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Profoto Air Remote Transceiver

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Profoto Air Remote Transceiver

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Product Highlights

  • For Pro-8a Air Packs and D1 Air Heads
  • Controls Power & Modeling Light Levels
  • Controls Up to 6 Groups on 8 Channels
  • Hot Shoe and Mini-Plug Connection

You Pay: $305.00

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The Profoto Air Remote Transceiver is a proprietary radio slave transceiver designed to work with the Pro-8a 1200 and 2400W/s power packs as well as the D1 Air series of monoheads. This transceiver can control an unlimited number of power packs and heads on eight channels. It can mount to your camera's hot shoe, or sync to your flash terminal for firing.

Operating from two AAA batteries, at a frequency of 2.4GHz, the Air Sync has a range of 1000' (300 m). It can sync up to 1/250 second with a focal plane shutter camera, and 1/500 second with a leaf shutter camera. Its triggering speed is over 100 fps.

The Air Remote can also be used in pairs or in conjunction with the Profoto Air Sync (one on camera and one on flash) to trigger flash units without built-in Air technology.

Full Control
  • Eight channels
  • Six groups per channel
  • Flash power range
  • Modeling light levels
  • Even More Control
  • Optional Air USB 2.0 transceiver enables full control from your Mac or PC with Profoto Studio software
  • Note:Not compatible with the Pocket Wizard system

    Operating Range 1000' (300 m)
    Channels 6 groups of 8 channels each
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/250 s (focal plane)
    1/500 s (leaf shutter)
    1/1000 s in fast mode (depending on camera)
    Delay Trigger Range Fast mode: 100 µs
    Normal: 465 µs
    Power Source 2x AAA 1.5v batteries
    Dimensions 2.7 x 1.9 x 1.6" (7 x 5 x 4cm)
    Weight 2.5 oz (70 g) with batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 6.0 x 2.0"
    Profoto Air Remote Transceiver
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Lanyard
  • Shoe Base
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ProfotoAir Remote Transceiver
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Reliable (8)
    • Packs small / compresses (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good product but could be built sturdier

    Used for professional advertising photography. This product has great range and saves a lot of time when adjusting the power settings of multiple lights especially when the lights are in different rooms. For the...Read complete review

    Used for professional advertising photography. This product has great range and saves a lot of time when adjusting the power settings of multiple lights especially when the lights are in different rooms. For the price, I would like to see them built sturdier and with a locking mechanism for the hot shoe mount. I had one slip off the camera's shoe mount and fall onto concrete from 4 feet in the air causing all the lights on the remote to stop working.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    great but construction is CHEAP

    works great with air lights, but construction feels so cheap... i also dropped mine and it stopped working... needs to have a rubberized case.

    get the cheaper one as...Read complete review

    works great with air lights, but construction feels so cheap... i also dropped mine and it stopped working... needs to have a rubberized case.

    get the cheaper one as less costly when you drop it

    not as reliable as pocket wizards, does not fire every time... but working with USB air remote and using laptop is a dream.

    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent OctaBox!

    By Tom

    from Atlanta

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

        I use this product with the Profoto B1 and it provides excellent consistent quality of light. My primary use is for portrait work attached to the B1 on an Impact C Stand

        It is difficult to assemble at first but is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It's certainly not the cheapest option but I have enjoyed the solid consistent output.

        My one complaint is that I wish the bag was about an inch longer. I have these attached to the Profoto adapter which makes it really tight to pack into the bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It just works

        By AG

        from Florence, SC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

              B&H recommended this. I used my lights with my Nikons and wanted to use them with my other cameras. Now I use it with my Profoto B1 lights and my Hasselblad H5D. An unexpected benefit is It also works with my Leica M 240. I couldn't be more pleased. It isn't TTL with the Hasselblad or Leica, but that hasn't been a problem

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              • No

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              4.0

              Expensive But Necessary

              By Danny Grizzle

              from Longview, Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Range

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Non-ttl Strobe Control

              Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

              I love my Profoto B1 strobes, so I might as well come to terms with the exorbitant cost of Profoto accessories.

              I already own the TTL-C Air Remote, but had to purchase the standard Air Remote anyway. One of my primary applications is architectural photography. It requires a large number of flash heads, making it necessary for me to use mixed brands of flash and radio triggers.

              Profoto marketing materials do not show a picture of the hot shoe on this remote, but it is a simple, single pin contact compatible with virtually any standard hot shoe like the ones present on my Canon cameras for almost 50 years.

              As clearly stated on the B&H website, Profoto is not compatible with PocketWizards. What that means is the radio triggering signal of a PocketWizard cannot be used to trigger Profoto Air Remote.

              However, if you mount a PocketWizard Plus III on the camera transmitting to another PocketWizard Plus III, the Profoto Air Remote Transceiver will work fine if attached to the receiving PocketWizard Plus III via the PocketWizard - HSFM3 Flash Sync Cable (3'), B&H# WIHSFM3, or even if mounted in the Impact FA-300HS Triple-Flash Hot Shoe Adapter Mount B&H # IMFA300HS, along with a PocketWizard Plus III (without cable) mounted in one of the other hot shoes on the FA-300HS adapter.

