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ProfotoAir Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL)
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches securely (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Durable (5)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors (9)
    • General purpose (8)
    • Indoors (8)
    • Portraits (8)
    • Low light (6)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Expensive but effective

    Because I primarily use my Canon 1Dx, I wasn't able to try the TTL functionality until recently with this controller. Once the firmware update came out at the end of April, I downloaded...Read complete review

    Because I primarily use my Canon 1Dx, I wasn't able to try the TTL functionality until recently with this controller. Once the firmware update came out at the end of April, I downloaded it and tried shooting with it in TTL mode with my Canon 5D Mark III. For the most part I was very pleased with the use of it. However, there were quite a few times where it misfired or didn't fire at all, and I couldn't figure out why. I turned it off and back on and adjusted from manual back to TTL. I hope it was just a glitch that day. Overall, despite its steep price tag, it works as expected. One thing I wish it did was display the actual power readout of the flash head on the LCD screen of the controller, instead of just + or - with exposure compensation. Not sure why it was designed that way.

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    Dissapointed in Profoto

    This remote, together with the B1, are my first Profoto products I own. To make the long story short, I'm really close to return them to B&H. I won't talk...Read complete review

    This remote, together with the B1, are my first Profoto products I own. To make the long story short, I'm really close to return them to B&H. I won't talk about the B1 here, I'll review it in its own product link. The remote does what it's supposed to do, and it works as advertised. Now, what I HATE about it: 1.It is such a tight fit in the hotshoe of my camera, I can see pretty soon having to send the body to Canon to replace it. I literally have to wrestle with it to yank it out. Are you kidding me??? I would expect this from a Chinese remote (oh wait, they are made in China), not from a top-of-the-line manufacturer of photo equipment. 2.Even with the remote turned off, the camera's shutter speed doesn't go above 1/200th of a second. I have to remove the remote from the hotshoe in order to use a shutter speed above 1/200. Did I mention how hard it is to remove it from the hotshoe? I wouldn't complain if the remote would cost $ or so. But it's $. For this much, i would expect 0 problems. I know that people say that Profoto is the best, but this product, together with the B1, are complete turkeys.

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By Big Head

    from Miami Fl

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

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      3.0

      Fine But Not Great

      By Photogy

      from Dubai

      About Me Pro Photographer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

            Essential tool for B1's and digital display great to have...BUT as already mentioned here biggest issue is that the power adjustment level on remote does NOT correspond with B1 head. Profoto are you listening....whats the point of having a simple (and expensive) + or - adjustment level on the remote that does not even correspond to the actual power level display on the B1??? STOP pumping this system as revolutionary and start to include essential functionality for photographers... How are we supposed to know and quickly adjust the current power level in manual for each head? This is vital when trying to work alone or quickly with more than 1 head and not keep asking your assistant "What is the power level on the B1"?Makes me believe that you mainly created these things with TTL in mind.I rarely use TTL (unless i'm forced too) and for me the power adjustments in manual also respond tooooo slowwww from the remote (I'm sure you get the point)....and i can make a cup of tea by the time they get there with more than 1 head....Other gripes...more about the B1's limitations as a closed system and compatibility to trigger Sekonic meter but i will moan about that in the B1 reviews...

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            5.0

            Best Working Trigger

            By JJJJ

            from Cranston, RI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

              It's more expensive than a pocket wizard or Elinchrom trigger but it's better than both. Reliable every time whether in manual to TTL.

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              5.0

              It works wonderfully

              By Jay

              from Detroit

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                It works exactly as advertised. Pricey, but you already knew that.

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                5.0

                Perfect remote ttl-c

                By Márcio

                from Brasil

                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                Amazing products on bh!
                Super easy and trustly to shop online
                Team are organized
                They are perfect with all!
                Best
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                3.0

                expensive but good

                By Jeremy

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                    Easy to use layout and work well. It's hard to give more stars for a few reasons though. It's too expensive and I feel 90% of the cost is to cover their R+D, although isn't ground breaking technology.... I appreciate the competition here (e.g. broncolor) have been slow in the area and feel they have open slather to charge what they like within reason. High Speed Sync when it arrives will help justify the price.

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                    2.0

                    Dissapointed in Profoto

                    By Bogdan

                    from Modesto, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Ttl Metering

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                      This remote, together with the B1, are my first Profoto products I own. To make the long story short, I'm really close to return them to B&H. I won't talk about the B1 here, I'll review it in its own product link. The remote does what it's supposed to do, and it works as advertised. Now, what I HATE about it: 1.It is such a tight fit in the hotshoe of my camera, I can see pretty soon having to send the body to Canon to replace it. I literally have to wrestle with it to yank it out. Are you kidding me??? I would expect this from a Chinese remote (oh wait, they are made in China), not from a top-of-the-line manufacturer of photo equipment. 2.Even with the remote turned off, the camera's shutter speed doesn't go above 1/200th of a second. I have to remove the remote from the hotshoe in order to use a shutter speed above 1/200. Did I mention how hard it is to remove it from the hotshoe? I wouldn't complain if the remote would cost $ or so. But it's $. For this much, i would expect 0 problems. I know that people say that Profoto is the best, but this product, together with the B1, are complete turkeys.

