プロフォト A1 AirTTL-C (キヤノン用) 901201
A1は幅広い性質の光を作り出すことが可能です。ラウンド型のヘッドは、自然な減光部を作り出し、周辺光とストロボの光を美しく融合します。ヘッドにはマグネット式のマウントがあり、A1専用ライトシェーピングツール(ドームディフューザー、ワイドレンズ、バウンスカード)を ワンタッチで取り外しすることができます。また、ヘッドに内蔵されたモデリングライトを使うことで、シャッターを切る前に簡単にライティングの確認ができます。操作は驚くほど簡単です。直感的に使いやすいデザインで、他のプロフォト製品と同様に、ユーザーマニュアルを読まなくても使いこなすことができます。トランスミッターを内蔵し、カメラのホットシューに取り付けて Air Remote TTLとしてお使いいただくこともできます。自動調光TTL機能と HSS(ハイスピードシンクロ)機能に対応していて、より迅速に簡単にプロフェッショナルな結果を得ることができます。A1をカメラのホットシューに取り付けて Air Remote TTLとしてお使いいただくことで、他のプロフォト製品とシームレスに接続することができます。 A1は当社の初めてのオンカメラ用フラッシュですが、オフカメラでも快適にお使いいただけます。ワンタッチで取り外しが可能な専用の大容量リチウムイオンバッテリーを内蔵し、容量は通常のクリップオンストロボ(単3電池4本合計)の4倍です。単3電池の場合のように電池残量の減少とともにパフォーマンスが落ちることがなく最後まで一定です。リサイクリングタイムは一般的なクリップオンストロボの4倍速くなっています。A1を使えば、決定的瞬間を逃すことはありません。
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いやいやいや、Prophoto A1 圧倒的じゃないですか！！！！
Here's an honest review from a photographer who has no connection whatsoever to Profoto. I own several A1 units, all of which I purchased. I did not receive them for free, am not endorsed by Profoto in any capacity, which will become clear very soon.
Anybody looking into the A1 is probably deciding between a Canon/Nikon flash ($250-$600) or a flash made by a brand like Godox/Flashpoint/etc. ($100-$200). The A1 is $1,000.
I'm sure you've all ready the positive stuff, so I won't go into too much detail about it. The interface is nice and I much prefer it to any other speedlite interface. The quality of light is good, but most of us aren't shooting speedlites direct at our subjects anyway, so it doesn't matter so much if you're bouncing the light or shooting it through a modifier.
Let me get right to the bad. The bad on this flash is so bad that I can't believe that none of the reviews that came out by all of the Profoto sponsored photographers even mentioned it.
The craziest thing about this flash, in my mind, is that if you shoot weddings with two bodies, and have a flash on each body, there is no way to set the on camera flashes to "master" or "slave" so that they can both trigger off camera flashes without triggering each other. That means you have to turn off the on camera flash on the camera you're not currently using so that you don't trigger it. Profoto says they are working on a fix for this, but the fact that they rolled out this flash quite some time ago and still haven't figured it out says something about their R&D. Godox has no problem with this, nor does Canon, Nikon, Flashpoint, Yungnuo, or any of the others.
The A1 also doesn't show the actual power level of the off camera flashes, while Godox does. The Godox will show you on your on-camera flash exactly the power level of all your off camera flashes. The A1 lets you adjust the power up and down from the on-camera unit, but won't show you the actual power level. If you want to know the actual level, you have to actually look at each off-camera flash. If they're high up on stands, you'll have to lower them.
The first thing my second shooter said when he picked up my A1 was, "The build quality is crappy." and I can't disagree with him. These flashes are made in China, just like Godox, and there is some movement to the head. It doesn't stay tight in any position. If a modifier is too heavy, the head can't hold it. A sub-$100 Godox unit really does feel more solid and rugged than the $1,000 A1.
As I'm sure you know, the modifier system is absolute garbage. Wedding photography is fast paced and, particularly during reception shooting, involves people bumping into us on the dance floor and things like that. We often swap out our gear in a dark corner and are in a rush to get back to it.
The magnetic modifier system doesn't hold together. The bounce card is completely unusable. With such a pretty and well designed flash, it stinks to be walking around with gaff tape all over it, holding everything together. Even then, it doesn't hold. If you get this flash, don't expect to ever use the bounce card during a wedding. It's laughable.
The gel system is even worse than the bounce card. They give you two metal rings, which clip together with a magnet, and the plastic gel goes between those two pieces. They don't stay together. If you put the gel onto your flash and then the dome modifier over that, if the dome falls off, the top ring of the gel system comes off with it, then your gel goes flying onto the dance floor. If you lose that one little metal ring, you'll be paying $100 to buy a new gel kit. I lost that ring on my first day shooting with it.
All in all I have a love/hate relationship with these flashes. Truth be told, I really regret getting them, and based on the fact that Profoto lowered the price on the duo kit already, I think that sales probably aren't that great. They will need to release an A1x fairly soon to rectify these issues, which I find to be upsetting because when I bought them, I had no idea they had such glaringly embarrassing issues.
I'll be selling mine in the near future so that I can consider buying the updated version when it comes out, because once it does come out, the original A1's will be selling on eBay for very low prices.
Also, Profoto, quit it with your pricing. I don't complain about $2,000 monolights or $1,000 speedlites, but the $100 gel kit and $100 grid kit is just taking advantage of your customers. Charge big money where big money is due. It costs a lot to design a nice monolight. I get that. But $100 for the crappy gel kit is just unethical. I could never live with myself if I treated my clients with the same amount of disrespect with which you treat your customers. We're hard working professionals trying to make ends meet in an increasingly small and competitive market. Once we invest in your system, stop objectifying us. We're not just wallets. We're people.