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Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight

B&H # PRD1A500 Mfr # 901024
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Product Highlights
  • 7 Stop Power Range
  • 100-240V
  • 0.95 Sec. Recycling Max. Power @120V
  • 300 Watt Modeling Light
  • Photocell, Air Radio Slave
  • UV Flash Tube
  • Fan Cooled
  • Digital Readout
  • 77 Degree Built-in Reflector
  • Optional Wireless PC/Mac Control

The D1 Air 500W/s Monolight is a significant refinement of the ComPact monolight series from the company which having become synonymous with professional strobe lighting, is now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

No stone has been left unturned in the provision of tech and convenience features that seem to derive from professional photographers' wish lists. The sleek matte-black, high-impact polycarbonate finish encases strobe design that goes beyond the highly visible LED readout and is digital from the ground up. The 7 stop power range breaks down to 1/10 stop increments providing flexibility, precision and consistency, made possible by dual mode SMPS capacitor charging.

A new built-in 77 degree reflector (5.12" diameter) maximizes case space and is ideal for umbrella and softbox use. Features that we've come to expect from Profoto over the years: short flash duration, rapid recycling, a bright 300W modeling lamp and heavy-duty cabling are all on-board.

Profoto Air System technology replaces the sync cord, allowing the head to be remotely triggered from as much as 300 meters (1000 feet) away using a Profoto Air Remote or Air Sync transceiver (sold separately). The Air Sync provides wireless triggering (8 channels) via hot shoe or mini plug, while the Air Remote provides wireless triggering as well as full-function head control over 8 channels in 6 distinct groups. Additionally, the D1 Air's syncing and complete functionality can be wirelessly controlled via your PC or Mac by using Profoto's optional Air USB with the included Studio software.

Modeling lamp operation is user-selectable: On/Off/Proportional and Free (manual). There is also a selectable flash confirmation (dimming) feature in addition to an audible, fully-recycled tone. The D1 is compatible with the full line of widely-acclaimed Profoto light-shaping tools. Finally, the self-sensing multi-voltage circuitry allows you to take the D1 anywhere in the world.  

High-visibility LED readout with 7 stop range in precise 1/10th stop increments
Rapid recycling (0.2 - 0.95 sec @ 120V, 0.2 - 0.95 sec. @ 230V) insures that fleeting gestures and defining moments are caught, not lost
The 300W modeling lamp meets the challenge posed by a high ambient light level on set provides easy pre-visualization of the final shot
Air System technology makes the sync cord obsolete, allowing remote triggering of your D1 from as much as 1,000' (300 m) away. Alternately, the D1 Air's syncing and complete functionality can be wirelessly controlled via your PC or Mac by using Profoto's optional Air USB and the included Studio software
Lightweight design with durable polycarbonate shell and built-in 77 degree umbrella reflector
Self-sensing multi-voltage capability allows you to take the renowned Profoto quality of light anywhere in the world
Super-short flash duration (1/1,000 - 1/2,600 Sec. t0.5) provides crisp, action-stopping images, and is especially valuable for dance, sports and other highly kinetic subjects
Connect the D1 to the optional Profoto Air USB for PC and Mac for full control of your entire studio flash system via wireless communication
Highly consistent shot-to-shot performance within a +/- 0.05 stop range via dual-mode SMPS capacitor technology
Safety features include auto-diagnostic start-up circuitry, DDP (Deep Discharge Protection), pulse-charging capacitor circuitry temperature control and overload protection
Fully compatible with the extensive line of renowned Profoto light shaping tools

Note:D1 Air models require use of a Profoto Air remote or Profoto Air Sync for triggering of the strobe from the camera

Maximum Watt/Seconds 500 +/- 0.05 stop
Guide Number 301' (92 m) @ 6.56' (2.0 m), ISO 100
Flash Variability 7 Stops in 1/10 stop increments 7.8 to 500W/s
Flash Duration 1/1,000 - 1/2,600 Sec. (t0.5)
Recycle Time Minimum 0.2 sec, Maximum 0.95 sec @ 120V
Minimum 0.2 sec, Maximum 0.95 sec @ 230V
Color Temperature 5,600K +/- 30K
Operating Voltage 100-240V, 50/60Hz, Self-sensing
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
Changeable Reflector Built-in 77°, also uses full line light shapers
Modeling Light 300W
Control: Proportional, Off, Free (user selectable)
Voltage Stabilization Yes
Fuse 100-120VAC: 10A, T10AH 5x20
200-240VAC: 6A, T10AH 5x20
Flash Ready Indicator Beep Tone and Ready Light
Triggering Sync cord, photocell, Air radio slave
Flash Ready Indicator Beep, Dim, Beep-Dim, Off
Sync Voltage Not specified by manufacturer
Circuit Protection Adaptive thermal control
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Dimensions 11.8" length x 5.12" diameter (6.69" incl. stand adapter)
300 x 130 mm (170 mm incl. stand adapter)
Weight 5.36 lbs (2.43 kg)
Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight
  • Flashtube for D1 Monolight - 1000Ws Maximum
  • 300W Modeling Lamp
  • Power Cable
  • Glass Plate for D1 Monolight - Frosted
  • Plastic Transport Cap for D1 Heads
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    ProfotoD1 Air 500W/s Monolight
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Long-lasting (9)
    • Good color value (6)
    • Attach securely (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (8)
      • General purpose (7)
      • Low light (6)
      • Night time (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      High Quality Light

