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Profoto B10 Round Head Review by J. La Plante Photo

This can be a visitor evaluation of the Profoto B10 by wedding ceremony photographer Jesse La Plante.

In my thoughts, Profoto is the proverbial gold normal for lighting gear. However the one factor that’s been lacking from their lineup is a compact, moveable mild that additionally packs a punch in the energy division.

Till now.

Profoto B10 Review | High quality of Mild

Profoto B10 Round Head Review by J. La Plante Photo

Like all of the lights in the Profoto line, the B10 sports activities a spherical flash head, which emits a gorgeous, clear mild with clean edges and gradual falloff from mild to darkish.

I wasn’t capable of get my arms on any of the Profoto modifiers whereas testing this mild, nevertheless it by no means felt like a hindrance. That’s how good the high quality of sunshine is on the B10.

I felt completely snug capturing naked flash on three separate shoots, which is one thing I by no means do with my Godox gear.

I want to point out right here that Profoto claims the B10 is 5 occasions extra highly effective than a speedlight. That is solely true when you use the weakest speedlights for comparability.

When in comparison with Nikon and Canon’s flagship speedlights, the Profoto B10 is nearer to 3 occasions extra highly effective.

However I’m splitting hairs right here. Let’s transfer on…

Profoto B10 Review | Construct High quality

After high quality of sunshine, construct high quality can be an in depth second on my listing of execs for purchasing into the Profoto line. All of their lights are constructed like tanks and the B10 is not any exception.

It simply feels good to carry in your palms. It’s clean, it’s strong, and it provides the impression that if by accident dropped it down the aspect of a cliff face, it will in all probability carry on ticking. Not that I’d advocate testing this principle.

Oh, and it sort of seems like a radar gun.

Profoto B10 Review | Interface

Profoto B10 Interface Review by J. La Plante Photo

Two phrases: easy and intuitive. I, for one, can’t stand studying instruction manuals. When a brand new piece of drugs exhibits up on my doorstep, I need to unbox and use it instantly. Which is strictly what I did with the Profoto B10.

On the again of the mild, there are three buttons: one to show it on, one to regulate the energy and one to regulate the modeling mild. When pressed, the center button may also take you to the customized features menu.

The house display is satisfyingly uncluttered. The large quantity is your energy degree (starting from – in 1/10th cease increments). Then you could have your group/channel and battery life. That’s it.

Easy. Elegant. Easy.

Profoto B10 Review | Battery

Profoto B10 Battery Review by J. La Plante Photo

Throughout the time I had the B10 in my possession, I didn’t need to recharge the Profoto battery as soon as. I can’t say for sure what number of flashes I popped off or at which energy, however one cost received me by way of:

  • a demo shoot at our Iconoclasm Workshop,
  • an engagement session
  • a nighttime wedding ceremony portrait session.

I additionally actually like how the battery is constructed seamlessly into the aspect of the mild and attaches/detaches simply for battery swapping.

Plus, you possibly can cost the battery with out even eradicating it from the Profoto B10. Merely plug the charger twine into the jack on the backside of the mild and voila! Now you can shoot with the B10 whereas it’s charging.

I don’t see this coming in useful for wedding ceremony work, however I feel numerous studio photographers on the market will love this function.

Lastly, there’s a button on the again of the battery that exhibits you ways a lot juice you will have left. This manner, when you’ve got a number of Profoto batteries, you’ll be able to shortly and simply examine the life of every battery with out having to insert it into the B10 and energy on the mild. I want my digital camera batteries did that!

Profoto B10 Review | Wi-fi Perform

Profoto B10 Wireless Review by J. La Plante PhotoNikon D850 + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G | 1/250 at f/10 ISO 64

I’ve heard tales of photographers firing off a whole lot and even hundreds of photographs with these lights and by no means having a single misfire.

That wasn’t the case for me, sadly, however it was nonetheless fairly darn constant. Out of each 50 photographs, I had perhaps one or two misfires. I’ll take these numbers any day of the week.

Now for my two largest gripes with the Profoto system, each of which have extra to do with the Air Distant than the B10 particularly:

  1. The Air Distant doesn’t inform you what the energy setting is on the B10. The facility readout on the distant is all the time set to a From there, you’ll be able to improve or lower energy in tenth-stop increments, however the distant will all the time revert again to the impartial place after changes. In consequence, you must yell over to your lighting assistant (or stroll over to the mild) if you wish to know your energy setting.
  2. There’s no AF help mild on the Air Distant. I do a ton of capturing in low ambient lighting circumstances and I lean closely on AF help to assist me focus. In fact, you possibly can all the time use the Profoto A1 (which does have an AF help mild) to set off your Profoto B10, however I personally don’t like capturing with a speedlight hooked up to my digital camera. You may as well use the B10’s modeling mild to assist with autofocus, however that may break the aspect of shock when capturing candids.
[Related: Profoto A1 review]

Profoto B10 Review | Excessive Velocity Sync

Profoto B10 High Speed Sync Review by J. La Plante PhotoNikon D750 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G | 1/800 at f/7.1 ISO 500

Yet one more gripe, additionally involving the Air Distant. The distant is meant to mechanically flip over to HSS once you dial your shutter velocity previous your digital camera’s sync velocity… nevertheless it doesn’t all the time work (at the very least for me).

