PROFOTO LAUNCHES FIRST FLASH SPEEDLIGHT
WITH THE WEIGHT of its reputation in studio flash equipment, Profoto will be a force to be reckoned with as it enters the highly competitive speedlight oncamera flash market. The Swedish flash maker has been hinting at such a move for a while, especially after it launched its B2 TTL system which has ultra-compact flash heads – which can be located oncamera – powered by a separate battery pack. It certainly makes sense to further leverage Profoto’s TTL technology in an on-camera speedlight-type product which, incidentally, the company is calling “the world’s smallest studio light”.
The Profoto A1 incorporates the same AirTTL and HSS auto flash exposure control – initially for the Canon E-TTL and Nikon i-TTL systems, but with a Sony version to come – as the B2, B1/B1X and D2 pro flash systems. This allows for full integration with these units or the use of multiple A1 flashes in a wireless TTL set-up.
It has a maximum flash output of 76 joules with a nine-stops power range and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack which Profoto says is good for up to 350 full-power flashes. The maximum recycling time is 1.2 seconds.
The A1’s flash head is adjustable for tilt and swing plus it incorporates a motorised zooming function and a built-in LED-type modelling lamp. The magnetic click-on mount allows for the quick and easy attaching of light shapers of which there are initially five, including a dome diffuser, gel filter kit and wide diffuser. Unlike any other speedlight model, the Profoto unit’s reflector is round in shape rather than rectangular which, to quote the press release, “… delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a pleasing softsmooth fall-off that blends seamlessly with the ambient light”. Profoto flash products are distributed in Australia by C.R. Kennedy & Company. For more information visit https://profoto.com/au