Profoto Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon cameras officially announced

Few weeks ago I mentioned on the blog that this is coming soon: Profoto now officially announced their Nikon version of the Air Remote TTL-N wireless control for the Profoto B1 flash. The price is $395 (pre-orders are up at B&H and Adorama). Shipping will start on September 15th, 2014. High sync mode option will most likely be added in the future.

Here is the Profoto Air Remote TTL-N promo video:

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  • Ordnas_selac

    YES! I loved it in Canon Version, but this is even better!

  • stormwatch

    Mystery wheter the pop-up Blitz has the different finish from the rest of the body on D810 is finally solved.

    • Peter Möllerström

      No secrets there, i took that picture with my iPhone last night after test shooting the TTL on both my D4s and D810. Works just great, you will not be disappointed 🙂

      • stormwatch

        It was a joke, because somebody said that if Pop Up has the different finish from the rest of the body on D810, he would sort have doubts about bying it. :-))))))

        • Peter Möllerström

          Ok 🙂

  • Vlad Dusil

    Amazing, been waiting patiently for this announcement for months. Pre-ordered!

  • Theodoros Fotometria

    Amazing! …but TOO late!

  • Shaun V.

    Dude, my eyes only saw, “Nikon Shooters The Moment You Have Been Waiting For Is Here…” And for a spit second my heart stopped cause I thought the new FX camera was leaked…

    • Eric Calabros

      Train your heart, we’ll have many of these split second experiences in the next few days

  • doge

    So this only works with their B1 flash?

    • Justtakethepicture

      I can trigger and manually adjust power of all their Air equipped strobes. It can only do TTL with the B1.

    • B2 now. 😉

  • Jorge


  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Hurray, hurrah! I personally have been waiting for this. 🙂

    • Aeroengineer

      Wanting is almost always better than having.

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        Haha, how true! Most products I get are at least partially disappointing. But, it’s the jewels that you find that make up for it.

  • Lamar Lamb

    So never having heard of this strobe, I guess it’s better than Nikon because it’s radio triggered vs optical. I don’t see any other advantages. I have 7 Nikon speed lights so it seems my most economical path forward for radio triggers and fast sync seems to be Pocket Wizard or cheaper equivalent and keep my speed lights. Any other suggestions?

    • Joakim Sundberg

      Lamar, first read all of this then test it and then you will see a truckload of advantages!

    • Isaac Alonzo

      I was also trying to justify the purchase of the B1 system, and since one B1 head is a self-contained unit of a 500W monolight and trigger with TTL. Each SB-910 cost close to $600 dollars plus you need to purchase a radio trigger.

      Now that supports TTL for Nikon I’m going to buy 3 B1’s because I can dial it down to get an entire wedding out of a battery and have the convenience of radio trigger everything.

      • but each B1 costs ~$2000, right? so you’ll end up spending $6,5K?

        • Neopulse

          It is worth it. Definitely… no external pricey powerpacks that costs $1800+ each (or far more). No need to lug around tons of batteries, just small rechargeable battery packs. Being able to use the very nice Profoto light modifiers the company has to offer. Very portable and they have on-location kits which are very comfortable to take. It’s worth it in the long run the reliability.

          • Isaac Alonzo

            With an avg wedding around $3k this is a couple of wedding gigs to complete the 4 light setup plus there is tons of modifiers out there that you can use

            • Neopulse

              Yeah definitely… although I think your best shot is to make a deal with a retailer to get 2 On-Location kits for a reduced price. They might even throw in something extra to get those lights off their shelves.

    • Beso

      “Any other suggestions?”
      Yeah, try again. A little education can go a long way.

    • Peter Möllerström

      Why not try a B1 Lamar? When i first herd about it I tought Profoto lost their track, but believe me, you will love it. I got four B1, and are able to do more or less all kinds of work with them.
      I shoot a lots of cars, the B1 is perfect when shooting the interior. Just put a B1 head with a Pro zoom reflector on and you are ready to go. No cables hanging out through the windows or bulky battery packs to hide.

      • Peter Möllerström

        I shot the interior in the new Dodge Viper with the B1…

    • Mr. Mamiya

      This is a completely different thing than speed lights. 10 times more powerful, and most important, you can choose from dozens of light shapers and modifiers to make some beautiful light. With speed lights, you’re basically tied to umbrellas and small softboxes.

      • introvert

        what utter cobs-wallop Mr.Mamiya.
        Clearly you need to spend some time with hotshoe flashes and you’ll realise how wrong you are.
        So many people splash the cash for products which they don’t need. I bet NO ONE on this entire blog even takes their B1 off the lowest setting and always shoots an F8 or smaller aperture because there is too much light for them.

        Using a B1 to light the interior of a car is just plain fucking stupid. You are stuck with that one big light and a massive light modifier which limits where you can put them.
        Use a flash off camera and suddenly you have so much more creativity at your finger tips to light exactly what you want, how you want with the quality you want.

        Majority of people on here are the type of people who buy a 4×4 car to take the kids to school each morning then never use it for anything else.

        • Mr. Mamiya

          I don’t get your point? All studio flash and big light sources are nonsense? All serious photographers shoot wide open all the time and don’t need much flash power? See Peter’s car photos below, they prove the opposite in every way. Profoto too expensive? Many China flashes work okay, too (and are cheaper than a SB-910).