      I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by...Read complete review

      I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by Broncolor. IMHO, Profoto is head and shoulders above Elinchrom.

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      Color consistency not so great

      After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated...Read complete review

      After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
      Head A -
      10-6160K
      9-5950K
      8-5790K
      7-5700K
      6-5700K
      5-5600K
      4-5490K

      Head B -
      10-6080K
      9-5940K
      8-5770K
      7-5750K
      6-5740K
      5-5620K
      4-5540K

      I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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      5.0

      Reliable product that works and lasts

      By Nate

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

        I use this for studio work and couldn't be happier. Build quality is top notch, it's easy to use, the air remote is great and most of all the light is consistent shot after shot.

        The lights are a bit heavy but not a big deal. I'd recommend these to anyone

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        2.0

        Color consistency not so great

        By Obscura Photo

        from Santa Fe NM

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

            After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
            Head A -
            10-6160K
            9-5950K
            8-5790K
            7-5700K
            6-5700K
            5-5600K
            4-5490K

            Head B -
            10-6080K
            9-5940K
            8-5770K
            7-5750K
            6-5740K
            5-5620K
            4-5540K

            I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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            5.0

            Super Monolight

            By Bill D

            from Chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Night Time
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

              Great light quality, easy to use light and compact.

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              5.0

              very solid

              By bd

              from ny, ny

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                had elinchroms that fell apart. this is a tank. pricey, yes, but it's a get what you pay for world.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Mono light stobes made.

                By Captain Dangerous

                from Colorado

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                  Profoto mono lights are the best made. Combine the mono light with the air remote and you have total wireless control. As a professional photographer I only go with the best. I use the lights in studio only. With an octabank or soft box the quality of light is amazing. Even with just the straight head, with built in reflector you can tell the color temperature never changes and the quality of light is outstanding. Recycle time is key with this model. Pair this light with a quality light modifier and the air system and you have it made.

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                  5.0

                  Great lights

                  By J

                  from seattle

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                    Great lights, high build quality, portable. Air system makes life easy.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Light

                    By Hugowolf

                    from Virginia, US

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                        The two light kits are a much better deal, but I nearly always work with an odd number of lights. I wouldn't have known there was newer firmware out if I hadn't bought this. So my other lights are now off for an upgrade.

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                        5.0

                        Another great light added to my studio

                        By Starchini

                        from Western Canada

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraiture
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                          Very well made with consistent output. The modeling light is strong enough to be used without the flash tube (in my case for glamor photography) by simply bumping up your ISO. I am still awaiting my air remote transceiver but have used them in the past and anticipate that it will simply increase functionality. Software does not yet appear to be compatible with Mac OS 10.7 and because it is Profoto it is somewhat expensive especially the various reflector grids but still very satisfied with the light.

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                          5.0

                          Incredible levels of control

                          By Charles Maring

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Night Time
                            • Outdoors
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                            I am loving the new Profoto D1 Air units. The ability to control the power of the heads in 10th stop or full stop increments has been incredible. For those that light ballrooms at weddings, like we do, this is incredibly useful. The modeling lamps are also great for DSLR video in some situations, and again, the ability to control the power of the the modeling lamps from the camera is also very helpful.

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                            5.0

                            Great Monolight

                            By Terry

                            from Elbert County, Colorado

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time

                              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                              Added this light as third to my Profoto monolight set. Like the first two, this is an outstanding product. Easy to use, completely reliable, great performance.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice!

                              By PhotoGal11

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                  Durable.

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                                  • No

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                                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  High Quality Light

                                  By dustysandy

                                  from Lodi, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                      I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by Broncolor. IMHO, Profoto is head and shoulders above Elinchrom.

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                                      • No

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                                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great Monolight

                                      By Betty

                                      from Columbus, OH

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attach Securely
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Indoors

                                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                        Bought this to accompany my D1 Air 500 Monolight kit and it has been wonderful so far!

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