Pro-8a Air
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Thank you.
We want to thank all the photographers around the world who have shown
such confidence in our products over the past 40 years. Your confidence has
allowed us to continue perfecting our original concept – to create functional,
long-lasting, high-quality flash systems for professionals that are easy to use.
After all, we’re in this together.
Conny Dufgran
Chairman and Founder
© Annie Leibovitz, New York City, August 2008
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A workhorse
with digital
precision
Demanding photographers need products that deliver. That’s why
the Profoto line of flash generators is the most rented in the world.
And now we’re setting a new standard for flash photography with
the Pro-8a Air, a robust and rugged workhorse built for precision
digital shooting, all day.
Profoto Pro-8a Air offers you unmatched product performance in
terms of flash duration (1/12,000 s), recycling time at 2400 Ws of
0.9 s, power control and versatility. Generate up to 20 flashes per
second, and up to 1000 full power flashes per hour, with a flash-toflash precision of ± 1/50 f-stop at all power settings. The output
power can be adjusted over a full 10 f-stop range, from 5 Ws up
to 2400 Ws, in increments of 1/10 f-stop, for really fine-grained
control. You will experience flash-to-flash color stability within
± 40° K over the entire power range.
Just like everything in the Profoto system, the Pro-8a Air offers
easy-to-use controls based on our user friendly design philosophy
of look, listen and touch. The result? The Pro-8a Air frees up your
mind, your eyes and your hands, so you can focus on the image
you’re creating.
Shoot with the new Pro-8a Air. We think you’ll make fast friends.
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Fast just got faster
As the fastest flash generator in the world, we never stop exceeding the boundaries in both
recycling time and flash duration. Thanks to the new two-stage SMPS capacitor charging
technology, the short 0.9 s recycling speed at 2400 Ws gives you up to 20 flashes per
second and up to 1000 flashes per hour. Short flash durations down to 1/12,000 s
give you super sharp images. So fast means never having to wait.
© Oscar Falk
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Style your light
to perfection
The Pro-8a Air gives you the power and precision you need to create perfect pictures, on demand.
Flash-to-flash color stability of ± 40° K thanks to Profotos patented PiPE (Pre-ignition Plasma
Establishing) technology makes it easy to obtain repeatable results. Adjust the flash light level
over a full 10 f-stop power range. Shape the light the way you want, with minimum fuss.
In the studio or on location, just select the light shaping tools you need from
the extensive line Profoto Light Shaping Tool system.
Reflectors, spotlights, ringflash, striplights, umbrellas, softboxes and more – each optically
designed to create a distinct lighting character. A system designed to let you work your way, to
realize your own style. On demand.
© Oscar Falk
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Profoto Pro-8a Air
Profoto Pro-8a 2400 Air
Energy 2400 Ws
Energy control 5 – 2400 Ws over an 10 f-stop range,
in 1/10 or 1/1 increments.
Energy distribution Fully asymmetric
Energy precision ± 1/50 f-stop flash-to-flash
Color stability
± 50° K over energy range 5.0 – 10.0
± 40° K flash-to-flash
Recycling 0.05 – 0.9 s
Lamp head connectors Two connectors
Flash duration 1/12,000 – 1/1600 s
Flash capacity Up to 20 flashes per second
Modeling light Up to 1000 W (max 500 W per head)
Size 37 x 18.5 x 25 cm
14.5 x 7.3 x 9.8 inch
Weight 12.2 kg
26.9 lbs
Input power supply
Multivoltage
Flash triggering Built-in wireless Profoto Air with a range up to 300 m
Built-in photocell, two sync sockets
Optional
Built-in LPA Pocket Wizard triggering system
Art. no.
90 10 02
Profoto Pro-8a 1200 Air
Energy 1200 Ws
Energy control 5 – 1200 Ws over an 9 f-stop range,
in 1/10 or 1/1 step increments.
