Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Announcement: Profoto B1

Yesterday, the new Profoto B1 light was announced, and we are incredibly excited. Our digital tech has been able to really get his hands on the light and shares some introductory information below:

The B1 is a battery powered off-camera flash that attaches to the TTL-C remote (Canon only) that you plug into the hotshoe of your Canon camera. This new light eliminates a lot of the issues many photographer has previously while shooting on location. Because the B1 is a battery powered head, there are no cords, so you'll never get tangled up while shooting. And, the B1 is powerful and efficient with up to 220 full power flashes at 500Ws. 

Another great feature of the B1 is how compact and light this head is! At 6.6lbs, including the battery, you can easily carry the B1 around both while traveling and on set.

As of right now, the only remote available for this system is Canon-dedicated, but Nikon will have the remote sometime in 2014! 

For more technical information, check out the specs here:

General Specifications

  • Max energy:500Ws
  • Energy range:9 f-stops (2-500Ws)
  • Energy control increments:1/10 or full f-stops
  • Recycling time:0.1-1.9 (Quick burst up to 20 flashes/second)
  • Max modeling light (W):20W LED (Output eqvivalent to 70W Halogen)
  • Modeling light control:Off, Proportional, Free (5-100%)
  • Mode control:Freeze (shortest flash duration) or Normal (color balance) mode
  • Flash duration Normal mode (t0.5):1/11,000s (2Ws) - 1/1,000s (500Ws)
  • Flash duration Freeze mode (t0.5):1/19,000s (2Ws) - 1/1,000s (500Ws)
  • Energy stability Normal mode:+-1/20 f-stop flash to flash
  • Energy stability Freeze mode:+-1/20 f-stop flash to flash
  • Color stability Normal mode:+-150K over range; +-20K flash to flash
  • Color stability Freeze mode:+-800K over range; +-50K flash to flash
  • Energy control increments:1/10 or full f-stops
  • Guide number @ 2m / 100 ISO with Magnum Reflector:45 2/10
  • Input power supply:Exchangeble Lithium-Ion Battery 14.4V/3Ah
  • Battery capacity:Up to 220 full power flashes

Syncronization and Control

  • Sync socket(s):1
  • Wire sync voltage:Compliant to ISO 10330 standard
  • Wire sync connector:3.5mm Mini-Phono
  • Photocell/IR-slave and switch:Yes
  • Radio sync & control:Yes, Built in AirTTL supporting wireless sync, control and TTL. (Requires Air Remote TTL. Sold separately.)
  • Radio sync range:Up to 300m (1000ft)
  • MAC / PC control:Yes, via optional Profoto Air USB transceiver and Profoto Studio software.


  • Function display:Multifunction LCD display
  • Fan cooling:Yes, thermally controlled fan speed for low noice level.
  • Ready signaling:Yes, ready lamp, dim and/or switchable beep sound.
  • Auto dumping:Yes
  • USB interface:Yes, USB Mini port for FW upgrading
  • Quick burst:Quick burst capability of up to 20 flashes per second.


  • Diameter:14cm (5.5")
  • Length:31cm (12.2")
  • Height:21cm (8.3")
  • Weight:3kg (Including batteries) 6.6 LBS 3kg (Including batteries)