Well. I'm not as smart as I thought I was and now I've gone and destroyed one of my favorite flashes. I had my Godox AD 200 attached to a 2x3 foot softbox and the assemblage was sitting on top of a light stand, about ten feet above the ground. We were in an equipment yard using giant earth movers as backgrounds for a series of environmental portraits.
There was a very slight breeze so I made sure to weight the light stand with something heavy. I always bring along a bungee cord in my light case so I used my Think Tank camera backpack as a sandbag. I figured the 15 -20 pounds would make a good anchor; a hedge against the random wind gust.
I was also using a 4x4 foot diffuser to keep direct sun off my subjects. That was weighted down with a 30 pound steel pipe. It wasn't going anywhere. But I missed my guess with the lighting unit's safety.
Of course accidents always seem to happen in slow motion if you aren't fast enough to get to the spot and grab the light stand before it hits the ground...
I was too far away when I noticed it's acceleration toward hard dirt covered in more powdery dirt. The light hit squarely on the back end where the little control panel lived. It's a spider web cracked piece of dead plastic now. Amazingly, the flash still worked and we used it for another 400 or 500 images before I was finished at the location. I tested the light today and it still fires and still receives commands and triggering signals from the remote in the hot shoe. I just can't use it without the remote.
Sending it back to the manufacturer for repairs probably makes no sense at all since I'd have to pay shipping in two directions and it will probably take a lot of time to get everything done and turned around. I guess I'll hop online when I get back in town and get another one. They pack down well and put out enough power to go toe to toe with the full sun. They also do HSS with the remote and my Panasonic cameras. That's a nice feature to have.
Maybe they'll have a sale....... just a bit of wishful thinking.....
Here's the main light with the backpack as ballast. I was working out of the rental car;
A Nissan Rogue. I put 4.5 miles on it yesterday....
Here's the standard configuration for my use of the AD200.
If the sun is out then my Chimera diffusion scrim is along for the ride. Gotta keep the harsh
shadows off the "talent."
It's impractical to fly with enough sandbags so you get into the practice of finding
good substitutes at your locations. Two days ago we used a bungee cord and a log to
secure a stand with a diffuser on it. Today it's a metal stanchion.
I should have used a metal stanchion or big steel pipe on this set up but I thought 20 pounds of backpack would do the trick. I was wrong again....
Here's the basic set up. Just add the talent and you are good to go.
I usually try to construct short lighting. It's the most flattering.
Stuff wears out. Sometimes gravity wears it out a lot quicker.
But when everything goes well it's a nice, quick field technique...