Profoto B1 HSS planned for this year, but no strobe mode

Profoto has confirmed plans to add high-speed sync — but not stroboscopic mode — to its B1 AirTTL flash in 2014.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-C

Profoto has confirmed plans to add high-speed sync functionality to its B1 AirTTL flash. But don’t hold your breath: the feature may not arrive until the end of the year, and even then only for Canon.

Profoto B1 500 AirTTL

High-speed sync, or HSS, is a feature that allows flashes to be used with cameras set to any shutter speed. Though most high-end speedlights have this feature built-in, there are separate protocols for Nikon, Canon and Sony and so very few studio flashes offer it without the need for specialist third-party triggers. It is expected to form part of a future firmware update for the Profoto Air Remote TTL-C (below).

Profoto Air Remote TTL-C

Asked about HSS in their new TTL studio flash, a Profoto representative said: “HSS is a priority but at this point we cannot estimate a time more accurately than that it should be ready before end of 2014.”

On the other hand, if you were hoping for a strobe (multi-flash) feature, you might be disappointed.

“We do not have any plans for stroboscopic mode,” they added.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.