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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,894
Huntsville, Alabama, US


Anybody have opinions of these?  worth it?  compatible in a system with older profoto monolights?

thanks in advance
May 17 13 08:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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-JAY-
Posts: 6,179
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Got a great deal on one through a local facebook electonics sell/trade page thingy. I played with it for several weeks... for what/how I shoot, it does nothing different than my cheap speedlites and Flashpoint strobes can't. Sold it.

YMMV
May 17 13 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,894
Huntsville, Alabama, US


thanks, Jay.  any other inputs?
May 17 13 08:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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-JAY-
Posts: 6,179
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Z_Photo wrote:
thanks, Jay.  any other inputs?

Not anything particularly useful. I pressed the shutter and it flashed. I don't shoot much where there needs to be 100% shot to shot to shot color accuracy across a dozen lights --- to me it was just an expensive flash.

May 17 13 09:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,894
Huntsville, Alabama, US


understood.  was asking if others have inputs smile

I can get a pair at a price which I almost cannot refuse.  even if I just resell them later.
May 17 13 09:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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1k-words-photograpy
Posts: 319
Leesburg, Virginia, US


I shoot 250s, 500s and 1,00s. I love them. Easy to use and works every time. But expensive.
May 17 13 09:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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the lonely photographer
Posts: 1,847
Beverly Hills, California, US


good stuff. expensive,  you get what you pay for. if you can get these cheap  go for it. the  people that complain about the price are the ones that can't afford them.
May 17 13 10:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sans Cloth
Posts: 138
Salt Lake City, Utah, US


I also love them.  I have three D1 500s and five Compacts.  The only thing the D1 cannot do (compared to the Compacts) is the Hard Box modifier.  If you buy the D1s, or any new Profoto system, the Air is a must and makes life much easier.
May 18 13 06:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Robert Feliciano
Posts: 485
New York, New York, US


From a post I wrote on dpreview:

Ahh, quality of light. It's why so many people love Profoto and exactly the reason not to get the D1s.

I feel they are poorly designed. The beauty of the Profoto light is the protruding, exposed bulb which does a great job of filling your modifiers; softbox, beauty dish, globe, etc. The D1 line has a recessed bulb which does a terrible job of filling a beauty dish; it's made for umbrellas. Profoto realized the turkey they had on their hands and designed and sold the glass dome that goes on the D1s. It doesn't do nearly as good a job as my Compact monolight or Acute heads.

The remote control is great and the consistency is supposed to be better than my Compact, but I'll wait for the D2. Actually, if I had to do it over again, I'd get the exposed bulb Dynalites. The accessory prices for Profotos are ridiculous; $231 for barn doors! Everyone else sells them for ~$60. I'm thoroughly invested in accessories and my studiomate has Profoto as well, so I'm kind of stuck. But don't get me wrong, it's a great system that gets the job done. There's just too much marketing blowing smoke to try to justify their profit margins. You can get a new Dynalite system for the cost of a used Profoto system. You can buy an entire light from Paul Buff for the cost of a replacement Profoto flash tube.
May 18 13 07:05 am  Link  Quote 
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liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


I didn't notice a difference with a BD between these and my acuteb head, I'd love to see a side by side comparison to see if this is real.

Like most profoto gear they are solid, well made, nice to work with and deliver. The air system with them is great: turn them on/off, modelling light on/off, adjust 1/10th stops and probably other stuff all remotely.
May 18 13 10:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Wilde One
Posts: 2,349
Santa Monica, California, US


I did a test shoot of D1's with a Mola Euro.

What you get is a hot spot in the center and very little of the wonderful light quality of a beauty dish. I was using the opal glass insert, which I loved shooting with power packs. With the original aluminum disc you'd very likely not get a hot spot, but I'd wonder what you'd get with the D1 firing forward at a narrow angle and then hitting an aluminum disc. It can't be great.

The glass dome was installed, but I consider it more cosmetic than functional.

The thing is, that with regular Profoto flash heads, the head protrudes into the dish, and fills it. The D1 has a recessed flash tube, and fires only forward at a rather narrow angle.

Those were my findings, and I went with 7b's and Pro-7b flash heads, and I'm glad I did.

Bottom line: it depends on what you need it for, and what light quality you want to achieve. If you like the Terry Richardson style of shooting, you can go with D1's. If you love Profoto for its crisp light quality and wonderful rendering of detail, then I'd recommend going the power pack route.
May 18 13 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Z_Photo
Posts: 6,894
Huntsville, Alabama, US


thanks, Wilde.  This is the kind of info I was looking for.
May 19 13 03:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Love
Posts: 153
Indianapolis, Indiana, US


Profoto D1s are great!  I have 4 of the 500 Air strobes and couldn't be happier. 

Get the USB Air...its a totally different shooting experience and sold me on the D1.  Prior to that I was using the D4 2400 pack.
May 20 13 06:21 am  Link  Quote 
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Dave Richards
Posts: 11
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand


They are absolutely incredible - don't hesitate.
I have six of the 1000W heads - with the Air, it's heaven.  And the light... sigh.

I haven't found a problem with the angle they produce - although I have with other heads and the Mola - not a fan and prefer the Profoto beauty dishes).

Everything on my portfolio here has been shot with them (without the optional glass domes).
May 21 13 12:33 am  Link  Quote 
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