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  • Hands-On with the Godox AD200

    As a company, Glazer’s has a wide selection of lighting brands from Profoto to Interfit to Aputure and beyond. Recently there has been a lot of interest in the options from Godox, as a result Glazer’s now carries a variety of options from Godox, including the AD200, AD400, AD600, as well a multitude of modifiers and accessories for each.

     

    This past week I had the opportunity to work with the AD200 a bit. Having worked with a lot of speedlight/flash systems over the years, I find the Godox system pretty easy to get started with. If you’ve worked with any off camera flashes, you will recognise icons and functions, immediately.

    The Details

    The Godox AD200 is an interesting portable flash system, it comes with your standard flash head, rechargeable battery, and an interchangeable bare flash head. It can work with just about any kind of lighting modifier on the market from things like Westcott Apollo’s to Bowen’s mount softboxes, beauty dishes and beyond.

    Here are some of the tech specs for those of you love the numbers:

    • High Speed Sync up to 1/8000 Seconds
    • 200w/s power
    • Flash Exposure Compensation – 8 steps of power (1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128 – & 1/3rd stops
    • Modelling light
    • Up 500 Flashes at Full Power
    • Recycle time of up to 2 seconds (depending on power output)
    • TTL, Manual, and Stroboscopic Modes
    • Firmware upgradeable via USB
    • Built-in 2.4G Wireless X System Receiver
    • Optional X1 Wireless TTL Transmitter
    • Supports Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony TTL (with optional wireless transmitter)

    All of this in a fairly small package (6.6” x 3” x 2”), and around 2lbs with a battery. With this system there are a ton of accessory options, including an interchangeable LED cover, barndoor/gel kit, and more.

    Want more power?

    The AD200 is just one of the Godox lights Glazer’s has available; you will also find the AD400 and AD600. These lights have more power (400 w/s and 600 w/s), and of course are a bit larger. Within the larger light systems you’ll see adapters for Bowen’s mount or their own speedings for their deep softboxes.

     

     

     

     

     

    Wireless remotes!

    And don’t forget at least one wireless remote. The Godox Ad200, AD400 and AD600 all have built in wireless receivers in a few options from a basic remote to a controller, all available for Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony!!

     

    All the Modifiers!

    The Godox system has quite a few modifiers available, but one of the great things about this system is that it is compatible with a multitude of the modifiers on the market today including those from brands like Interfit, Phottix, Profoto and Westcott, just to name a few. This also means if you have existing modifiers the AD200, AD400 or AD600 may well already work for you!

     

    Sample Images

    For this article I partnered up with Devin, one of Glazer’s talented experts in a broad spectrum of topics in the realm of photography & film: from cameras to video to audio and lighting. We had a great conversation about the versatility of these lights and he also stepped in front of the lens for some sample images.

    All of these samples were captured on a Fujifilm X-T2 with the 35mm f/1.4 Lens. You will find lighting notes including with each image.

     

    Godox AD200 TTL w/Westcott Apollo Orb + Grid at 1/16th power

     

    This was the first snap with the AD200. For flashes I tend to start at around 1/16 or 1/32 power, even with a traditional speedlight full power can be pretty bright, so starting smaller and building is my process, especially since I enjoy more dramatic lighting.

     

     

    Godox AD200 TTL w/Westcott Apollo Orb + Grid – Between 1/32 & 1/16 Power

     

    Godox AD200 TTL w/Westcott Apollo Orb + Grid – Between 1/32 & 1/16 Power

     

    With this image we started with TTL, which I found a little too bright, so I flipped the remote to manual and set the power at 1/32, to see what it would look like. Then set it to between 1/32 & 1/16 power. This got us a little more light, but not as much as the first image above, but a light that I felt worked well.

    Most of the time we work hard to avoid reflections in glasses, but Devin liked it, so of the series I feel these two are “keepers” as we say.

    After trying several frames with the grid on the modifier we took the grid off and did just a few more with the softer light. Without changing anything, immediately the image is bright and of course there is more light falling on the background, which is why you might select a softer light source, instead of a grid.

