Profoto D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight

Profoto D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight

Profoto D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight

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Profoto D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight

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  • 1000Ws Monolight, 300W Modeling Lamp
  • Built-In AirTTL Radio Receiver
  • 0.03-1.2 Sec Recycling
  • 1/50,000 Sec Freeze Mode Flash Duration
  • Quick Burst: Up to 20 Frames per Second
  • 10-Stop Power Range: 2-1000Ws
  • High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec
  • High Resolution Display
  • Compatible with 120+ Light Shaping Tools
  • 100-240 VAC
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Profoto D2 overview

  • 1Description

Having wowed us with the introduction of the battery-powered TTL B1 and B2 flash heads, Profoto does it again with the AC powered D2 1000 AirTTL Monolight. Building on the foundation of the popular D1, this light maxes-out the D1 performance specs while adding wireless TTL from the B1 and B2. With the D2, "speed" is the operative word.

The D2 1000 recycles to full power in 1.2 seconds, almost half the time as the D1 1000, and in Freeze Mode, achieves flash durations as short as 1/50,000 of a second, outperforming most studio pack systems. That's good news for special effects photographers and sports shooters. It can also shoot bursts of 20 flashes per second so you're sure to capture peak action or several versions of it. In addition, the D2 also supports High Speed Sync up to 1/8000 of a second for photographers who want to stop action or use wide apertures with full ambient light control. The 10-stop power range gives ample choices to achieve your objective.

Besides super-fast operation, the D2 shortens your shooting time with on-board TTL compatibility. Pros who formerly turned their noses up at the term "point-and-shoot" as amateurish will learn to love this technology. Simply set your lights up, set the camera to TTL and shoot. The first shot is nearly always a keeper. The key to this control is the optional Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) or TTL-N (for Nikon). Operating on 2.4 GHz bandwidth, the wireless transmitter, really a controller, has 8 frequency channels and with 6 groups and a range of up to 330' for TTL triggering and 1000' for normal triggering. Each channel has power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops. If you prefer to use manual, you have 10 stops of power variation.

The D2 also features an enhanced, intuitive LCD screen display. Modeling Light, Ready Indicator, Mode, Sync, Channel, and Group are easily selected through the Settings button. The display even flips around the way your iPhone does in case you're working with the head upside down or hanging it overhead. The D2 has a self-seeking multi-voltage (100-240) power supply for worldwide use, too. Profoto has covered so many features on the photographers wish list that you'll wonder what they can come up with next.

Catch the Moment
The D2 can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That's fast enough to catch the best of any moment. Ask your subject to jump, and you'll have 20 mid-air exposures to choose from.
Freeze the Moment
The D2 1000 can provide super quick flash durations up to 1/50,000 of a second. Shoot a splash of water, and it will be frozen in midair.
Shoot with Ease Using TTL
Point-and-shoot in TTL Mode using the separately purchased Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) or TTL-N (for Nikon). Switch to Manual Mode and control the light with intuitive buttons and menus.
Overpower Any Light
The D2 packs enough punch to overpower the available light in almost any situation. Its power is also an advantage when shooting at longer distances or when using larger light shaping tools.
Control Your Surroundings
Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS) enables you to shoot with shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of a second. Use HSS to shoot with a wide aperture in bright conditions or to freeze action with absolute sharpness.
In the Box
Profoto D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight
  • Bag XS
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Profoto D2 specs

    Flash Head
    Maximum Power 2 to 1000 Ws
    Power Control 10 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments
    Flash Duration t.5: 1/50,000 to 1/1600 Sec
    Recycle Time 0.03 to 1.2 Sec ()
    Color Temperature 5600K
    Flash Ready Indicator Audio, Visual
    Reflector  77° Fixed
    Accessory Fitting Type Profoto
    Modeling Light
    Type Tungsten
    Wattage 300 W
    Control Modes Free Set, Full On, Off, Proportional
    Sync Type Cable, Infrared, Optical, Radio
    Sync Speed 1/1/250 Sec
    1/1/8000 Sec (High-Speed)
    Wireless Channels / Groups 8 / 6
    Wireless Range 1000' / 300 m (Radio)
    AC Input Voltage 100to240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Circuit Protection Adaptive Thermal Control
    Display LCD
    Auto Dump Yes
    Fan Cooled Yes
    Dimensions H: 7.1 x W: 5.1 x L: 12.2" / H: 18.0 x W: 13.0 x L: 31.0 cm
    Weight 7.5 lb / 3.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.8 x 10.3 x 6.6"

