The B1 Wins the Tipa Award for “Best Professional Light”!

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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!

 

The B1 Can Now Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS-1D X. For Real This Time.

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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:

  1. Go to www.profoto.com/support.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Once your products are registered, click “Upgrade Product”.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”.
  7. 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.

Hey, Did You Know We Just Got on Instagram?

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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.

Needless to say, we’re still on Facebook and Twitter.

No, the Profoto B1 Cannot Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS-1D X. Not quite yet.

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As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today’s announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.

The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn’t test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.

Rest assure that we’re now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.

For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.

Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you’ve performed the upgrade or not.

The Profoto B1 Can Now Perform TTL Metering with Canon EOS-1D X

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Today, we are happy to introduce the first firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X.

Ever since its release in November last year, the B1 has been able to perform TTL metering with the majority of Canon cameras. But there was one exception – Canon’s flagship – the EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade.

Note that it is not the B1 off-camera flash itself that needs to be upgraded; it is the small radio transmitter that is mounted on the Canon camera’s hot shoe: the Air Remote TTL-C. The upgrade can be downloaded free of charge at our user portal My Profoto.

The process is as follows:

  1. Go to www.profoto.com/support.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Once your products are registered, click “Upgrade Product”.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”.
  7. Open the downloaded software and follow the simple instructions.

Anyone can create a My Profoto account and register whatever Profoto products they have. As mentioned before, it can be a great help if a product is lost or stolen. But the only firmware upgrade available at the moment is the one for the AirRemote TTL-C.

We’d also like to remind you that this is the first of many planned upgrades for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system. We’re currently working on the firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). We’re also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. As promised, both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N will be released in 2014. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Last but not least, if there is any confusion around this, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to reply.