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ProfotoB1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash
 
4.9

(based on 36 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (30)
  • Durable (27)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Good color value (16)
  • Attaches securely (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (28)
  • Portraits (28)
  • Indoors (25)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
  • General purpose (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (16), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Money well spent...

By Andre

from Washington, DC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

    You know the old adage you get what you pay for? Well you truly get top quality with this light. It was tough having to spend the extra dough but tightening the belt and letting several photography jobs pay for it lessened the pain. Portability, power, ease of set-up on location shoots, etc... Profoto is one of the top dogs when it comes to lighting. The air remote is a must have as well. Costly too but once again it is worth it. Okay you can tell I am a very pleased with my purchase...

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    5.0

    Profoto B1 is the future!!

    By Mikebxny

    from Bronx, NY

    Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

    I recently sold my Acute 2R power pack w/three D4 heads to purchase this B1 unit w/extra battery an Air Remote TTL-C...I am really amazed at how simple it makes life....almost too simple. I loaded the latest update for the B1 unit an also loaded the HSS (high speed sync) code on the Air Remote TTL-C..this update enables you to shoot with a high shutter speed of 1/8000, rather than the limited 1/250..I recommend buying the Air Remote TTL with the B1...it allows you to take full advantage of TTL an all B1 functions....without the remote, the B1 is basically a Battery-Powered Flash..I have absolutely not one complaint about the B1.

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    5.0

    The Profoto B1 is the Real Deal

    By Marv

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use And Setup
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

      I'm pretty new to photography but I love using great equipment. What I can tell you about the Profoto B1 is that it was easy to use and to setup. I've already updated my unit and am ready to shoot in TTI without even reading the manual. Its that easy to setup and understand. It looks and feels great. If I had to pick something to complain about it would be that the battery wiggles a little bit if you push on it. However, that is something that is really minor. If I could afford it I would have gotten the kit. However, my wife thinks I pad $ for this light so I better quit while I'm ahead. LOL.

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      5.0

      Love this strobe light !

      By Chris

      from Chicago ,Il

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Loses Charge Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

      Quality of light and easy to use is the best way to describe Profoto B1

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      5.0

      Compact solution for location shooters

      By Jorge

      from Az

      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

      This is a marvelous peice of kit that really gives the photographer freedom and flexibility. Profoto just released a firmware update enabling high speed sync when coupled with the air remote for both nikon and canon.

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      5.0

      Outstanding

      By Roger

      from Miami, FL

      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

      Absolutely love this flash. I had been eyeing it ever since Profoto announced it. Finally pulled the trigger and couldn't be happier. I shoot a lot of on location portrait photography. I used to have to bring my Speedlights along with my radio popper triggers (which have been a workhorse for me). The simplicity of the B1, the output gained over speedlights, and the quality of product profoto makes made it worth the price tag.

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      5.0

      The Ultimate Light

      By Charles

      from Louisville, KY

      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 B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

        This light is just amazing. In TTL gets it right almost all the time. This is definitely an expensive light but I have to say it is well worth the money, especially when used with the TTL Air Remote. I sold all my old strobes and battery packs on @ and purchased two of these strobes along with the TTL Air Remote for Nikon. This should be all I ever need for studio or location lighting. I had always heard that Profoto was the Cadillac of lighting, but they are much better than that, maybe the Ferrari of lighting. Sure has made lighting indoor or outdoor easy. Thank You Profoto!

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        5.0

        Excellent quality build. Amazing output.

        By Rich

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

          As an automotive photographer I always had a small issue getting the right output of light for my subjects during the day. As well as being able to get my shots done with less exposures. At the time I used the Canon speedlites and wasn't getting enough output I wanted for my subjects.

          This product was my next investment and it has been one of the best investments yet. Yes the price a quite high but if you can afford to put out some money towards a high quality and very convenient product then this would be an excellent decision.

          Output is great in the daytime and especially at night. It can cover much of a wide area with a single pop. Very easy to use and light enough to carry around. Slap on the battery, turn the power on and you're good to go.

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          5.0

          Awesome Flalsh

          By RKOZ

          from Central Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

            I use the in studio and outdoors mainly for portraits. Because of the power and self contained battery, its the first unit that gives you total freedom. And for Nikon and Canon users its totally TTL. Best TTL controls yet.

