Profoto just released a teaser video announcing a new product is about to be released. It may well be an updated B2 or a baby version of the B1X.
No model or features have yet been announced. But the video Profoto published in their members only area gives out a few details. The unit is battery-powered, seems to be smaller than the B1X, and retains the recessed tube design found on the B1, B2, D1, and D2 series. It also looks like it’s compatible with current Profoto light shapers and as if the light stand attachment can be taken off or has some sort of adjustment dial, perhaps to tighten the umbrella shaft in place.
Yesterday, Lighting Rumours was also sharing a leak that appeared on social networks for a few hours before being taken down. The picture showed an unidentified Profoto strobe that looks similar to the one seen in the teaser video that’s no bigger than a 70-200mm lens.
In the same image, a TTL Air Remote is also visible. It wouldn’t be a far stretch to say the new unit will be TTL and HSS compatible, even more so when the teaser video includes award-winning wedding photographers. It’s a clear statement that this unit was designed with photojournalists and wedding photographers in mind. I’d be surprised to see no TTL or HSS feature.
The new Profoto and its set of features will be announced on September 12. Until then, we can only speculate if this is a B2 replacement or an entirely new unit. What do you think the Swedish flash manufacturer is about to drop? Or what do you wish they would release?