Profoto is a brand that has served me well for over a decade and a half now as a pro photographer.

And I am also very flattered that the company feels happy to work with me, to help spread the skills of lighting, and all that can bring to a photographers skill set.

I am thinking here of a smooth workflow and general well being that lighting skills bring (honest less stress).

Today, the D2 monolights have been announced. Bringing the popular mains powered flash heads bang up to date with Off Camera Flash control including TTL modes for some camera brands.

The same as the companies popular B1 and B2 Off Camera Flash (OCF) battery powered lighting.

Manual control is not forgotten on a professional standard of product, as TTL does still have an Achillies heel or two depending on exactly what you are doing and how you wish to achieve it.

I have loved working with the D1 monoblocks, so more to come on the D2 as we get some hours in and jobs shot, but yes I have had a quick play and like the menu design.

But it is the flash duration and firing rate that stand out. In short, the D2 appears to me to have has numerous genres of photography where it will shine. And it will, with TTL control no doubt become prominent in some new ones because of that flexibility.

For those who have used studio lighting for some time, and seen it develop over the years, once you digest the detail, you can not help but raise an eyebrow in just how far this product has now moved from where we used to be.

UK pricing is to be confirmed as soon as I can.

Here for now is the official press release:

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Profoto releases the D2, the world’s fastest monolight with TTL

September 15, 2016: Profoto releases the D2, the world’s fastest monolight with TTL.

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.

A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63.000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high end studio packs on the market. Better still, it offers supershort flash duration across the full energy range.

If flash duration is exceptionally fast, recycling time is equal to it. With the D2 you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second . That allows you to catch 20 versions of the same moment, and quite often that’s the difference between capturing a good image and a great image.

Bringing yet another dimension to speed is Profoto’s High-Speed Sync technology (HSS). This allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available. An advantage when you need to catch a deep blue sky or take full control of ambient light.

The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped with patented TTL technology. You can point-andshoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. But manual mode is available at click of a button, so switching between both modes with settings intact just makes everything move faster.

In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. At full power you’ll easily overpower the sun, or fully illuminate a larger Light Shaping Tool. Both versions come with a super wide 10 f-stop energy range and superior color consistency over the entire range. So leave the ND filters at home and add just a hint of light if needed.

Above all, this is Profoto Light Shaping equipment. So the design is smooth and minimal, it’s intuitive to use, the build quality as you’d expect, is rugged and sturdy, and it can be used with more than 120 different Light Shaping Tools.

“We designed the Profoto D2 to be the world’s fastest monolight,” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto. “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.”

For high volume production when you shoot thousands of images per day, like packshot photography, there is an optional Quartz flashtube available.

The D2 is released Sept 15, 2016. Both the 500Ws and 1000Ws versions are available in different kits configurations.

End (15/09/16).