Downtown Raleigh Headshot Photo Shoot with Godox AD200 & MagBox

by Alan Trammel [Raleigh Photographer]

Nikon D750 + Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G @ ISO 200, 1/400, f/1.8

An empty street early on a Sunday morning in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina made the perfect backdrop for a headshot photo shoot.

This was my first time shooting with the Godox AD200 flash and MagMod portable sofbox system the MagBox. I was very impressed by both.

Looking to up my flash game from my Nikon SB-700 I wanted something that was more powerful but still portable. The Godox AD200 packs the equivalent power of three regular hot shoe flashguns. It’s rectangular block shape makes it fit easily into my thinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0. With a full charge of the Godox AD200’s battery delivering 500 full power flashes I can ditch the AA batteries that litter my camera bag.

I am a huge fan of the MagMod product line. This is probably the appropriate time to address the $499,95 elephant in the room. That is the cost of the MagMod MagBox 24 Octa Pro Kit. Is it worth the high price tag? For me it is a definite YES!

The MagBox combined with the MagShoe and MagRing provides a sturdy and effective softbox system that is portable and convenient.

While the MagBox may not be as compact as other softbox systems, I really liked that all the components fit in the tubular case. There is plenty of room in the tubular case for additional components.

I ordered a second MagShoe to use with a regular hot shoe flashgun (Godox V860II) for rim light and gel set ups.

The MagBox 24 Octa Pro Kit includes a focus diffuser and a fabric diffuser. The focus diffuser acts like a a gridded softbox. I love the innovation of magnets as a closure system instead of the traditional velcro system that is always a nightmare to try to set up and take down.

After trying several softbox systems that were less expensive I finally found exactly what I was looking for in the MagBox 24 Octa Pro Kit. The system really fits my style of shooting and my affinity for products that come in a kit. I was impressed with the build quality and ease of set up. Is the MagBox for you? Take some time to consider if the tubular case is too big for your gear carry style.

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