     

    Godox AD200 1/16th Power w/Westcott Apollo Orb

     

    This is the first image without the grid on the modifier. I made no changes to any settings, just snapped a photo to see the differences. From here I switched over to TTL and took a couple more, then finally subtracted 1/3rd of a stop from the TTL for this final image.

     

    Final image: Godox AD200 TTL – 1/3rd stop + Power w/Westcott Apollo Orb | Edited in Lightroom

     

    TTL can work wonderfully, but just light a camera’s light meter, it will provide the light it thinks you need. Sometimes creatively we want something different from that, so having the ability to quickly adjust from either TTL with exposure compensation or to make manual adjustments is very handy.

    This image is probably my fave of the few we captured during this demo. For this one I did a few tweaks in Lightroom.

     

    Come in and check them out!

    Come in for a visit and check out these awesome lights. There are demos of the AD200 on the first and second floor of the store, as well demos of the AD400 and Ad600 available in our lighting department. We are also working on a lighting demo, featuring Godox in the near future, so be on the look out!

  • Just Announced: Panasonic S1 & S1R

     

    At Photokina in 2018, Panasonic announced their alliance with Leica and Sigma in the creation of new lenses, for their new S1 & S1R full frame camera system. Today we’re pleased to share the official announcement of this system from Panasonic, including the opportunity to pre-order your camera!

    ABOUT THE S1

    The Panasonic DC-S1 is a great option for the photographer or filmmaker out there, especially someone who is seeking a camera that will provide a blend of both functionalities, with spectacular performance! Just a few of the specs include:

    • 24 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor camera
    • 2 Card Slots: XQD & SD
    • 3.2″ Triaxial tilt-shift monitor
    • Maximum ISO of 512,000
    • Focal Plane Shutter

     

     

    For Filmmakers

    • 4K up to 60p/50p
    • 4K 30p/25p24. And full-HD with no time limit
    • V-log built-in
    • Image sensor shift type (5-axis / 5.5-stop*)
    • Dual I.S. (6.0-stop* Dual I.S. 2 compatible)

    The new DC-S1 will be a great option for photographers and those creating video.

     

    ABOUT THE S1R

    The Panasonic DC-S1R includes a larger 47MP full frame sensor. A great option for the still photographer out there, wanting to capture more detail and create larger prints.

    • 47MP Full Frame CMOS sensor camera
    • 2 Card Slots: XQD & SD
    • 3.2″ Triaxial tilt-shift monitor
    • Maximum ISO of 25,600
    • Focal Plane Shutter

    Both cameras have a solid build and ready for a variety of situations, with it’s magnesium alloy body, weather sealing and splash-resistant design.

    The Lenses

    This new system will be launched with the new L-Mount S Pro/S lenses, in collaboration with Leica and Sigma: 50mm f./1.424-105mm f/4 O.I.S. & 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S.

     

     

     

    PRE-ORDER YOURS TODAY

    Don’t miss out on this new camera from Panasonic, be sure to pre-order your new Panasonic S1 or S1R and lenses today!

  • Just Announced: Olympus OM-D E-M1X

    Welcome to a revolutionary new camera from Olympus!

    Olympus has just announced their newest camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X! This robust, weather sealed body, is surprisingly light! This new camera has a built-in battery grip, and weighs a mere 2.2 pounds (997g) with batteries and memory cards.

    I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at this beauty and thought I would share my experiences, along with some of those technical details.

