The Godox AD600 Pro Strobe was recently announced to the public. Having myself recently shifted from a fantastic (but also pricey) pair of Profoto B1s to jump into the Godox (Flashpoint in the U.S.) system, I took notice.
Yes, the Profoto’s are expensive, and price factors in. But really, my core goal was simple: I wanted to have a one-size-fits-all system instead of what I had at the time, which was a mix of Canon speedlights and Profoto strobes, each remaining closed off from the other. To this point, the Flashpoint system delivered, and I now have universal lighting tools to fit a multitude of shooting scenarios. The additional upside was money that could be invested elsewhere.
Even with the goal of consolidating accomplished, when you step from prolonged use of the B1s, you certainly will notice the step down on things like build quality, menu system, and color accuracy as you cringe a bit over losing access to Profoto’s amazing selection of quick and easy-to-use, high-quality modifiers. So I’m happy to see early reports look promising over at Rob Hall’s channel with his review video and that the new Pro AD600 has addressed a lot of the original AD600’s minor issues.
Color Temperature Improvements
One major and welcome improvement is a stable color temperature mode, which locks the strobe within 75 degrees of 5600K over the entire power range. Early findings slot this ahead of even Broncolor and Profoto. This is certainly promising and could potentially negate a major advantage those two brands had over the previous Godox model. As a previous user of the B1s and now the AD600, I can say you do notice these slight shifts with the latter when culling through a shoot.
Improved Modeling Lamp
Another highlight for me is the improved 38-watt LED bulb modeling lamp versus the ten-watt on the original non-pro model. With this modeling lamp boost, the Pro model is much more versatile as well competitive to the high-priced alternatives. It also becomes useful outside of just dimly lit studios.
Those are welcome improvements for sure, but there are more surprises in store for those that check out Hall’s full review above to see if the sum of these improvements add up to a worthy addition to your lighting setup.