Following the identical naming construction because the B1 and the B1X, Profoto has upgraded the options of the A1, and in my testing (extra on that beneath), the A1X works seamlessly with the A1 and, after all, all the opposite Profoto lighting devices. The main modifications and upgrades are as follows:
- New battery with 450 full energy flashes (beforehand 350)
- Faster recycle time — 1.0s (beforehand 1.2s)
- 20 channels (beforehand 8)
- Interface much like the one of many B10
- Available for Canon, Nikon, and now (newly!) Sony techniques
- Built-In AirTTL, Use On or Off Camera
- Faster Recycling: 1 sec
- Upgraded Battery: 450 Full Power Flashes
- High-Speed Sync, LED Modeling Light
- 9-Stop Power Range, 76Ws Output
- Weighs 1.2 lb Including Battery
- Optional Wireless TTL with Air Remote
- Includes Bounce Card, Dome Diffuser
- Wide Lens, Flash Stand, USB Cable
- A1 Bag with Shoulder Strap
Building on the success and recognition of the A1, Profoto introduces an enhanced model, the A1X AirTTL-S Studio Light for Sony with a extra highly effective battery that will get 450 full energy flashes as a substitute of 350, sooner full energy recycling time of 1 second as a substitute of 1.2 seconds, 20 wi-fi channels as a substitute of 8, and an up to date interface much like the one on the B10.
The A1X was created for the skilled photographer on the lookout for portability and efficiency options or the bold non-professional who acknowledges high quality lighting however needs it comfortably and simply with out the trouble of a very technical interface. The A1X is straightforward to make use of. You can actually take it out of the field and begin capturing. Weighing 1.2 lb together with its battery, the A1X’s modern matte black end not solely appeals to the attention however to the tactile sense as nicely.
The very first thing you’ll discover in regards to the A1X is its 2.75″ spherical, tilting, rotating head, which is the bodily function most liable for the A1X’s natural-looking gentle with its tender gradual fall-off. The auto-zoom constructed into the top handles focal lengths from 32 to 105mm and the included Wide Lens offers you wide-angle protection from 14 to 24mm. You can override the auto-zoom perform at any time and make your changes manually. A filter equipment with graduated CTO conversion filters and a fluorescent filter can be individually out there to switch the unit’s daylight shade temperature.
The A1X recycles in 1 second, sooner than most flash items in its class and has action-stopping flash durations from 1/800 to 1/20,000 second. The A1X helps HSS (High-Speed Sync) permitting you to shoot at shutter speeds as quick a 1/8000 second as a substitute of 1/250 to blur a distracting background utilizing a large aperture whereas controlling sturdy ambient gentle behind your topic. The 76Ws head has an LED modeling gentle that may give you a preview of how the sunshine is falling in your topic. It will be turned on or off, set to robotically modify proportionally to the ability stage chosen, or simply switched to handbook the place it may be modified by hand. All changes are indicated on the exceptionally readable white on black LCD show.
The A1X is powered by an included lithium-ion battery that has a capability of 450 full energy flashes (as a substitute of the earlier mannequin’s 350). Power is topped up on an exhausted battery in about 80 minutes with the included 100-240 VAC charger. The battery doesn’t fade as its energy is used, working at peak efficiency till it’s depleted. Purchase of a further battery is really useful.
So far, we’ve been discussing the A1X used on-camera however when used off-camera it actually earns its title as a “Studio Light.” The flash has a built-in transceiver that enables it for use with different A1s, B2s or D2, B1, and B1X monolights. All the Air Remote wi-fi controllers can set off the A1X at distances as much as 1000′ and the Air Sync provides you with easy wi-fi triggering, whereas the Air Remote will allow you to wirelessly modify energy, grouping, channel choice, and modeling gentle on/off. It’s the Air Remote TTL that lets you discover and management the A1X’s full capabilities. It wirelessly permits task of channels and teams in addition to TTL and energy stage. In reality, the A1 has a change that lets you set your important gentle to TTL, change to handbook operation to regulate handbook items in different teams to ratio their output, then change again to TTL and return to the unique TTL setting which was saved for you. The A1X additionally has +/-3 stops of publicity compensation that may be modified from the distant on your particular wants. The gentle additionally comes with a Bounce Card, 180-degree Dome Diffuser, Flash Stand, and a nylon bag with shoulder strap for storage and transport.