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Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« on: November 05, 2013, 01:55:55 PM »
Um.. DAMN!  Traffic crashed their site, but 500w/s with TTL - using their remote - 220 pops per battery - and it's itty bity.  TTL is in the remote you place on camera, Canon right now, and they promise a Nikon version next year.

http://profoto.com/us/products/off-camera-flash/b1-off-camera-flash/item/b1-500-airttl?category_id=1863#media
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Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« on: November 05, 2013, 01:55:55 PM »

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 01:23:43 AM »
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 11:33:30 AM »
My jaw is still on the floor. What an incredible product. Too bad I can't afford a set of these puppies :(

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 12:34:14 PM »
That is...wow. Impressive. Time to win the lotto so I can get a bunch of these and a 1DX so I can get metering at the AF point. Silly Canon keeping that out of the 5d3 :(
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 12:38:17 PM »
My jaw is still on the floor. What an incredible product. Too bad I can't afford a set of these puppies :(

We could wait for some chinese knockoff ones.

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2013, 01:15:29 PM »
profoto is so damn expensive.

i once won a ebay auction with 2 linkstar 500W strobes, a stand and a profoto reflector that did not really fit the strobes. all for around 150 euro.

i then thought i sell the profoto reflector on ebay, because it has no bowens bajonett that all my strobes use.

i got over 130 euro for the profoto reflector. :)


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We could wait for some chinese knockoff ones.

yep i think they are working on something like that.

 

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 10:37:44 PM »
I played with a set last night.  Biggest thing in lighting in years.  It didn't like the EOS-M, but played really well with the 5d mk3 and manually with the Hasselblad.  Screw fixed lighting, a couple of assistants and poles, done.  If anything it makes me want to try the Prio Lites http://www.priolite.com/en/home.html as the whole no cables setup is REALLY NICE!
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 11:43:29 PM »
I bought my D1 500's too soon.

Does this eliminate the need for a light meter? If so why wasn't this done a lot sooner.

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 11:53:59 PM »
Looks nice, but I'd get 4 PCB Einsteins, or three with Vagabond Mini Lithiums, instead of one of these.
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013, 03:04:35 PM »
Does this eliminate the need for a light meter? If so why wasn't this done a lot sooner.

It can/does do away with light meters, if that jives with your style.  The dependance on TTL isn't for everyone, but it does work, and makes run and gun shooting really easy.

I agree the price point is high, but for the brand it is in line with everything they make.  The math they were looking to hit was 3x the price of a 600ex-RT, so they hit it, for better or worse.  It is the only way to do TTL in a studio sized strobe, so first movers pricing.
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2013, 03:28:30 PM »
Does this eliminate the need for a light meter? If so why wasn't this done a lot sooner.

It can/does do away with light meters, if that jives with your style.  The dependance on TTL isn't for everyone, but it does work, and makes run and gun shooting really easy.

I agree the price point is high, but for the brand it is in line with everything they make.  The math they were looking to hit was 3x the price of a 600ex-RT, so they hit it, for better or worse.  It is the only way to do TTL in a studio sized strobe, so first movers pricing.

The TTL is very intriguing, but I think the integrated battery/head assembly is equally impressive. Fumbling around with battery packs and cords on location is a big pain.

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2013, 10:52:53 PM »
a 1000ws output would have been nice for that price point. 2 g's for a 500ws head.....mmm no thanks.

it's nice that the TTL feature is now out of the proverbially bag...hopefully we will see other companies come out with their own versions at better price points. 600 RTs are nice but i would like the easy access to a full range of light modifiers like you get with the B1.
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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2013, 02:03:58 AM »
a 1000ws output would have been nice for that price point. 2 g's for a 500ws head.....mmm no thanks.

it's nice that the TTL feature is now out of the proverbially bag...hopefully we will see other companies come out with their own versions at better price points. 600 RTs are nice but i would like the easy access to a full range of light modifiers like you get with the B1.

Profoto came out with a speeding last month for speed lights, so you can use  their modifiers for your speed lights now.

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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2013, 02:39:16 AM »
I saw this all over my fb on release and it really looks awesome, but my fear is that it's top heavy and will flip over when it's windy. That's what I love my Quadra, I have the battery pack around the base of the lighstand and the cord up to the very light head with a very light Octa, and almost no end to what sorts of wind it can endure.

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Re: Profoto B1 500w/s TTL flash (Canon only right now)
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 07:10:13 PM »
I recently disposed of half a dozen Profoto 600 Compact monos, two 2400w/s Profoto floorpacks and a boatload of Profoto accessories and modifiers and replaced them with half a dozen Einsteins, PCB modifiers/accessories/triggers etc and really couldn't be happier.

The one thing that could tempt me back to Profoto would be if the B1 played nicely with High Speed Sync. Does it?

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 07:10:13 PM »