Godox Introduces AD1200 Pro Strobe Head and Pack

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Bringing more power, yet still retaining portability, Godox has just announced the newest member of its popular system of strobes: the AD1200 Pro. As you’d expect, this is a 1200Ws strobe, but differing from previous AD-family lights, this model is the first to use a separate power pack and cabled flash head design. Even though this is a design that would look at home in a studio, Godox is using a replaceable 2600mAh lithium-ion battery in the pack to ensure it can still be ported on location for flexible lighting needs, and a 5200mAh high-capacity battery is also available for longer shooting sessions.

While it’s changed in form factor, the AD1200 Pro does keeps many of the most valued traits of this lighting system intact, such as compatibility with the existing 2.4 GHz wireless X system TTL for use with most cameras via dedicated transceivers. Support for up to five groups and 32 channels is possible, with triggering via the optional TTL-specific transceivers.

With a 1200Ws output, and a rated guide number of 407' at ISO 100 with the included reflector, this is a powerful flash. It’s something strobe fans have been asking for from Godox, even since the launch of the AD600 Pro, to open up even more creative lighting and fill-flash options. With power also comes a flexible range of flash durations, from 1/10860 of a second down to 1/220 of a second, and stroboscopic mode is capable of 100 Hz output. High-speed sync up to 1/8000 of a second, first- and second-curtain sync, and flash delay modes are all available, too. The light has a rated recycle time of 0.01 to 2 seconds, depending on output. The included battery also provides approximately 500 full-power flashes per charge. An integrated 40W LED modeling light is featured, and the included 5600K flash tube is rated for a +/-200K variance, which can be reduced to just +/-75K in the stable color temperature mode for more color-critical work.

The pack has a bit of a unique design, with only a single input for working with one head at a time. This design does keep the size of the pack down, with dimensions of 9.25 x 5.7 x 10.2", and the entire kit weighs 18.2 lb. The flash head itself measures 4.9 x 9 x 7.9" with the standard reflector. Included with the battery pack and the flash head is the 2600mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a battery charger, an AC adapter, a reflector, a glass protection cover, and a carrying bag. An optional high-capacity 5200mAh battery is also available, as well as carry bag for the battery, and a spare flash tube.

What are your thoughts on this high-power portable strobe? What would you do with the increased 1200Ws of power and faster recycle times? Are you a fan of the separate pack and head design? Or do you prefer the all-in-one monolight design of the lower power strobes? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments field.

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