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ProfotoB1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash
 
4.9

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (27)
  • Durable (24)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Good color value (14)
  • Attaches securely (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors (25)
    • Portraits (25)
    • Indoors (23)
    • General purpose (21)
    • Outdoor events / games (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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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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                                5.0

                                Easy, Fast, Accurate - AMAZING!

                                By Jeff

                                from Cheyenne, WY

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Portraits
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Night Time
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Senior Portraits

                                  Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash:

                                  The B1 500 AirTTL is nothing short of pure AWESOMENESS. I took it straight out of the box, along with the Air Remote which I attached to my 5D Mark III, powered everything on and voila - I was up and running within seconds. The accuracy of this light is top-notch. Switching from TTL to Manual is simple - if you want a bit more control over the light output, simply switch over to manual and kick it up a little, or knock it down.

                                  I have used the AcuteB 600R for many years, and I am happy to not have a power pack and cables to lug around. I will not miss having to tell my assistant to adjust the pack up/down. I have full control right at my fingertips now, resulting in faster adjustments.

                                  I am very impressed with the build and weight of the unit itself. It's very balanced, and the battery is so much lighter and more compact than the lead acid battery of the AcuteB 600R. I bought an extra battery, as I usually always do - but with a rating of 220 shots at full power, I highly doubt I ever exhaust it with one portrait session.

                                  I've been a ProFoto user since 2006, and I am quite pleased that all my current modifiers work with the B1. I am not a fan of being nickel and dimed each time a system changes, by having to buy new accessories for it to work. Well done ProFoto!!

                                  I am much more efficient with my clients now, and I can't be more satisfied - well, until I have a second unit for even more creativity on location!

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                                  5.0

                                  MikeSquire

                                  By Mike Squire

                                  from mjsquirephotography.com

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash:

                                    Really does what it says. loads of power and ttl works better then expected

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                                    5.0

                                    Worth the money

                                    By Cy

                                    from Fresno, CA

                                    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 upgraded from AlienBees to the Profoto B1's and I gotta say the difference is night and day. Build quality of the unit is solid and feels like a $2K light. As for the light quality I feel that it has a edge over every other competitor, especially with the availability of it's light modifiers. Now the real reason why I bought this was for the portability and TTL metering. I was very skeptical about to TTL because I am a manual shooter. I like to control the power out puts of my lights, but the TTL makes it so much quicker and easier. So far on all of my client work the TTL has gotten it right. This new unit has increased my productivity hugely, because I can schedule more sessions in one day now. I don't have to fumble with battery packs, extension cords, and triggers that need to be plug in. Just set the lights up and shoot.... I bought two of these units and as soon as I make the money back in a few months, I will definitely buy a couple more.

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                                      4.0

                                      A great off camera flash but expensive

                                      By thefrenchguy

                                      from Hilton Head Island, SC

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Powerful
                                      • Well Designed

                                      Cons

                                      • Expensive

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash:

                                      Would be 5 stars if it was not so expensive. I use it on assignment and in studio - very versatile, flexible. Couldn't afford to buy the Air Transmitter but using it with my Pocket Wizard in manual mode. I am loosing the TTL advantage but not a big deal right now.
                                      It comes with a very nice bag - well done - love it. The front glass is not easy to remove. The clip design does not match the rest of the unit.
                                      Some photographer are saying that this unit is 10 times more powerful than a Speedlite. My test with my Sekonic L-478DR shows that the unit must be at 7 (power level) to match a speedlite at full power. But still more powerful; just not as much as I was anticipating. The big advantage - the recharge time, now you are talking. It is fast and keep up with the camera fast shooting rate. It is well design, solid construction and compact too. The next gadget should be a way to use it in studio while powered from an outlet and not being dependent on the battery.

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                                      5.0

                                      Worth Every Penny!

                                      By Chris Tucker

                                      from Las Vegas, NV

                                      About Me Semi-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 know Profoto is expensive, but I am someone that saves till I can buy the best and buy it once. And these were worth the wait! The convenience of having the battery a part of the head unit and not having to deal with cords and separate battery packs is a HUGE plus! I don't have to pay someone just to carry this equipment. Everything is easy to understand and the quality is top notch.

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                                        5.0

                                        Absolutely amazing

                                        By Christensen Exposures

                                        from Fort Worth, TX

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • NONE

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash:

                                        I am an automotive photographer and most of my sets are out of studio so these are great for portability and they have incredible power. These are very impressive and I would highly recommend it.

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