Pro-8a Air 2 3 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 4 5 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. 6 7 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 8 9 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 10 11 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 12 13 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 90 10 31 2.4 GHz 8 channels – 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 Over 100 fps 90 10 32 2.4 GHz 8 channels Yes, with Profoto Studio up to 300 m (1000 ft) – – – – – – 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) – – Yes, with Profoto Studio Yes, with Profoto Studio Yes, with Profoto Studio Yes, with Profoto Studio Yes, with Profoto Studio Test sync only – 90 10 34 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. 14 15 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. 16 17 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 Art. no.: 90 07 19 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. 18 19 Connect with Profoto.com Visit us at www.profoto.com or any of our associated sites in other languages and be sure to register your product online, to stay up-to-date with new developments. Our members area gives you access to special offers, newsletters created for your professional needs, and much more. You can view our complete Light Shaping Tool catalogue online, and even get information on new equipment offered by Profoto’s selected partners. Got an urgent assignment? You can quickly find out who sells or rents Profoto equipment in your area. Our directory of stores, rental houses and studios is constantly expanding. © 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. Profoto AB Box 2023, Flygfältsgatan 4, SE-128 21, Skarpnäck, Sweden Tel: +46 8 447 53 00, Fax: +46 8 447 53 20, email@example.com, www.profoto.com 334068. Profoto carries out continuous development of its products. Specifications are subject to change without notice. 2-147. Some photographers can tell just from seeing a picture, if Profoto equipment has been used.