Profoto D2

The versatile and super-fast D2 monolight with TTL and HSS is up to any challenge. 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 redefining the definition of speed in monolights.

The D2 is offered in two variants – 500Ws and 1000Ws. You can buy a single D2 or a D2 Duo Kit with two heads.

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Description

D2 500 AirTTL The world's fastest monolight with TTL

Product number: 901012

The compact Profoto D2 is a great flash for all kinds of photography. Whether you’re shooting portrait, sports, food or fashion, nothing’s too fast and no job is too difficult. Freeze action with absolute sharpness and shoot in super quick bursts. Use TTL to point and shoot with ease or use HSS to shape light in broad daylight.

Powerful and easy to use, D2 also provides the reliability and color temperature consistency to be a high volume workhorse. With a wide range of 120+ light shaping tools to choose from, the D2 gives photographers who demand only the very best high-end light shaping excellence in a superfast and versatile package.

Important to note:
If the D2 is used in high volume studio applications we strongly recommend using the optional High Capacity Flashtube for D2. Contact a Profoto sales representative if you need further advice for your specific application.

Features

  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Freeze the moment with flash durations up to 1/63,000s.
  • Capture the action with super quick bursts up to 20 flashes per second.
  • Shoot with AirTTL or manual mode and connect wirelessly with other Profoto Air flashes.
  • Enjoy precision and control over a 10 f-stop power range available in 500Ws and 1000Ws.
  • Control ambient light with HSS and create crisp images without motion blur at shutter speeds up to 1/8,000s.
  • Delivers superior control and quality of light with its built-in reflector and 300W Halogen modeling light.
  • Can be wirelessly controlled from up to a 300 m range with any optional Air Remote.
  • Simple, intuitive user interface with large, high-resolution display.
  • Optional Quartz flashtube for high volume packshot available.
  • Compatible with 120+ Profoto light shaping tools.
Technical specifications

Technical specifications

Overview
  • Product name

    D2 500 AirTTL Unit

  • Product number

    330178

  • Recommended for

    Studio and high volume photography

  • Popular applications

    Portrait, Sports and action, Still life

Flash
  • Max energy

    500 Ws

  • Energy range

    10 f-stops (1 - 500 Ws)

  • Energy control increments

    1/10 or full f-stops

  • Flash mode settings

    Freeze (shortest flash duration) or Normal (color balanced) mode

  • Flash duration t0.5

    Normal mode: 1/2,600 s (500 Ws) - 1/17,000 s (1 Ws)
    Freeze mode: 1/2,600 s (500 Ws) - 1/63,000 s (1 Ws)

  • Flash duration t0.1

    Normal mode: 1/1,000 s (500 Ws) - 1/7,700 s (1 Ws)
    Freeze mode: 1/1,000 s (500 Ws) - 1/13,500 s (1 Ws)

  • Energy stability

    ± 1/20 f-stop

  • Color temp stability

    ±150 K over range. ±20 K flash to flash

  • F-stop @ 2m / 100 ISO

    45 8/10

  • TTL

    Yes

  • HSS

    Yes

Wireless connectivity
  • Operating range

    Normal sync and remote control up to 300 m (1000 ft). TTL and HSS up to 100 m (330 ft).

Measurements
  • Width

    13 cm / 5.5 in

  • Length

    31 cm / 12.2 in

  • Height

    18 cm / 7.1 in

  • Weight

    3.0 kg / 6.6 lbs

What's included?

What's included?

D2 500 AirTTL Unit

x 1

Power Cable C13 5 m

x 1

USB Cable 2.0 Type A to Micro B

x 1
FAQ

FAQ

Is there any advantage to go for the Duo Kit with 2 heads, the price is the same as two single units?

Yes, you get the new Bag S Plus, a sturdy premium bag. The Bag S Plus can also fit D1/D2/B1 units with the optional glass dome.

I don’t need the extreme flash duration the D2 offers, isn’t the D1 enough?

The D2 offers great flash duration over the full energy range, and the average flash duration is more than ten times faster than the D1 offers. This adds extra sharpness to most images, even if the movement isn’t super fast. This is especially great for high resolution cameras such as the Nikon D810, Canon 5DS, Sony A7R II and medium format cameras.

I mostly shoot indoor, so what is the advantage of HSS?

You have full control of the ambient light if you, for example, shoot close to windows. With HSS you can kill all ambient light and be in full control with the lighting. There is no need to use ND filters on the camera to control the ambient lighting. If you shoot some type of action in mixed light it is great to use HSS to freeze the movement. Using a regular flash may frequently result in motion blur since the sync is normally not faster than 1/250s.

I have weak electrical power supply in my studio and sometimes I use the BatPack. Will the D2 kill the fuses since it has super-fast recycling time?

You can reduce recycling speed of the D2 in the special settings menu to eliminate the problem with the fuses.

I have a rail system in my studio, can I change the orientation of the display?

Yes, select the special setting menu by pressing the settings button for 3 seconds to display a setting for display orientation.

I normally travel to various places in the world, does the D2 work globally or do I need a special version?

Both the D1 and the D2 are multi-voltage. That means you can use them anywhere around the globe. Just plug and play!

How much power do I need?

If you’re shooting mainly in studio a 500Ws version is great for most shoots, it's an excellent all-round option and a popular choice. The 1000Ws is great for shooting on location outside and when you need enough power to light a bigger area.

Is the D2 suitable for packshot photography?

Yes, the D2 is designed for heavy-duty shooting. Just make sure to update to the high volume quartz flash tube. This flashtube can handle heat more efficiently, which is important when you shoot hard all day long.

Why should I choose the D2 instead of the D1?

It depends on what you shoot and also on your future ambitions.
If you shoot fast-moving subjects and need to freeze that movement you should have the D2. It has extremely fast flash duration for freezing action in low light situations and HSS to freeze in bright conditions.
If you shoot in mixed light situations or if you go to places where you can’t control the ambient light you should have the D2 since it offers HSS with full control of ambient light
If you need to get that perfect moment that is only available in a fraction of a second, you should get the D2 since you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second.
If you need very little power (e.g. shooting close to subject, large aperture, high ISO, etc.) the D2 is a better choice since it has a very wide 10 f-stop energy range. With the D2 500 you can go down as low as 1ws!
The D2 has a new and improved cooling fan which is more silent than the D1’s.
If you shoot fast-moving subjects and need to freeze that movement you should have the D2. It has extremely fast flash duration for freezing action in low light situations and HSS to freeze in bright conditions.
If you mainly shoot portraits or still images in a controlled studio environment and don't have any other ambitions, then the D1 could be the choice for you.

Can I use my Profoto AirTTL remote with the D1?

Yes, you can use the TTL remote but not in TTL or HSS mode.

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