Profoto A1 AirTTL-N Studio Light for Nikon

Profoto A1 AirTTL-N Studio Light for Nikon

Profoto A1 AirTTL-N Studio Light for Nikon

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Product Highlights

  • Built-In AirTTL, Use On or Off Camera
  • Recycling: 0.05 to 1.2 sec, 76Ws
  • Li-Ion Battery: 350 Full Power Flashes
  • High-Speed Sync, LED Modeling Light
  • 9-Stop Power Range, 76Ws Output
  • Weighs 1.2 lb Including Battery
  • Optional Wireless TTL with Air Remote
  • Includes Bounce Card, Dome Diffuser
  • Wide Lens, Flash Stand, USB Cable
  • A1 Bag with Shoulder Strap
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Compatibility: Nikon Cameras

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Profoto A1 Overview

  • 1Description

In what seems like an annual event, Profoto rolls out a new product that's either an enhancement to a product in their existing roster or a product that's a ground-breaking experience. While they're firmly entrenched in precise TTL technology with the D2 and B1X battery-powered fixtures, and have given us a smaller form factor plus TTL with the B2, the introduction of the A1 AirTTL-N Studio Light for Nikon is truly a game-changer.

The A1 was created for the professional photographer looking for portability and performance features or the ambitious non-professional who recognizes quality lighting but wants it comfortably and easily without the hassle of an overly technical interface. The A1 is easy to use. You can literally take it out of the box and start shooting. Your first shot is nearly always a keeper. The old adage about not judging a book by its cover simply doesn't apply here. The A1 is a good-looking flash, in fact, even its packaging could compete with Apple for design. Weighing 1.2 lb including its battery, the A1's sleek matte black finish not only appeals to the eye but to the tactile sense as well.

The first thing you'll notice about the A1 is its 2.75" round, tilting, rotating head which is the physical feature most responsible for the A1's natural-looking light with its soft gradual fall-off. While we rarely use superlatives, we've heard the light quality described as "beautiful" and I'd have to agree. The auto-zoom built into the head handles focal lengths from 32 to 105mm and the included Wide Lens gives you wide-angle coverage from 14 - 24mm. You can override the auto-zoom function at any time and make your adjustments manually. A filter kit with graduated CTO conversion filters and a fluorescent filter is also available to modify the unit's daylight color temperature.

The A1 performs as well as it looks and feels. It recycles in 0.05 to 1.2 seconds - significantly faster than most flash units in its class and has action-stopping flash durations from 1/800 to 1/20,000 second. The A1 supports HSS (High-Speed Sync) allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds as short a 1/8000 second instead of 1/250 to blur a distracting background using a wide aperture while controlling strong ambient light behind your subject. The 76Ws head has an LED modeling light that can give you a preview of how the light is falling on your subject. It can be turned on or off, set to automatically adjust proportionally to the power level selected or just switched to manual where it can be modified by hand. All adjustments are indicated on the exceptionally readable white on black LCD display

The A1 is powered by an included Li-Ion battery that has a capacity of 350 full power flashes and thousands of partial power shots. Power is topped up on an exhausted battery in about 80 minutes with the included 100 - 240 VAC charger. The battery doesn't fade as its power is used, operating at peak performance until it's exhausted. Purchase of an additional battery is recommended.

So far, we've been discussing the A1 used on-camera but when used off-camera it really earns its name as a "Studio Light." The flash has a built-in transceiver that allows it to be used with other A1s, B2s or D2, B1 and B1X monolights. All the Air Remote wireless controllers can trigger the A1 at distances up to 1,000' and the Air Sync will give you simple wireless triggering, while the Air Remote will let you wirelessly adjust power, grouping, channel selection and modeling light on/off. It's the Air Remote TTL however, that allows you to explore and control the A1's full capabilities. It wirelessly allows assignment of channels and groups as well as TTL and power level. In fact, the A1 has a switch that allows you to set your main light to TTL, switch to manual operation to adjust manual units in other groups to ratio their output, then switch back to TTL and return to the original TTL setting which was stored for you. The A1 also has +/-3 stops of exposure compensation that can be modified from the remote for your specific needs. The light also comes with a Bounce Card, 180-degree Dome Diffuser, Flash Stand and a nylon bag with shoulder strap for storage and transport.

Flexible and easy to use, I think it's safe to say that the A1 is a remarkable addition to Profoto's roster. Is it an on-camera or an off-camera studio light? The fact is that it's both and the choice of how to use is yours.

