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ProfotoD1 Air 500W/s Monolight
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Good color value (6)
  • Attach securely (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (8)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night time (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality Light

I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by...Read complete review

I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by Broncolor. IMHO, Profoto is head and shoulders above Elinchrom.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Color consistency not so great

After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated...Read complete review

After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
Head A -
10-6160K
9-5950K
8-5790K
7-5700K
6-5700K
5-5600K
4-5490K

Head B -
10-6080K
9-5940K
8-5770K
7-5750K
6-5740K
5-5620K
4-5540K

I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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5.0

great light

By KRB Imaging

from Surprise, Az

Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

Typical Profoto great equipment for the proffesional. All the controls are easily figured out without the manual. I bought this light as an additional light for others I already have.

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5.0

Reliable product that works and lasts

By Nate

from Oakland, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

    I use this for studio work and couldn't be happier. Build quality is top notch, it's easy to use, the air remote is great and most of all the light is consistent shot after shot.

    The lights are a bit heavy but not a big deal. I'd recommend these to anyone

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    • No

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    2.0

    Color consistency not so great

    By Obscura Photo

    from Santa Fe NM

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

        After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
        Head A -
        10-6160K
        9-5950K
        8-5790K
        7-5700K
        6-5700K
        5-5600K
        4-5490K

        Head B -
        10-6080K
        9-5940K
        8-5770K
        7-5750K
        6-5740K
        5-5620K
        4-5540K

        I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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        5.0

        Super Monolight

        By Bill D

        from Chicago

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

          Great light quality, easy to use light and compact.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very solid

          By bd

          from ny, ny

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

            had elinchroms that fell apart. this is a tank. pricey, yes, but it's a get what you pay for world.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Best Mono light stobes made.

            By Captain Dangerous

            from Colorado

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Portraits

              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

              Profoto mono lights are the best made. Combine the mono light with the air remote and you have total wireless control. As a professional photographer I only go with the best. I use the lights in studio only. With an octabank or soft box the quality of light is amazing. Even with just the straight head, with built in reflector you can tell the color temperature never changes and the quality of light is outstanding. Recycle time is key with this model. Pair this light with a quality light modifier and the air system and you have it made.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great lights

              By J

              from seattle

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                Great lights, high build quality, portable. Air system makes life easy.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Light

                By Hugowolf

                from Virginia, US

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                    The two light kits are a much better deal, but I nearly always work with an odd number of lights. I wouldn't have known there was newer firmware out if I hadn't bought this. So my other lights are now off for an upgrade.

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                    5.0

                    Another great light added to my studio

                    By Starchini

                    from Western Canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraiture
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                      Very well made with consistent output. The modeling light is strong enough to be used without the flash tube (in my case for glamor photography) by simply bumping up your ISO. I am still awaiting my air remote transceiver but have used them in the past and anticipate that it will simply increase functionality. Software does not yet appear to be compatible with Mac OS 10.7 and because it is Profoto it is somewhat expensive especially the various reflector grids but still very satisfied with the light.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Incredible levels of control

                      By Charles Maring

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                        I am loving the new Profoto D1 Air units. The ability to control the power of the heads in 10th stop or full stop increments has been incredible. For those that light ballrooms at weddings, like we do, this is incredibly useful. The modeling lamps are also great for DSLR video in some situations, and again, the ability to control the power of the the modeling lamps from the camera is also very helpful.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Monolight

                        By Terry

                        from Elbert County, Colorado

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                          Added this light as third to my Profoto monolight set. Like the first two, this is an outstanding product. Easy to use, completely reliable, great performance.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice!

                          By PhotoGal11

                          from NYC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                              Durable.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              High Quality Light

                              By dustysandy

                              from Lodi, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                  I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by Broncolor. IMHO, Profoto is head and shoulders above Elinchrom.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Monolight

                                  By Betty

                                  from Columbus, OH

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                    Bought this to accompany my D1 Air 500 Monolight kit and it has been wonderful so far!

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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