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ProfotoD1 Air 500W/s Monolight
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Long-lasting (10)
  • Good color value (7)
  • Attach securely (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (8)
  • General purpose (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night time (5)
  • Portraits (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Mono light stobes made.

Profoto mono lights are the best made. Combine the mono light with the air remote and you have total wireless control. As a professional photographer I only go with the best. I use...Read complete review

Profoto mono lights are the best made. Combine the mono light with the air remote and you have total wireless control. As a professional photographer I only go with the best. I use the lights in studio only. With an octabank or soft box the quality of light is amazing. Even with just the straight head, with built in reflector you can tell the color temperature never changes and the quality of light is outstanding. Recycle time is key with this model. Pair this light with a quality light modifier and the air system and you have it made.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Color consistency not so great

After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated...Read complete review

After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
Head A -
10-6160K
9-5950K
8-5790K
7-5700K
6-5700K
5-5600K
4-5490K

Head B -
10-6080K
9-5940K
8-5770K
7-5750K
6-5740K
5-5620K
4-5540K

I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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2.0

Nice light but....

By edelbert

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

Nice light but headache . I use a 5' Profoto Octa RFi and the unit can't hold the weight of this particular light modifier , no matter how much I tightened the knob . I contacted Profoto and I was suggested to move the all modifier in the back of the light and by doing so only the half of the reflective surface was illuminated and results...different light shape since the light itself is build in reflector and the face light was exeding out from the speedring  . By contacting B&H  Professional Lighting Department I was informed this particular line has this issue while using this large modifiers so I had to return it..!!

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5.0

It's the D1...Enough Said!

By Matt

from Bear, DE

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Long-Lasting
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

    There really aren't enough good things to be said about the D1 unit. It gives you very consistent output shot after shot, it has never failed me once. One of the thing I love most about the D1 units is the modeling light. I've actually done shoots using only the modeling light – it's less light than the lowest strobe setting, which lets me shoot a wide open aperture if that's what I'm going for. The modeling light has a fan which means it's self-cooled, which means you can run the light indefinitely. My other strobe modeling lights will burn out after a few minutes. Just spend the money…it's a great light, and you'll love the results you get from it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Light

    By Steven Starr

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

        Fast Recycle, durable, portable. Love this light.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great light

        By KRB Imaging

        from Surprise, Az

        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

        Typical Profoto great equipment for the proffesional. All the controls are easily figured out without the manual. I bought this light as an additional light for others I already have.

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        5.0

        Reliable product that works and lasts

        By Nate

        from Oakland, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Outdoors

          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

          I use this for studio work and couldn't be happier. Build quality is top notch, it's easy to use, the air remote is great and most of all the light is consistent shot after shot.

          The lights are a bit heavy but not a big deal. I'd recommend these to anyone

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          • No

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          2.0

          Color consistency not so great

          By Obscura Photo

          from Santa Fe NM

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

              After purchasing this set and reading all of the glowing reviews I am very disappointed in the color consistency of these strobes. Upon receipt I ran a test and discovered that the strobes fluctuated from around 6100 K at full power to around 5500K at low power, exact numbers were:
              Head A -
              10-6160K
              9-5950K
              8-5790K
              7-5700K
              6-5700K
              5-5600K
              4-5490K

              Head B -
              10-6080K
              9-5940K
              8-5770K
              7-5750K
              6-5740K
              5-5620K
              4-5540K

              I sent the heads in for repair, thinking perhaps I had received a bad set and was told by repair that much color variance, 600 K, is within specs. I was told that with the B1 strobes are more consistent in normal mode, and the allowable fluctuation is 150 K from full to low power. So I suppose the D1s are nice strobes but be sure to bring your color meter and gels if color accuracy is much of a concern. I haven't had them long enough to know how they will hold up.

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              5.0

              Super Monolight

              By Bill D

              from Chicago

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                Great light quality, easy to use light and compact.

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                • No

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                5.0

                very solid

                By bd

                from ny, ny

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                  had elinchroms that fell apart. this is a tank. pricey, yes, but it's a get what you pay for world.

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                  • No

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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Mono light stobes made.

                  By Captain Dangerous

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                    Profoto mono lights are the best made. Combine the mono light with the air remote and you have total wireless control. As a professional photographer I only go with the best. I use the lights in studio only. With an octabank or soft box the quality of light is amazing. Even with just the straight head, with built in reflector you can tell the color temperature never changes and the quality of light is outstanding. Recycle time is key with this model. Pair this light with a quality light modifier and the air system and you have it made.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lights

                    By J

                    from seattle

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                      Great lights, high build quality, portable. Air system makes life easy.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Light

                      By Hugowolf

                      from Virginia, US

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                          The two light kits are a much better deal, but I nearly always work with an odd number of lights. I wouldn't have known there was newer firmware out if I hadn't bought this. So my other lights are now off for an upgrade.

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                          5.0

                          Another great light added to my studio

                          By Starchini

                          from Western Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Portraiture
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                            Very well made with consistent output. The modeling light is strong enough to be used without the flash tube (in my case for glamor photography) by simply bumping up your ISO. I am still awaiting my air remote transceiver but have used them in the past and anticipate that it will simply increase functionality. Software does not yet appear to be compatible with Mac OS 10.7 and because it is Profoto it is somewhat expensive especially the various reflector grids but still very satisfied with the light.

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                            • No

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Incredible levels of control

                            By Charles Maring

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                              I am loving the new Profoto D1 Air units. The ability to control the power of the heads in 10th stop or full stop increments has been incredible. For those that light ballrooms at weddings, like we do, this is incredibly useful. The modeling lamps are also great for DSLR video in some situations, and again, the ability to control the power of the the modeling lamps from the camera is also very helpful.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Monolight

                              By Terry

                              from Elbert County, Colorado

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time

                                Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                Added this light as third to my Profoto monolight set. Like the first two, this is an outstanding product. Easy to use, completely reliable, great performance.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice!

                                By PhotoGal11

                                from NYC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                    Durable.

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                                    • No

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                                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    High Quality Light

                                    By dustysandy

                                    from Lodi, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                        I own strobes from several manufacturers including Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Paul Buff. Quality of both the construction and the Light in the Profoto can only be equaled or perhaps even surpassed, by Broncolor. IMHO, Profoto is head and shoulders above Elinchrom.

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                                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great Monolight

                                        By Betty

                                        from Columbus, OH

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attach Securely
                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • Long-Lasting
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors

                                          Comments about Profoto D1 Air 500W/s Monolight:

                                          Bought this to accompany my D1 Air 500 Monolight kit and it has been wonderful so far!

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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