Whether you shoot with a Canon, Nikon, Sony or Olympus camera, relax knowing they’re all 100 per cent compatible with the B1X thanks to innovative Profoto technologies that enable it to fully integrate with a wide range of popular camera systems. The integration is so smooth that sometimes Profoto refers to the B1X as an “off-camera flash”.
For utmost convenience and control, the optional Air Remote TTL is a must. It operates on a 2.4Ghz band width, with eight frequency channels each with three groups per channel and a range of up to 330’ for TTL triggering (and 1000’ for non-TTL triggering). Each channel has a power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops in TTL, or else +/- 9 stops variation in manual. The Air Remote TTL also enables selection of modeling light, shut-down of the unit, and first or rear curtain exposure.
Shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of a second with High Speed Sync (HSS) Mode at the press of a button. With Profoto’s patent-pending technology, the B1X is capable of producing an extremely fast series of flash pulses – particularly handy to help control and shape lighting when shooting in ambient light or when capturing fast-moving action.
There are so many possibilities with the B1X. In Normal Mode, the B1X 500 AirTTL is capable of T0.5 flash durations of 1/11,000 sec at minimum power, and 1/1000 sec at full power. But it also features a Freeze Mode and Quick Burst Mode, so you can bring your creative visions to life – whatever they may be. The B1X can deliver flash durations as short as 1/19,000 sec in Freeze Mode – perfect for freezing a moment in time, like water splashing. Quick Burst Mode is also impressive, delivering up to 20 flashes per second at lower power settings.
The B1X features a powerful lithium-ion battery that makes it possible for it to emit 325 full-power flashes and thousands of minimum power flashes on a 2.5-hour charge. To put less strain on the battery, the B1X’s modeling light is LED, with the equivalent output of a 130W halogen bulb. The B1X comes with a 2.8A multi-voltage charger. However, there’s an optional 4.5A quick charger which shortens the charging time to just 1.5 hours. A fuel-gage type LED on both the battery and the charger makes it easy to see how much power remains.
It’s easy to keep your equipment up to date and working flawlessly with firmware updates available directly from the Profoto website. Both the Air Remote TTL and the flash head feature mini-USB connectors.
|User Replaceable Flashtube||No|
|Modeling Light Wattage||24W Tungsten balanced LED 2500 lumens output (equivalent to a 130W halogen lamp)|
|Flash Ready Indicator||No|
|Built-in Slave Cell||No|
The B1X is much more powerful than the B1. In particular, it has a much more powerful battery, a much more powerful modeling light and a widely extended HSS power range.
The same professional and convenience features you’d expect from a professional-level flash like this from Profoto are still there with the B1X. It has the same dense, durable polymer housing, integrated 77-degree reflector, built-in receiver compatible with Air Remote TTL remotes and intuitive highly visible controls and display.
The B1X has full Profoto light shaper system compatibility, including the extensive range of umbrellas, reflectors and softboxes.
You can regulate the power of over a nine-stop range (2 to 500Ws / 1/256 to 1/1) in 1/10 or 1-stop increments.
Yes, the B1X control panel has a 1.4-inch x 2.5-inch bright LCD screen where you can quickly and easily check the flash's power level, sync choice, modeling light mode, recycle alert, and battery charge level.