    • Joseph Li

      This is good when you want to overpower the sun in daylight.
      For everything else, I find the speedlights with TTL radio triggers perfectly ok, plus there’s GL-1 and icelight and all sorts of other hot lights available for less

  • Isaac Alonzo

    This is the only thing that was holding me to get a set of these! B1 here I come!

    Gotta be a must-have tool for weddings these days.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      I shoot weddings and outdoor portaiture with an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. Works like a charm, too, but no TTL of course.

      The RQ has one advantage: The head is very lightweight and can easily be carried around by your assistent on a boom stand or monopod.

      • apollo

        But the umbrella attachment is made from plastic and that’s bit a disappointment at this price point. Then, if you want to use EQ things, you need to get the RQ-EL adapter since they don’t fit straight like in the B1.

        But otherwise, it’s a pretty nice, lots of power in small pack!

        • Isaac Alonzo

          The thing is that even if you do not need the TTL function still makes sense because of the way it is designed as a standalone product. I already imagine setting these in heavy stands and place them around 15 feet in the air towards the dancing floor for first dance… my only complain is that eliminates the use of on-camera flash for fill light.

          • apollo

            Agreed. When I tried the B1 myself, I was thinking that I sell all of my Elinchrom stuff and buy two B1’s. TTL might not be useful all the time but I’ve encountered situations where TTL is just a MUST. And one of the situations is the dance floor for the first dance in the weddings.

  • waterengineer

    Why does it always take so long for third parties to come out with Nikon tools? Does Nikon not share info that other companies do there there is more reverse engineering? Also for $400 it should already have high-speed sync.

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      Market share?

    • introvert

      For the very same reason developers release apps on Apple IOS before android.
      Apple users follow fashion rather than quality and power. So instantly you know that apple users are stupid and splash the cash on anything that gets marketed. Where as real men will buy a PC and android products because you get better quality screens, more power and more flexibility.

      Well same goes with Canon and Nikon. Some people go for Canon because of SOOC colours are better for skin tones than Nikon, but fact is, Canon sensors just don’t rock as hard as Sony sensors do, and Nikon have a very nice deal with Sony, but there are more sensible users of Nikon than there are Canon, and don’t believe that they have to buy the most expensive version of something or user entire fecking B1 flashes to light up the inside of a car. What a mug!

      • apollo

        My god, I can sense how jealous you are! If someone does high quality studio work with big objects like cars or small ones, needs to light big things in sunshine (which requires quite a lot of power!), how does that affect to you photography? It doesn’t! So, since it doesn’t, behave like a proper person instead of playing a role of a jealous, crying and shouting kid! Peter did his job and he did it well, does it matter what you use if you get a darn good pic?

        But probably the reason why Canon comes first in Profoto list, is because most of the research is often done in US, and Canon in US has got a bigger market share than Nikon, due aggressive style.

  • Mike

    Now….. if Profoto made dedicated radio receivers for Nikon flashes than can be used in conjunction with the B1 (B1 as main, SB units as fill/accent), I’d be all over this like a fat kid on a Smartie (candy coated chocolate here in Canada). My current, similar, set up is Elinchrom Quadra RX coming out the PC port and a Phottix Odin/Nikon flash set up in the hotshoe. But the Quadra is manual only, not TTL. Funny enough is that in it’s current state, the Profoto doesn’t work for me.

    • BernhardAS

      My experience with full TTL set/up is,that it sometimes works and sometimes it doesn’t. It works fine for a more or less even illumination, and works less well for more dramatic contrast. The /- compensation for the different groups might not give me sufficient room for certain setups specifically if you want a bright light head on in the frame. So at the end of the day I have to move the very bright to manual anyway.

    • I use Cactus v6 triggers and mount Paul c buff Cyber commander on top of that trigger. When I use tre cyber commander, I can control the output of the light straight from the commander. Likewise for speedlight, cactus v6 allows me to control the light output as well. So two systems, complete control of light output without having to tell my assistants what power to use on the Einstein strobe AND speedlights. Win!!

  • Beso

    I have been waiting a long time for this. Now I get to spend some more money!!!

  • PitchBlack

    not until hss

    • introvert

      EXACTLY! why release a product unfinish.
      Top sign of poor quality. PEople buy profoto because of their past reputation, but now they are just a rip off

      • apollo

        For the same price, do you get another studio flash with 500Ws power output, works off with battery and does HSS? To be honest, I haven’t seen one so far.

  • Funduro

    I’m so happy I already own 2 Einstein and 3 Alien Bees. Buying Profoto gear would have bankrupt me. That portable unit is close to $2K alone. Profoto is great gear, but their prices are out of this world.

    • rt-photography

      its the same with OEM canon/nikon flashes. no need to pay so much if you want a great flash. many fantastic options today 3rd party flashes.

      paul buff has been a round for years. very durable and reliable gear. excellent stuff.

    • Neopulse

      They are imported, chances are those costs might have been factored in. Then again, the Paul C. Buff system I hear good things about 🙂

  • Myth

    Just ordered with the B1 Kit! Thx for the announcement!

  • Mr. Mamiya

    Can I shoot this guy in FP/High-Speed mode?

  • Craig John

    “Nikon shooters – the moment you’ve been wait for is here…”

    I thought this line was referencing a new Nikon DF2 with dual SD card slots, the D4s autofocus/sensor/expeed4, and 1/8000s shutter speed…

    …Now I’m kinda let down.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Free lighting kit for the worthy?

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