In what is starting to seem like an annual event, Profoto has once again introduced a breakthrough product. This time it is the B2 Off-Camera Flash Head. Part of the expanding OCF (Off-Camera Flash) system which includes the B2 250Ws battery pack that drives it, the B2 head has its own line of lightweight, custom-made light shapers that are also compatible with the other member of the OCF family – the B1 Off-Camera Flash.
Weighing in at just 1.5 lb, the sturdily-made B2 head measures is 4″ long, has a 3.9″ diameter and fits in the palm of your hand. A barely-visible umbrella channel runs through the top of the head while its tethered 6.5′ head cable can be lengthened with a 9.8′ extension for large groups or for hanging in hard-to-reach places. An included stand or pole-mount with a ratcheting handle can be removed for mounting to a flash bracket. The B2’s flash tube and 50W halogen-equivalent LED modeling lamp are protected by a frosted glass plate, while its 3.9″ diameter housing accepts a new line of optional accessories that includes 1.3 x 1.3′, 2×3′, and 1×3′ softboxes and a 2′ octa box. The speedring for the softboxes has be scaled down and fitted with an easy snap-in system for the poles while the hard rubber collar has replaced with easy-slide silicone. All accessories in the OCF family also fit the B1 Off-Camera Flash.
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