​Profoto D1 Air

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Profoto are the world leaders renowned for production of advanced yet portable flash technology for those seeking to add a professional touch to their photography. With D1 Air flash unites to hand, you will be surprised at how versatile this gear is.

Profoto D1 air comes in a variety of models, 250, 500 and 1000 Ws versions. If you have been on the look out for a fully digitized flash unit with display and output control all in one then you will love the profoto D1 Air

The manufacturers claim that the D1 Air was built on the foundation of understanding what a busy and demanding photographer would find handy. This is reflected in their design features that does not require for the user to always  be hands on. Instead profoto D1 Air offers freedom of creativity without compromising what matters most. 

With comes features like, easy to find controls, built in light reflectors that minimizes loss of stray light. Short flash duration gives images a crisp feel and the fast recycling time means that you never have to wait for the flash.

As if that was not enough, profoto D1 Air offers  a 1/10 f-stop control  which gives you the confidence to achieve artistic imagery art just like you had envisioned. It also boasts of remotely controlled trigger featurs from distances of about 1000 feet or 300 meters so you don't have to use sync cabling. All you will need is a profoto usb connector that plugs into your computer and you are ready to go wireless that utilize transceiver digital displays on air channels that run on an air cooled and automated varied  voltage which is all inclusive.


Who Is Profoto D1 Best Suited?

The profoto D1 Air is not for everyone, for a start they are damn expensive and for a good reason too. No wonder celebrity photographers like Anne Leibovitz choose to use profoto  D1 Air, when you value your time and have to deal with high valued clientele, the last thing you want is to waste time fiddling with lighting.

This range of photographic lighting is probably the best of this Swedish photographic flash manufacturer who are based in Stockholm. If you want to achieve the best of imagery art in the studio setting, you need to have a look at their studio focused range which includes, battery powered flash units or generator run units where portability is not a requirement. It's amazing what you can do with these units, from remote controlled units that can easily be attached to digital camera flash units, to automated lens measuring capability all through flash synchronization signature protocols in within the profoto units.


​Pros And Cons

Noticeably profoto D1 Air comes with their bulbs flushed right from the factory, In traditional strobes, this feature is optional however profoto's logic is to adress issues with angle of projection believed to be optimal at this configuration. The challenge is when you are using slightly bigger soft boxes, this factory setting creates unnecessary hotspots in comparison to the other strobes.

Overall, an excellent product for serious hobbyists or professionals alike. If you're starting up and don't want to take the plunge with the price point, I would suggest looking at other brands like alien bees, white lightning etc. Just bear in mind with Profoto you are going to pay a premium but you do get good quality equipment. Also, any accessories will have that premium price tag attached.

All in all profoto D1 Air is a perfect fit for both professionals as well as those getting started in the industry.

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