  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off
  • AirTTL and HSS for fast professional images
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools
  • 5 Dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available
  • LED modeling light integrated to the head
  • Air Remote built-in (6 groups, 8 channels)
  • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery
  • 1.2-sec recycling time to full power
  • TTL/MAN switch
  • Built-in auto-zoom in head with manual override handles lenses from 32 to 105mm
  • Wide Lens handles camera lenses from 14 - 24mm
  • Auto focus (AF) assist
  • Large Hi-Res LCD display
  • TTL Support for Nikon
  • Compatible with all Profoto Air Remotes, wireless range up to 1,000'.

Profoto A1 Specs

Mount Shoe
Exposure Control Manual, TTL
Vari-Power Auto: 1/256 to 1/1
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head Full Frame: 32 - 105 mm
Off-Camera Terminal Proprietary
Recycle Time Approximately 0.05 to 1.2 Seconds
Flash Duration 1/800 to 1/20000 sec
Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
Wireless Operation Method: RF
Distance: Up to 1000' / 304.80 m
Mode: Master, Slave
Wireless Communication Channels 8 Channels
Wireless Groups 6 Groups
Power Source 1 x Proprietary Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 3.0 x 6.5" / 108.0 x 75.0 x 165.0 mm
Weight 1.23 lb / 560 g Including Battery
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 8.6 x 3.6"

Profoto A1 Reviews

A1 AirTTL-N Studio Light for Nikon is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Superb light with huge design flaw The built quality, the light quality, recycling time and intuitive menu are fantastic. BUT it has a huge design flaw. I am using the light regularly to cover events. Usually I am carrying two cameras hanging over my shoulders. As a modifier I am using the Soft Bounce and find that the head tilts far too easily forwards causing the modifier to fall off or if it is busy it is being knocked off other people. It happens on a regular basis and with a light in a this price range this really shouldn't happen. It might be a good light if you have time and take slow portraits or work in any other quite environment, but it is definitely not recommended for anywhere busy or if you have to work fast. The only solution I found is to use tape to stiffen the head and attach also the Soft Bounce so it can't be knocked off/or falls down. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased Replaced a Nikon SB-800 with the Profoto A1. Here are some observations after a month of use. 1. Typical Profoto - expensive and well built. 2. The user interface is ridiculously easy. Controlling and adjusting output is beyond easy and very intuitive. 3. Don't even think about ordering without a second battery. 4. If you have the Profoto Air Remote, B1s or B2s this is a no-brainer. 5. I ordered the filter kit and use it often. 6. Most importantly, the results are outstanding.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice Very nice speedlite. It is already here in Russia. I've been using Canon 600RTs for 2 years now. This one is much better. Here are things it has, 600RT does not have: lithium battery, modelling light, it does not overheat (we have a winner). After 2 shoots with it now, total of about 1000 pictures, the battery still has 20% left. Continuous bursts of up to 5, it never gave a dark shot. 600RT would start givings blacks after 2 or 3. I kept power level under 8. On the second day I was using HSS only (power also under 8). Not a single black shot for two days. Overheating was never an issue (as it would have been if 600RT was used). Some minor negatives: (1) sits not quite tight in camera shoe (5dmIV), it might lose contact (so far did not happen). (2) firmware upgrade didn't work at first, I had to repeat the steps several times before "Upgrade" button become enabled. After the upgrade, the unit would not turn on. Replacing the battery fixes the problem (3) Integration with canon camera is very minimal, but this could be considered as a plus, it is easier this way, more straight forward, than digging into the camera's menu.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don’t waste your money I purchased a $1000 Profoto a1 light from B&H Photo less than a month ago. The flash head was not staying in place (lose). I was told by Profoto service department to return the light for repairs at no cost to me. The service rep was stated, Profoto failed to place the proper springs in the flash head when the intital batch went out. I paid out of my pocket to return the flash and waited 2 weeks for the flash to be fixed and returned to me. When I contacted Profoto regarding my flash I was told the flash would be repaired and sent over-night the next day. The flash was mailed to me, but the repairs never took place. The flash is basically flimsy and wobbly. This is very disappointing considering I have never had an issue when my Canon flash and it cost considerably less. I want my flash replace immediately or just give me my money back.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding All-Around Flash I primarily photograph sporting events and take flash photos before/after events and in some cases, where I am permitted to use flash during an event (like wrestling), I often use HSS.? The A1 excels at HSS for me and allows me to utilize HSS in burst mode, never missing a shot, whereas my previous camera brand flash would not be able to keep up. Additionally, the battery location/convenience of quickly replacing it when needed and the included accessories that attach via magnets are outstanding. From a Guide Number perspective, at 76WS, it is as powerful (but not more so) than my camera brand flash. This is an expensive flash, but it is every bit the same Profoto quality build exhibited by my B1 and B2 lights; and seamlessly works with them in a mixed lighting setup.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it despite shortfalls I’ve only used it on 3 events but I love the quick recycle time and the flexibility and ease of adjustment of the power level. I think the weak points are: 1. The bounce card attaches very flimsyly. I managed to lose mine about 30 minutes into the first job. Since one side is black, I assume it landed that way, so I never found it. 2. The magnetic attachment is ingenious but easy to knock off, I think I may be using gaffers tape. 3. Some people they can do a whole wedding on one charge, but I’m only getting about 300 shots, so I’m buying a second battery when they are available. I’m sure I’d buy it again as it works great with my B1s and B2
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will update after more uses I used it for the first time today as a backlight along with my B2 kit and AIR Remote. For the most part it worked flawlessly. But, after it sitting idle on the floor stand for just two minutes, the very next image was blown out. Perhaps 3 or 4 stops too hot. Next images were all fine. It happened twice (same circumstances). I'm thinking that it will be remedied in the next firmware update as I'll send this info to Profoto. As for the unit itself, it is built extremely well. Solid feel, weight, feature set and ease of use. I'll be using this instead of my Quantum T5DR for events. Very quick recycle time and no extra battery pack hanging on my belt.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frequently Does Not Remotely Trigger B1s Honestly, I really love the A1 and other Profoto products. ?It really makes our travel case lighter. ?But we are noticing that our A1 frequently does not trigger our B1s. ?We noticed this on a rather important corporate photo shoot. ?This was a very important contract signing between two very large corporate CEOs (very embarrassing). ?Again we noticed this on a recent portrait photo shoot. ?Anyone else have this issue?
Date published: 2018-05-07
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Will the WR-R10 trigger Profoto A1 on z7?

