PRO­FOTO LAUNCHES FIRST FLASH SPEEDLIGHT

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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

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