Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Monolight Flash, 1/19000 - 1/1000 Sec Flash Duration, 500W/s, 9-Stop Power Range, 20 fps Burst Mode

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About Profoto B1 500 Air TTL Monolight

The Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Monolight Flash makes it easier than ever to take the flash off your camera. With AirTTL you set the light in a flash. With battery power and a clever design with no cables or cords, you can take the B1 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.

The B1 has the same dense, durable polymer housing, integrated 77-degree reflector, built-in receiver compatible with Air transmitters and intuitive highly visible controls and display as the D1 but with two striking differences - battery power and TTL camera/flash integration. Photographers can set up their lights, slip the optional Air Remote TTL-C transmitter onto their camera's hot shoe without taking a reading and testing. Traditionally point-and-shoot would be a suspect term for a pro, but not if you're shooting back to back jobs.

The key to this control is the Air Remote TTL-C transmitter for Canon DSLRS operating on 2.4GHz band width, the transmitter, really a controller, has 8 frequency channels and with 3 groups per channel and a range of up to 330ft. for TTL triggering and 1,000ft. for normal triggering. Each channel has power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops. The TTL-C and the B1 500 Air TTL have mini-USB connectors for firmware updates directly from Profoto's website. The head can be triggered by any Air Remote but requires the TTL-C for full functionality.

The B1 recycles in 0.1 to 1.9 seconds but can deliver up to 20 flashes per second in Quick Burst Mode, flash duration in Normal Mode is a very fast 1/1000 sec but there's also a Freeze Mode that delivers flash durations a short as 1/19,000 sec. The modeling light has also been upgraded to LED to put less strain on the battery and provide the equivalent output of a 70W halogen bulb. The B1 500 AirTTL employs a exchangeable Lithium-ion battery that gets up to 220 flashes on a 2-hour charge with the included 2.8A charger or a 1-hour charge with an optional 4.5A quick charger. The Battery has fuel gauge-type LEDs that make monitoring remaining power easy. B1's the back panel has been upgraded with a large, bright LCD screen that informs the user of the flash's power level, radio channel and group, sync choice, modeling light mode and recycle alert. There's also a large battery gauge that literally can be read from 20' away. The B1 500 TTL comes with protective cap, 2.8A charger and a soft case.

Profoto B1 500 Air TTL Monolight Features

  • The B1's patent-pending technology fully integrates the flash head with your Canon camera. The integration is so complete that Profoto sometimes refers to the B1 as an "off-camera flash." The key to this control is the Air Remote TTL-C
  • It has 8 frequency channels with 3 groups per channel and a range of up to 330' for TTL triggering. Each channel has power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops in TTL or +/- 9 stops in manual. Modeling light, shut-down of the unit and first or rear curtain exposure can also be selected
  • The B1's Lithium-ion battery gives you up to 220 full power flashes and thousands of minimum power flashes on a 2-hour charge from the provided 2.8A multi-voltage charger. An optional 4.5A quick charger shortens that time to 1 hour
  • In Normal Mode, which prioritizes color fidelity, the B1 500 AirTTL is capable of t0.5 flash durations of 1/11,000 sec. at minimum power, and 1/1,000 sec. at full power
  • Freeze Mode automatically selects the shortest flash duration possible at the user-selected power level. Motion-stopping flash durations of 1/19,000 at minimum power make the B1 500 AirTTL ideal for high speed shooting
  • At lower power settings Quick Burst Mode allows a series of flashes to be fired at a faster pace than the B1 can recharge, allowing triggering of up to 20 frames per second
  • A 20W LED modeling light with a 70W tungsten-equivalent output draws very little power from the battery and generates minimal heat. The light can be set to proportional or full power and will dim during recycling if that option is selected
  • The B1's control panel has been upgraded with a 1.4 x 2.5" bright LCD screen that informs the user of the flash's Power level, sync choice, modeling light mode and recycle alert. There's also a large battery gauge that literally can be read from 20' away
  • Both the flash head and the Air Remote TTL-C have mini-USB connections for firmware updates directly from Profoto's website
  • Power can be regulated over a 9-stop range (2.0 - 500W/s / 1/256 - 1/1) in 1/10 or 1-stop increments
  • With its zoom scale and integrated umbrella sleeve, the B1 500 AirTTL is compatible with Profoto's extensive line of umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes

