Profoto TTL and HSS Now Available to Olympus Users

Profoto TTL and HSS Now Available to Olympus Users

With the introduction of new features such as TTL, HSS, HS, and the likes, flash manufacturers have been forced to develop a different remote for each camera brand. Profoto has its Air TTL system for Sony, Canon, and Nikon, but was lacking micro four third systems compared to Elinchrom. It’s now a thing of the past with the release of the Air TTL-O remote.

Olympus and Profoto have worked together to bring a solution to their users wanting to use Profoto TTL on Olympus cameras. At first, only the E-M1 Mark II, E-M5 Mark II, and Pen-F will be compatible, but surely the list will grow over time. The restricted number of cameras doesn’t take anything away from the joy Olympus users will have using the system, thanks to TTL and HSS making the use of flash easier than ever. The $419 Air Remote TTL-O is exactly the same as the TTL-S, TTL-C, or TTL-N, meaning it’s compatible with all Profoto TTL units including the recently released Pro-10 and D2.

I’ve got a feeling that many will wonder like me where the Fuji remote is. Hopefully, it will be available one day and compatible with the GFX-50s. Rumors spread last year about a potential TTL-F, but we have yet to see an official announcement.

What do you think of this new release? Do you believe many Olympus users use flashes or is it just a way to follow what other manufacturers, such as Elinchrom, already offer? Are there any Olympus users amongst our readers?

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Ett Venter's picture

Look, I don't want to sound like a baby, but where the hell is the Fuji support?

Garrett Reid's picture

For real! Olympus before Fuji?! I don't get it.

As an Oly and Profoto B1 user I'm very excited about this announcement. While I use my EM 1 II in manual with Profoto, having HSS will be awesome. For you Fuji users, rememember that the camera manufacturer has to work alongside the flash company or else they have to reverse engineer the system. It could simply be that Fuji signed on later than Olympus did. There must be a lot to it because an Oly rep told me this was coming a year and a half ago. I thought it never would.

Quentin Decaillet's picture

That's what I've heard from different sources. Fuji didn't want to let flash manufacturers access their camera's flash system/firmware which is why we still don't see any Fuji remote on the market. According to different rumors, this has changed… but it could be a little while before we see any announcement.

Felix Wu's picture

Any literally no one uses pcb from where I am?

Quentin Decaillet's picture

It may look primitive, but it works perfectly, it's extremely easy to use (the most intuitive I have used so far), and offers just the features 90% of the photographers could ever need. I don't doubt PCB has great products, but unless they open their store and distribution to other areas than the USA, they won't ever be a reference worldwide like Bron, Profoto, Elinchrom, and the likes.

Felix Wu's picture

I am based in New Zealand. Yeah I've heard lots of good (and some bad) things about PCB but it's hard to get PCB elsewhere unless you ship it from the states. That means difficult to get it serviced. PCB withdrew their distributorship from other countries for QC a few years ago. Most demanding photographers use Profoto/Broncolor as you really want a robust and reliable system when working...extra functions are nice have but not essential.

Felix Wu's picture

I use Profoto system because it's more affordable than Broncolor and it's more available to test/borrow/rent. Broncolor local price is up the roof and dealer doesn't make much effort promoting them. Profoto dealer however is quite active here.

Depending on what you shoot, for fashion and portrait I prefer Profoto for its easy to use, fast recycling and just overall very good system. For Broncolor it's famous for its precision in colour and it's motion freezing capability (although surpassed by later by Pro10 and perhaps D2) famous for product and museum type of work.

The PCB is a very affordable system if you work in the states and are many successful photographers choice. It comes down to personal taste and how you want to develop your career or hobby. Like getting into the Canon or Nikon or Sony camp, to each has its pros and cons. It's just like investing into another photographic system and it's a pain to jump ship later on so getting it right will actually save money in the long term.