Introducing the Profoto D2 – The world’s fastest monolight with TTL

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With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, to 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 redefining the definition of speed in monolights.

“For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.

The Profoto D2 is breakthrough, because it’s the world’s fastest monolight with TTL. So for the first time, no matter what the assignment, speed is always on your side. You can freeze action with absolute sharpness, shoot in super quick bursts, sync with the fastest camera shutter speeds available, and shoot fast and easy with HSS and TTL.

“But the speed is not a gimmick. We truly believe that more speed allows you to be more creative and consistently take better images regardless of what challenge you face – with the D2, you’re always up to speed.”

The D2 comes as a 500Ws and a 1000Ws version and both versions are available in different kit configurations.

Hope you are as excited as we are.

 

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Here are six reasons for what makes the D2 a unique addition to the market.

1. Freeze the moment

 

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Andreas Lundberg

The D2 can provide super quick flash durations up to 1/63,000 of a second. Shoot a splash of water and it will be frozen in mid-air – a photographic work of art.

 

2. Catch the moment

 

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Evan Pantiel

The D2 can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That’s fast enough to catch the best of any moment. Ask your subject to jump and you’ll have 20 mid-air exposures to choose from.

3. Control your surroundings

 

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Evan Pantiel

Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS) enables you to shoot with shutter speeds up to 1/8,000 of a second. Use HSS to shoot with large aperture in bright conditions or to freeze action with absolute sharpness.

 

4. Shoot with ease using TTL

 

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Evan Pantiel

Point-and-shoot in TTL Mode. Switch to Manual Mode and control the light with intuitive buttons and menus. Forget about the flash and focus on the light.

 

5. Overpower any light

 

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Evan Pantiel

The D2 packs enough of punch to overpower the available light in almost any situation. Its power is also a blessing when shooting at larger distances or when using larger Light Shaping Tools.

 

6. Grow with speed

 

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Evan Pantiel

It has the speed to set you free, and the power for you to be at your best. It’s an integrated part of the extensive Profoto system. Go full speed ahead with the D2.

 

Want to get to know the Profoto D2 better? Then you should head directly into our launch site, stuffed with loads of D2 inspiration www.profoto.com/d2

If you want to delve into the tech specs and other nitty gritty stuff, click here.

The Profoto D2 is released today and in selected stores now. Click here to find your nearest dealer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or read our D2 FAQ.

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Comments (24)

  • James Rudd

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    Any news on the Canon 1dx MkII firmware to use TTL on B1, B2 and of course new D2.

    Looks an interesting development presumably no OCF kit modifiers can be used

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  • Paul Flaherty

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    I was also wondering about OCF modIfiers with the D2. Are these recommended or not? Thanks

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    • Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén

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      Hi,

      You cannot use the OCF Light Shaping Tools with the Profoto D2. The D2 modeling light gets to warm for the OCF modifiers.

      Reply

  • Guus

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    Yes, that’s the real point. Launching new ttl stuff and we still
    Waiting for 5 months now for the new MKII firmware.
    B1 ttl useless until now!

    Reply

  • VC

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    Will the B1 and the B2 get firmware to reduce the HSS range to 6-10 power instead of 7-10 power?

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  • Felix

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    Nicely packed with nice specs. Everything we ever needed, almost. Love the video series thanks Profoto. Will certainly order mine.

    Reply

  • Paul Flaherty

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    Can you use OCF modifiers with the D2 or is that not recommended?

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    • raffaele

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      no, ’cause the d2 has a pilot lamp that genersates a big amount of heat
      the ocf accessories are designed for B1 and b2 that have led pilot lamps

      Reply

  • Dennis

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    Will the D1 be discontinued?
    Are the glass domes and flash tubes interchangeable between D1, D2 and B1?

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    • Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén

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      Hi,

      The D1 Air will not be discontinued. And yes, the dome is interchangeable.

      Reply

  • Caleb Kerr

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    Looks like a great addition to the lineup. I have a set of B1s but would definitely consider a wired D2. Usually when I need more than 2 lights, I’m near a power outlet (or can bring a power pack for an unusual situation. Having 1000Ws, HSS work at a lower power, and shorter flash durations across the board are all nice additions. Adding these to a battery powered options (B3?) would be dynamite eventually.

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  • Guus

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    Why do I not get an answer on my post?

    Yes, that’s the real point. Launching new ttl stuff and we still
    Waiting for 5 months now for the new MKII firmware.
    B1 ttl useless until now!

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    • Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén

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      Hi Guus, We are working on a fix but I don’t have a date yet.
      Sincerely,

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  • Aril Gjelsvik

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    Firmware upgrade for my EOS-1D X Mk ll ?
    Did you mean august 2017 ?

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  • Don

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    What if any compatibility with Medium Format, Phase One in particular? Is HSS and TTL features just for Nikon/Canon?

    Reply

  • James Rudd

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    There won’t be TTL and you don’t need HSS with leaf shutters. So no problem with medium format. My B1 and B2 work great with the Blad.

    Reply

  • Presho

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    disappointed that you have kept the same design. still no barebulb flashtube.

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  • John R

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    Two questions:

    1. Can this be used with a battery pack like the Bat Pack for on location, outdoor work?

    2. When using the light in HSS, is there a power range limitation like 8-10 on the B1?

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    • Jens-Linus Lundgren-Widén

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      Hi,

      1. Yes it can be used with the Bat Pack.
      2. The power range in HSS is 6-10 for Canon and Sony, and 7-10 for Nikon.

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      • John R

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        That’s disappointing.

        Still no Profoto solution for lights close to subject while using wide open apertures and shutter speeds between 1/320 and 1/1000

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        • Felix

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          We all have to work with limitations every now and then. lol. But profoto certainly didn’t disappoint the mass with these cool announcements for photokina.

          Reply

  • Adam

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    When using the Air TTL remote with my 5DM4 and D2 the shutter immediately sounds slow and no HS motor drive. Anyone else with this issue? Pocket wizard works just fine. They say they are working on a fix but may not completely remedy the issue. Wonder if I should exchange for the non-TTL version or just return altogether..

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    • Lana Ostojic

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      Hi Adam,
      The Air Remote will work without any delay of the camera. It is the communication between the AirTTL-X and the camera that will cause the delay. It means the delay is more noticeable for some specific camera models. We will have a firmware release that will reduce the problem.
      The slowdown is only related to the number of frames you can shoot per second, it will not affect the selected shutter speed. If the photographer shoot a picture before the ready lamp is lit and the flash capacitors are not fully recharged, the exposure of the picture will be affected.
      Hope this will help you with solving the issues.
      Best regards

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