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                      3.0

                      Can't be agree with the price tag

                      By Maxboy

                      from Quebec, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Full Control
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Overpriced

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                      It's a remote. Overpriced.$[*], when you just spent around $4500 for the Profoto B1 500 kit.Cause it's not a kit of wireless triggering equipments. It's a remote. The B1 are already wireless, air strobes. It should be included in the B1 kit. The remote works well. It's useful and i think it's normal to own this remote, if you have one or more B1.

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                      5.0

                      Works Hand and Hand with B1

                      By Rickey Allen

                      from New York

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                          Great thing I love about this remote is I don't have to toggle threw Groups like the Air Remote. Plus the TTL feature.

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                          4.0

                          Expensive but effective

                          By NW NJ Wedding Photographer

                          from Franklin, NJ

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Misfired Several Times

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                          Because I primarily use my Canon 1Dx, I wasn't able to try the TTL functionality until recently with this controller. Once the firmware update came out at the end of April, I downloaded it and tried shooting with it in TTL mode with my Canon 5D Mark III. For the most part I was very pleased with the use of it. However, there were quite a few times where it misfired or didn't fire at all, and I couldn't figure out why. I turned it off and back on and adjusted from manual back to TTL. I hope it was just a glitch that day. Overall, despite its steep price tag, it works as expected. One thing I wish it did was display the actual power readout of the flash head on the LCD screen of the controller, instead of just + or - with exposure compensation. Not sure why it was designed that way.

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                          4.0

                          Missing link for Profoto B1

                          By David from Charleston

                          from Charleston, SC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful
                          • Speeds Up Workflow

                          Cons

                          • Ergonomics Imperfect

                          Best Uses

                          • Controlling Profoto B1s
                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                          If you have a Profoto B1 flash, you need this remote.

                          The B1s can certainly be operated as traditional radio-triggered, optically slaved, or hard-wired flashes. They can also be operated with Profoto's earlier-generation manual-only Air Remote. Used only that way, the B1s are much overpriced.

                          With the Air Remote TTL-C, however, you unlock functionalities that suddenly make the B1 flashes extraordinary:
                          1. Ability to shoot TTL
                          2. Ability to shoot TTL with individual flash exposure compensation on each channel.
                          3. Ability to transform workflow, by making an initial TTL shot followed by switching to manual, with the TTL setting pre-loaded as the initial manual values.
                          4. Ability to adjust flash power from a distance (without touching the flash).
                          5. Ability to control individual flash modeling lights on or off, or control their power level if set to proportional.
                          6. Ability to turn individual flash heads on and off, without touching them.
                          7. Ability to switch flash between first and second shutter sync.

                          Let me emphasize #3 above. You take an initial shot with TTL, and the flash decides how much power is appropriate. Let's say for discussion that the system selected power level 6.5 on the flash for that initial TTL exposure. If you then switch to manual on the Air Remote, the flash remembers that power setting and your default manual exposure will be at 6.5. You can then add or subtract power as you wish. I find myself using the one-TTL-shot-then-switch-to-manual as a default workflow in difficult lighting situations (the TTL alone actually works pretty well, but I often shoot in high-contrast locations and like to use manual). My flash meter hasn't come out of its case in a month.

                          AAA Battery life is good, range is good, sync reliability is outstanding. More reliable syncing, easier to use, far more durable and altogether preferable to using PocketWizard Flex/Mini TTL triggering, which is the nearest thing to this TTL feature.

                          Construction feels a bit flimsy but I can't say I've had any real problems yet across thousands of shots on multiple professional shoots. Sync failure is far less than 1%, probably on the order of 1 in 1000 shots. The Air Remote TTL-C gives fair warning when the AAA batteries are low. The unit can control three zones of flashes independently, and can be configured on different channels to avoid interference. Clicking a button adjusts flash power by 0.1 stops; holding the button adjusts power by 1 stop. The display is lovely and quite readable until it shuts down to save power. Not so readable in the dark. I'd like a firmware update to extend the display-on time to my preference.

                          On the downside, the button design is a little cheap for the price range. It's too easy to shift by 1 stop when you wanted 0.1 stop. The buttons are small. Pushing a button seven times to add 2/3 stop (0.67) is error-prone. The system operates in a relative or differential sense (add or subtract power from current setting, not set-power-to-an-absolute-value) so it can be easy to forget where you are. You'll only know energy output for sure if you look at the back of the flash to see the 0.0-10.0 power level. The Air Remote TTL-C display shuts off more quickly than I'd like. I agree with what Ricky said on March 5, good ergonomics with room for better, and one hopes there will a firmware update to address some of these little annoyances. Future HSS support has been hinted at by Profoto, and I will be delighted if the teased firmware update delivers it. And the storage bag is obviously not designed for the Air Remote, it's an oversized sack. I keep my Air Remote TTL-C in an extra pocket of the very nice B1 carry bag.

