The Godox Witstro AD200 has been the biggest innovation in the lighting-industry for years for sure. It is special in many terms.
The AD200 has a 200Ws output that means it is equivalent to 3 basic speedlights together regarding its power. It is easy to compare in this case because the AD600 has a 35mm reflector head besides the bare-bulb head, and basic speedlights also have 35mm zoom position. The result is that the AD200 is stronger by 2EVs compared to the Godox TT685, so 4pcs of TT685 are able to provide the same power output. This suggests that a single speedlight might be around 50Ws which seems to low for me, I bet they are around 70-75Ws usually that’s why I wrote 3pcs above.
So the Godox Witstro AD200 is a modular flash. It’s shape is clearly designed for using it on a light stand, and we can do it many ways. There is a spigot in the package which you can mount it on the bottom or even on the side of the housing, when using the bare-bulb head, you can mount the spigot there.
The latter is better for balance when you use it with bigger hence heavier umbrellas. The umbrella holder comes together with the flash btw.
If you want to use the AD200 with Bowens-type light modifiers you’ll need a Godox S-Type adaptor sold separately. It is the best equipment on the market for this type of use, I was sure that Godox has designed the AD200 to fit especially to their S-Type adaptor, but then it turned out that it hardly fits in it.
As I mentioned before the Witstro AD200 is a modular flash. You can detach its head with a simple move and switch it to another one. There are two heads for it by default, a bare-bulb and a 35mm reflector which has two rows of built-in LED lights. Not a powerful one though.
The battery slips into the side of the flash, the user interface got its place on the back, very elegant white characters on black background and just a few buttons.
The Witstro AD200 has TTL and HSS and is independent from brands in this regards. Only the flash trigger on the camera has to be brand-compliant, the flash itself adopts to each.
You can buy a honeycomb grid barn doors with gel-holder to the flash optionally, as well as a dedicated LED-head for video-purposes. Practically this is the third head for the AD200.
If all these were not enough for you, you can buy a double-kit system (a twin-head) for your two AD200s. It seems like the Godox S-Type adaptor, but you can mount two AD200 bodies on the back and place their two 200Ws flash tubes, or one 360Ws flash tube (of the Witstro AD360II) on the front. In this case you’ll have a 400Ws/360Ws flash in one, being compatible with all Bowens-mount softboxes, paras and beauty dishes. Moreover this double-kit adaptor is quite cheap and has two built-in LED modelling lights.
But there is more to say: you’ll get a much more powerful modelling light with this twin head than with the dedicated LED head I told before.
Not to mention that with the Godox Witstro AD200 the pops are very stable, the color temperature moves only within a small range across the power range, the recycling time is fast, the TTL and the HSS do their job. This means that during the test I’ve performed a product shoot in the studio with 1/1000s shutter speed which I didn’t notice by accident.
The whole stuff comes in a nice black and rigid pouch with a zip, where the body, the two heads, the umbrella holder, the battery and the charger are packed together.
A big ups for Godox for this system! Good job!