Profoto Air Remote Transceiver

Profoto Air Remote Transceiver

Profoto Air Remote Transceiver

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Product Highlights

  • For Pro-8a Air Packs and D1 Air Heads
  • Controls Power & Modeling Light Levels
  • Controls Up to 6 Groups on 8 Channels
  • Hot Shoe and Mini-Plug Connection

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Profoto Air Remote overview

  • 1Description

The Profoto Air Remote Transceiver is a proprietary radio slave transceiver designed to work with the Pro-8a 1200 and 2400W/s power packs as well as the D1 Air series of monoheads. This transceiver can control an unlimited number of power packs and heads on eight channels. It can mount to your camera's hot shoe, or sync to your flash terminal for firing.

Operating from two AAA batteries, at a frequency of 2.4GHz, the Air Sync has a range of 1000' (300 m). It can sync up to 1/250 second with a focal plane shutter camera, and 1/500 second with a leaf shutter camera. Its triggering speed is over 100 fps.

The Air Remote can also be used in pairs or in conjunction with the Profoto Air Sync (one on camera and one on flash) to trigger flash units without built-in Air technology.

Full Control
  • Eight channels
  • Six groups per channel
  • Flash power range
  • Modeling light levels
  • Even More Control
  • Optional Air USB 2.0 transceiver enables full control from your Mac or PC with Profoto Studio software
  • Note:Not compatible with the Pocket Wizard system

    In the Box
    Profoto Air Remote Transceiver
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Lanyard
  • Shoe Base
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Profoto Air Remote specs

    Channels 8
    Groups 6
    Wireless Range 700 to 1000' / 213.4 to 304.8 m
    Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Sync Speed 1/250 Sec (Normal)
    1/500 Sec (Leaf)
    1/1000 Sec (High-Speed)
    Battery Type 2 x AAA
    Dimensions 2.7 x 1.9 x 1.6" / 7 x 5 x 4 cm (Transmitter)
    Weight 2.5 oz / 70.9 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 6.0 x 2.0"

