What’s the big issue?
If you’re thinking it can be fixed in post… well, sometimes.
If the ad100 was the only light source for an image, the green tint could easily be balanced out.
However, I find that the ad100 isn’t really powerful enough to use on it’s own. This means I use it in combination with other Godox flashes.
Which creates an issue. Any light coming out of the ad100, will be tinted slightly green. To correct this you need to add pink to the photo.
Any parts of the photo with correct colour to begin, will now become too pink.
There’s no way that you can win. One part of the photo will always have a strong colour cast.
The above photo illustrates the point. On the skin you can clearly see a difference in tint, from one side of the face to the other.
The easy solution would be for Godox to fix this during manufacture. They could tint the fresnel lens to be more pink, which would correct the green colour cast.
Or the alternative is to place your own colour correction gel on the front of the unit.
In my own testing, I found that a ½ minus green filter will nearly fix the colour cast.
It’s not perfect – but it’s close enough to make it useable.
Notice that the ad100 is still slightly warmer than the ad200. That’s because the ad100 is spec’d at 5800k, and the ad200 at 5600k.
(This might be fixable with another gel, but I haven’t looked into it yet).
Godox advertise themselves as a brand for professional photographers. Which means you’d expect professional level quality…
At the price point, I’m not expecting them to be perfect. But why release a new flash in the ad-series, which is incompatible with other flashes in the same series?
Their own marketing materials often showcase the ad100 being used along the ad200 and ad300. It would be a pretty reasonable assumption to make, that they should play nicely together.
Unfortunately, they don’t.
For any sort of shoots where reasonably accurate colours are important, the ad100 will fall flat. Inaccurate colours are not only annoying to look at, but a nightmare to fix.
This is especially true in portrait photography, where any tint from the flashes will make the skin colour look wrong.
Sure, it can be ‘fixed’ with a minus green gel. However – why should an end user have to fix a problem that was caused during manufacturing?
Godox – please fix this.
P.s – if anyone knows why the flash is tinted green, please let me know!