Nov
30

Professional Lighting with Profoto

by
Matt Bennett

What kit do you need to take amazing images? In this sponsored post, we take a closer look at the Profoto range

The Profoto D1 is still available to purchase
The Profoto D1 is still available to purchase

Recently, we brought you the exciting news of the Profoto D2 – a professional flash head built to deliver incredible speed.

Though this is hugely exciting, Profoto offer a wide range beyond this. If you’re not familiar with their products, or simply need a refresh, here’s our guide to all things Profoto.

The Profoto D1 is still available and what’s more it’s a formidable piece of kit in its own right. Available in 250, 500 and 1000Ws versions and featuring a 7 f-stop power range that can be adjusted in 1/10 steps, it offers short flash durations even when higher power settings are employed and, with built-in Air support for remote radio sync and control, the Profoto D1 is hugely impressive in all respects.

What’s more, it can be used with an extensive and diverse collection of Profoto modifiers – more than 120, in fact – from barndoors to softboxes.

But Profoto are not just about studio work. The B1 and B2 off-camera flash units are designed for discerning photographers who want to make a step up from speedlights and take their lighting to the next level.

The Profoto B1 offers photographers superb off-camera flash options
The Profoto B1 offers photographers superb off-camera flash options

The B1 features 500Ws of lighting power, 2 second recharging times, and when set to lower power settings it can produce up to 20 flashes per second. Furthermore, there’s a High-Speed Sync (HSS) function, and the unit boasts a 9 f-stop range 1/10 increments.

Powered by an integrated battery and compatible with the Profoto Air System, it offers completely wireless functionality for use in the field.

The Profoto B2 is small and light for the ultimate in portability
The Profoto B2 is small and light for the ultimate in portability

The newer B2 unit offers 250Ws of power and is even smaller and lighter than the B1, for greater portability, and is powered by an external battery pack for connection of 2 heads. It offers recycling times of 1.35 seconds and, like the B1, it can produce up to 20 flashes per second.

The Profoto Air Remote TTL delivers incredible wireless control
The Profoto Air Remote TTL delivers incredible wireless control

Both units integrate with the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon), Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) and Air Remote TTL-S (for Sony). Making use of 8 digital channels, these enable you to control an unlimited number of lights in up to 3 groups from up to 300 metres (1000 feet).

For more information on all these products, please visit the Profoto website.

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