Upload & Sell: Off
I bought a 360 before Christmas.
I have other battery powered Monoblocks but never really been happy with them.
The big one is rated at 600W and I have barely ever been able to turn it down enough even at the 1/8 Setting with fabric Diffusers I got the wife to sew up.
It's big, heavy and doesn't have provision for modifiers and doesn't even hold a brolly well. It does have enough grunt to light up the moon however. I know Chinese rating are inflated but this thing to me seems Waaaay conservative in it's stated output. I must pull out the Big Elinchrom I have and the Minolta IVF and check what the thing really does. Got to be over 600W which is really just too much.
I have had the Godox out on 4-5 shoots now and I love the thing. It's quite changed the way I shoot. Stick it on a light stand or tripod ( bought convenient adapters off flea bay to tripod mount it for like $4) Dial the thing in to where I want it and shoot away. I'm still getting familiar with all the settings on both the flash and the remote which I think are both overly complicated and annoying to use but that's because I would really prefer the things to be a lot less featured as I know what I want to do and can set it up myself. I'm sure the more tech savvy would not have the problems I do.
In any case I find the light output quality is superb, the thing has power to spare, the battery has enough grunt I can't even slow it down let alone flatten it and I like the versatility of the thing to add modifiers. That said I bought all of them with the unit but haven't used any yet. Just had the plastic diffuser that comes with it over the reflector and used it bare bulb mode.
I did a catalogue shoot for a company about 6 weeks ago and I have never had people so keen to have me re shoot for them again. I used the light and they loved the effects I created with it are at me to shoot the rest of their product line.
Wasn't anything brilliant I did, just put the light in the right place and let it do the work.
one shoot I did I was using it in hard light to soften shadows and fill in a bit. I also did shots where I dropped the ambient exposure 2 Stops and worked of the artificial light to create the blue shy and the relative effect. Used to do that with my old Metz hammerheads but it was never as successful as using the godox.
After that we moved down to the water on the beach about 25-30M away and I was shooting there. I could see this nice sidelighting to the shots and thought at the time it was the setting sun. Don't ask me why at the time that was the thought that went through my mind when it was still a good 3 hours till sunset, I'll just put it down to not being too smart.
When I got home and looked at the pics properly, I was really pleased with this catchlight. I then worked out it wasn't the sun ( will give myself credit that the sun does go behind the mountains there very early) but the flash I had left sitting on the beach and forgotten about.
As they say, make a mistake and call it art!
Was pretty surprised with the grunt of the thing and there were not many shots it missed through still recycling.
I like it's versatility as well. On Sat Night I went to my Nephews 21st in a lounge bar. Typical Dim lighting, dark walls and everything else to make pics seem overly contrasty and blow out. I'd picked up my lighting bag but forgot the 860 I wanted to use at home next to the charger. I had the 360 so put that on, took off the reflector and ran bare bulb. the picks look great. Loads of background fill with a nice even lighting without turning people in the foreground into casper the friendly Ghost.
Before I bought the 360 people here said you couldn't use it as an on camera flash but the thing is awesome. It TTL's perfect and throws a great light and is just a pleasure to use.
The only thing I would like is if they had an LED modeling lamp for the thing. I'm trying to find the spec and pinouts of the battery pack so I can make something up myself. You can get USB chargers for them so I assume there is a low volt pin somewhere I could use but i'd like to know what sort of output it's rated for. Even [email protected] as normal USB would be 10W which would be useful and I could run a buck converter to get the output to 12V if needed.
I will use this light for all my shoots now. Love it.
I have done a bit with the 860 as a mono and it's good, very compact to cart around but as I have a light stand or tripod to mount it on anyway, bit of a moot point.
The 360 with it's interchangeable modifiers etc which make it just like anything in the studio is more my prefrance.
I'll do some more with the Speed light as the 2nd light to see how it works out before I buy another 360 but so far the bigger light is more in my favor. I'm also thinking its worth buying another 360 Just for my T&I work.
I always wanted a Quantum Q flash but Balked at the price. these things are cheap as chips and for real world use, every bit as good as the quantum's I have borrowed and used. On the catalogue shoot the stand blew over in the wet sand in a strong gust. Laid in the surface water for a bit and I thought to myself " that didn't last long". Picked it up, it seemed happy so went on shooting with it. Didn't try to wipe it off and put grit everywhere, waited till it dried off and flicked it off with a towel and the thing hasn't flinched. I like things made to take a knock and keep going!
I'm an anti gearhead but I love this thing and wish I had it years ago.
I'll certainly be taking it to all my weddings and glam shoots from now on because I love what I can do with it and how nice the output is and the way the thing works so well.... Once a dummy like me works it all out! :0)