My new favorite light

So, I recently picked up the Godox AD600BM strobe and I have just three words….this thing ROCKS.

I just had an opportunity to take it out with a good photographer friend of mine, Brad Campbell and a fantastic local model, Rachel Atchison. We did a little photo-walk session along the canal in downtown Indianapolis and really put the light through it’s paces. Mainly – I wanted to see if all the hype about its High Speed Sync (HSS) capabilities were real.

OMG I was NOT disappointed. Check this out…

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Un-edited RAW image from downtown Indianapolis.

Folks – seriously – read that caption twice. This is NOT edited. It is straight out of the camera, converted jpg from RAW and I just cannot believe it. The Godox light just kept up with us without a hitch, even as I blasted my shutter speed to mind-numbing 1/8000, the light was smooth and flawless. No hint of missing parts of the frame, and only one or two misfires from me shooting faster than it would recycle (which was quite fast, considering how hard we were pushing things.)

We were using the sun as a backlight. Shooting nearly wide-open on the lens at f2.0, and getting BEAUTIFUL light. I can’t tell you how giddy I was to get this kind of look. Any regular light would have kept you at 1/200th of a second on sync speed and there’s no way you could shoot that at f2.0. The image would be a blown-out white mess!

Another thing to note, the portability of this light is fantastic. We hiked quite a long distance down the canal, and I was carrying this light with an attached 34″ folding beauty dish softbox over my shoulder. With the battery attached, it was really a pretty easy chore – SO much more manageable than my Einstein with a separate Vagabond Mini battery…and a lot less overall weight as well. I won’t lie, I did have to take a break for a minute and rub my shoulders out…but I am not certain I could have even made the whole hike with my old kit.

End result…yeah, the hype is real. I’m going to hang on to my Einstein’s for now, but as I use this Godox AD600 more I’ll be closer and closer to ditching them for good. I’m optimistic that it will continue to perform well long-term, as most reports indicate that it is just as durable as other lights.

Keep an eye out for more!

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