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            5.0

            I LOVE this thing

            By Pete Erickson

            from Bend Oregon

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Amazing
            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

              Sold my old Profoto B6 when this came in the mail. It's lightweight, powerful, and works beautifully. My assistants love not having the big bulky battery and chord to carry around and deal with all day. When doing the interior getting ready, toast, reception, indoor dancing etc. shots it doesn't take up the entire room. For outdoor shots people don't notice anything. If you use one of these for a long day of work, like at a wedding, you absolutely need the second battery. Just used the Nikon TTL remote for the first time last week and it works better than the Nikon TTL. I love this machine. Now to save up for a second one.

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              4.0

              Love this Flash

              By Solar Installer

              from Western Massachusetts

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                  This is a great flash for on the go portraits. I use this at customer locations when we commission a new installation. No cords just set up, slide in an umbrella set a second flash on slave for a rear light. Perfect portrait. Would give five stars but the TTL function with the air remote is always a stop or more too low.

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                  5.0

                  Manna from Heaven

                  By JJJJ

                  from Cranston, RI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                    It's an expensive light but it lives up to its advertising. It's portable and beautiful.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing light!!!

                    By Russell

                    from Powell, Wy

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                      I am a portrait photographer and this light is absolutely a must!! it is easy to use and lightweight! Gives plenty of light in any situation!

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                      4.0

                      great light

                      By Jacquelynn

                      from Tucson AZ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                      The light output itself is great. Heavier than I expected, which means you need a VERY sturdy light stand or sandbags to hold in place if using on-location with an umbrella. I almost had a disaster even with a sturdy light stand when the wind took the light and gravity did the rest. My assistant caught it, but could have been a nightmare. In terms of triggering it, it took TONS of troublsehooting for me to be able to trigger it without a proprietary trigger. As a Nikon user, I bought it understanding I wouldn't be able to use the TTL function until the system was released, but I did clear ahead that my PocketWizard set up would work with it in manual. It did, after much troubleshooting with PocketWizard that involved fiddling with advanced settings on the PocketWizard (while plugged into the computer). Definitely needed a male to male cord to go with the PW set up in order to sync the light. Now it's all working, but I still cannot wait for the Nikon transmitter to be released. Then I'll be golden. Nikon users can trigger the light with the infrared on the pop up flash or with a Nikon off camera flash on the camera, however, I'd suggest you don't even bother. Indoors, it works within a certain short range, but once you're outside in bright light, it won't trigger it at all unless you are standing right up on the light.

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                      5.0

                      Great for On Location Shoot

                      By Rickey Allen

                      from New York

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                        I have only one, going to purchase a second soon.

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                        5.0

                        The best I ever used

                        By Rafael

                        from NY

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                            easy set up

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                            5.0

                            Profoto B1 - Worth every penny

                            By NW NJ Wedding Photographer

                            from Franklin, NJ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                              As a wedding photographer, portability, ease of setup and functionality all go hand in hand when it comes to maximizing time to get the best shot possible. The power that this "little" light provides is exactly what I wanted when it came time add to my lighting arsenal. Speedlites are great, but the quality of light that this flash produces is hands down much better than a mere speedlite. I still haven't put it through all the tests to give a full opinion, but in the cases where I've used it, I'm extremely happy. I've had one instance where it was misfiring, just after I upgraded firmware on the Air TTL controller, so I hope that's only a slight glitch. So far I've used it in manual on my Canon 1DX, as well as on TTL with my Canon 5D Mark III with equally good results.

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                              5.0

                              A beautiful, consistent, portable light!

                              By Seattleite

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                                It's a dream come true that this unit was made. I photograph everything from food and beverage to individuals. The quality of light from this B1 unit is phenomenal and on par with what I have had from the Pro 7B heads. The flexibility of setting up in minutes on location, range of modifiers and Air Remote compatibility was what sold me on this. The battery is AWESOME and has exceeded my expectations in terms of number of flashes during a shoot. I also picked up a glass dome attachment which I like to use with the beauty dish. Plenty of power for what I need and I could not be happier with this choice.

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                                5.0

                                This is no ordinary flash

                                By TPMc

                                from St Louis, MO

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                                  This makes a flash easy to use. No wires to hookup are trip over. Just put on the stand and turn it on, you are ready to go. The TTL feature is wonderful and makes this flash easy to use.

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                                  5.0

                                  good quality/ love it!

                                  By Shine

                                  from Atlanta,GA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                  • Short-Lasting
                                  • Shot-lasting

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash:

                                  good quality. it's very convenient for photo shoot. However, battery doesn't last as long as they said.

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