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Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit

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Product Highlights
  • 500 Watt/Seconds x 2
  • Stands, Case, Umbrellas
  • 300 Watt Modeling Light
  • Built-in Air System Radio Remote
  • Wireless PC/Mac Control Via Air USB
  • Multi-voltage
  • 77 Degree Built-in Reflector
  • Fan Cooled

The Profoto D1 Air 500 w/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.

This D1 Air 500 w/s 2-Light Studio Kit includes 2 D1 Air 500 monolights, 2-D1 Small White Umbrellas, 2-D1 Light Stands, 1-D1 Studio Kit Case and a Profoto Air Remote.

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.

New 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 (included with kit) 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 Air USB and Studio Air systems.

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.  

New 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 (included in kit) or Air Sync transceiver (sold separately). Additionally, the D1 Air's syncing and complete functionality can be wirelessly controlled via your PC or Mac by using Profoto's Air USB and Studio Air systems
New lightweight design with durable polycarbonate shell and built-in 77 degree umbrella
Self-sensing multi-voltage capability. Take the famous Profoto quality of light anywhere in the world
High-visibility LED readout with 7 stop range in precise 1/10th stop increments
300W modeling lamp for a high ambient level on set and easy pre-visualization of final shot
Rapid recycling (Minimum 0.1 sec, Maximum 0.9 sec @ 120V
Minimum 0.1 sec, Maximum 0.8 sec @ 230V) insures that fleeting gestures and defining moments are caught, not lost
Super-short flash duration (1/1000 - 1/2600 sec.) provides crisp, action-stopping images, especially valuable for dance, sports and other highly kinetic subjects
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 pulse charging capacitor circuitry (Deep Discharge Protection), 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 the strobe from the camera

Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
Guide Number Not Specified by Manufacturer
Recycle Time Minimum 0.1 sec, Maximum 0.9 sec @ 120V
Minimum 0.1 sec, Maximum 0.8 sec @ 230V
Flash Duration 1/1000 - 1/2600 sec.
Flash Variability 7 f/stops in 1/10 increments, Full to 1/64 power, 7.8 to 500 w/s
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
Changeable Reflector Built-in but additionally uses full line
Modeling Light Wattage At 120V: 300W
Voltage Stabilization Yes
Flash Ready Indicator Beep Tone, Dimming, Ready Light
Operating Voltage 120V-230V, Self-sensing
Sync Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
Built-in Slave Cell IR or Air
Circuit Protection Adaptive thermal control
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Dimensions 11.8x5.12" (6.69" incl. stand adapter)
300x130mm (170mm incl. stand adapter)
Weight 5.36 lbs (2.43kg)
Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit
  • 2 x D1 500 Air Monolights
  • Profoto Air Remote
  • 2 x Modeling Lamp
  • 2 x Coated Flash Tube
  • 2 x Stand Adapter
  • 2 x Transport Cap
  • 2 x Power Cable
  • 2 x 34" Umbrellas (White Interior)
  • 2 x D1 Light Stands
  • D1 Soft-side Kit Case
  • Instruction Manual
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ProfotoD1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit
     
    4.9

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (19)
    • Good power output (15)
    • Good color value (13)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Long-lasting (9)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (18)
    • Portraits (16)
    • General purpose (14)
    • Outdoors (8)
    • Low light (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (13), Photography student (4), Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
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    5.0

    Great kit for travel

    By Matt B

    from Milford, CT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Travel

      Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

      This is a great little kit with a lot of value for the money. The included umbrellas do put out a nice, consistent light as you would expect, but what I like more about this particular kit is that I can throw in a few Chimeras, speedrings and other accessories without overloading the included case. It is a soft-shelled case, but the lights themselves are protected by included foam inserts making this kit durable and travel-ready.

      As other have mentioned, the kit stands are not excellent, but perfectly usable in a pinch. I was able to replace them with light-weight Arri 'kit' stands, giving me a little bit more stability without packing an extra case.

      Overall, compared to the old Profoto 600R monolight I previously used for quick travel gigs, this is a major upgrade for me without breaking the bank.

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      5.0

      Great

      By Tazdog

      from Virginia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

        On location with bat pac

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        5.0

        Quality

        By Timmy t

        from Washington, D.C.

