Profoto B1 gets Nikon TTL, support for further brands hinted

Profoto has released its Nikon-compatible TTL trigger for the B1 AirTTL 500 location lighting system.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-N/C

Profoto has released its Nikon-compatible TTL trigger for the B1 AirTTL 500 location lighting system. Now you can use the studio-sized monolight in i-TTL mode, like a giant 500Ws speedlight.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-N/C

A single B1 now works with either Canon or Nikon TTL, provided you buy the right radio trigger to go with it. The long-awaited high-speed sync feature isn’t here yet but Profoto insist they are working on it, and better yet hint at the possibility of TTL support for further camera brands in the future:

“Profoto will continue to develop the AirTTL system and the off-camera flash concept. Next in line is a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for on-location photography, are also on their way. Furthermore, Profoto is looking into adding TTL functionality for even more camera manufacturers.”

As Profoto lights are aimed at a professional market, we could probably expect to see support for Sony or Pentax before the company consider mirrorless camera systems, but time will tell.

You can get yourself a Profoto B1 AirTTL 500 head for the best part of US$2,000. The Profoto Air Remote TTL-N, the radio transmitter that links your camera and the flash head, is sold separately for €295/$395.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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