With a flash duration as fast as 1/80,000 of a second, and the power to generate a huge amount of light in a very short time, you can now freeze everything from a water splash to a waterfall perfectly.
Ever since the release of the Pro-1 in 1968 Profoto has created game changing flashes for the world’s best photographers. Today everything is about to change again with the launch of the Profoto Pro-10. This studio generator will open doors to creative possibilities that until now – were simply out of reach.
To say it’s fast is an understatement with breathtaking flash durations up to 1/80,000 of a second. But what really sets the Pro-10 apart is that it’s the perfect fusion of speed and power – 2400Ws of power to be exact. The light output it generates is truly enormous and it provides a shorter flash duration than any other flash across the entire power range. This dramatically increases the scale of what you can shoot and freeze, every-thing from a water splash to a waterfall are perfectly frozen in time.
Recycling time is equally impressive. The Pro-10 can easily match the fastest cameras even when the light output is set high, making it easier to capture the perfect moment by shooting in bursts. Combine all of that with TTL and Profoto’s patented High-Speed Sync (HSS) technology, and you have a flash that is capable of handling any and all lighting challenges. Power however, is nothing without control. And with the Pro-10 the controls are typically intuitive with three large rubberized dials and a huge hi-resolution display, so it’s easy to see, feel and hear every change in the flash settings. As a result the photographer’s attention is exactly where it should be – focused on creating a great image.
The power range is an impressive 11 f-stop, making the minimum light output a mere thousandth of that at full power. And the power can be controlled minutely in 1/10 f-stop increments with remarkable power and color temperature consistency from shot to shot.
The fact that the Profoto Studio Generators are available at 80% of the world’s rental studios is a testament to their uncompromising engineering and craftsmanship. But with the Pro-10, Profoto upped the ante considerably.
During development the Pro-10 was heated, beaten and stressed like never before – it is truly built like a tank. Combined with the Profoto promise of continuous software upgrades, it will still be enabling the world’s best photographers to unleash their creativity decades ahead.
Because ultimately the Profoto Pro-10 is so much more than the world’s fastest studio flash – it’s your imagination set free. It’s the speed to exceed.
With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, to shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second the D2 is redefining the definition of speed in monolights.
“For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.
A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63,000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high-end studio packs on the market. Better still, it offers super short flash duration across the full energy range.
If flash duration is exceptionally fast, recycling time is equal to it. With the D2 you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That allows you to catch 20 versions of the same moment, and quite often that's the difference between capturing a good image and a great image.
Bringing yet another dimension to speed is Profoto’s High-Speed Sync technology (HSS). This allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available. An advantage when you need to catch a deep blue sky or take full control of ambient light.
The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped with patented TTL technology. You can point and shoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. But manual mode is available at a click of a button, so switching between both modes with settings intact just makes everything move faster.
In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. At full power you’ll easily overpower the sun, or fully illuminate a larger Light Shaping Tool. Both versions come with a super wide 10 f-stop energy range and superior color consistency over the entire range. So leave the ND filters at home and add just a hint of light if needed.
Above all, this is Profoto Light Shaping equipment. So the design is smooth and minimal, it’s intuitive to use, the build quality as you’d expect, is rugged and sturdy, and it can be used with more than 120 different Light Shaping Tools.
“We designed the Profoto D2 to be the world’s fastest monolight,” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.
“But the speed is not a gimmick. We truly believe that more speed allows you to be more creative and consistently take better images regardless of what challenge you face – with the D2, you’re always up to speed.”
For high volume production when you shoot thousands of images per day, like packshot photography, there is an optional Quartz flashtube available.
The D2 is released Sept 15, 2016. Both the 500Ws and 1000Ws versions are available in different kit configurations.
The world's best photographers use Profoto and we are pleased to officially announce our very own Instagram page; Profoto USA. We want to celebrate light and show off the amazing images our Profoto users, including you, put out on social media.
Tag your posts with #ProfotoUSA and show us those amazing images and behind the scenes shots of Profoto gear in use and you could be featured on our Instagram page.
