Last Updated on 09/15/2016 by Chris Gampat
Today, Profoto announced the release of their all-new D2 Monolight. With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second the D2 is the world’s fastest monolight with TTL.
Available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions, the D2 is unique in that it was built for incredible speed. Photographers looking to freeze action with absolute sharpness will appreciate the pin sharp clarity achievable thanks to the D2’s flash duration of 1/63,000 of a second–which is bound to stop loads of fast moving subjects. This makes the unit faster than most high-end studio packs on the market and even lights like Einstein E640. Additionally, it offers super short flash duration across the full 10 f-stop energy range.
So what would you want that high of a flash duration for? One thing that comes to mind is the Milky Pinups project.
If flash duration is exceptionally fast, recycling time is equal to it. The D2 can shoot up to 20 flashes per second allowing photographers to capture 20 versions of the same moment, and that can be the difference between capturing a good image and a great image. Adding to its speed prowess is Profoto’s High-Speed Sync technology(HSS), which allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available.
Lastly, the unit’s TTL capabilities will allow photographers to speed up to their workflow as they can point and shoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. Manual mode is available at a click of a button, so switching between modes with settings intact makes everything move faster.