Introducing the B1 Off-camera Flash

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Last Friday, we hinted that we would release a new, revolutionizing flash. Yesterday, its release caused such a storm of clicks and visitors that our website crashedToday, we present the reason for all this ruckus: the B1 off-camera flash

We call the B1 an off-camera flash because it is not a speedlight and it is not a monolight. It is a new kind of flash that brings a whole new way of shooting. “Once you try it, it changes everything,” said Richard Walch, the first photographer who tried it. We believe that’s true.

Why? Because it has TTL, so you get a perfect exposure in a flash. Because it is battery-powered and cordless, so 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, and you have an off-camera flash that makes great light easy.

Scroll down and we will get into the details a bit more.

 

Profoto B1 off camera flash Michael Mueller BTS Katja Bresch 6 600x400 Introducing the B1 Off camera Flash

©Michael Mueller

Off-camera Flash

There are many flashes out there that can be placed off-camera. But there is only one B1 off-camera flash. No other flash will make it as easy to take the flash off your camera, while at the same time providing you with such creative freedom.

 

Profoto B1 off camera flash David Bicho With TTL 600x462 Introducing the B1 Off camera Flash

©David Bicho

With TTL

Attach the Air Remote TTL to your camera’s hot shoe to merge camera and flash into one. Then point and shoot, and the B1 will automatically adjust its light output to provide you with the perfect exposure. It is as easy as it sounds.

 

Profoto B1 off camera flash Michael Mueller BTS Katja Bresch 1 600x400 Introducing the B1 Off camera Flash

©Michel Mueller

Without Cords

The B1 is powered by an exchangeable, high-capacity battery that is integrated with the flash. Combine that with an Air Remote TTL and experience the freedom that comes with shooting without power cables or sync cords.

 

Profoto B1 off camera flash Richard Walch final image 2 600x400 Introducing the B1 Off camera Flash

©Richard Walch

With Power

Ten times as powerful as the average speedlight, the B1 enables you to overpower the sun on a sunny day as well as light up larger backgrounds and areas. Having that much power also allows you to add Light Shaping Tools to create a beautiful, soft light even in bright conditions.

 

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©David Bicho

With Speed

At lower power settings the B1 will blast away up to twenty flashes per second. But speed also equals short flash duration. In other words, the B1 will provide a much shorter flash duration than a speedlight set to the same output.

 

Profoto B1 off camera flash Karolina Henke 1 600x400 Introducing the B1 Off camera Flash

©Karolina Henke

With Light Shaping

Choose from more than 120 Light Shaping Tools and shape the B1’s already beautiful light into almost any light you can imagine. Explore Profoto’s unique Zoom Function and make fine-tune adjustments by simply sliding the tool back and forth on the B1.

 

For more information about the B1 off- camera flash:

 

We would also like to give a special thanks to photographers Michael Mueller, Richard WalchDavid Bicho and Karolina Henke who shot these amazing images with the B1. The stories behind these shots will, of course, continuously be published here on our blog. First out is the story of Richard Walch’s shoot at the Carrara marble quarry in Italy, which will be published tomorrow.

Also, if you have any questions, leave a comment below or tweet us. We will be here all day to answer as fast as we can.

Finally, below are some tech specs for you, if you feel like geeking out.

 

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Comments (30)

  • Jean-Michel

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    It looks very interesting, hope that it will arrive soon in France ^^ with a good price :)

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    • Andreas Timm

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      Hi Jean-Michel,

      define “good price!! :-) In the US they are about 2000 USD.

      While this is quite a high pricetag I tink the value that can be generated with the B1 is huge! 500 ws, no cables, no generators, no speedlites anymore AND TTL. To me thats enough to make me wanna buy!

      Cheers,
      Andreas

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      • Chris

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        it you think about it 2 B1 is cheeper then 2 D1 with a BatPac. I am curious how it stands up to the B4 when it comes to freezing a subject.

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        • Andreas Timm

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          Have not compared exact specs of B4 vs B1 but assume B4 is even better in speed, ws and especially color stability at high speed. But its price tag is much higher as you need extra heads and to each B4 you can only connect 2 heads. So you need 2x B4s to power 3x Heads! :-)

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      • dawn

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        B1 is of course an amazizng product. But I do not think it’s a game changer.
        AcuteB2 600 generator: more expensive than B1. Here are some reasons.
        1, one stop brighter than B1 500(check out the technical data.)
        2, more stable energy output from frame to frame.
        My personal experience:
        When using AcuteB2, I can attach the generator on the light stand. So no sand bag is necessary and the balance is great. If you boom the light, acute head is much easier than B1 to balance(check out the weight). Also an implicit cost of B1 is the remote control, it would be a nightmare if you want to change power manually on B1(any monolight type flash).

        TTL? For me, it’s a joke, especially when taking pictures on purpose. I rarely use the TTL function on my sb910 except when time is very limited.

        But I really expect high speed sync in B1 in the FUTURE.

        So, in my opinion, for now, B1 is a great choice but not a only choice.

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        • Andreas Timm

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          The sandbag / boom argument is a good one!

          Good news for me is that the B1 is not yet on shelf in Germany – so I have more time to think what my future setup will be…

          Meanwhile I go out and just (try to) take great pictures… ;-)

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          • dawn

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            Me too. Actually, I am going to take some shoots this weekend with my profoto lights.

            I think we should choose among these battery generators based on our needs. They are different.

            Or, you could buy one b1, one acuteb2 600 and one proB3…haha

            B3 is really strong, much stronger than B1.

