High Speed Sync (HSS) is one of those tools that’s often longed for, but also often not a possibility due to hardware/software restrictions between products. Profoto is changing that with the release of HSS support in the popular B1 battery strobe. This opens doors for photographers wanting to keep a wide aperture in bright, outdoor situations that require strobe lighting to offset deep shadows.
Profoto’s new HSS solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.
But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.
The firmware is available as a free update for both Canon and Nikon support for all Profoto B1 owners at Profoto.com/us.