Will the WR-R10 trigger Profoto A1 on z7?
Asked by: Paul
Hello! No. You need the Profoto Controller: Profoto Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon Esteban
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-02-07


Has anyone used this with a GH5?
Asked by: Brett C.
The Profoto A1 AirTTL Studio Light is a TTL studio strobe designed for use with either the Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras. Profoto does not manufacture an AirTTL Studio Light designed for the Panasonic TTL system used in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Digital Camera. While you may use either the Canon or Nikon version of the A1 Studio Light on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5, do note that you will have to set the flash output power manually, and there will be no High-Speed Sync capabilities. As long as you do not mind setting the flash output manually, the Profoto A1 may be used with the Panasonic DMC-GH5 Digital Camera.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can this flash be used on a bracket with a Vello cable?
Asked by: William O.
Yes, you can use those accessories with the Profoto A1.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this also work with Pocket Wizard Plus3 for High Speed Sync on a Nikon D810 using a hotshoe adapter or does it need the Air Transceiver?
Asked by: Lam B.
needs the air remote
Answered by: Profoto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


Do you have in stock is the delay??
Asked by: SHUNSUKE A.
The flash is currently listed as More on the Way, but this status can and will change. It means we have made an order from the manufacturer to get more of them in and are now awaiting that shipment from them so that we can sell them to our customers.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this give continuous light for video to film?
Asked by: Pradip R.
It is not designed to be used for continuous light however there is a modeling light built in that will allow you to use a small lesser powered constant light.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can the A1 be used with Profoto OCF soft boxes? If not what soft boxes can these be used with? I sure hope my only choices are not the RFI soft boxes. I would have to go with my Canon 600-ex-RT's and Westcott Rapid boxes then. I sure would like to use my B1's with A1's in my OCF softboxes. This can be a deal breaker:)
Asked by: Pete C.
Unfortunately, the OCF softboxes are limited for use with the B1, B1X and B2 units only. However, the Westcott Rapid Box can work with shoe mount flashes including the A1.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2019-01-05


Does Profoto has a plan to include Leica SL compatibility? I need one for my SL.
Asked by: Arturo
I too need this Profoto A1 for the Leica SL so we can take advantage of TTL & HSS. The Leica SF-64 is horrible. Please consider making a Leica version. Already have your B1s and D1s but the A1 is perfect for travel use
Answered by: Joshua N.
Date published: 2018-11-23
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