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Profoto B2 AirTTL Off-Camera Flash Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)


Keywords: profoto, lighting, flash, remote, ttl

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Profoto asked me to review their new Profoto B2 off-camera flash system so I put the B2 AirTTL system through its paces shooting some outdoor portraits and photographing kids playing on a trampoline.

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The Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit.


For this test, I used the Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location kit, Profoto OCF light shapers, a Nikon D750, the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, and the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 AF-S.

Here’s a video I put together for the Profoto B2 AirTTL OCF system:

 

I currently own a set of Profoto D1 Air studio strobes and think that Profoto makes some of the best studio lights on the market today. The B2 flashes take the Profoto technology and shrink it down into a small, battery-powered location kit that you can take just about anywhere. Like everything else in the Profoto lineup, the build quality of the B2 system is top-notch. Also, the quality of light is excellent when used with the OCF (off-camera flash) light shapers.

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I used the Profoto B2 250 AirTTL heads to photograph these kids jumping on the trampoline. The flashes worked great with the outdoor location and packed enough punch to work with the bright sun.
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The OCF system uses a battery pack to power the heads. This battery is small in comparison to other location power-pack systems and weighs just a few pounds. It is small enough that you can easily wear the pack with a shoulder strap while shooting events and outdoor action sports.

The heads are 250 watt-seconds each, so they pack about four times more power than a Nikon or Canon speedlight. They also recycle much faster than dedicated flashes, making it easier to photograph action with the B2 system.

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Here you can see the two B2 heads in the lower right and upper left. I used the extension cable to move the background hair light about 15 feet away from the battery pack.
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Originally written on August 14, 2015

Last updated on January 24, 2021

Mike Hagen Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Expert photography teacher

Gig Harbor, USA
Basic, 149 posts

1 comment

Tom Schellin (guitarbts) on October 4, 2015

Mike, Great review! I am thinking about getting the B2 system and this review was very helpful in answering a lot of my questions. Thanks for the review, Tom

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