The Godox Witstro AD360 is one of the most useful flash lights I have ever bought. Scrap that statement as the Witstro AD360 IS the most useful flash I have ever bought, and I absolutely love it.
Standard speed lights are useful and I used to use them extensively for all my photography. When I needed more flash power than a single speed light would give me I would gang three of them together, check out “How to gang 3 speed lights” how I do this, and whilst this was more than enough for most situations there was one particular time when I needed even more flash power. I didn’t need much more but it was more than what my 3 speed light set up could give me.
The issue I face made me realise I needed more flash power so I started looking around at the options. The ideal solution is a studio strobe, however since these needed a mains power supply and I do a lot of on location shoots out in the wilderness with no external power supply a studio strobe was of no use to me.
I did find several powerful portable studio strobes which were powered by a powerful battery cell however these were not only very expensive, but also big, heavy and cumbersome and I didn’t fancy the idea of having to carry bulky and weighty flash equipment around with me. The portable strobes were powerful. These strobes were perhaps a little too powerful for my need, although it is always better to have too much power and adjust it down rather than having just enough power and having to shoot at full power. Basically, these portable studio strobes were also not suitable for my needs.
After a bit more searching around I stumbled across the Godox Witstro AD360 and it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. The Witstro AD360 looks like an oversized speed light and whilst it is larger than the top end Canon and Nikon speed lights it is smaller, lighter and less bulky than a portable studio strobe. The power of the Witstro AD360 was also what I needed, and whilst it wasn’t as powerful as a portable studio strobes it would provide sufficient power for my requirements.
The Witstro AD360 looked perfect on paper, however it seemed too cheap to be any good and I was a little apprehensive about the quality. The Witstro AD360 provides more light than the most powerful top branded speed lights but it is a fraction of the price, so I wasn’t too sure. In my experience if something seems too good to be true it generally is.
After a lot of faffing around I decided to take a punt on the Witstro AD360. After all, I had taken a punt on the cheap and cheerful Godox Ving 860 speed light and this turned out to be an awesome flash. In fact, I was so impressed with the Ving 860 I invested in three more and ditched my Canon branded speed lights in the process.
I have to say that the Witstro AD360 is an awesome light and it is one I recommend. It is powerful, it is jam packed full of features (including ETTL and HSS), it is tough and durable and the build quality is exceptionally good. I am amazed Godox can make such a top quality product for such a low price.
The Witstro is supplied with an external battery pack (capable of a few hundred pops at full power per charge), a small modifier (this is pretty rubbish and I would suggest getting an alternative) and everything else you need to get started. Another advantage of the Witstro AD360 is that it is a bare bulb flash, and I love the effect of a bare bulb flash.
The Witstro AD360 has a hot shoe foot, and whilst the instruction manual says you can use it on the camera’s hot shoe this is not something I have tried and neither is it something I would suggest trying if you value your camera. The Witstro AD360 is just too big and heavy to be put in hot shoe of any camera.
The Witstro AD360 is the ideal light to take out on location for those times when you need a bit more power than 3 ganged speed lights provides. Even though the Witstro AD360 is larger than a standard speed light it is still small and light enough to comfortably carry around and store when not in use.
The Witstro AD360 is an awesome bit of photography lighting kit and if you are in the market for a lighting set up that is more powerful than a standard speed light, smaller and lighter than a studio strobe and perfect for on location shooting I suggest you take a look at this. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed with the quality or the price.
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