Profoto D1 Compact
Professional photographers today need durable, tough, fast and consistent flash units suited for digital photography and demanding assignments. Profoto is well known as the world leader in electronic flash technology. Their 40 years of experience in developing state-of-the-art flash units is built in to the design of the the new D1 Air.
The Profoto D1 Air is available in 250, 500 and 1000 Ws versions and is fully digital, not just on the display panel, but in the flash output control circuitry as well. This to ensure a consistency in flash-to-flash colour temperature and flash energy. The dual mode SMPS capacitor charging technology ensures the flash-to-flash precision which is essential for today’s photographer.
The 7 f-stop power range gives all the power the demanding photographer needs for creative freedom, to shoot with high speed and full open lens.
The D1 Air series is designed from our philosophy of look, listen and touch. Controls are easy to use, freeing your mind, eyes and hands, so you can focus on the image you are creating. The unique built-in reflector gives you full control and minimises stray light. It is designed for use with softboxes and umbrellas and for use with or without additional reflectors.
Short flash duration gives images a crisp feel and the fast recycling time means that you never have to wait for the flash. You will always get the image quality you want. All this in a package that offers 1/10 f-stop control, giving you the confidence that the images will be exactly as you want them.
Optional built-in Profoto Air remote control and triggering
The new Profoto Air system enables you to remote control and trigger your flash from as much as 300 metres and replaces the sync cable. Connect the D1 to the new Profoto Air USB, for PC and Mac and gain full control of your entire studio flash system via wireless communication.
As a professional photographer, you have your own special style and needs. Profoto’s extensive Light Shaping Tools system fits perfectly with the new D1 Air, enabling you to shape the light your own way. To achieve the image you want.
The reason for the design of the built in Reflector.
The D1 Compact units have mainly been designed for use by the portrait or wedding photographer, and also for general location use.
The “built in reflector” design makes the D1 much easier to use, as in most situations, the unit is used together with either an umbrella, a softbox, or as a direct light source, and does not require any external reflector. As a direct light source, the “built in reflector” with the flat glass gives a cover of 80 degrees with a very even light distribution.
The size of the unit is also kept small and compact because of no need of any external reflector. This gives the photographer a flash unit that is very easy to use and to carry. And there is no need to pack a reflector that can easily be damaged in cases. It also gives a unit that is very robust and durable because the glass parts are kept within the protective cover of the unit.
The D1 has also been tested together with several other types of Profoto Light Shaping Tools and has been found to be very useful with almost all of them. The exception would be the Narrow beam reflector. Although the shape of the light is not exactly the same as with the same reflector when used with a Pack head, where one difference is that the “zoom scale” is not the same, it is still a very effective full shape. In general it is possible to achieve the same shape of light as with the Pack head, although the effect of the built in reflector gives a more interesting shape.
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