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

        A quality light kit that offers consistent results and is sturdy in build. I would recommend this kit for those ready to take the next step from speed lights.

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        5.0

        Amazing Kit

        By Tim

        from Pensacola, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

          I'm an amateur but serious about what I do. I needed a good system and the option of a battery pack. This system has all you need to start. I did add soft boxes and the Profoto BatPac. The wireless system is amazing. You can control everything from your camera. I did not even need to read the manual.

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          5.0

          greate

          By Luis

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

            Great lights, durable, easy to use and most important has different settings to use.

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            5.0

            Won't regret

            By Caio Ferreira

            from Brazil

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

              Fast! That's all I have to say. Perfect for my daily routine

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              5.0

              Great lights, very easy to set up.

              By Doc

              from Loa angeles ca

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                I mainly shoot fashion on location and in studio... have only used my D1 Air 500 in studio so far and love it! Can't wait to try it outside on location! Setting the lights up was simple and the air remote is a must have. In the future will be adding light accessories, one problem, Profoto is a bit pricey, so may have to shop around for compatible gear.

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                5.0

                Solid product and beautiful design

                By Homer Liwag

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Elegant

                Cons

                • Needs Domed Diffuser

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                This set is my first entry into the ProFoto world and I love it. The design of the lights is fantastic and solid. The ease of adding modifiers and changing settings is great. The Air remote is so easy to figure out and use. The only issue I have, and I read lots of photographers have the same issue, is that to get a true, clean shadow with reflectors you have to switch out the glass front for a domed diffuser - which means another purchase. Also, when the domed diffuser is installed, the light doesn't fit in the case. A minor problem. The recycle time is very fast and the kit fits in a small case and is easy to travel with.

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                5.0

                Great Quality Lights! Two Month Review

                By PhotoMcgyver

                from Sasebo, Japan

                About Me Photography Student

                Pros

                • Durable
                • They Look Great

                Cons

                • Lightstand Is Weakpoint

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                I'm still trying to figure out these lights but what I've figured out so far is great. I bought these to replace the Canon speedlights/PocketWizard combo I was using indoors. I know the comparison is not fair but it will give you the baseline.
                I bought these because of the reviews and recommendation from a colleague. Do I know if the light temp is consistent? No, I don't. Can I tell that they provide better light than the Canon or Medalight I've been using for ages? No, I can't. Are they better quality, provide versatility, and look great? Emphatically, YES! Do I plan on using them for years to come? Yes.
                The case that comes with this kit is made specifically for these lights. The lights fit in the molded foam perfectly. The lightstands and umbrellas are secured separately in a rigid base with velcro straps. The light power cords have a separate compartment for storage. There is not much room for any additional gear.
                The light stands are weak. They are not smooth in their operation. I wrestle with them to set them up and break them down. The other comments on them are wholly true. Buy others if you want quality lightstands.

                Other Profoto products I bought with this:
                I bought a speedring and Profoto lightbox to replace one of the umbrellas. I wasn't pleased with the lightbox quality. The built in clip that holds the interior diffuser screen in place separated within minutes of taking it out of the box.
                I also bought the cord to connect my light meter to the Air Commander which comes with input and output connections.

                I've included some pictures I took using this kit.

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                5.0

                Fantastic lights!

                By Dphoto

                from CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                  Love them so far. Using the Air Remote is a breeze and makes things simple. I've used them with the Westcott 7' umbrella and the light is just fantastic. I have several other off brand monolights and was able to to use them with the Profotos. I simply plugged my Pocketwizard Pluss III controller into the Input terminal of the Air Remote and it works like a champ. Of course I can't adjust the off brand lights but still maintain control of the Profotos. I've also used the Profotos with the PBL Vagabond mini with no problem. Recycle is a bit slower but not so much I can't live with it. I will be purchasing another set of these in the future. Yes, they are expensive but the quality is impeccable. Not worried in the least at taking these to outdoor shoots. As others have mentioned the stands and they do leave a bit to be desired.

