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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Keywords: lighting, non_nikon, profoto

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Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out.



RFi Square


A few weeks ago, Profoto sent a few of their newest line of RFi light shapers for me to evaluate. The “RF” in RFi stands for “Recessed Front.” This recessed front area serves two purposes; the first is to help prevent stray light by not allowing it to spill over the edges and the second is to allow for mounting optional accessories such as the Softgrid. The deeper recessed shape of the RFi softboxes helps the photographer fully control the direction of light, which allows for more precise light shaping on your subject.

The “i” in RFi stands for “improved.” Profoto has been making top quality softboxes for years under the “RF” name, but the new RFi softboxes are even better due to their improved fabrics, better materials and overall design.

The products I tested were the Softbox RFi 1.3’x2’, the Softbox RFi 1’x1.3’, the Softbox RFi 3’ Octa, and the newly-designed speedlight speedring adapters for use with small strobes. Since I had a limited time with the gear, I used the equipment for three separate photo assignments I had lined up. The first assignment was to photograph a youth soccer team outdoors, second was for a series of headshots for a church’s website, and the third was to photograph some fall leaves in an artistic fashion for a project I’m working on.


RFi in the Field

RFi in the Field



Soccer Team Composite



Soccer Team



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Originally written on November 15, 2012

Last updated on November 21, 2023

Mike Hagen Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Expert photography teacher

Gig Harbor, USA
Basic, 149 posts


Larry Dumlao (heavydpj) on February 13, 2013

PS GREAT REVIEW!! I plan on picking up a couple 1' x 4' soft boxes.

Larry Dumlao (heavydpj) on February 13, 2013

Only downside that I see is that the ring may not allow the use of a Poccketwizard FlexTT5 (which mounts to the SB's hotshot. It looks as if it may elevate the flashed too high.

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