Energy distribution Fully asymmetric
Energy precision ± 1/50 f-stop flash-to-flash
Recycling 0.05 – 0.5 s
Color stability
± 50° K over energy range 5.0 – 10.0
± 40° K flash-to-flash
Lamp head connectors Two connectors
Flash duration 1/12,000 – 1/2200 s
Flash capacity Up to 20 flashes per second
Modeling light Up to 1000 W (max 500 W per head)
Size 24.5 x 18.5 x 25 cm
13.6 x 7.3 x 9.8 inch
Weight 11.4 kg
25.2 lbs
Input power supply
Multivoltage
Flash triggering Built-in wireless Profoto Air with a range up to 300 m
Built-in photocell, two sync sockets
Optional
Built-in LPA Pocket Wizard triggering system
Art. no.
90 10 01
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Remote control
and sync
without cables
Now it’s easy to shape and control your light from as far
away as 300 m (1000 ft). Our new digital radio system,
Profoto Air Remote, is built in to all Pro-8a Air generators.
Complete flash control of your camera, in your hand or
from your computer, including flash power and modeling
light control. Control an unlimited number of generators
and heads on eight channels.
Profoto Air devices deliver sync signals with a very short
delay, just 100μs in fast mode. Signal connections are made
with either a hot shoe or a cable.
Profoto Air Remote
Our specially designed digital radio system, Profoto Air
Remote, is built in to all Pro-8a Air generators. Complete
flash control at your camera or in your hand, including
flash energy control and modeling light control. Control
an unlimited number of generators and heads clustered
in up to six groups on eight channels.
These small, handheld devices weigh only 70 g (2.5 oz)
including batteries. They pack a lot of functionality and
reliability into an easy-to-use control panel. Operating at
2.4 GHz, they are approved for world wide use.
Profoto Air systems with sync can also operate with
external receivers on older generators or other brands.
Profoto Air inside
Technical data
Profoto Air Remote
Profoto Air Sync
Profoto Air USB
This symbol tells you when a flash unit
has a built-in transceiver that makes it
compatible with the Profoto Air system.
It’s your guarantee of a perfect sync.
Frequency band Separate radio channels
Groups/radio channel
Range
Battery type
Battery lifetime fast/normal mode
Sync delay fast/normal mode Sync speed
Fast mode
Antenna type
Computer connection
Weight
Dimensions
Sync signal in
Sync out Complete flash control Remote flash energy control
Remote modeling light control Master mode
Automatic interaction with generator
Sync/Trigger
Triggering Speed
Art. no.
2.4 GHz
8 channels
6 groups
up to 300 m (1000 ft)
2 x AAA
40/500 h
100/465 μs
1/250 s with focal plane
1/500 s with leaf shutter
1/1000 s dep. on camera and flash
Integrated –
70 g/40 g without battery
(2.5 oz/1.4 oz)
70 x 50 x 40 mm (2.7 x 1.9 x 1.6 in)
Hot shoe and 3.5 mm phone plug
3.5 mm phone plug
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Over 100 fps
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2.4 GHz
8 channels
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up to 300 m (1000 ft)
2 x AAA
40/500 h
100/465 μs
1/250 s with focal plane
1/500 s with leaf shutter
1/1000 s dep. on camera and flash
Integrated
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70 g/40 g without battery (2.5 oz/1.4 oz)
70 x 50 x 40 mm
(2.7 x 1.9 x 1.6 in)
Hot shoe and 3.5 mm phone plug
3.5 mm phone plug
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Yes
Over 100 fps
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2.4 GHz
8 channels
Yes, with Profoto Studio
up to 300 m (1000 ft)
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Integrated
USB 2.0 Series “A” plug
20 g
(0.7 oz)
70 x 20 x 22 mm
(2.7 x 0.8 x 0.8 in)
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Yes, with Profoto Studio
Yes, with Profoto Studio
Yes, with Profoto Studio
Yes, with Profoto Studio
Yes, with Profoto Studio
Test sync only
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Profoto Air Sync
Syncs flash generators or cameras, in groups or individually
with the same high performance as Profoto Air Remote.
