First Look at the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Super Flash

Profoto recently announced a new kind of wireless flash called Profoto B1 500 AirTTL. This new flash is referred to by the company as off-camera flash because “it is not a speedlight and it is not a monolight – but a new kind of flash that brings a whole new way of shooting”.

One of the great advantages of this new unit is the combination of power and portability which are based on the unit’s exchangeable Lithium-Ion battery (14.4V/3Ah) good for no less than 220 full power flashes and  its max energy of 500Ws (you can see some of this power shooting models against the sun in the videos above and below).

On the video above photographer Rafael Concepcion (from Kelby Training) takes a close look at the new B1 and some of its capabilities.

You can find more info on the Profoto website and you can purchase the unit for just under $2000 (from B&h).

Below is another (much shorter) hands on video by photographer Mark Wallace

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSd_ccxR-4[/youtube]

And finally an official video by Profoto with photographer Richard Walch who took the flash to a mine in Italy to shoot action in the dark

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isfxMXpkm_Y#t=42[/youtube]

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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