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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-10 sec at f - 2.0

When Profoto first announced the B1 500 TTL light, it rocked the industry. This light is the world’s first monolight that can shoot at full TTL exposure metering with Canon’s DSLRs. The company promises that a Nikon version is coming later on as well as further improvements to the Canon version. This light is capable of not only shooting at full TTL with Canon DSLRs and cameras, but it can also shoot in manual mode. With an interesting design incorporating the battery into the unit itself, it’s also not going to take up more room in your camera bag when you factor in dividers and the like.

Capable of shooting at 500 watt seconds of power, the monolight is pretty much around the output of six speedlights. Those tend to sell for around $500 a pop. And while Profoto’s B1 500 is around the same price (at least according to MAP) you still get the space advantage and much better color consistency. Plus, there is no need for extra batteries for each monolight because they’re integrated in.

But Profoto’s B1 500 TTL is best for wedding photographers and high end portrait/product photographers. However, it could convince others to jump on the bandwagon.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Profoto B1 500 TTL product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 5.6

Update: Profoto has taken back the firmware stating that it isn’t ready and the 1D X gets stuck at full power.

Profoto totally changed the game late last year when they announced the new B1 AirTTL light. Still, it is currently the only monolight out there that can deliver full TTL performance with a camera system. Right now, it only focuses on Canon–and the system has expanded today with a firmware update that lets the TTL system work perfectly with the Canon 1D X–which now means that the system works with every professional level Canon DSLR including the 5D Mk III and the 7D.

The company is promising to make the system for Nikon and to also allow for high speed sync in a future firmware update. This light has already been catching on a lot with the high end wedding photographer community, and it could possibly steal the market from small speedlights.

They’re surely expensive though, but when you consider how much you’d probably be spending in hot shoe flashes, you’ll realize that this is a good deal if you need that much light. We’re still waiting on our review unit to come in, but trust us when we say that this is still an exciting product.

You can find the firmware over at Profoto’s website.


DxOMark has analyzed the sensor of the new Nikon D4s, and the results aren’t really surprising. Since the camera is more of an update to the D4 rather than a full-fledged successor, we didn’t really expect the D4s to outperform the D4 by any significant margin. And indeed, this is what DxOMark’s measurements confirm. While the D4s has slightly better overall performance at ISOs 3200 and up, the D4 performs just as well if not a slight notch better at lower ISOs when it comes to dynamic range, tonal range and color sensitivity. The same is true for the Nikon Df.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 1D X Hands on Review (1 of 8)

Canon is issuing product advisories on their flagship cameras: the 1D C and 1D X. Since they’re both essentially the same camera, it only makes sense that the issues are affecting both products. The advisory has to do with problems with the viewfinder and then autofocus not locking. The latter is one that I’d personally be livid with if I were a pro purchasing that camera.

Of any cameras that Canon has put out in the most recent years, these two seem to be the most controversial. First there was autofocusing problems with their own speedlites that needed to be corrected and then there are issues regarding the latest 1D C firmware and it needing to be done by CPS only.

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Canon EOS 6D

When I first started the Phoblographer, I used to answer certain reader emails in the form of a post. Because the site grew so fast, i cut it out. But today I received a message via 500px that made me chuckle and also think to myself just how confused many consumers are. And trust me, there are tons of them. This letter came from a woman whose daughter is travelling around and who became very confused with what camera to get. Her daughter is a model, and her photographer shot with one camera but a company advised her to get another one.

So which direction does she go in?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Product photos Canon 5D Mk III (2 of 10)ISO 200

Today, Canon issued a statement regarding the 5D Mk III and 1D X and focusing with speedlites. Apparently, they don’t focus as fast as older DSLRs would. After some evaluating, the company is now declaring that there is a problem that will be addressed with a firmware update.

The firmware is supposed to come later on this year, but what they’re not being clear about is which Speedlite the problems are occurring with.

More details after the jump.

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