The Profoto Air Sync provides a simple solution when you
do not need to control the power of your flash and only
need to trigger it, with your camera. Profoto Air Sync can
also be used as a receiver and sync generators without
built in Profoto Air.
Profoto Air USB
This USB 2.0 transceiver connects your flash generators
to the Profoto Studio Air, software for both PC and Mac
that gives you full control of your studio flash system
remotely from your keyboard.
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Profoto Studio
Air brings it
all together
Profoto Studio Air is a software solution for both PC and
Mac that simplifies lighting and gives you full control of all
your packs and heads, wireless from your computer.
Visually see the power of your packs and heads and make
adjustments as needed with the on-screen sliders. Flashoutput and modeling light controls are just the start. You
can control each head individually or group them to control
multiple heads or packs at one time. Then, save customer
lighting setups for use at a later time.
The Profoto Studio checks to see if all generators are fired
correctly with every exposure. Giving you extra assurance
you have the shot. With an eye on technical innovation,
Profoto Studio Air is designed to be an expandable system
with an eye on the future.
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Pro heads
Versatility, power and precision come together
easily in the Profoto system. With the stateof-the-art Pro-8a Air generator as a base,
you can select just the right lamp head to suit
your assignment – with the right power range,
recycling time and flash duration. And the
versatility doesn’t stop there. Whether you’re
in the studio or on location, you can continue
to fashion your own special light. Just select
the additional components you need from the
extensive Profoto Light Shaping Tool system.
Each one is optically designed to help you
create a distinct lighting style.
ProHead
ProTwin
ProRing 2
In the studio, the standard heavy-duty tool is the Profoto
ProHead, built for producing flashes up to 4800 Ws,
over and over again, hour after hour. A thermostatically
controlled 2-speed fan provides efficient cooling.
When demands are even tougher, the Profoto ProTwin is
available with two flash tubes that effectively double the
performance. Used with a single generator, it produces shorter
flash durations. Used with two generators, it achieves faster
recycling and/or higher power, up to 9600 Ws.
For fashion or macrophotography, when you want a direct
and very prominent light, the Profoto ProRing 2 provides
a ring flash capable of as many flashes per minute as the
generator can produce, thanks to the fan-cooled operation.
A powerful 200 W modeling light is included.
Size: 20 x 21 x 23 cm (7.8 x 8.25 x 9 in.)
20 cm (7.8 in.) exterior diameter
10 cm (4 in.) interior diameter
Weight: 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs) including camera holder
Including:
Circular quartz flash tube, 4800 Ws
10 x 20 W halogen modeling lamps
Camera adapter
Stand adapter
4 m (13 ft) lamp cable
Size: 26 cm (10 in.) long and 10 cm (4 in.) diameter
Weight: 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs)
Size: 26 cm (10 in.) long and 10 cm (4 in.) diameter
Including:
New Zoom Reflector
One uncoated flash tube
250 W halogen modeling lamp (500 W optional)
Removable frosted glass cover
Protective transportation cap
Stand adapter
4 m (13 ft) lamp cable
Weight: 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs)
Art. no.:
90 07 09 with 250 W lamp
90 07 27 with 500 W lamp
Including:
Magnum Reflector
Two uncoated flash tubes
500 W halogen modeling lamp
Removable frosted glass cover
Protective transportation cap
Stand adapter
4.5 m (14.5 ft) Twin lamp cable
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Accessories: Close-up Reflector, Softlight Reflector,
Widesoft Reflector and ProRing Diffuser.
Art. no.:
30 05 17
If you want a lighter weight ring flash without a modeling light,
try the Profoto ProRing, with a flash capacity of 9600 Ws/min.
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© Oscar Falk
For nearly four decades, professional photographers around the world have come to value Profoto’s
expertise in lighting and light-shaping. Our extensive range of Light Shaping Tools offers photographers
unlimited possibilities for creating and adjusting their own light.
Profoto is the world leader in electronic flash and rental equipment. You can purchase or rent our
products at professional photo shops, rental studios and rental shops everywhere, from Paris, London
and Milan to New York, Tokyo and Cape Town.
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