Let me offer you an instance of what I imply. We have been capturing an engagement session in the center of the day. With the brilliant ambient lighting circumstances, I pushed my shutter to 1/800th. The Profoto B10 promptly ceased to sync with my digital camera.

The answer, I discovered, was to wiggle the Air Distant round in the scorching shoe till the connection was simply good in order that the distant would correctly learn the shutter velocity. At first, I assumed it was a problem with my scorching shoe, however I attempted the Air Distant on my different digital camera our bodies as nicely and skilled the similar drawback with every digital camera.

Perhaps there’s one thing I’m lacking. Perhaps I had a defective distant. In any case, as soon as I obtained the distant to learn my shutter velocity, HSS labored flawlessly with the Profoto B10.

Profoto B10 Review | TTL

I don’t use TTL, however Profoto makes it tremendous straightforward to shortly discover a baseline with TTL after which change over to guide to make tweaks.

I can see this coming in useful for lots of photographers on the market, notably when capturing with a time crunch.

Profoto B10 Review | Video Mild

Profoto B10 Video Light Review by J. La Plante PhotoPhotograph by Marc Bergreen | Sony Alpha 7 III + Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.eight GM | 1/500 at f/2.eight ISO 2500

The good new function on the Profoto B10 needs to be the video mild. All of my different flash models have modeling lights, however none are highly effective sufficient to truly mild your topics for nonetheless photographs.

Not solely is the video mild on the B10 lots brilliant, however it additionally has a shade temperature adjustment that lets you change the colour of sunshine alongside the kelvin spectrum. This makes it tremendous straightforward to match and/or shift the colour temperature of the ambient mild with out having to make use of CTO/CTB gels.

This might be most helpful for videographers, in fact, however I think it can come in useful for lots of nonetheless photographers on the market as nicely.

For instance, in the picture above, my good friend and colleague, Marc Bergreen, shifted his white stability to the blue finish of the spectrum, which rendered the snowy mountain scene a pleasant, wealthy blue colour.

In the meantime, I lit the couple with the Profoto B10’s video mild turned all the method to orange to right for the white stability shift.

Profoto B10 Review | iPhone App

Profoto iphone app

The Profoto B10 can also be suitable with Profoto’s new iPhone app, which lets you make changes to your B10 straight out of your telephone. Keep in mind how I stated the Air Distant doesn’t inform you the flash energy on the B10. Nicely, your iPhone does!

I personally don’t see myself utilizing the app as a result of 1) I don’t personal an iPhone and a couple of) it appears a bit arduous to carry your telephone in your hand whereas capturing a marriage. That stated, I can undoubtedly see this being helpful for a few of the extra techie photographers on the market.

Final word on this: you can too sync the B10 to your iPhone’s digital shutter which can assist you to experiment with OCF whereas taking footage together with your telephone. Instagram fashions rejoice!

Profoto B10 Review | Equipment

Profoto B10 Accessories Review by J. La Plante Photo

I actually, actually like the stand adaptor that comes with the B10. It fastens securely into the backside of the mild and is extremely strong and safe when hooked up to a light-weight stand. It additionally feels nice to carry in your hand. Excessive ergonomics factors on this.

The Profoto B10 additionally comes with a pleasant, glossy carrying case that completely matches all the things you should take your mild on the street. And in case you purchase two B10s, you get an excellent cool backpack to move the entire set.

I wasn’t capable of get my arms on any modifiers, sadly, however I need to say I’m intrigued by the B10’s mounting system. Based mostly on a couple of movies I’ve watched, you merely slide your mods onto the B10 and ratchet them down. An enormous step up from conventional speedrings, for my part.

And based mostly on the high quality of sunshine from the B10’s naked flash head, it’s a bit scary to assume what might be achieved with a full arsenal of Profoto mods.

Profoto B10 Review | Worth Tag

Profoto B10 ReviewNikon D750 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G | 1/200 at f/6.three ISO 100

It’s no secret – Profoto lights are costly. So why pay round $1,600 for the B10 (newest worth right here) when you possibly can decide up 5 Godox AD200‘s for the similar worth?

[Related: Godox AD200 review]

I’ll reply that query with one other. Why buy an 18-year-old Macallan when you’ll be able to decide up a bottle of Dewar’s White Label for a fraction of the value?

Some individuals are prepared to pay a premium for good issues. Some individuals like Dewar’s. There’s nothing flawed with both of these issues.

It’s like we inform our couples once they’re planning their huge day. Don’t really feel like you must have the better of every little thing. Spend your cash on what’s necessary to you and overlook the relaxation. However solely you can also make that call for your self.

Profoto B10 Review | Conclusion

Profoto B10 ReviewPhotograph by Frances Marron | Nikon D850 + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G | 1/250 at f/10 ISO 64

The Profoto B10 is a rattling good mild. It feels prefer it was designed with the wedding ceremony photographer in thoughts. In the event you’re trying to purchase right into a lighting system and you’ve got the funds to take action with impunity, you gained’t be dissatisfied with Profoto.

Nevertheless, should you’re nervous about having to take out a second mortgage on the home, the B10 in all probability isn’t in the playing cards.

In the event you lie someplace in between, right here’s what I might advocate: Lease/borrow a Godox AD200 and use the sh*t out of it. Do the similar with the Profoto B10…

Then, go together with your intestine.

Jesse LaPlante is an award profitable wedding ceremony photographer based mostly in Boulder, Colorado.