Ever since the company was founded in 1968, Profoto has been strongly associated with the colors black and white.
Now, Profoto releases its first tool for shaping light in color – the OCF Gels.
There are 20 different OCF Gels to choose from. Ten of them are color correction gels for balancing your flash with ambient light. The other ten are color effect gels used for creative purposes, such as creating a colored highlight or background.
All 20 OCF Gels are pre-cut to fit Profoto Off-Camera Flashes, and mounted with a unique snap-on solution. No need for scissors or tape. Just flip through the wallet that the OCF Gels are stored in, take your pick and place it in the OCF Grid&GelHolder, snap it on, and you are good to good. Looks better, works better.
The OCF Gels are sold in three different kits. The OCF Color Gel Starter Kit includes ten of the most popular gels plus the actual OCF Grid&GelHolder and two gel attachment pieces, allowing you to switch gels fast and easy.
The OCF Color Correction Gel Pack includes 20 color gels in orange, blue and green for balancing flash light with sunlight, moonlight and fluorescent light respectively.
The OCF Color Effects Gel Pack includes 20 gels in Rose Pink, Gold Amber, Light Lavender, Just Blue, Deep Straw, Chrome Orange, Scarlet, Peacock Blue, Magenta and Yellow.
Being a fully integrated part of Profoto’s Off-Camera Flash system, the OCF Gels can be used with the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, as well as any of the OCF Light Shaping Tools.
The OCF Gels are available from March 7. The OCF Color Gel Starter Kit is sold at a recommend price of €90/$99, while the gel packs are sold at a recommend price of €50/$59.
Profoto releases collapsible, more portable version of the classic Beauty Dish
When the Profoto Softlight Reflector was released in 1980, fashion photographers soon nicknamed it “The Beauty Dish” due to its unique ability to bring out the beauty of the model. Since then it has grown to become one of the most iconic tools for creating a creamy yet crisp light, often referred to as a “beauty light”.
Now, Profoto releases a new version of this classic. The new version is named OCF Beauty Dish and is a collapsible, more portable version of the original.
The main difference is that the OCF Beauty Dish is not made of metal but high-quality fabrics. When collapsed, it is stored in a carrying bag that fits in a small backpack. Mounting the OCF Beauty Dish is quick and easy too, thanks to a clever, patent-pending design that allows you to snap it onto the OCF Speedring without having to bend and fumble with the rods. The entire tool, including speedring and deflector plate, weighs a mere 0.48 kg (1.1 lbs.). When mounted, the OCF Beauty Dish has a diameter of 56 cm (2').
The OCF Beauty Dish is available in two versions: white and silver. The white version delivers a softer and slightly more even light than its silver counterpart, while the silver version delivers a bit more punch and contrast. Both versions are delivered with deflector plate, diffuser and carrying bag.
Being a fully integrated part of Profoto’s Off-Camera Flash system, the OCF Beauty Dish can be used with the B1 and the B2 O -Camera Flashes, as well as the new OCF Gels. Note that it may not be used with any other Profoto flash due to heat issues.
The OCF Beauty Dish is available from March 7 at a recommend price of €160/$179. The OCF Speedring is bought separately.
The OCF Beauty Dish is also included in a special offer available as of today – buy a B1 or B2 Off-Camera Flash kit before June 7, and get the OCF Beauty Dish White 2’ and an OCF Speedring for free.
Profoto releases a new firmware upgrade for the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS.
September 30, 2015 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 was the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the B2. The B2 is smaller and more portable than the B1, but offers the same TTL functionality as the B1.
The B1 and the B2, as well as the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) that are needed to use the flashes in TTL Mode, operates on software that can be upgraded by the photographer themselves.
On September 30, Profoto will release the latest version of the firmware. The new upgrade brings a series of improvements, most noticeable is the one that enables TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R.
Below is a list of all the improvements. The upgrade and the full release notes will be available from that day for registered users at www.profoto.com/myprofoto as of September 30.
