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Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash

B&H # SMPG250S Mfr # 690045
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Product Highlights
  • Guide # 70' (21 m)

The Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash can be used to light small areas or as an accent light to add sparkle to the subject. The built-in bracket allows it to be positioned on the floor, on a shelf, or anywhere a little extra light is needed. It has a Guide No. of 70'/21 m, a built-in slave, test button and front and rear ready lights. The flash output is fixed at full power.

1/4"-20 tripod socket
Guide No. 70'/21 m
Built-in Slave Cell Yes
Test Button Yes
Flash Ready Indicator Yes
Battery Power 4x AA
Recycle Time 4-6 seconds
Dimensions 1.25 x 3.7 x 4.2" (32 x 94 x 107mm)
Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Smith-VictorPG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash
     
    4.3

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (38)
    • Easy to use (32)
    • Consistent output (28)
    • Good power output (21)
    • Durable (20)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (10)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (34)
    • Portraits (19)
    • General purpose (18)
    • Night photography (7)
    • Indoors (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (8), Semi-professional (7), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Work great for side lights.

    I purchased two of these as side lights for large group photos. Bouncing the on-camera flash off the ceiling with a Stofen diffuser still gave some direct light and was enough to fire the...Read complete review

    I purchased two of these as side lights for large group photos. Bouncing the on-camera flash off the ceiling with a Stofen diffuser still gave some direct light and was enough to fire the slaves. Side lighting helps reduce glare from glasses. I like the versatility of the shoe mount and threaded mount and use them on tripods. Recycle time with fresh batteries is about 4 seconds. On the downside, the flash output isn't adjustable (and I knew that before buying), and the battery cover is hard to close because of the spring tension on the batteries. At least I know the batteries will make contact all the time!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Couple of pointers

    1. If you use rechargeable AA batteries, the capacitor doesn't seemed to reach required voltage and hence ready light might not light up. Also the light slave might not trigger. With alkaline not...Read complete review

    1. If you use rechargeable AA batteries, the capacitor doesn't seemed to reach required voltage and hence ready light might not light up. Also the light slave might not trigger. With alkaline not an issue. However, the cycle time is a tad long at 4 secs.

    2. the sync voltage on the hot shoe is VERY high at 190V. Don't use it with digital SLRs without using a safe-sync first.

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    4.0

    Very nice.

    By Undlin

    from Apple Valley, MN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
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    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

      I'd like having a way to control the output of the flash. This is still an inexpensive way to add another flash in a variety of situations. Use two for portraits?

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      5.0

      Nice piece of kit!

      By Celtic Dragon

      from Kentucky, USA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No variable output
      • Slightly Slow Recycle

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

      I use these as accent lighting during shoots. I am pleased enough to now own two!

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      4.0

      Fun new tool

      By Horsephotograhper

      from Nebraska

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

        I purchased this slave flash to use during barrel racing events both indoor and outdoor. B&H shipped it quickly to me and for the price I don't have to worry about getting covered in dust at the arena. It will get tested this weekend at a small jackpot and I'm excited to see how well it works! Perfect size, I plan to order more!

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        5.0

        Super convenient!

        By Paul

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Recycling

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash

        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

        I use it with my off camera flash to provide fill flash in the field. It fits in my shirt pocket, recycles quickly, and works great.

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        4.0

        Great Starter slave

        By K Photo

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not Interchangeable
        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

        For what it is, this is a great little light. I'm a photog new to different lighting systems, and another photog suggested this slave flash. It's pretty easy to figure out, and this little guy could go with you everywhere. The downside is that the sensor seems a bit under-sensitive. Even when my camera is pointing straight at it, it's faulty at times. Either that or it overheats way too quickly.

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        5.0

        Great flash for the money!

        By MMS Photography

        from Walton Ky

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

          I use this for hair light or just an extra light where I need it...for the money it has a lot of kick...The only thing I wish was different was line of site. but in my tests... it triggered about %95 of the time...I am going to buy a couple more. I have not used enough to give any cons

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          4.0

          Can't argue with the price

          By NOM Creative

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors

            Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

            You get what you pay for, but you can't argue with the price on this one. It is not a one trick pony, but it does have it's drawbacks.

            Pros: Despite the lengthy "con" section, let me just say that this is my second one. I obviously liked it enough I wanted another one. I use it as a kicker in portraits. I use a speedlite with an umbrella as my front light, and set this up behind the model, facing them at a 45 angle to the camera. I like this look, and wanted another one to be able to rim out both sides of the model. If you want to light part of a room with it, it is small and does this easily.

