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ProfotoAir Remote TTL-C for Canon
 
4.5

(based on 59 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (40)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Reliable (22)
  • Durable (21)
  • Attaches securely (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (34)
  • Studio (19)
  • Outdoors (13)
  • General purpose (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (18), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (9), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Missing link for Profoto B1

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fine But Not Great

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...Read complete review

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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4.0

Great remote, expensive, but it is great.

By Juan Bialade

from New York

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

    It is a great remote, with a lot of features. The only cons I find may be the price. But you pay for what you get.

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    5.0

    Easy to use!!!

    By LaurieW

    from Central Iowa

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • None So Far

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

    I was sure this would take forever to learn how to use, but it was so easy!! I did watch a couple of videos of using the B1 and air controller just to get an idea. Loving the ease and the control!! So far I see no cons except as others have mentioned in all Profoto products, they do cost some $$$

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    4.0

    Handy- would be nice if it worked on multiple cameras

    By EL

    from Brooklyn, NY

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

      It's great, but it would be cool if profoto made something you could use on multiple camera types rather than having to buy a separate remote for each brand.

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      5.0

      Great Tool to Manage lights

      By MGN Photography

      from Chester, NJ

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

          This air remote is a necessary tool to make B1 and B2 lights work seamlessly with Canon gear. It was remarkably easier to learn to use than I expected -- it's simple but does so much. One warning -- before anything else, register the product with Profoto and update the firmware. I learned the hard way by losing a whole photo shoot because I didn't think to update the firmware to coordinate with the 5DSR.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Nicole

          from Denver

          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

          Once you learn how to adjust everything it's just perfect. Works seamlessly and quickly with the B1 air TTL lights

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          5.0

          Necessary Accessory

          By amborg

          from San Fransisco

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Studio

            Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

            I am impressed with how easy the remote works with the B1's. It allows seamless adjustments to the power source from a distance, which is priceless during a shoot. Each head can be adjusted individually as well. Great and necessary for profoto strobes/flashes. Would recommend.

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            5.0

            Works great!

            By Treehouse

            from NY

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

              Good to be able to control the Profoto flash heads from the remote quicly and easily.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Awesome Product

              By Jerry Smith

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                I use this to operate my Profoto B1's for architectural photography and it has helped take me to a new level. It allows me to fully control the strobes directly from the camera enabling me to get a perfect single shot. Highly recommend it.

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                5.0

                Simple is Good - and Usable

                By Andy Z

                from Central Texas

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                  I have only experimented with this once and used it once for a maternity shoot. What I enjoy most is that it is simple and there are well marked buttons to effectively make the adjustments desired. Unlike some devices you don't find yourself pushing one button multiple times to cycle thru options while holding another - some cryptic steps are needed on some products. How can you remember all that, especially if it isn't used every day? Simple.

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                  4.0

                  Works Good

                  By Tan

                  from New Delhi, India

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                      The remote works good and is very easy to understand.
                      However i am facing a few difficulties in controlling the light. For e.g.: If i switch off one of the B1 Lights by pressing "Head" button the light switches off but when the other B1 light is triggered, the switched off light switches on and I have to turn it in off again. So if anybody knows what I am doing wrong pls do let me know.
                      Also the button a little too hard and require a bit hard press for control power.

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                      5.0

                      A necessary evil.

                      By Kevin

                      from San Francisco

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                          This remote is a necessity if the B1 Air strobes are to be used in High-Speed Synch mode. It should be half as much money, but that's Profoto.

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                          4.0

                          Great system

                          By Tom

                          from Philadelphia PA

                          Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                          Love the air remote. The TTL is pretty good but really enjoy the option of switching to manual and the unit maintains the same lower setting.

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                          5.0

                          Love

                          By Jarvis

                          from NJ

                          About Me Professional

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                            Consistent and super user-friendly!

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Works like a charm!

                            By Nicole W

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                              This air remote works fabulously with the Profoto B2's. I wish you could change the power a little faster but other than that would definitely recommend this product, especially if you don't have an assistant with you!

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                              4.0

                              Simple

                              By Corn

                              from Denver

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                              So far this has worked great. Makes shooting with my b1 super easy.

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                              5.0

                              Quick and easy

                              By T.S.

                              from Reno NV

                              Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                              I recently purchased this remote and I have to say I really like how it's set up. Being able to change the settings so easily and fast makes photoshoots and weddings go much more smoothly.

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                              5.0

                              awesome time saver

                              By jonathan mejia ruiz

                              from perris, ca

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                                i use this remote with the d1 1000w on location. i can simpley set the desire power lever right from the remote without having to go over and set it on the head itself

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                                4.0

                                The next level in convenience and quality

                                By Matt Branscombe

                                from New Haven, CT

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Missing Power Readout

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Wedding

                                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                                I have only ever used manual off-camera lights my entire career, but now with these high powered TTL and High Speed Sync lights I am more comfortable heading out for a small shoot on my own or knowing a big production will be that much more simplified.

                                There is 1 issue. You can't ever tell the power of the B1 from the remote. It only shows in +/- even if you are in manual mode. That would be ok if you knew that you started at low power or high power but the +/- resets every time so you only know that you are +/- from what ever that last shot was.

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                                5.0

                                A must for any professional

                                By Light Catcher

                                from Modesto California

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                                I bit the bullet and made the investment that started paying for itself on my first shoot. It really is true. Combined with my Profoto B1s', I've been able to cut my setup time in half, not to mention being able to increase the productivity of the time I'm given to shoot my subject, thanks to the speed and accuracy of the TTL feature.

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                                5.0

                                Easy to set up and use!

                                By Traci L

                                from Houston, TX

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon:

                                Purchased this Air Remote to work with Profoto B2 Air lighting kit. It was super easy to set up and pair with the lighting kit. Would recommend!

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