Photography is all about light, and one of the best ways to improve your photography is to learn how to bring your own light to a scene, whether on or off-camera, flash or video light.But the Profoto B10, with its elegant design and user interface, excellent light quality, and battery-powered portability, is certainly one of the best pieces of photography lighting gear you can buy.The B10 may stand above other options, but it’s far from the most affordable way to get great lighting.The best photography light overall: Profoto B10The best affordable portable studio light: Flashpoint XPLOR 400 ProBest cheap photography lighting kit: Interfit FLA2002K1 Studio Essentials
Profoto shook the lighting world last year with the launch of its powerful but pricey A1 'studio flash' flashgun, and it's now updated that model to deliver a more powerful A1X companion.Physically, the A1X appears to be designed along the same lines as the A1, with the same round flash head and a large display on its rear, although it arrives with an updated feel and finish.More significantly, the company has upgraded much of the innards to make it more powerful and flexible than the existing model.The recycling time is slightly shorter than the A1's, now down to just a second compared to the A1's 1.2 seconds, while the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers 450 full-power flashes per charge – 100 more than the A1.Even so, it can still be recharged just as quickly, in around 80 minutes.The A1X is also compatible with many of Sony's most recent mirrorless and SLT cameras, including the Sony A7 III and Sony A9, in addition to the Canon and Nikon DSLRs and mirrorless bodies that work with the original A1.
The A1 is a professional on-camera flash for location photographers that offers similar features to a studio light in a much more compact form factor.Calling it the “world’s smallest studio light,” Profoto introduced its first on-camera flash, the Profoto A1.The flash is available in both Canon and Nikon hot shoe configurations and offers both manual and TTL (through-the-lens metering) automatic modes.At just 1.2 pounds, it is considerably smaller than Profoto’s off-camera lights, such as the powerful D2 monolight, and only about five ounces heavier than first-party flashes.Unlike most on-camera flashes, the A1 uses a circular flash head, which Profoto states leads to a more natural light quality.The light can be shaped further via dedicated accessories, including gels, a dome diffuser, and a bounce card, all of which attach to the flash head magnetically.
p Olympus has announced firmware updates for its PEN-F camera, as well as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M5 Mark II models.In addition to updating the three cameras’ software, Olympus has also released firmware for some of its M.ZUIKO PRO and PREMIUM lenses.Among the new features and changes comes full and ‘true compatibility’ with the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O.Depending on device, owners can expect to see things like Art Filters, additional tonal control, feature compatibility with non-Olympus flashes, and more.The new Olympus firmware is available to download now.If you own the E-M1 Mark II camera, you’ll see some new features that have already been made available on the E-M5 Mark II.
p Olympus brings flagship features down to the E-M5 Mark II and PEN F cameras with firmware updates, breathing new life into older models.Wireless compatibility with the leading strobe manufacturer is coming to Olympus.On May 8, the company announced new firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, OM-D E-M5 Mark II, PEN F with Profoto Air Remote TTL-O system compatibility, as well as updates for two lenses.In addition, several high-end features from the flagship E-M1 Mark II are trickling down to the less pricey models, including the ability to save custom color profiles.The new Profoto Air partnership gives Olympus access to the Through the Lens (TTL) strobes wirelessly when using the Profoto Air Remote mounted on the hot shoe.“I’ve had a lot of opportunity to work with Profoto and their functionality and it’s pretty exciting as the leading manufacturer for light shaping and strobes will be working with us for that compatibility.”
Profoto lighting equipment is considered some of the best in the business.This reputation is only further being cemented with the release of Profoto s D2 monolights, which Profoto claims to be the world s fastest moonlight with TTL capabilities .The updated Profoto D2 monolights are capable of freezing action at up to 1/63,000th of a second.For context, most shutters on DSLR cameras max out at around 1/4,000th or 1/8,000th of a second.Besides just freezing the action, the Profoto D2 s are capable of firing up to 20 times per second and firing with shutter speeds up to 1/8,000th of a second using high-speed sync.For those unaware, high-speed sync is a technology that fixes the issue of needing to freeze motion at shutter speeds faster than the x-sync speed of various cameras and lenses — usually 1/250th of a second for DSLRs.