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Flashpoint eVOLV 200 R2 TTL Pocket Flash | (AD200) Thoughts?

 
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Jan 06, 2018 08:42 |  #1411

Lotto wrote in post #18534741 (external link)
Does that happen with the fresnel head too?

Both. Seems to be the connectors. Second time having this issue (2 different ad200s)


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Jan 09, 2018 08:38 as a reply to  @ post 18534763 |  #1412

Not that it couldn't...just wondering about loss of power in a softbox and how effective it will be at overpowering the sun for mid day portraits.




  
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Jan 10, 2018 01:26 |  #1413

Did you tighten the knob on the side?

ready2go wrote in post #18534704 (external link)
Anyone have a fix for this issue? First one was replaced and this is happening again on another one. Godox customer service is terrible with no reasons to me via email.


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Jan 10, 2018 01:35 |  #1414

My second AD200 kit showed up today. I'm stoked.
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I'm perplexed as to why Adorama made this bundle with the Glow HexaPop 24" Portable Softbox since it is setup for a speedlight. This softbox doesn't have a removable white face either... it's sewed in. Very strange and kinda' useless for me.

Wondering what everyones best bang for the buck choice is for a 36" Octa (for use with the AD-B2 Twin Head)?


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Jan 10, 2018 02:32 |  #1415

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18537645 (external link)
Wondering what everyones best bang for the buck choice is for a 36" Octa (for use with the AD-B2 Twin Head)?

For me, it's this one: https://strobepro.com …-folding-umbrella-octabox (external link)

That's Canadian $$$.

I've had mine up and down a few hundred times and it's just starting to show some minor wear. I even use it with 150w modelling lamps for long periods of time, as a continuous light soft box (the heat should be abusive to the materials). And, it's holding up very well. You can leave all the diffusion panels in place - I do. It's literally 30 seconds to setup.


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Jan 10, 2018 02:41 |  #1416

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18537645 (external link)
My second AD200 kit showed up today. I'm stoked.
https://www.adorama.co​m/fplfev200bf.html (external link)

I'm perplexed as to why Adorama made this bundle with the Glow HexaPop 24" Portable Softbox since it is setup for a speedlight. This softbox doesn't have a removable white face either... it's sewed in. Very strange and kinda' useless for me.

Wondering what everyones best bang for the buck choice is for a 36" Octa (for use with the AD-B2 Twin Head)?

EZ Pro 36" Octa. Have been using it with PCB mount and Bowens for more than 8 years, still going strong. There are more expensive ones with better build, but for under $100, the EZ Pro is my recommendation.

https://www.amazon.com …14&keywords=ezp​ro+softbox (external link)


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Jan 10, 2018 08:59 as a reply to  @ Lotto's post |  #1417

At least you are getting consistent replies. :-)

The StrobePro softbox I linked to is a rebranded version of the EZ Pro 36".


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Jan 13, 2018 15:38 |  #1418

I like my Fotodiox EZ Pro 48" Octa so much that I plan on buying the smaller 36" version really soon. I want a smaller Octa for use outdoors, the 48" can be a bit big at times.




  
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Jan 14, 2018 19:10 |  #1419

Just FYI to anyone curious, I have done two rounds of testing the Evolv in advance of an article I'm writing about them, and what I found was surprising. The color temp stability is within 400K across the power output, at least as far as I could test.

However, pleasantly surprised to see that within a fixed power setting they're crazy stable, both in color and power output. Here's an example:



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Comparing optimal output against a speedlight, if you're just looking at efficiency and not fall off, or if you're looking to do work with a hard shadow... the Evolv is capable of putting out over 2 stops more light than an SB-800 (Evolv reflector versus SB-800 fresnel):



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Jan 14, 2018 19:29 |  #1420

If, however, you're looking to equalize an Evolv with a speedlight in terms of coverage, the speedlight actually puts out more light at the center by a third of a stop, but falls off much faster. So, this is the SB-800 vs the Evolv with a bare bulb:


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Jan 14, 2018 19:34 |  #1421

If you're looking to how lights behave inside a modifier, and what they do in terms of creating a "style" of light, look at the difference between the Evolv and SB-800 and how they fill a 6ft silver umbrella with sock. It's as if the speedlight turns the 6ft umbrella in to a 4ft:


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Jan 14, 2018 19:39 |  #1422

Oh, and lastly, I took 6 sequential frames from one of the power settings. This is the series which shows the largest shifts in color and output changes, maybe 1 or 2 points at most per channel. And I made an overlay animation to see how perceptible that is in real world output. Obviously GIFs ruin image quality but I'm not at all joking when I say these are 6 consecutive frames at a given power setting showing the Evolv at its worst:


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Jan 21, 2018 12:13 |  #1423

Used my AD200 outside again, this time on a winter rally event. Really liking it so far.

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Jan 28, 2018 16:26 |  #1424

FWIW.....Fresnel vs Bare bulb with 5" reflector and diffuser.
I was curious about this so did my own test. First photo is same power from both units. Second photo I increased the Bare bulb with reflector and diffuser unit (on the left) by one stop.
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Jan 28, 2018 16:55 |  #1425

Yeah, IMO the fresnel is not worth working with. Greater concentrated output at the center, but with that strange, narrow banding fall off.

There is a $50 Bowens mount fresnel out in the world - it projects a much nicer spread and edge. However, FYI, for as nice as the shadows are, I found the cheap bare reflector you're using here to have even cleaner shadow edges.

Fresnel in question: https://www.amazon.com …fRID=1MXXTMZMJF​0M5A0G1DGX (external link)

I use it as a protective cap to transport the Twin Head adapter with both tubes installed.

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