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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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
  • Li-Ion Battery: 350 Full Power Flashes
  • High Speed Sync, LED Modeling Light
  • 9 Stop Power Range, 76 Ws 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.

Benefits
  • 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 (3 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
    Guide No. Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Exposure Control Manual, TTL
    Vari-Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Bounce Head Yes
    Swivel Head Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Distance Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 32 - 105 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.05 - 1.2 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/800 - 1/20000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Slave Timing Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Wireless Operation Method: RF
    Distance: Up to 1000' / 304.80 m
    Mode: Master, Slave
    Wireless Communication Channels 8 Channels
    Wireless Groups 3 Groups
    Power Source Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.6 x 10.2 x 3.5" / 21.8 x 25.9 x 8.9 cm
    Weight 1.232 lb / 560 g Including Battery
    Packaging Infoazdvxqba
    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 4.5 out of 5 by 18.
    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 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 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness !!!!! This thing is great i have B1's D1's and Air 1000 air pack so i'm deep in with Profoto..... That being said i'm not sponsored by them just love their gear. Its reliable tough and ease of use is unmatched, by tough i mean hit the ground hard and in the ocean and still work tough. The A1 exceeded my expectations so much as in ....ohhh its a speed light but it is really so much more, just getting started with it build seems good and the magna dome as i call it connects flawlessly and stays on
    Date published: 2017-12-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfection Nearly everything about the A1 seems like perfection but there are a few things that bother me with it. 1) Mixing TTL and Manual when using it as the master. �I love setting lights up manual but having a small "kiss of light" from the camera that adapts as I move around. �This can't do that. 2) Reading of the zoom setting. �I can't believe we don't know what the head is zoomed to so it's trial and error until we've used it for months. 3) Connection to shoe is weak. �If you're a PJ shooter you likely move the camera rapidly, this will become troublesome over time. 4) Locking screen so settings remain. �When it bumps into you the settings change…simple as that. 5) Locking angle/head. �When you reposition the head it easily changes without intent.� With that said, having an OCF that can quickly be taken off and serve as a 3rd or 4th light is amazing. �The output is beautiful and rock-solid with wonderful quality of light. �The design is wonderful and the idea is there… just A1x will be the perfect light when it's released!
    Date published: 2018-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth The Investment Having used Profoto lighting and modifiers for years, I can honestly say that the new A1 certainly brings a new dimension into how I will handle certain lighting situations. On camera, it offers a less harsh (with more bounce opportunities) light fall. Off camera, your number of location choices for refined placement greatly increases. As a commercial fashion and editorial photographer, the A1, has added to creating the subtlety I need in the details. Mainly due to its compact size, but, also with its varied power outputs that are easily controlled by the remote or on flash unit itself. The optional attachments are not numerous as of yet. I’m expecting more in the near future, but those available, are well made and enhance the A1’s functionality. The magnetic attachment holds them in place securely, and offers switching out quick and easy. Overall, the A1 lives up to my expectations in helping create dynamic images for my clients.
    Date published: 2017-12-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Light, but magnets are terrible Beautiful light thats super easy and fast to operate. But the magnetic modifiers are borderline useless. I've been using the magmod modifiers and those ones stay secure when you're bumping into people left and right at a wedding. The profoto ones fall off at the lightest touch. Very disappointing, especially since the idea is already out there.
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Speedlight ever! I was a little apprehensive about this light when I purchased it, but I was pleasantly surprised that it is even better than I expected. Very easy to use, quite a powerful light in a small package, TTL just works perfectly, off camera with the Air TTL trigger it is a dream, coupled with the Profoto B1's it works great. Battery is the �best of the best. I thought this was a little bit on the expensive side, but this light blows away the SB900's I had. I would have paid amore now that I have used this light. Great job Profoto!
    Date published: 2018-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I could give it 6 stars This flash is great, and I have used a lot of different kinds/brands.� It is especially great if you already have some profoto lights to mix with it.� I have tried it on camera and off camera.� For light weight travel kit off camera gives a professional result.� On camera with a modifier, or better yet combined with B1's it can give a little fill and eye highlights along with controlling all of the lights.� Get an extra battery.
    Date published: 2017-12-24
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