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[REVIEW] Profoto B10

September 12, 2018 · 5 comments

Profoto B10 is a Profoto B2 reborn in a smaller Profoto B1 jumpsuit, which means there is now an option for photographers between Profoto A1 and the significantly heavier B1.

Läs på svenska istället: Profoto B10 – test och recension

I borrowed two Profoto B10 for a week to test how the new studio flash / battery light / on-location flash works (call it whatever you want, but not a speedlight).

Here is my review. In short (but you will be wiser to read the entire review, plus see all the fine example photos), this is precisely the battery powered light that I was missing in Profoto’s ecosystem. Perhaps the one many had wished A1 had been?

Half as long as Profoto B1, half as ”strong” (250Ws compared to 500Ws), less than half as heavy but with very modern technology and features that can be useful.

Then there are of course some small things I would like to fix, but otherwise it’s made for me.

Read my long review of Profoto B10 here…

Always having extra lighting modifiers, for example an umbrella, can be a really smart thing sometimes. Especially when you are hired to shoot portraits on a location where the best backgrounds are outside and it rains that day.

Lucky for me, it was a nice day temperature-wise, so my model, a Swedish author, didn´t mind standing in the rain. But having an extra umbrella saved his jacket from getting wet with dark dots everywhere and his hair from getting all flat.

But the Profoto Deep Umbrella he held in these portraits also helped me getting much more interesting light and shadows.

[Read the full post here…]

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Instead of waiting for Profoto to produce a ring flash for Profoto B2, I thought about a DIY project to make my own adapter. It turned out to be a lot easier than that.

Orbis, Rayflash and some other ring flash adapters have been on the market for a while, but they are made of hard plastic and customized for Speedlights and that form factor.

But looking at Roundflash and their product, collapsible and made of fabric, it was a way better starting point for my project.

A Roundflash, a pair of scissors. Done!

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I tested the new Profoto OCF Color Gel Starter Kit last week and it is finally really easy to use them on the Profoto B1 and B2.

With this small and lightweight solution, I don’t need to fiddle with clamps or duct tape to attach color correction or other gels to my battery flashes any more.

Read my short review to see more of what is in the package and what you can use it for.

[Read the full post here…]

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For me, shooting portraits on-location is always a balance between time and flexibility, do I have time for advanced setups or do I want to be able to adjust on the fly to get more variety out of my session.

Often I chose the quickest and most flexible setup, and nothing is more easy to adjust and adapt than lighting with two large umbrellas. If you work indoors and have a large enough room, that is.

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