    Profoto Air Remote reviews

    Air Remote Transceiver is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from useful for non-Canon Nikon systems I use this on my Sony cameras to fire and adjust the power on the Profoto B1 and B2 heads. Very useful, particularly when your head is difficult to reach. Seems secure in the Sony (newer style) hot shoe. Have used it on both an A99 and A7r with no difficulties. It comes with kind of a strange pouch - it is like a large cordura envelope. I would prefer a smaller and more padded case. If you are a solo photographer using this in the studio, consider buying two - one for the camera, and a second to carry in your hand and use it to trigger the lights for metering purposes. In the absence of TTL, the second unit is helpful for metering.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product but could be built sturdier Used for professional advertising photography. This product has great range and saves a lot of time when adjusting the power settings of multiple lights especially when the lights are in different rooms. For the price, I would like to see them built sturdier and with a locking mechanism for the hot shoe mount. I had one slip off the camera's shoe mount and fall onto concrete from 4 feet in the air causing all the lights on the remote to stop working.
    Date published: 2010-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profoto Transceiver Profoto makes great products and this is one of them. I use it on my D1 air & B1 air. They work on both monolights which is good. The variety of channels and frequencies is a great option to have. It is also useful to have the in & out connection on the side if you want to add an on camera flash. Just velcro it to the top of the flash hook the pc cord to the flash sync and the other end to the transceiver and you can operate both. One thing they could beef up is the hot shoe. It should be like the TTLN which is much stronger. Other than that it is worth getting the 2 year warrantee the shoe does break.
    Date published: 2017-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive But Necessary I love my Profoto B1 strobes, so I might as well come to terms with the exorbitant cost of Profoto accessories. I already own the TTL-C Air Remote, but had to purchase the standard Air Remote anyway. One of my primary applications is architectural photography. It requires a large number of flash heads, making it necessary for me to use mixed brands of flash and radio triggers. Profoto marketing materials do not show a picture of the hot shoe on this remote, but it is a simple, single pin contact compatible with virtually any standard hot shoe like the ones present on my Canon cameras for almost 50 years. As clearly stated on the B&H website, Profoto is not compatible with PocketWizards. What that means is the radio triggering signal of a PocketWizard cannot be used to trigger Profoto Air Remote. However, if you mount a PocketWizard Plus III on the camera transmitting to another PocketWizard Plus III, the Profoto Air Remote Transceiver will work fine if attached to the receiving PocketWizard Plus III via the PocketWizard - HSFM3 Flash Sync Cable (3'), B&H# WIHSFM3, or even if mounted in the Impact FA-300HS Triple-Flash Hot Shoe Adapter Mount B&H # IMFA300HS, along with a PocketWizard Plus III (without cable) mounted in one of the other hot shoes on the FA-300HS adapter. In fact, the Impact Triple-Flash Hot Shoe Adapter is what I use to integrate Profoto Air Remote, PocketWizard, and Yongnuo strobe systems. Using PocketWizard Plus III as the primary link to the camera, the Impact Triple-Flash Adapter links the PocketWizard Plus III receiver simultaneously to the Profoto Air Remote and also to a Yongnuo YN560-TX. In this way, two different brands of radio triggered flashes can be used reliably in sync with a single PocketWizard Plus III mounted on my camera. It works great. Why did I purchase the Profoto Air Remote when I already own the much more capable Profoto Air Remote TTL-C? Because the Air Remote TTL-C has a multipin hot shoe foot and it does not work in a standard, manual, single pin hot shoe. Apparently, the pins on extra pins for flash automation on the TTL-C short out and prevent triggering the Profoto strobes. The Profoto Air Remote works great as advertised. The controls are simple, and it is not really necessary to read the manual. I downgraded the star rating because it stings to be forced to purchase such an expensive remote when I already own the even more expensive Air Remote TTL-C. Also, it hurts my feelings to see that the Yongnuo YN560-TX trigger has a design and build quality at least as good as the Profoto Air Remote, plus is much more capable, all at a cost of less than one sixth that of the Profoto. Still, the overall Profoto B1 system is awesome, among the best strobes on the market. I'm pleased with these products and have no regrets after waffling initially prior to buying into this lighting system.
    Date published: 2015-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Air Remote This remote is the perfect match for my D1's. At first you feel it light because it's plastic, but is reliable as everything Profoto does. I have two remotes because you never know an it's better to have a backup. Keep at hand an extra set of batteries because you'll need them if you use it day after day. One little detail that I love about this remote is that the letters and numbers glow in the dark.
    Date published: 2016-02-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great but construction is CHEAP works great with air lights, but construction feels so cheap... i also dropped mine and it stopped working... needs to have a rubberized case. get the cheaper one as less costly when you drop it not as reliable as pocket wizards, does not fire every time... but working with USB air remote and using laptop is a dream.
    Date published: 2010-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works! That's all that matters. I have been using Pocket Wizard to trigger my Profoto D1 Airs. They work, but it sort of a pain to attach them to the D1s and you have to replace the AA batteries in each unit peridoically. I decided recently to just get the Profoto remote and reduce the clutter of having 4 Pocket Wizards. The Profoto trigger works great. It's smaller than the PW when it sits on my camera and there are no misfires. I like the fact that the test button is white. It's easy to see.
    Date published: 2014-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pricey Backup Required for a Pro Fact is that Profoto makes great stuff and my original Air Transceiver won't ever break, but I lost track of it last week. A few thousand watt-seconds of great light with no good way to trigger it. So after searching the house and studio and every camera bag three times I bought a new one. And as most of you know, buying a new one MAKES the first one show up, and it worked. But I do not regret having a 2nd one of these, pricey as it is. You can't be a photo pro and not have a backup plan. Now I do.
    Date published: 2015-11-01
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