Just in time for Photokina, this morning Profoto announced an update to its D1 monolights released in 2009. The aptly named D2's sport a whole new host of features -- the most notable being its support for TTL and HSS, and its fast flash duration times.
The D2's come in 500ws and 1000ws versions (per head) and offer an impressive 10-stop range (in 1/10th stop increments) for each model. (500ws - 1ws for the D2 500, and 1000ws down to 2ws for the D2 1000)
Both models are already AirTTL equipped and will require the TTL-C (Canon) or TTL-N (Nikon) Air Remotes if you plan on using TTL.
Here are a couple bullet points from the D2 product page:
- Available in 500 and 1000Ws adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 10 f-stop power range to give you both power and precise control.
- Bursts up to 20 flashes per second with flash durations up to 1/63,000 of a second.
- High Speed Sync up to 1/8,000s.
- Shoot in TTL or manual mode.
- Fully integrated with other AirTTL flashes like B1 and B2.
- Built-in reflector for maximum output and minimizing of straylight.
- High-resolution display with a superior, intuitive interface.
- Optional Quartz flashtube for high volume packshot available.
- Compatible with 120+ Light Shaping Tools from Profoto's renowned light shaping system.
Important to note, is that the super fast flash durations are reported in t0.5, and not t0.1 -- still, it looks like a very impressive product and a worthy successor to the D1's.
Personally, we're excited for this product as it will tie in perfectly with our B1's and B2's, along with carrying an extra stop of power for larger modifiers in-studio. We do wish that they made an exposed flash tube or allowed the integrated reflector to be removed so that these could perform better in large modifiers.
The inclusion of TTL and HSS is nice and will make for an exceptional location light when paired with a BatPac or other power source.
2 Kits will also be available - a 1000ws (total) 2-head 500/500 kit, and a 2000ws (total) 1000/1000 kit. We're unsure if the D1's will be discontinued or reduced in price to make their gear more accessible to enthusiats. If pricing can stay in line with the D1's current pricing (and the D1's reduced in price) these will be very impressive monolights.
If you're looking at getting into Profoto gear, used D1's should be dropping in price very soon.
9/15/2016 1:30pm UPDATE: B&H has listed the D2 pricing at $1,495 for the D2 500 and $1,995 for the D2 1000. The Pricing for the D2 Duo 500/500 2-light kit is $2,995 and the D2 Duo 1000/1000 2-light kit is $3,995.
Check out Profoto.com for more info on this exciting new product.