CheetahStand, the US lighting supplier, has announced it will not sell any more photography flashes this year. The Cheetah Light CL-200X, CL-600X, CL-360X and V860X — equivalent to the Godox Witstro AD200, AD600, AD360II and V860 II, respectively — will not be restocked until 2018.
In addition, the company has announced it will be releasing “new products” in 2018, not all of them made by Godox. CheetahStand’s Edward Tang said that they are currently choosing manufacturers.
When asked what sorts of new lights we might expect to see, Mr Tang said that he couldn’t give any details because they hadn’t actually decided which one to go with yet — but it won’t be like anything the market has already seen announced by other brand.
“Some may be from Godox, some may be from other manufacturers. We are testing and evaluating options to determine which products will be best for our customers,” CheetahStand said on its web site. “We will make an announcement when the evaluation is complete”.
In the meantime, the firm is focusing on light modifiers. A “killer softbox” is coming around Christmas — details coming soon. The new orange-coloured flash tubes are also set to be discontinued.
The Godox AD600 has been criticised for its low impact resistance and difficulty to repair. It is expected that the new Godox Pro-AD600, due for release before the end of 2017, may fix some of the problems with the existing design.