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                  5.0

                  D1 Air 500 Monolight

                  By lk

                  from Wilmington, DE

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                    I use the lights for portrait work and they are compact, light and easy to learn. The air system has worked flawlessly and is better than PW because you can adjust the power of the lights from your camera. I have heard people complain that you cannot use the air system with Sekonic meters. This is not true. Attach the air transceiver to the meter with a short sync cable and set the meter to sync cable mode and away you go. Very happy with this purchase so far.

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                    5.0

                    "Totally worth the investment"

                    By photo dog

                    from Crestline,Ca

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Extremely reliable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                      Awesome lighting system! I am aphotography student at Academy of Art University taking a lighting class.The quality build is great. Origionally I purchased an "more affordable" system, not happy at all. Using the D1 air monolights is a pleasure, solidly built,consistant light temperature, rapid recycle time and seven full stop range in 1/10 increments, just what I needed. The only improvement I can think of is to create a three light kit with either a 22 inch beauty dish or a medium soft box included. I've already ordered a third D1 air and soon to purchase the beauty dish.Profoto is a bit pricey, but you absolutely get what you pay for.

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                      5.0

                      great product

                      By photog

                      from Fort Wayne, IN

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Night Time
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                        easy to work with very portable quick and easy to set up

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                        5.0

                        Pretty Sweet....

                        By mad dog

                        from colorful colorado

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Built in wireless
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • In studio

                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                        loved it.....
                        the air remote is awesome.
                        very light compared to other monolights.
                        i got the profoto beauty dish and also am using two softboxes with it. great results.

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                        4.0

                        Pretty good value over buying individual

                        By Dave

                        from Gilbert, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                          Okay, so the stands and the umbrellas are likely to not get used very much...but to get 2 500WS lights and the remote for the price is a pretty good deal as it saves about $500 over the price of buying them individually. The case is very well constructed. The stands are 'ok' at best. The lights...well the lights are Profoto. 'nuff said. :)

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                          5.0

                          Very Happy w/ my purchase

                          By Derrick Gomez

                          from New York, New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Easy
                          • Fast
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Reflector is limited
                          • Too Focused

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                          I'm a professional photographer and have used a wide variety of strobes over the years. For flexible, hassle free location shoots, these are strobes are the best I've used.

                          They are light and fast to set up. The digital transmitter makes adjustments a breeze. I can change the entire look without an assistant. So this purchase has resulted in producing better quality work while saving me time and money.

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                          5.0

                          You get what you pay for

                          By OldRedFox

                          from Castle Rock, CO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to set up
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                          • Stands are just OK

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                          After owning and using monolights from Alien Bee and Elinchrom, I am glad I finally stepped up to the Profotos. They are easier to use than anything else I have tried, are amazingly consistent and rugged. I am using the Elinchrom to Profoto adapter to use my Elinchrom mods, and find the setup easier to use than using those light modifiers on my old Elie gear! Yes, they are expensive, but in every way they show you what you are getting for the money spent. If you are in it for the long haul, save yourself some money and start here, rather than working through other setups and ending up here. Only knock is the one mentioned elsewhere, namely that the stands are a touch light and flimsy compared to the rest of the kit. If there were half stars I'd take a half star away for that, but the rest of the kit deserves a full 5 stars.

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                          4.0

                          The best kit available on market

                          By Vadim Daniel Photography

                          from Montreal, QC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Expensive
                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • On Location
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                          Great kit for fast work. Great for weddings, portraits. Compact in a bag. I had a problem with one head, but was replaced fast with new one.
                          Strong and easy for setup, but more noisy(more than my Norman).

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                          5.0

                          The best kit available on market

                          By Vadim Daniel Photography

                          from Montreal, QC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Expensive
                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Fashion
                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                          I was searching for a small kit for weddings and comercial photo shoots. This kit is simple to use, fast to assemble and super fast in use. When I photograph weddings, it's so cool to control this heads from the camera. It's my best purchase so far.

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                          5.0

                          Outstanding!

                          By steve3219

                          from Oklahoma City, OK

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500 W/S 2 Monolight Studio Kit:

                                Compact, great carrying case, easy to use, infinitely and easily adjustable. Fast recycle time and fairly priced. Air system works flawlessly. Overall, a fabulous portable lighting system!

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