Note that flashes as well as Air Remotes have to be upgraded for these new improvements to work.
Added AirTTL Compatibility With Canon EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R The problem with over-exposure that many experienced when using the new Canon models in TTL Mode is corrected with this new upgrade.
Improved Canon Integration for Faster Shooting in Manual Mode The improvement is especially noticeable with fast cameras such as Canon EOS-1D-X. The improved integration also makes it possible to select TTL or Manual Mode in the camera menu. (This was previously only possible to do on the Profoto Air Remote itself.)
Option To Deactivate Auto Power-Off On All Units Normally the B1 and the B2 shut down after 60 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. This automatic function can now be deactivated from the Air Remote, making it easy to set up the lights well before for a shoot and activate them later by a simple button press from the remote.
Improved Display Sleep Function On Air Remotes In previous firmware versions the Air Remote display turned black after 30 seconds of inactivity. With this new upgrade the display dims down partially after 20 seconds but stays readable for another 100 seconds before turning black.
Minor Bugfixes In addition the upgrades include over 15 minor fixes, making the system more stable and contributing to an even greater user experience.
Question: What does Ben & Erin Chrisman, Chan Kit, Charles & Jennifer Maring, Dixie Dixon, Jaleel King, Jared Platt, JP Elario, Justin & Mary, Laurent Hini, Michelle Turner, Mike Allebach, Moshe Zusman, Ryan Brenizer, Sal Cincotta, Simeon Quarrie, Tamara Lackey, Tom Muñoz and Vanessa Joy have in common?
Answer: They have all tried the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. And they all shot a video while doing so.
March 2, 2015 – Profoto releases a new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
Since its release in 2013, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash has taken the photographic community by storm. Combining the portability and ease-of-use of a speedlight with the performance of a professional monolight, the B1 is considered by many to be a game changer in the industry.
Now Profoto is moving forward by releasing an entire new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
The most attention-grabbing item in the Off-Camera Flash system is the new B2. The B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the B1. The B2 consists of a battery pack and a head. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. This will allow the photographer to stay moving. If that is not necessary, both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes the B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.
In addition, the B2 has all the benefits that made the B1 an outstanding success. It has TTL. It has HSS. It is fast enough to keep up with your camera and five times as powerful as the average speedlight. It can be used with the entire range of Profoto Light Shaping Tools. All this in a head with the same size and weight as a speedlight.
The Profoto Off-Camera Flash system also includes the new OCF Light Shaping Tools. The OCF Light Shaping Tools are smaller and more lightweight. They also consist of fewer parts and use smart, patent-pending solutions that make them fast and easy to mount and use. The assortment includes four new softboxes, a new Grid Kit, a new Snoot and a new Barndoor.
Included in the Off-Camera Flash system is also the renowned B1 and the patented AirTTL system. Everything works with everything.
“Our ambition when we first started designing the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system was to create a solution that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on a fast and hectic on-location shoot,” says Product Manager Johan Wiberg. “We closely observed the needs of wedding and portrait photographers and decided to try to make their jobs a little easier. Now, looking at what we are offering, I dare say we’ve succeeded.”
Get a perfect exposure at any aperture or shutter speed with Profoto's new solution for high-speed sync
December 15, 2014 – Up until now, HSS solutions have been either consistent but lacking in speed and power, or fast and powerful but inconsistent. On December 15, Profoto releases a new solution that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations.
High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. But there used to be limitations.
Current solutions for speedlights give you a fairly even exposure. But it does so at the expense of speed and power. Previous solutions for larger flashes were faster and more powerful. But the exposure could differ as much as 2 f-stops in a single shot.
Profoto’s new HSS solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.
But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.
In other words, Profoto HSS is fast, powerful and consistent. This opens up completely new light shaping possibilities for Profoto customers. For instance, you can now shoot with a large aperture in bright conditions to get a shallow depth of field and get that perfect deep blue sky. Or capture super crisp action in mixed light conditions without getting motion blur from ambient light.
