Most of the reviews I have seen about the Godox Witstro AD200 (also known as the Flashpoint Evolv 200 TTL) mention the term “game changer” and now I own and use the Godox AD200 I have come to appreciate that it really is a great flash system that has revolutionized the way I shoot.
All of the Godox Witstro AD200 reviews highlight the good bits about the flash unit (and there are plenty of them) but none of them seem to mention the bad bits, i.e. the disadvantages. Even though the Godoox AD200 is an awesome flash and now I have one I wouldn’t be without it, this flash is by no means perfect, but it does come pretty close.
After using the Godox AD200 for a while now I consider the disadvantages to be:-
1. There is no hot shoe foot
Many would argue a hot shoe foot isn’t needed, after all this is a reasonably big and heavy flash (even though it is compact for the power it kicks out) and having the AD200 on camera would be a bit unwieldy however no hot shoe foot is a bit of an issue for me, and I think it will cause other AD200 buyers (and potential buyers) issues too.
Over the last few years I invested in Yongnuo 622 triggers and the 622-TX so I could control and adjust all flashes and speed lights in my lighting set up standing in the shooting position. Without a hot shoe foot I cannot add the AD200 to the lighting setup and still use the Yongnuo triggers, which is a bit of a bummer.
I love the Yongnuo 622 flash trigger set up and the TX transmitter is awesome, and the best available in my opinion. The Yongnuo 622-TX is neat and compact, it is user friendly, it shows all settings in each flash group at all times and it looks pretty cool too. The Yongnuo 622-TX has been one of my best buys, however it will not work with the Witstro AD200.
If you have invest in a Yongnuo 622 flash trigger set up, or heavily invested in any other flash triggers for that matter (excluding the Godox flash triggers of course) you will not be able to use them with the AD200.
Godox have done this so that every AD200 user has to invest in the Godox flash trigger system. I do have the Godox X1 (I bought it so I could take my travel flash – the Godox TT350 off camera when I go off on my adventures) and whilst it is an impressive bit of kit I prefer the Yongnuo 622-TX set up – take a look at this Yongnuo V Godox flash trigger shoot out.
Godox Witstro AD200
Godox X1 transmitter
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