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 US The world's fastest monolight with TTL

Product number: 901012 US

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.

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 US

  • Product Number
    901012 US

  • 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

USB Cable 2.0 Type A to Micro B

x 1
FAQ

FAQ

Why is the D2 the world's fastest monolight with TTL?

We created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every sense.

Freeze the moment
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.

Catch the moment
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.

Control your surroundings
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.

Shoot with ease using TTL
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.

Overpower any light
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.

Catch the moment
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.

Grow with speed
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.

I bought a B1X and I’m thinking about getting a new light, what are the pros and cons for adding a B1X vs a D2?

The B1X offers cordless freedom and you don’t need to worry about finding electrical supply when you shoot on location. With the D2 you need to have electrical supply or a battery inverter. If you tend to shoot with more lights inside the studio, then the D2 can be a good choice because the D2 and the B1X work perfectly together. The benefit of this is that D2 is available in 1000ws, is faster and also offers more powerful modeling light. A typical set-up could be to use the powerful D2 as a main light (which normally needs more power) and the B1X as fill, rim or background light.

Note: OCF Light Shaping Tools are not compatible with the D2 and should only be used with off-camera flashes.

I have a D1 studio kit, is it better to add another D1 or is the D2 also compatible?

The D2 can be fully integrated into a D1 system. You can use TTL on the D2 and still use the D1 in manual mode together. A typical application could be the D1 as background lights and the D2 as main light in TTL. The model could then move around in front of the main light and the exposure will be correct on both the subject as well as on the background. HSS on the D2 unfortunately can not be used together with the D1.

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.

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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