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.

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 (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 - 1/1
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head Full Frame: 32 - 105 mm
Off-Camera Terminal Proprietary
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 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 1x 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 4.5 out of 5 by 34.
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 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 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 Happy! Worth it! I like it, and mainly bought it for the recycle time of this battery. In that regard, it does not disappoint. While it doesn't get as many full power pops as suggested (none ever do), it is quite satisfactory. An additional battery is a wise investment. This flash works great on and off camera, as well as with the two B1's I have. The unit itself is sexy and well constructed. The Power Dial rocks! The swivel function is excellent. Overall, a very well made product. This is by far the easiest-to-use on-camera flash I have ever used. Why would I spend a grand on just one flash? The recycle time! The batteries! And a battery meter! I already spend hundreds of dollars per year on alkaline batteries, which often run out at the worst possible time. AA batteries are clumsy, too. This Profoto battery mounts and dismounts beautifully and quickly! This battery pack is good enough that I believe it will pay for itself in short order. The recycle time and (no overheating) justifies the cost. It's a good buy.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good light but not 5 stars The light and recycle is great and all the hype. No you cannot do a complete wedding with one battery charge , unless your doing a 4 hour Wedding and decide to shoot 400 photos . I put these lights to the rest the past 4 weeks and batteries didn’t last all day . That’s why the batteries are $100 so they know you but more and more . The other problem is that the accessories they give you , like bounce card and Dome diffuser .... cool but not cool if they keep falling off. The magnets are the worse thing i hate about this $1000 investment. They fall off easy and prepare to lose them when they fall and you didn’t hear it and you get to your other job site or good luck at a wedding finding I.T. That’s why profoto will sell you more for extra money. This flash on the long run will cost you $1500 after you keep buying replacements that you will lose and more batteries. If you blow on the bounce card I.T will fall with the magnet. That’s how weak this is . Luck in the past weeks i shot weddings and a few Christenings, guests were tapping me on the shoulder and asking me.... excuse me sir , is this yours . Even the dome diffuser falls off of I.T gets tapped on the side of your body while your camera is hanging . You will find yourself frustrated falling off and then putting them in your pockets and when you want to shoot pull I.T out and attach again. These magnets a horrible !!! Not for events using multi cameras and having flashes on both . %10000 percent your losing them . Profoto screwed up on durability on magnet . Good luck buying the bigger attachments , you will need to find a way to tape them . Not worth $995.00 at all If you’re not complaining about This yet , then you’re not working hard enough .
Date published: 2018-02-08
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 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
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