Calumet sent me the Profoto B2-250 kit (£2,298.00) to review this month, and it was the worst thing they could do. The kit was so good, I had to buy one myself! As a photographer on the move, the Profoto kit combines durability with portability and power.
The B2-250 kit includes AirTTL Power Pack, 2 batteries, charger, 2 x B2 flash heads with a padded location bag and a carrying bag with shoulder strap. The power pack is intended for the photographer on the road, and weighs less than 1kg with its Li-Ion battery. The B2’s twin outlets have a dedicated thumbwheel that allows the package 250ws of power to be distributed asymmetrically over a 9-stop range in full or 1/10 steps. At 0.7kg, the sturdily-built B2 Off-Camera Flash Heads measure 10.2cm long, and have a 9.9cm diameter fitting into the palm of your hand. A barely-visible umbrella channel runs through the top of the head.
I had the chance to use the B2 Heads in two photoshoot scenarios, the first was a bridal editorial photoshoot, shot on location where the B2’s battery pack was a big advantage. The pack’s Li-Ion battery can be charged in or out of the pack, and will give you up to 215 full-power flashes on a 45-60 minute charge from a multi-voltage 2.8A battery charger or a trickle charge from an optional car charger. I managed to capture over 200 frames and still the battery was more than half full. Simple, light and easy to move, I was able to change position continuously capturing a variety of angles. I recommend Calumet Ultra Compact Portable Stands (£35.00) for the kit, they are the ideal accessory for mounting the heads.
As a portrait photographer capturing expression is of critical importance. I arranged a portrait sitting with veteran Actor Steven Berkoff, with only 15 minutes allotted for the sitting, time was of the essence. The B2 kit was quick and easy to setup, and boasts recycling times from 0.03 – 1.35 seconds, fast enough to capture 20 frames per second, capturing even the most fleeting gestures. The kit is hassle free light enough to carry anywhere and worth every penny. I’m off to the USA shortly and will be taking my kit with me, if portability is key then the B2 250 AirTTL To-Go Kit (£1695.00) is for you.