              In fact, the Impact Triple-Flash Hot Shoe Adapter is what I use to integrate Profoto Air Remote, PocketWizard, and Yongnuo strobe systems. Using PocketWizard Plus III as the primary link to the camera, the Impact Triple-Flash Adapter links the PocketWizard Plus III receiver simultaneously to the Profoto Air Remote and also to a Yongnuo YN560-TX. In this way, two different brands of radio triggered flashes can be used reliably in sync with a single PocketWizard Plus III mounted on my camera. It works great.

              Why did I purchase the Profoto Air Remote when I already own the much more capable Profoto Air Remote TTL-C? Because the Air Remote TTL-C has a multipin hot shoe foot and it does not work in a standard, manual, single pin hot shoe. Apparently, the pins on extra pins for flash automation on the TTL-C short out and prevent triggering the Profoto strobes.

              The Profoto Air Remote works great as advertised. The controls are simple, and it is not really necessary to read the manual. I downgraded the star rating because it stings to be forced to purchase such an expensive remote when I already own the even more expensive Air Remote TTL-C. Also, it hurts my feelings to see that the Yongnuo YN560-TX trigger has a design and build quality at least as good as the Profoto Air Remote, plus is much more capable, all at a cost of less than one sixth that of the Profoto. Still, the overall Profoto B1 system is awesome, among the best strobes on the market. I'm pleased with these products and have no regrets after waffling initially prior to buying into this lighting system.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Profoto is the Stones

              By JJJJJ

              from Cranston, RI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                Works every time, just like it's advertised.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Profoto Air remote is reliable

                By RKOZ

                from The Villages, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                  Just plain out works. Most reliable trigger for my Profoto B1 heads. Just attach it to the top of your camera and shoot. That's it!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Does the job

                  By SK_Chicago

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                      Works well with My new B1 Flash heads.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Makes Life Easier

                      By Sparks

                      from San Mateo, Ca.

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Convenience

                        Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                        You can just stay in one spot and control all lights that are in your setup. This product is very convenient, especially if you have lights setup pretty high like a beauty dish. You don't have to walk back and forth to adjust power on your power pack. If your shooting without an assistant this is a must have when using strobes!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works! That's all that matters.

                        By John Ricard

                        from NYC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                            I have been using Pocket Wizard to trigger my Profoto D1 Airs. They work, but it sort of a pain to attach them to the D1s and you have to replace the AA batteries in each unit peridoically. I decided recently to just get the Profoto remote and reduce the clutter of having 4 Pocket Wizards. The Profoto trigger works great. It's smaller than the PW when it sits on my camera and there are no misfires. I like the fact that the test button is white. It's easy to see.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Love this remote

                            By Bill D

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Studio

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                              The Air remote is easy to use, offers full control of you Profoto Air equipped lights.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Love the air system!

                              By Home Goods Studio Photog

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Weak Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Studio
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                              Overall this is a great system. Excellent features and control.

                              However, they wear out batteries quickly and the plastic hot shoe connection is pretty delicate.

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                              • No

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Still Trying

                              By Lulu

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                                Had to return first one as hot shoe was faulty.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                great but construction is CHEAP

                                By steve

                                from sydney, australia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Weak Construction

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                                  works great with air lights, but construction feels so cheap... i also dropped mine and it stopped working... needs to have a rubberized case.

                                  get the cheaper one as less costly when you drop it

                                  not as reliable as pocket wizards, does not fire every time... but working with USB air remote and using laptop is a dream.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good product but could be built sturdier

                                  By sthuen

                                  from Fargo, ND

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Pack
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                                    Used for professional advertising photography. This product has great range and saves a lot of time when adjusting the power settings of multiple lights especially when the lights are in different rooms. For the price, I would like to see them built sturdier and with a locking mechanism for the hot shoe mount. I had one slip off the camera's shoe mount and fall onto concrete from 4 feet in the air causing all the lights on the remote to stop working.

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    quite simply... amazing.!

                                    By PT

                                    from Sydney, Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Pack
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                                        Extremely useful. makes studio work effecient. easy to use. awesome!

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Work perfectly with the D1

                                        By AD013 by David Benoliel

                                        from Miami

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Pack
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Studio lighting

                                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote Transceiver:

                                          it's so much less time consuming!
                                          Very easy to use, you can manage each light or even by group if you want (Ex: raise the stop for all your background's light at the same time, ...).
                                          You have to own one if you have some D1's!

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                                          Batteries & Power

                                          Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                          Duracell - AAA 1.5V Alkaline Coppertop Battery (2-Pack)
                                          • You Pay: $1.95
                                           

                                          Brackets and Support

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                                          Impact - Umbrella Bracket
                                          • You Pay: $17.99
                                           

                                          NOTE: This product has specific compatibility limitations. Please see full product description for further details.

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                                          Add a TTL hot shoe or PC connectivity.

                                          Kalt - PC to Hot Shoe Adapter
                                          • You Pay: $9.95
                                           

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                                          Interfit - Flash Meter
                                          • You Pay: $48.50
                                           

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