So I have a friend who's a "Profoto Ambassador" ... Flew him out to Sweden to test/try/use the new A1 ... After the demonstration, he and the other ambassadors were given A1's for free ... Schweet-Jesus!!! Hehehehe... I'll be meeting up with him next week to demo this new Profoto product and see what the hoopla is all about... With that said, during our brief online discussion, here's what he had to say during his initial use:
- Profoto quality and build
- Loves the LED modeling light
- Better light quality than any other speed lights he's used
- Light fall off better/softer on round strobe/flash head than rectangle
- Likes the magnetic mountable (and stackable) accessories/modifiers
- Built-in Air Remote TTL
I'll bring my Canon 580EXII and compare it to the A1... He mentioned the 'better light fall off' because of the circular shaped strobe/flash head, rather than that of a rectangular shaped strobe/flash (i.e. Canon/Nikon flashes) which basically only covers the camera's frame... I guess I'll see it when I test try it... Like I mentioned on my previous post, if you're already invested in Profoto strobes and gear, this would be a great add-on to your inventory... If not, then this could be an expensive entry into the Profoto family... Anyhoo... I'll do my best to add to this discussion after giving it a test try... Stay tuned!!!
My thoughts ... the quality is probably darn good.
But I bet if we gave several pros a name brand speedlite and the new A1 and told them to go shoot, bet there's good chance Profoto ambassadors or their execs may get mixed-up in a "wine tasting" style print comparison if their finished photo samples were spread out. Even if the light was "better" I suspect it's minimal. In the promo video, the photographer claims the light will change his shooting forever ... okay ... let's see how long that eternity holds true.