Profoto HSS works for both Canon and Nikon and has been tested for all common camera models.
Profoto HSS is available through a firmware upgrade. Go to www.profoto.com and download it for free. Once installed, HSS Mode is activated with a simple button-press. It is very easy, and there is no need to change the flash bulb. Also note that you can use Profoto HSS with TTL, making it fast and easy to do fast paced action shots or daylight backlit portraits with large apertures.
October 6, 2014 – Profoto expands its assortment of umbrellas with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic.
Last year, Profoto introduced a new line of umbrellas, comprising twelve models in two shapes (deep and shallow) and three fabrics (white, silver and translucent).
Today, Profoto’s line of umbrellas is extended with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolically shaped. This combination of size and shape creates a more focused and directed light than what you might expect from an umbrella of this size.
The smallest new Profoto umbrella is called Profoto Umbrella Deep S. It has a diameter of 85 cm (33 in) and is available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). The medium version is called Profoto Umbrella Deep M. It has a diameter of 105 cm (41 in) and is also available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent).
The deeper and round shape is achieved by using as many as 16 umbrella rods. Like all other Profoto umbrellas, the fabrics have been selected to provide a superior quality of light over years of heavy-duty use, and the metallic elements have been surface treated to prevent rust and discoloration.
The silver versions create a very crisp and direct light with high light output, comparable with that of a hard reflector. The white versions create a softer yet direct light, perfect for portrait and beauty shots. The translucent versions create an even softer light and have a very wide light spread.
Optional diffusers are available for the silver and the white versions. An optional backpanel is available for the translucent version, which practically converts the umbrella into a softbox.
Profoto releases Air Remote TTL-N, a clever little unit that allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash.
September 15, 2014 - “Game changer.” “Light of my life.” “A little bit of light and magic.” These are just a few of the words that were said when the Profoto B1 off-camera flash was released in November 2013.
The most attention-grabbing feature of the B1 was, and still is, its TTL metering. The TTL feature was initially only available for Canon shooters. But Profoto promised to continue to develop the B1’s patent-pending AirTTL system to also include Nikon. Today, Profoto delivers on that promise by releasing the Air Remote TTL-N.
Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in.
In other words, Air Remote TTL-N is the Nikon shooter’s equivalent to the Canon shooter’s Air Remote TTL-C (available since November 2013). But note that it is only the Air Remote TTL unit that is different depending on the camera that you are using. The B1 works the same regardless of camera brand. There are two AirTTL remotes, but there is only one B1 off-camera flash.
Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.
Profoto will continue to develop the AirTTL system and the off-camera flash concept. Next in line is a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for on-location photography, are also on their way. Furthermore, Profoto is looking into adding TTL functionality for even more camera manufacturers.
Profoto releases the B1 Location Kit, making the highly portable B1 off- camera flash even easier to bring to an on-location shoot.
May 12, 2014 – Ever since its release in November 2013, the B1 off-camera flash has flown off the shelves as fast as Profoto has been able to deliver it to the stores. The most attention-grabbing features have always been the B1’s TTL metering and its cordless operation. Both of these convey the same message: the B1 is not a studio flash. It is an off-camera flash designed for on-location photography.
With the release of the B1 Location Kit, the B1’s portability is taken to the next level. The kit contains two B1 off-camera flashes, two batteries, a Fast Charger that recharges the battery in one hour, and a Car Charger that plugs into any standard car cigarette connector and recharges the battery in two hours. The gear is packed and delivered in a comfy backpack with room for additional gear not included in the kit, such as stands and lenses.
The B1 Location Kit comes with a streamlined price. Sold at €2950/$3950, the kit offers roughly €250/$200 discount compared to buying the included items separately.
The B1 Location Kit is the latest addition to Profoto’s growing and evolving off-camera flash concept. In November 2013, the B1 and its many accessories were launched. In April 2014, the first firmware upgrade was released, enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS- 1D X.
Profoto is now working on a firmware upgrade that will enable high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014. New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for off-camera flashes, are also on their way.