    Profoto D2 reviews

    D2 1000Ws AirTTL Monolight is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded all my expectations 1000ws provides an extra stop over a B1. This is critical when shooting wedding couples or groups at wide apertures using HSS in extreme overhead or backlit conditions. My field testing with a Canon 600EXII-RT speedlite at full power in HSS provides a maximum light to subject distance of just over 5 ft. with manual zoom set to 35mm. Just under 8 Ft. (light to subject) with two speedlites set the same. The D2 with a medium softbox modifier set to HSS yielded good subject exposure in backlit conditions at 18 ft. at a few tenths short of full power! For reference the softbox decreases the output by stop. The D2 light spread, even with the softbox, provides enough coverage to light 10-12 people at that distance maybe more. The D2 is powered in the field by a Buff VLX inverter battery pack. I tested the 1000ws D2 operating at full power for 247 consecutive pops until the battery died. Using a stop watch with the D2 recycle speed set to 50%, I measured an average of 3.2 sec to recharge at 1000ws. I repeatedly fired the D2 every time the ready signal beeped. After every 40-50 pops the D2 would shut itself off (I assume because of heat). After 3 minutes of cool down I turned it back on and resumed testing. The fan on the D2 and the VLX were on high for most of the test. Although I didnt test it, I estimate at 500ws the VLX powered D2 would fire well over 500 times on a charge. The D2 with recycle rate still set at 50%, at 9.0 power (500ws) demonstrated a recycle rate of 1.5 sec average between pops (measured with a stopwatch). I choose the D2 for power, robustness (Profoto monolites are tough meant for roadwork), and High Speed Sync capability. While the B1 is portable (no cord), compact, lighter by a pound even with the onboard battery, and very capable at 500ws I went with the D2 because: 1. Usage: 75% studio work 25% field work. AC power is primary in studio. 2. Max Power: the extra stop is available when needed in extreme conditions. 3. Value: Buff VLX + D2 is about the same cost as a B1 with a spare battery (excluding special offers currently available on B1 accessories). 4. Versatility: D2 plugged into a battery pack is much the same as a B2 in complexity. The VLX provides 6 pounds of additional weight on the bottom of the light stand. There currently is no option to operate a B1 on AC power directly. 5. Latest technology: The D2 has upgraded controls, 10 full stops of power range, and can provide color accuracy from 6/10 to 10/10 power in HSS mode. The D2 exceeded my expectations on every attribute that matters to me! The controls are simple, the light is exceedingly consistent, even the case is perfect.
    Date published: 2017-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets! I bought this to compliment my set of B1s and pick up the slack when 500ws isn't enough. Power is amazing, interface is even more intuitive than the B1's. The ability to adjust the recycle times so it can be used with battery packs is genius. Love this light. Will probably pick up another or the 500ws version shortly.
    Date published: 2016-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't think about it, just order it. Absolute beast! The best money I've ever spent. Recycle time is beautiful, build quality amazing. Everything you would expect from Profoto.
    Date published: 2016-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I had three Profoto B1 strobes and I decided that I could use one more. However, I chose the D2 because most of the more complex shoots were in studio. The B1's would still take care of my outdoor needs. The D2 has shown itself to be worthy. It has one more stop than the B1's and a better setup menu. There have been only a few occasions when I used the last stop but it's nice to have. I decided that I like the D2 a lot and bought a second one. Now I can use 3 strobes on the subject and 2 to drive the background full white.
    Date published: 2017-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from They just work! I use these lights to capture 3d images of subjects on a turntable. I need depth of field at a short distance away from my subject and I need to freeze motion. This requires a strong and dependable flash. These light really deliver. I get even, consistent, light frame to frame while shooting every half second for 30 seconds.
    Date published: 2017-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Performance and Reliability I have had the opportunity to use the D1 before buying the D2s. Their performance did not disappoint! Solid operations and output! They are a little pricey but worth every penny to me! During one 4 hour photo shoot they handled over 6,000 images with no misfires.
    Date published: 2018-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Fast Used the D2 5 hours non-stop at a Zumba event. The unit never missed a beat
    Date published: 2017-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast & well built I use the Profo D2 in studio and in the field with my B1s & B2s. It works flawlessly. The menu interface on the back of the strobe works much better the than the B1s.
    Date published: 2017-01-22
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