            Cons: 2 main complaints. 1) I like how powerful it is, but having only one power setting, you cannot use it in portrait work without shooting f/7 or so. Great for studio type setups, bad for location work with shallow DOF. It will blow out your picture quickly otherwise. 2) The optical gets finicky. I had a 3 hour shoot that was running rather smoothly, adjusted my main light for a shorter model, and then spent 10 minutes trying to get the optical to work. You need either very clear line of sight, or very powerful flash lighting all of a small room. Best inside where it can see your other flash easily.

            If you buy one, it has a lot of bang in it. If you don't like it, you're out, what...$30 tops? Way better than spending a few hundred per light for the setup I want. Everyone should have one of these in their bag. It's small and easy. I have two.

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            5.0

            No frills works just as it should

            By John

            from Vineland NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Low Light

                Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                For the money this little light will do just what I wanted it to do.

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                5.0

                Work great

                By Greg

                from Los Gatos, Ca

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Low Light

                  Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                  I only need fill light occasionally, the flash trigger works well. These units have no adjustment so they are full flash every time, I new that when I bought them. They do exactly what I ask of them. Only about 4-5 sec. to recharge. Not bad.

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                  5.0

                  Great Little Flash

                  By Scott

                  from Oshawa, ON

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Simple to use

                  Cons

                  • Harsh Color

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                  A great value and adds some back light when needed. It's a little retro looking but does exactly what it is designed to do. I added a layer of diffusion paper over the flash to soften the light and take this flash to every wedding I shoot.

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                  5.0

                  Recommended seller

                  By madmax

                  from Aalen, Germany

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                        I use the product every day and I like the easy handling and the functional equipment. [...]. I would recommend this seller to everybody because the price also was terrific low.

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                        5.0

                        Works Great for removing dark spaces

                        By Lotsoffreetime

                        from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Every flash is full power

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                        Small, compact and gives a punch to the background shadows, can be mounted on a mini tripod or use the clip to sit it on the floor. Only needs to see the flash of the main lights to go off. Only problem its that its a full flash every time but that little thing can be worked around

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                        4.0

                        going to get another one

                        By sandtrapper

                        from Atmore, Alabama

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                        use this product as a fill flash. works great!

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                        4.0

                        Low-cost little flash with some light

                        By David

                        from Maryland

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                        I bought this as a companion to my first off-camera speedlight (an SB-900). For the price (<$25), it was worth a try and I'm happy with it.

                        Simple to use:
                        - Add batteries (4x AA's)
                        - Flip the 'On' switch
                        - Let the capacitor charge (~5-6 seconds)
                        - Pop off another flash and it will fire

                        The PG250S sports a little wire stand on the bottom to give it some angle when used on it's own. The side of the unit has a cold-shoe mount to give you the option of attaching it to a flash bracket. And if that wasn't enough, there is a 1/4-20 mount on the underside to attach the unit to an available tripod (or in my case a JOBY GorillaPod).

                        Add a few pieces of velcro and trim some filters to give you control over the output power and light color and this is a pretty capable $25 accessory.

                        Con - it is full-power output only, so every time it fires, you have to wait the 5-6 seconds for the cap to recharge.

                        If Smith-Victor is reading, I'd request an option to select 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 power maybe (giving faster recycle time) and maybe add a second optical trigger to the rear (or make it rotatable) so the unit can trigger from more obscure locations. I'd probably end up willing to pay more for the extras, too.

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                        4.0

                        The light meets expectations

                        By Jim

                        from Hamburg, Germany

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                          Provides the extra back light to give a nice look to the photos.

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                          4.0

                          Works fine

                          By travlhealer

                          from Knoxville, TN

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Slow Recycling

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash

                          Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                          Back up flash to get away from red-eye, have put IR filter over FZ18 flash and use slave for lighting instead .

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                          4.0

                          CHEAP AND EFFECTIVE

                          By mike j

                          from canada

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                            rim flash

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                            4.0

                            Good Output

                            By photoJIROV

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                            • Slow Recycling

                            Best Uses

                            • Photojournalism

                            Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                            I use it as a rim light with a snoot. If you position it right to receive light from another off-camera flash you can get decent results. Had to play with the shutter speed to get it in the exposure every time - for me 1/250sec works good. I wish the sensor was mounted differently(rotating?). Can't commplain - for the $$ and size it is what expected.

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                            5.0

                            Reliable, inexpensive light

                            By Nacho Broadway

                            from NYC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                              works well, triggers consistently

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                              3.0

                              Works Okay

                              By dhdnyc

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use

                                Comments about Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash:

                                Puts a cool backlight on the subject. Need to use it in a controlled environment and shoot to work effectively!

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