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  • Andreas Timm

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    The Profoto B1 looks awesome! Cant wait to get my hands on one. Probably will change to the B1s from my speedlite + battery generator mixed setup to simplify things and overall reduce number of devices.

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  • Paul Cincotta

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    WOW! Looking forward to not having to carry the Profoto BatPac and D1 to every shoot!

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  • Oleg

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    Colleagues! Maybe I’m missing something – make it clear.
    1. Powerful flash on location often need to overpowered the sun. What do I do on a bright sunny day with a 500 J without HSS, ie, with 1/160?
    2. On a cloudy day or night, I can do everything with speedlights, all the more so for the price of one PROPHOTO B1 I buy four canon RT600, which are smaller, lighter and batteries can take at least a few days of shooting.
    By the way with four canon RT600 I’ll overpower sun)))

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    • Andreas Timm

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      Hi Oleg,

      you have a point: The B1s is not the perfect device when you want maximum performance in all aspects:

      – You want max speed incl. color stability: Go get a B4
      – You want max Power in studio: Go get a D4 4800
      – You want max portability and ease of use and don’t need modeling lights or specific light shaping tools and can live with the required battery management: Speedlite with TTL

      But if you want all of the above? Either buy all of the devices listed above or…. get a B1.

      My view: B1 is a compromise. But the best one I am aware of that is able to address 80-90% of the needs of most enthusiast / entry pro photographers that are active in a wide field of photography.

      The advanced pro that is specialized in certain fields will get very specific gear anyway.

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      • Oleg

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        What a professionally-marketing response))))) I did ask about it

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        • Andreas Timm

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          maybe I should ask Profoto for a job? ;-)

          Jokes aside – I currently have 3x Canon 600RT and a Profoto 7B with 2 heads. And I thought about replacing all of it with 2-3 B1s. This is why I had a sleepless night after the B1 announcement. ;-)

          What would you do:

          1) Swap my 7B with a Pro-B3

          or

          2) Swap everything with 2-3 B1s

          I would consider myself as an enthusiast amateur Photographer.

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          • Oleg

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            I would take B3 )))
            Seriously, I do not understand the purpose B1 . I’m in the studio 2 D1 . I was going to buy another 3 D1. After reading about the B1 – happy , I think I will take better B1 – on occasion and on location in handy. Then I realized that they were not from the network is energized, then learned the price – thought ))) useful lessons sometimes, if not often) ))))
            And do not understand – what to do on the street without HSS? When the rain – I’m the one – two speedlights do sunny day , put the painting , lighten shadows – also enough of them. The only use I see – lighting large areas and / or shine from afar. Then yes , speedlights will not help. But it is too narrowly targeted destination to be just for this purchase
            And for trips batpack there – after 600 pulses and still have something rack mount )))

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          • Oleg

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            Oh, and wedding photographers))) They often carries around with generators))) For them, it seems, really useful thing. All relatives and friends to light, and the banquet hall … Yes, clear target audience, and they probably come in handy TTL)))

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  • heli4you

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    this Flash is an must have for me, i think i will order it as fast as i can. When it is aviable in Germany ?

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    • Fredrik Franzén

      Fredrik Franzén

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      Hi there,

      Deliveries will start no later than in six weeks. Might be earlier, but six weeks we guarantee.

      /Fredrik Franzén, Profoto

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      • dawn

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        Once again. Great job, profoto guys!!!

        Three questions.
        1, When the nikon version will come out?
        2, Will high speed sync become available in the future with the updated firmware?
        3, Is it possible for you guys to announce B1 1000w version?

        Thank you so much.

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  • Barrie Brown

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    What are the t(0.1) times for the B1?

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  • Kristian Gehradte

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    This is a very serious light! I normally carry around a ranger for my location work and yes it has more power but this would be an ideal solution for alot of shoots.

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  • Tommy Weiss

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    Danke für deinen Bericht echt sehr interessant. Hab ich so noch gar nicht gewusst bzw. irgendwo gesehen. Dank dafür.

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  • Craig

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    The B1 really entices someone who uses speed lights on location for a living. I’m a Nikon shooter so being that I shoot a ton of sports with strobes the Auto FP High Speed sync is mandatory. I think the B1 is still limited to the 1/250 barrier right? Not an issues for portraits, but for sports when you need to overpower the sun with strobes those higher shutter speeds are a must. I noticed in there promo video the action shots with the bike were all done at night. Fine, short duration can freeze the action for you, but what about a cyclist grabbing air on a bright sunny day. 1/250 just isn’t going to cut it. Wish these guys would pick up the high speed sync functionality from both manufacturers. If they did that, you couldn’t keep these things on the shelf

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  • Donald

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    I agree. HSS is important for me also… once they’ve got it, I’d love one of these. Until then, it’s the trusty speedlights.

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  • Tom

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    Oh my.. Does it realy doesnt have HSS? It was at the top of my wishlist, but after reading that it does not support x-sync I changed my mind. Hope it will have an FW update to support it.

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  • Ahmed

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    Maybe high speed sync is proprietary and will never be open to third party development by any of the manufacturers.

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  • Jorge

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    Same here, I wouldn’t go for such an investment if this doesn’t have HSS.
    Probably in the near future they will release it!

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  • Jorge

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    Hi,
    I was planning to buy B1s, but no HSS? really? I think I go for that German brand that produce it already as I am not attach to any specific system yet. :(

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  • Jason

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    Just so you know, HSS firmware has just been released and is a simple upgrade. I haven’t used it in HSS mode yet but its all loaded up ready now.

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