Location photographers like Richard Walch (see his photo above) will be delighted with the new Profoto B1. Even more so if they shoot with Canon (a Nikon version will arrive next year).
"The B1 concept was born from a simple idea," says Göran Maren, Product Manager at Profoto. "We wanted to make it as easy as possible to use an off-camera flash, but we wanted to do so without compromising the quality and versatility that photographers have come to expect from us. All the features of the B1 and the Air Remote TTL-C can be traced back to this single idea."
The most notable of these features is the B1's TTL function that integrates flash and camera. It works like this: you attach the Air Remote TTL-C unit to your Canon camera's hot shoe, you point and shoot with your camera, and the B1 automatically adjusts its output to provide you with a perfect exposure. Photographers who prefer adjusting the light themselves can switch to manual control by a simple button-press.
The Air Remote TTL-C is a small, hot shoe-mounted device that acts like a wireless link between camera and flash, supporting manual and TTL control of B1 lights in up to 3 individual groups. The remote is sold separately, so that photographers may choose the right remote for their camera.
The Air Remote TTL-C for Canon cameras with E-TTL II support is launched together with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon cameras with i-TTL support will be available in 2014. (Go to www.profoto.com/b1 for a complete list of compatible cameras.)
Probably the most important feature is the fact that the B1 is completely cordless. Powered by an exchangeable battery and wirelessly synced and controlled with the Air system, it allows the photographer to bring the B1 anywhere and place it without regard to cable length. The battery will provide up to 220 full-power flashes, while the Air system has an operating range up to 300m (1,000ft).
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