Profoto B1 500 Air TTL Monolight Specifications

Maximum Watt/Seconds
500W/s +/- 1/20 Stop
Guide Number
291 at 6.56' (2.0 m), 100 ISO with Magnum reflector
Display
LCD Indicators for:
Power in 1/10 stop increments
Battery charge level
Modeling light status
Recycle alert: Beep, Dim, Beep and Dim, silent
Sync: Slave, radio channel and group
Back panel control:
Modeling light button
Sync button
Test, On/Off button
Power dial
Flash Variability
In 1/10 or 1 Stop increments 9.0 Stops:
2.0-10 power level (1/256-1/1)
2.0-500W/s
Recycle Time
Minimum/Maximum: 0.1-1.9 sec.
Quick Burst Mode: 20 frames per sec.
Flash Duration
Normal mode (t0.5): 1/11,000 - 1/1,000 sec. min/max power
Freeze mode (0.05): 1/19,000 - 1/1,000 sec. min/max power
Color Temperature
5,600K
Normal mode:
+/- 150K over entire power range, +/- 20K flash to flash
Freeze mode:
+/- 800K over entire power range, +/- 50K flash to flash
Beam Angle
77 Degrees with built-in reflector and opal protective glass
Modeling Light
20W LED (70W tungsten equivalent)
Modeling Light Control
Off / Proportional / Free (full) 5.0-100%
Wireless Remote
Yes, via optional Air Remote TTL-C/N, Air remote, Air USB (Profoto Studio) Wireless range:
Up to 1,000' (300 m) for normal triggering
Up to 330' (100 m) for TTL with optional Air Remote TTL-C
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz
Triggering
Air radio slaves, optical (IR), sync cord
Operating Voltage
100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, Self-sensing
14.8VDC/3Ah via included, rechargeable battery
Auto Power Off
Yes, after 60 minutes of disuse
Sleep mode after 30 minutes of disuse
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
220 Full power flashes Battery life: 300 charge cycles (to 80% left)
Flash Ready Indicator
Beep tone, ready right, modeling light dimming
Battery Charge Time
2.0 Hours with included 2.8V multi-voltage charger
1.0 Hour with optional 4.5V quick charger
Battery Charge Display
Green LED indicators: 3 Sections: 100-70%
2 Sections: 70-40%
1 Section: 40-10%
1 Section blinking
< 10%
User Replaceable Flashtube
No, via authorized service tech.
Voltage Stabilization
Yes
Circuit Protection
Adaptive thermal control
Fan Cooled
Yes
Auto Dump
Yes
Operating Temperature
14 to +122deg.F (-10 to +50deg.C)
Storage: 4 to +140deg.F (-20 to +60deg.C)
Dimensions (L x Dia.)
Body only: 12.2 x 5.12" (310 x 130 mm)
With 5/8" (16 mm) stand adapter: 12.2 x 6.69" (310 x 170 mm)
Weight
6.61 lbs (3.0 kg) Including battery

Profoto B1 500 Air TTL Monolight Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lights

By

from Kent. Ohio

I've used Profoto's D1 lights for years and these really feel like an upgraded version. For location lighting these are a dream. The battery pack has made my life so much easier, no carrying around an external battery pack, worrying if it's going to work, the B1 just works, every time. The TTL isn't something I need, but it's very nice for changing locations very quickly, weddings and fast moving subjects.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Despite the price- No regrets!

By

from NYC

Im definitely a location shooter; this product not only makes my job better and professional its also a powerful tool. I was able to quickly move between locations, no cable (at all) to drag around, trip over. The TTL capability its my favorite! Just turn on and set up the TLL with the Air remote and done!! no guessing, not light metering: just begin shooting! not entirely happy with the power output? simply switch to manual and the device remembers the last setting you were using on TTL, so all you have to do it decrease or increase form the last point and done! The modeling light is very helpful during low light situations (for focusing) and the light quality is amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A New Era of On-Location Lighting!

By

from Sandy Eggo CA

Great product, as expected from Profoto. Pretty much all has been said about the B1's. Drawbacks are hefty price and no hi-speed sync. Personally, I would prefer a modelling light closer to daylight vs. the 3200K in the B1. Buttons can be a bit hard to memorize, as some are multi-function, plus hold for n seconds. The D1 monolight buttons are functionally better designed and intuitive. I think the goal was to have as few buttons/dials on the B1 as possible.

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Shopper  can i sync this flash with a canon e3 rt transmitter?
MICHAEL H  No, you need the TTL-C to leverage the full capabilities of the B1.
Shopper  Will it be able to go into High speed sync?
RANDALL M  Hi-speed sync is not a feature of the Profoto B1. Profoto may include it in a future model.
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