    Let’s talk specs

    • 20.4 MP Live MOS Sensor with dual TruePic™ VIII Image Processors
    • 60 fps (S-AF), 18 fps (C-AF Tracking) Continuous Shooting with the silent electronic shutter
    • Intelligent Subject Detection AF via AI-based Deep Learning Technology
    • 5-Axis Sync IS provides 7.5 EV stops of compensation, the World’s Most Effective Stabilization performance (7.0 EV stops body only, 7.5 EV with 12-100)
    • Magnesium Alloy Weathersealed Construction (standard IPX1)
    • Hand-Held High-Res Shot Mode provides 50MP images with no stabilizing gear
    • Live ND provides the effects of an ND filter (for any lens) without the need to use a filter
    • Integrated Vertical Grip
    • Multi-selector (Joystick) on both the vertical and horizontal shooting positions for quick selection of the AF area
    • Double Battery Support for 2 BLH-1 Batteries. USB Type-C in-camera charging
    • Pro Capture Mode provides lag-free capture (pre and post shutter button press)
    • Dual Card Slots with UHS-II Compatibility
    • Built-in Field Sensor System (GPS, Manometer, Compass, Thermometer)
    • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE for remote shooting and wireless sharing

    WHEW!!!! That’s just a few of the specs!

     

    Since I had early access, I focused in on a couple of new, specific features, that really set this camera apart.

     

    Live ND

    I headed over to Lake Union park to see what might be available to photograph. I kept hoping for a seaplane but there were none! So I focused on MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats and the wildlife that was hanging out at the park.

    In this frame, the Live ND feature is disabled

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 12-40mm | ISO 200 | f/10 | 1/500s

    In this frame, the Live ND feature is enabled

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 12-40mm | ISO 200 | f/22 | 1/2s

    Notice the shift in the water, how it appears a little bit more still, pretty cool!!

     

    Hand-Held High Res Shot Mode – 50MP Files

    In using this mode the camera has two options, a hand-held mode or a tripod mode. The camera uses pixel shift technology to create a 50MP file, instead of a 20MP file. The hand-held mode anticipates micro movements as it’s building the file and the tripod mode will rely on everything being still.

    One of the reasons why we sometimes need those larger files are for the details. Below are sample images and close up screenshots of those details.

    Here’s a photo of a clock! 🙂 Actually I quite like the look of this clock at MOHAI, there’s something beautiful about all that detail.

    Here’s a sample 20MP file:

    20MP File – Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 12-100mm | ISO 200 | f/8 | 1/640s

    50MP File – Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 12-100mm | ISO 200 | f/8 | 1/500s

     

    These are just a couple of the features that set this camera apart. This camera could be a great fit for a variety of photographers, from those capturing fashion editorials to wildlife to outdoor adventure. With the high frame capture modes, weather sealing and stellar in camera stabilisation, in a solid, reliable body, the possibilities are endless. We also hear low-light capabilities are impressive as well! It was a sunny day in Seattle when I got to test the camera, so I didn’t need to push those ISO’s. 

    This camera is a larger camera in the Olympus line up, but I found it easy to work with and surprisingly light, even with their 300mm lens! If you’ve met me, you know I normally use much smaller lenses for my day to day work. But for this experience using that longer glass really paid off.  

    For the Filmmaker’s out there

    If you’re using smaller DSLR’s or Mirrorless systems to capture video, new features in this Olympus camera are going to be great for you, including:  

    • OM-log profile for video capture
    • 5-Axis Sync IS provides 7.5 EV stops of compensation, the World’s Most Effective Stabilization performance (7.0 EV stops body only, 7.5 EV with 12-100)

    As well the dual batteries and card lots, providing extended use in the field.

    PRE-ORDER

    Pre-order your OM-D E-M1X today!

     

    LAUNCH EVENT!!!! JAN 31!

    Join us for a launch event featuring this new camera on January 31st! This event will include an overview of the camera and its capabilities, as well access to demo cameras in multiple scenarios!

    For more details … and to register:

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X Launch Event

    Check out some more sample images

    Here’s just a few more images from my outing with the OM-D E-M1X, I had fun with it and know at least one Glazer’s staffer is anxious to get this camera out into the snow!

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 300mm | ISO 200 | f/4.5 | 1/3200s

     

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 300mm | ISO200 | f/5.0 | 1/640s

     

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X | 300mm | ISO 200 | f/5 | 1/640s