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PIONEER OF TTL flash con­trol in pro-level light­ing equip­ment, Profoto has re­turned to the prod­uct which started it all – the B1 bat­tery­pow­ered Monobloc – and ex­ten­sively up­dated it to cre­ate the B1X.

The new ver­sion has a more pow­er­ful LED mod­el­ling lamp – now equiv­a­lent to a 130 watts halo­gen source – and higher ca­pac­ity bat­tery which de­liv­ers 50 per­cent more en­ergy and an ex­tended HSS flash power range. The new lithium-ion bat­tery pack re­mains the same size and weight as be­fore, but can now de­liver up to 325 full-power flashes (and ob­vi­ously a lot more at lower out­puts).

The B1X re­tains a max­i­mum flash power out­put of 500 joules with an ad­justable range over nine stops, ad­justable in 1/10-stop in­cre­ments. This nine-stop range is now main­tained when also shoot­ing in the HSS (high speed sync) mode at shut­ter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec­ond.

The fastest flash du­ra­tion is 1/19,000 sec­ond and re­cy­cling times range from 0.05 to 1.9 sec­onds. As be­fore, the B1X can op­er­ate with­out any ca­bles at all, with wireless TTL ex­po­sure con­trol via the op­tional Air Re­mote con­trollers which are now avail­able ded­i­cated for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olym­pus TTL flash sys­tems. The Air Re­motes have an op­er­at­ing range of up to 300 me­tres.

The B1X weighs just three kilo­grams, in­clud­ing the bat­tery pack, and its de­sign in­cor­po­rates a built-in re­flec­tor to give more com­pact ex­ter­nal di­men­sions. How­ever, it can also be fit­ted with a wide se­lec­tion of Profoto light shapers and two new hard re­flec­tors have been added to the OCF (Off Cam­era Flash line). The new OCF Zoom Re­flec­tor is a com­pact ac­ces­sory – so it will still fit into the B1X’s case while still at­tached to the monobloc – but it ef­fec­tively dou­bles the ef­fec­tive light out­put at the two-me­tre range. The larger OCF Mag­num Re­flec­tor in­creases the ef­fec­tive out­put fur­ther, and th­ese new ac­ces­sories can also be used on the B1, B2, D1 and D2 flashes.

Profoto light­ing prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by C.R. Kennedy & Com­pany. For more in­for­ma­tion visit

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