Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

Introduction Profoto’s D-line of packs and mono heads sits in the middle of the company’s line up of studio strobe lighting, a bit less lofty than the company’s Pro line and more expensive and far more sophisticated than Profoto’s entry-level set of Acute packs.  “D” might well stand for “Digital” with D1 monoheads and D4 packs.  All use tenth-stop digital fine tuning and wide-ranging power.  “Air” equipped heads... Read More

Nikon’s New Proline, The D4 and D800

Two Cameras to Rule The World A somewhat dry, but eerie story ran today on businessweek.com.  The story, Nikon Gains After Raising Forecast on Cameras, relates the company’s intention to up profits by a huge margin.  It appears the company plans to earn $939 million before March 2013.  The story continues, emphasizing the new line of mirrorless cameras.  Nikon is on the move, with new products up and down the cost scale.  That includes, for the first time in a long... Read More

High Speed Strobe Test: The Profoto Acute 2R 1200

Introduction While perusing the stats, photos from a number of my test shoots, and thinking through my review of the little Profoto pack sitting on my desk, I kept coming back to one number, “.09”.  It’s the number of seconds Profoto claims it takes the Acute 2R 1200 to recycle at minimum power.  That’s better than ten frames per second, better than 10 Hz from a strobe pack under $2,000 and smaller than a Mamiya RZ. I wanted to set up an informal studio... Read More