24 Apr The Profoto B2

Source: Fujifilm Insider

Sorry for all the strobe stuff of late or for those that do strobe stuff I guess that’s fine. In any case, I figured I’d answer an email question regarding the B2. It went something like this…

Why the B2 instead of the B1 or for that matter the Elinchrom ELB400. The B2 is crazy expensive for what it is.

Well, gee. I did go into the bit about how the umbrella holder is way better if I’m planning on using them compared to the ELB400 right? Well they are. Some people hate the D1/B1/B2/D2 umbrella holder. I honestly have no idea why. I love them, my favorite so far. For those not familiar with the particular detail I’m talking about, all of those mentioned lights have umbrella holders that are friction based. Theres no set screw or anything to tighten/loosen. I’ve never had an issue with the friction mount.

Even on my old D1 heads that have had shafts jammed in and removed 1,000 times they work just like they always have. I’ve also never had an issue with creep, even when mounting the crazy big Umbrella deep XL pointing strait down (I think some people think this is an issue but it’s not on any of my lights). So no set screw to fiddle with, no set screw to loose. What’s more is that although not perfect it puts the head very close to on-axis of the umbrella. OTOH, Elinchrom uses a friction mount that’s 7mm non-standard size and sucks because it’s so so tight it’s actually dangerous it takes so much pressure. Their alternate standard uses a clamp that’s very weak and is hard to get large brollys to hold still. Nuf said….

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