You’d be hard-pressed to find a portable flash at the level of Profoto A2 in terms of build quality, size, weight, power, ease of use, and consistency. It is genuinely a tiny marvel for any photographer. It is almost hilariously simple to set up, and yet, it delivers terrific results. Best of all, if you buy a Profoto A2 between now and October 31, you get a Connect remote for free.
Where Does It Even Fit in the Lineup?
Photographers tend to split into two camps when it comes to flash photography: those who either actively use or want to use Profoto lights and those who haven’t tried them yet. But not everyone wants to use a “larger” B10X, while the hotshoe mounted A10 is not enough. That is why Profoto has released the simply brilliant A2. In terms of size and weight, it fits right in between the two aforementioned lights. No larger than a 50mm f/1.4 lens, it delivers the power output of up to 100 Ws at less than half the weight of the B10X.
While all of that would already be impressive on its own, that is just the half of the story. Using the same battery as the Profoto A1, A1X, or A10, it can fire up to 400 flashes at full power. The color consistency of Profoto lights has, of course, been praised for decades now, and anyone taking their work seriously knows the results will always be perfect.
Modify to Your Heart’s Content
The Profoto A2 has inherited the magnetic Clic mount from the hotshoe-mounted A10 lights, which greatly simplifies the way you attach all kinds of modifiers. Up until recently, the Clic modifiers consisted of only a dome diffuser, a set of colored gels, a bounce card, and a few other bits. But since the release of the A2, Profoto has been busy creating more and more modifiers from their signature Magnum reflector, which amplifies the light output of the flash as well as multiple different octaboxes of various sizes.
If that is not enough for your needs the newly designed Clic OCF Adapter II lets you attach not just OCF speed rings with all the subsequent modifiers, but thanks to the diameter being identical, the RFi softboxes, stripboxes, and reflectors of many shapes can also be used. This bumps the number of usable modifiers above 150 different types. The only limitation is your creativity and available space.
Perfect For Travel
I can’t stress enough how small and portable the Profoto A2 is. It fits in a bottle pouch of pretty much any bag with room to spare. Not much bigger than an average beverage can, it is truly perfect for small and lightweight setups. Pictured in the titular image stashed in a small Wotancraft bottle pouch along a Fujifilm X100V with the tiny, but incredibly useful Profoto Connect wireless trigger.
The Simplest Set Up
The way all current Profoto lights work together makes the use of either one of them truly simple. Whether you’re shooting with the A10, A2, through the B10X and B1X all the way to the incredibly fast and powerful Pro-11, you can use whichever wireless trigger Profoto currently offers as they all use the same Air standard. The only choice is which one works best for you.
The above-pictured Connect is tiny, portable, and lightweight. It's perfect for smaller bodies where you do not want your wireless transmitter to feel heavy or cumbersome on top of your camera. It only offers a singular control wheel allowing you to switch between Off, Auto, and Manual. Auto is your standard TTL metering, in which you can alter the power using the flash power slider in your camera’s menu. No need to worry about any other setting. Manual gives you full control. The settings for that can be found using a well-designed Profoto Control app.
The Connect trigger is available with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus/Panasonic, and Fujifilm compatible hotshoe mounts and offers TTL metering and HSS for each model.
Some of Us Want Our Buttons Though
No worries, there are more options when it comes to triggering the Profoto A2. The newly released Connect Pro comes with a clear and well-designed UI, the ability to control up to six groups, and a new Air 2 mode, which lets you see your exact EV setting on the large screen instead of having to calculate it yourself from the previous level. TTL metering and HSS are of course available. The Connect Pro is currently being produced for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, and Fujifilm cameras. If your camera manufacturer is not represented, you can also get the Connect Pro in a Non-TTL version.
The older Air Remote TTL and Air Remote are still able to trigger and control the A2 if you’ve still got those.
Best Time To Get One Is Now
With the current special deal from Profoto, which gets you a free Profoto Connect wireless trigger if you’re buying the A2 in the USA, it is just the perfect time to get one. If you’re based in Europe or Japan, you get to choose between a free Connect or a 50% discount from the Connect Pro. The promotion lasts up until the 31st of October 2023, so if you’re after a powerful, portable, and easy-to-use flash, use one of the links above. The offer is available on Profoto's website or at your local dealer.