would allow the Profoto OCF Zoom and Magnum reflectors to be mounted, which magnify the light pattern providing up to an extra 1.8 stops of light.
And the Zoom and Magnum reflectors (or even an good efficient 7″) reflector are also what is currently lacking for the AD600 PRO and AD400 PRO flashes, so the coming Profoto mount for the AD400 PRO may be very helpful as well.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Godox Round Head Speedlite currently in development, and expected to be available around the end of the year.
The AK-R1 Round Head Magnetic Accessory Kits are becoming available now from $59 –
Godox – Website