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My wife Amber and I work together on mid to higher budget shoots with crew rented locations, and paid actors/models. We wanted a location strobe that had excellent color consistency, reliability, battery life and light spread to fill large modifiers. We rented and tested Elinchrom, Broncolor and Profoto, and a friend of mine also has the older AD600M. Elinchrom heads perform poorly in many modifiers - the 600Pro gives softer light even in their own Rotalux softboxes! This is because the Eli flashtube is very flat, so it shoots formward much more than to the side, making poor use of the sides of a softbox. Sure Rotalux softboxes have little beauty dishes you can attach to them, but with the Ad 600 Pro you get that benefit in ANY softbox. because it sort of has a beauty dish diffuser built right onto the tube, and the tube sits very high in the modifier, spreading out into its back panels and to the side, and thus creating much softer light. Profoto is super heavy with their B1X (that has no detachable head option), has less light output and color consistency than the Ad600 Pro, and a full .7 stops less light in our tests. Its head design also leads to poor spread in many modifiers, particularly shallow ones, unless you buy a frosted dome, which cuts more light still and adds 275 U.S. more dollars to an already much higher price. Recycle time is slower, HSS performance far less impressive - I could go on. The Broncolor has a head that is almost exactly the same as the AD600 Pro, and in the same way fills large modifiers much better - so smoother more even light than any other options than these two. However, the Siros is heavy, has no detachable head ad-on, and is almost a full stop less bright at full power - and it costs exactly 3 times as much. It also shockingly has slightly less good color stability performance than the AD600Pro. The availability of Broncolor modifiers is very small, and very expensive. The older 600BM had too slow recycle time for our needs, possibly problematic color consistency, but most of all a flash tube design that was just not projecting light optimally into larger modifiers. You can see that in the work people produce with the older AD600 non-pro. Granted, many are using ****** softboxes, but there is a lot of hot spot glare to be seen. When these same users switch to the AD600Pro that glare is gone (and I assume they didn't buy new softboxes at the same time) As for brightness - in Canada there is no outdoor scenario where this is not bright enough to fight full mid day sun. It just works, every time, no matter what to give you all the light you need. I've yet to go over 1/2 output, even in summer, at 2PM. So... We picked the AD600 Pro. We will soon also buy the AD400 pro, to use with LiteMotiv modifiers via its Elinchrom adapter (which i REALLY hope has the deflector hole built in, but I digress...) As for Strobepro they are nice, friendly people, who offer you a Canadian two year warranty for free - which could mean a lot, sooner than later. You also don;t have to stress about duty and weird fees from brokers which can be a nightmare ordering from the U.S. - and their prices are pretty much at par with U.S. vendors i also find that the StrobePro branding looks a lot more pro and less prosumer than Flashpoint and Godox branding you would get from B&H or Adorama. Hey, laugh all you want, but at a certain level clients do care about that stuff, at least mine sometimes do. All this to say, if this strobe cost 3X as much I would still feel it was a great purchase, and it doesn't.... So just place your order. Most fo teh tiem you get what you pay for, but in this case, you actually don;t. You get better performance in all ways than gear that is way, way more expensive.
I'm changing my studio setup from a pair of Profoto B1s with some old Alienbees for background lights to an all Godox setup. My first impressions with the X600Pro are very positive. The battery life is amazing, the modeling lamp is brighter than my B1s and DAYLIGHT balanced instead of tungsten. It doesn't seem to refresh quite as fast as my B1s but I rarely shoot fast enough to notice.
All the hype around this new strobe is true!
Love this strobe so far. But have yet to really put it through its paces.
I been a Profoto users for over 5 years with the B1 being one of my most used lights. I was in the process of switching over to the Broncolor Siro L system but when I heard about these lights, I figured it would be worth checking the X600 pro aka AD600 Pro out and see how it compares. Out of the box, these lights feel like a premium light. I can easily say, the build quality is on par with my B1 and the Siro L based on feel. Obviously, I'm not going to try a drop test. I have to say, the X600 Pro/AD600 Pro takes quite a bit of design from Broncolor as I quickly noticed the similarities however I feel the Godox added their own touch in the areas where I felt the Broncolor fell short (ie stock reflector and power button). Using the light along with the new Pro remote was overall very positive. The functionality and user experience was on par of what I experienced with my Profoto and Broncolor lights. It's hard to believe this is coming from a strobe that costs not even half of what it would cost to purchase a Profoto B1 or Siro. Features wise, I would say is comparable to Profoto but this does have more features then the Broncolor specifically, TTL. Keep in mind, if you want TTL or HSS on a B1 you are spending $650 for the Profoto remote. This light is a crazy good value when you compare what it has to offer. Colour wise, I used the light in color mode and didn't notice any inconsistencies in temperature at different power levels. I didn't even notice any delay with recycle times. Battery life, my first shoot I jumped around from 1/32 to 1/4 power and after 587 shots, I still had a full battery (note I did not use the modeling light). So far, the only gripe I have, I can only control the light in thirds and wish i could adjust in tenths. I feel this light is going to be the beginning of a shift in what we see from other manufacturers in the future. Honestly, I am going to have a hard time recommending any other light after using this. I am going to continue using it and see how far it takes me. - @jasongrover