Swedish manufacturer Profoto have become the first company to have HSS and TTL available in a large studio light (with battery power) via a firmware update available for the B1 500 TTL off-camera flash.
And Profoto were no doubt encouraged along by HK based Phottix, with the Indra 500WS TTL and HSS enabled battery strobe also expected to be available any time now.
Profoto HSS uses a series of fast flash pulses to provide an even illumination over the entire image frame at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of second. So the B1 are now basically acting like a large speedlite, with all the same convenience, though with approximately 10 times the power.
Profoto HSS is available for both Canon and Nikon systems, with most popular cameras tested as working (though the very recent Canon 7D II is not yet compatible).
The Profoto B1 HSS and Phottix Indra really mark the start of a new era in portable lighting, combining the speed and convenience of speedlites with the power of larger portable studio lights.
Wedding and even photographers can now produce portraits with wide apertures and shallow depth of field, while still nicely exposing the sky, all with the speed of TTL, and without the need for extra ND filters on the camera lens.
Action shots in bright ambient light can be taken at higher motion freezing shutter speeds.
And the Profoto B1 also have the impressive TTL lock feature, allowing you to take an initial exposure quickly with TTL, and the tweak the results from there with manual settings. Basically saving the to needed to manually meter a number of lights.
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