As a photographer I'm always looking for ways to make my job more efficient. Be it less things to carry, more power or anything that would help speed up my process, because the more time I have, the more time I can spend with my client's project creating fantastic images. I used to use normal speedlights like Nikon's SB-700 or SB-900,but as a commercial photographer who specialises in architectural and interior design photography, many times those tiny speedlights just aren't powerful enough.
I got to the point where I started buying lots of those speedlights just to combine power, but that meant that my carry load got heavier and not to mention the setup time increased.
Fast forward to today and I can say I am a proud owner of the Godox Witstro 360!
First off, let me tell you what I don't like about this speedlight and kit.
- The Godox Witstro AD360 kit did not come with a transmitter and receiver! I mean... What? I guess the Chinese are trying to cut the cost down, but I would have gladly bought the the kit if it came with the wireless kits.
- Secondly, the kit comes in three pieces to make it functional. A Propac PB960 battery pack, a power cord and the flash unit itself. This means that there's setting up to do every time you want to use this device (and I really hate wires).
- Thirdly, there's no zoom head on this portable speedlight unit which means that controlling the spread of light requires additional grids. All this unit comes with is a reflector with a diffuser cover.
- And for my last complaint, I'm going to say that Godox could have easily included a light bulb cover, but instead you have to purchase it separately for $5.
Most of these complaints are very minimal which is super! Now let's move to the awesome stuff this speedlight has to offer.
- I find that their detachable wireless receiver is a cure and a blessing. It means that there's one more thing to lose and forget (which I have done), but the great thing about this is that new receivers can be made to work with other triggers in the future (let's hope Godox had that in mind).
- For the old-schools, Godox has included a PC-Sync port as well as the new-schools like me who prefer the more reliable and stable 3.5mm jack. This is Godsend!
- The foot of the speedlight can be changed from a hot shoe to a standard 1/4" screw mount! This is called innovation and all flashes should have that option.
- The flash bulb is detachable which means that you don't need to buy a whole new unit or get an expensive repair when the bulb blows. A simple unlock and replace is all that is needed.
- The user interface is idiot proof, no need for a manual here! I figured it all out within a minute or two after turning it on. Here's the funny thing, the screen is simple and super easy on the eyes, so I do wonder why Nikon and Canon still use crappy LCD screens for their speedlights.
- The portable Li-ion battery is hot swappable! Which is fantastic as it means users like myself can have fully charged batteries on the fly. All it needs is an un-click on the side tab and slide action to take it off and on the holder and to top it off, you get ~400+ flashes at 300W on one charge!
- Not to mention, the Godox Witstro AD360 is bare bulb, which means that the flash is more suited to using studio modifiers and is a blessing on umbrella usage, as it has an even spread of light.
Other mentions are that like most portable speedlights, the Witstro has a 0 to 270° Left and Right swivel rotation angle and a -15 to 90° Up and Down tilt angle, which makes it more versatile than equivalent powered studio flashes.
I've really enjoyed using this flash and it has somewhat sped up my shooting process. If not, it has definitely given me more power flexibility, with 3-4x more flash power than your standard speedlight and that is already a plus in the portable world.
As this is article is based on my opinion the the Godox Witstro AD360 you might want lust for a more in-depth review on this flash. Do head over to flash havoc where they do all sorts of light testing etc.
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