May 12, 2014: Profoto releases the B1 Location Kit, making the highly portable B1 offcamera flash even easier to bring to an on-location shoot.
Ever since its release in November 2013, the B1 off-camera fl ash has fl own off the shelves as fast as Profoto has been able to deliver it to the stores. The most attention-grabbing features have always been the B1’s TTL metering and its cordless operation. Both of these convey the same message: the B1 is not a studio fl ash. It is an off-camera fl ash designed for on-location photography.
With the release of the B1 Location Kit, the B1’s portability is taken to the next level. The kit contains two B1 off-camera fl ashes, two batteries, a Fast Charger that recharges the battery in one hour, and a Car Charger that plugs into any standard car cigarette connector and recharges the battery in two hours. The gear is packed and delivered in a comfy backpack with room for additional gear not included in the kit, such as stands and lenses.
The B1 Location Kit comes with a streamlined price. Sold at €2950/$3950, the kit offers roughly €250/$200 discount compared to buying the included items separately.
The B1 Location Kit is the latest addition to Profoto’s growing and evolving off-camera fl ash concept. In November 2013, the B1 and its many accessories were launched (see next page). In April 2014, the fi rst fi rmware upgrade was released, enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS-1D X.
Profoto is now working on a fi rmware upgrade that will enable high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014. New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for off-camera fl ashes, are also on their way.