How I Built a DIY Gel Mount for the Godox AD300 Pro Flash

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I bought some of the new Godox compact and foldable softboxes (eg AD-S60S, AD-S65W, AD-S85S, etc.) for my Godox AD300 Advantages. They work great but I wanted to use the magnetic color gels from my AK-R1 kit with them so I decided to design my own gel holder compatible with the AD300 Pro.

DIY gel holder inside a Godox AD-S85S softbox

I made a few prototypes until I had this idea.

Build the DIY gel holder

The nomenclature of materials

I printed it from black PETG as it needs to be a bit flexible! You will also need 4 small wood screws (d2.2 x 4.5 mm DIN798). Do not use stainless steel, they must be magnetic. Self-adhesive foam rubber and foil tape for the inside of the gel holder.

Wood screw DIN798 d2.2 x 4.5mm

Cut small strips of foam rubber and place them in the 3 slots. After that, just cover everything with the aluminum tape and use a utility knife to cut out the vent holes for the glass dome – very important!

Add self-adhesive foam rubber in the slots.
Important! Cut out the vent holes
Gel holder with cut-out vent holes.

How to install the gel holder

1. Locate the small hole shown below and insert the gel holder between these two rods (these two rods are further apart).

2. Twist the gel holder – it takes a bit of force until it looks like picture 2. Now you can attach the flash to the softbox and line up the gel holder with the air holes in the dome by glass.

3. Add the magnetic filter and you’re done.

Here is the video walkthrough of the installation process:

Shot with Godox AD-S60S softbox with teal color gel filter.

My main idea was to easily use color gel filters for Godox Mount collapsible softboxes, but of course you can also use the DIY gel mount without the softbox and directly with your AK kit accessories -R1.

Accessories of the AK-R1 kit on AD300 Pro.

About the Author: Daniel Schweinert is a director of photography, technophile and maker. The opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author. You can find more of Schweinert’s work at his website, instagram, Vimeoand Youtube. This article was also published here.

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