                          If you have trouble justifying the price, think of it as a replacement for a flash meter, which is in a similar price range and which you will probably no longer use much because of the new workflow possible with the B1/TTL-C system (shoot one shot TTL, then if needed switch to manual, then tweak from there). Yes, there are times when you might pull out a flash meter, but honestly I'm not using mine any more.

                          Note also that the Air Remote TTL-C won't trigger any non-Profoto brands of flashes. You'll have to trigger those optically, or buy expensive Profoto radio receivers for those other flashes and operate them manually if you want to trigger them from the Air Remote TTL-C.

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                          4.0

                          Full Control at Your Fingertips

                          By Jeff

                          from Cheyenne, WY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                              Works as described. The only reason I knocked this down a star to 4 is because the connection to my hot shoe on the 5D Mark III is a little too stiff. I would rather it be tight, but it's on the verge of being a bit too tight and a little difficult to attach on the fly.

                              Nikon users, hang in there. I hope this is available for you soon because it is so awesome to have TTL with such powerful lights and great modifiers!

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                              5.0

                              Makes the job a lot easier

                              By Cy

                              from Fresno, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                  This is a must if you own the B1 system with a Canon. The TTL makes it so much easier.

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to use - right out of the box

                                  By Betty

                                  from Houston, Texas

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                    Use Remote with my new B1 and I love how easy it was to use - right out of the box!

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                                    3.0

                                    Good with Plenty of Room for Better

                                    By Ricky

                                    from Surprise, AZ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                        This little Air Remote TTL-C does exactly what it was designed to do. However, there is plenty of room for improvement.
                                        The unit feels like it is made from thin plastic - not a strong, durable feel at all. The metal base was an extremely tight fit on and off of my 5D3. Considering the super tight fitting base in conjunction with the "cheap" plastic construction, I feel like I have to be very carful when mounting or dismounting it from my camera so as not to break the unit from its base.
                                        The screen is beautiful, but the buttons don't light up so you will have to memorize them if working in low light. The little buttons on the right are too small and also feel extremely cheap.
                                        Lastly, it uses AAA batteries when most everything else seems to use AA batteries. Not a huge deal.
                                        Those were my criticisms of this unit. They particularly stand out when considering the high cost of the unit.
                                        All things considered, if you want to work TTL with the B1s then you must have this unit and that alone makes dealing with all the little problems mentioned above no big deal.
                                        Profoto's lighting system and particularly the B1s are wonderful. This necessary little trigger is just the weak link from a quality standpoint.

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                                        4.0

                                        Mostly solid

                                        By Jonny Jump

                                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Well Designed

                                        Cons

                                        • No High Speed Sync
                                        • Power Output Readout

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                          I've had a couple weeks now to test this remote. It's amazing for the most part, pretty straight forward, easy to use and common with Profoto equipment beautifully contracted. The things I don't love about it are as follows. NO HIGH SPEED SYNC: The lack of a high speed sync function makes this unit more difficult to nail those fast action shots. There are workarounds but not as easy to dial in as the Canon 600EX for high speed shooting. ENERGY CHANGES: the remote changes the energy in relationship to where it is currently by indicating a +/-. i.e., +1.0, +1.2 or -2.3, etc. Instead, I would have preferred that it have me the actual power value on the strobe, i.e. 7.0, 4.5, 2.0, etc. Everything is pretty straight forward, easy to select group and channel, Mode changes from TTL to Manual, and Curtain sync priority from first to second curtain. Almost a five star rating. I believe that with enough demand Profoto could write a firmware update to change the ENERGY OUTPUT readout, but not sure if the hardware would support any high sync functionality. I like to believe they thought that through already?

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                                          5.0

                                          Air TTL

                                          By Josef

                                          from So Cal

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Pros

                                          • Attaches Securely
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                            Works flawlessly and accurately on my Canon 5D MK III. The only negatives I will mention are the use of AAA batteries and and it's construction is less robust than my Canon ST-E3.

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                                            4.0

                                            Does the job - fairly simple

                                            By Emmett425

                                            from Seattle

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Does Not Attach Well
                                            • Flimsy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use

                                            Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for B1 Air (Canon E-TTL):

                                            The radio is reliable, light and simple. So in those terms it plays very well. I do wish that it played well with others better. I have other heads that are triggered via Plus III's. - So I can either use in parallel or adjust output with remote but still use pocket wizard as trigger.

                                            I also wish that it mirrored the head better. When adjusting power, it shows +1.0, +2.0 etc rather than showing as an example the 7.5 that the head LED displays. I have also yet to be able to adjust the modeling light output from the remote.

                                            Works well in the following ways:
                                            Power Head On/Off
                                            Trigger Head
                                            Move Power Up/Down
                                            Control Heads independently A, B, Etc\
                                            Turn Modeling On/Off

                                            Oh, and as silly concern, the pouch Profoto included with the remote is - stupid. It's a flat bag that is 5X too big with no protection. The bags for the heads are by contrast awesome.

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