Graham McCowen from Pixel Warrior recently tested some of our Godox SK-II Studio Strobes together with a variety of different light modifiers! He used the Godox 90L Parabolic Softbox on the key light and some Hylow Barndoors and Hylow Stripboxes to round up the look. Keep scrolling for some lighting diagrams and our review of the Godox SK-II Strobes
Behind the scenes:
Some of the results:
Godox SK-II Series Review:
By Conrad Knuist
Why do we like the Godox SK-II Studio Strobes?
- Budget-friendly lighting solution
- Compatible with a variety of light modifiers (Bowens Mount)
- Compatible with Godox X-System
- Quick recycle time
- Large tilting lever
- Well built
Why don’t we like the Godox SK-II Studio Strobes?
- Minimum flash-output of only 1/16 (five-stop range)
- Modelling lamp does not switch off when the flash triggers
The Godox SK-II series studio strobes are the ideal amateur-to-professional studio lights that are both durable and future-proof. It’s easy to modify with a variety of light modifiers — giving you plenty of options on how you want to craft your light. The units being fan-cooled is also a big plus! You can push ’em hard for the entire day and the lights will not surrender.
Options include a 200w/s (SK200-II), a 300w/s (SK300-II) and a 400w/s* (SK400-II). CameraStuff has a few bundled deals available, too. So, if you’re starting out, or looking to expand on your current kit, have a look here.
*soon to be stocked at CameraStuff.
These strobes are also included a built-in Godox 2.4GHz X-System. Godox X1T or Xpro triggers talk directly to the strobes without the use of a radio receiver. Those triggers can also be used to remotely adjust the flash output of multiple SK-II strobes. If you don’t have any of those triggers then don’t worry. The SK-II strobes can still be used with traditional Godox USB-type receivers or any flash triggering kits that use 3.5mm sync cables.
Unfortunately, the flash output can only be dropped to a minimum of a 1/16th. This is a bit problematic when shooting at wider apertures. However, with the use of an ND (neutral density) filter, you can effectively reduce the light intake when you need to shoot at around aperture f1.8 ~ f4.0.
The modelling lamp also doesn’t switch off when the flash triggers. That is something to be mindful of when using wider apertures or slower shutter speeds because the light from the modelling lamp may create some exposure and colour issues. If such problems do persist, then it is easy enough just to switch the modelling lamp off.
Despite a couple of niggles, the SK-II strobes are excellent value for money. They will last quite a while, are quite versatile in use, and will serve both the beginner and professional alike.
Information from Godox.com