Today, we are happy to introduce the very first B1 kit. The kit is called Profoto B1 Location Kit. As the name suggests, it is designed to make the highly portable B1 even easier to bring to an on-location shoot.
The most attention-grabbing features of the Profoto B1 have always been the B1’s TTL metering and its cordless operation. Both of these features convey the same message: the B1 is not a studio flash. It is an off-camera flash designed for on-location photography. The TTL function shines the brightest in challenging lighting conditions. Its cordless operation unleashes your creativity and makes it want to run free in the wild!
The new Profoto B1 Location Kit was designed with this in mind. The kit contains the following:
- 2 x B1 Off-camera Flashes
The B1 makes great light easy. With TTL you set the light in a flash. With battery power and without cords, you can take it with you wherever you go and put it wherever you want. Add to that the power, speed and light shaping possibilities that Profoto lights are known for.
- 2 x Li-Ion Batteries
This powerful and exchangeable battery will provide 220-50.000 flashes in a single charge depending on your flash output.
- 1 x Fast Charger 4.5A
The Fast Charger will fully recharge the Li-Ion Battery in only one hour. Plus it is safe and very easy to use.
- 1 x Car Charger 1.8A
Plugs into a standard car cigarette connector and recharges the Li-Ion Battery in two hours.
- 1 x BackPack M
A tailor-made backpack with comfortable carrying straps, adjustable compartments and side pockets for carrying stands (not included).
The B1 Location Kit is the latest addition to our growing and evolving off-camera flash concept. In November 2013, the B1 and its many accessories were launched. In April 2014, the first firmware upgrade was released, enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS-1D X.
As you all know, we are now working on the firmware upgrade that will enable high-speed sync (HSS). We are also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for off-camera flashes, are also on their way.
More information about the B1 and the B1 Location kit can be found at our website.
Each year the editors of 29 independent photographic magazines vote and award the best products introduced during the last 12 months. This year the Profoto B1 off-camera flash won the TIPA Award for “Best Professional Lighting System”!
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) is an international, non-profit association supporting the interests of the photography and imaging magazine publishing industry. The association represents 29 independent photographic magazines.
Each year the editors of the member magazines vote for the best products introduced to the market during the previous 12 months, taking into account innovation, cutting-edge technology, design, ease-of-use and the price to performance ratio of the products.
On April 23, 2014, the TIPA Award for Best Professional Lighting System was given to the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. The motivation is as follows:
“Battery-powered and cordless, the Profoto B1 has become an instant hit with pros that understand the benefits of the freedom and facility off-camera flash shooting affords. The system’s Air Remote TTL controller attaches to the camera’s hot shoe and becomes a command center for light output and balance, even for manual settings. Each monobloc styled flash can be assigned a channel and controlled from up to 1000 feet away, with results quickly previewed, checked and modified by the photographer without leaving camera position. The 500 w/s units have a 9-stop range, very fast recycling time and LED modeling light, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery with 220 full-power flash capacity.”
A round of applause for the B1!
A firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X, can now be downloaded free of charge at our user portal My Profoto.
On March 31, we released the first firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X. But as many of you know, we had to pull back the upgrade the very same day, as there turned out to be a bug in the software.
This issue has now been solved and the updated, 100% fully functional upgrade is now available at our user portal My Profoto at the Profoto website.
Here is what you need to get the upgrade:
- Go to www.profoto.com/support.
- Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one. If you create a new one, you’ll have to click the activation link in the email we send you after creating your account.
- Once you’ve logged in to My Profoto, register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C. Having your product registered is also a great help if your product is lost or stolen!
- Once your products are registered, click “Upgrade Product”.
- Choose the Air Remote TTL-C and enter its serial number, which can be found in the remote’s battery compartment. This is necessary to verify that your specific remote is compatible with this particular upgrade.
- The download buttons will be activated as soon as a correct serial number has been provided. When they’re active, click either “Download Upgrade for MAC” or “Download Upgrade for PC”.
- Open the downloaded software and follow the simple instructions.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions regarding any of this.
Thanks for your patience. More upgrades will follow. Stay tuned.
We’d also like to say thanks to David Birkin, who not only spotted the bug but also helped us beta test this latest version.
Well, we did. You’ll find us at @profotoglobal or here. Would be great if you’d join us!
While we’re at it, we can also mention that we just took our first shaky steps into the bewildering world of Google+. The jury is still out on that one, but we’re leaning towards liking it. Plus-ing it, that is. Anyway, you’ll find us here.