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Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC)

B&H # IMVSD300 MFR # VSD-300
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  • Reflector, Sync Cord

You Pay: $238.95

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The Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC) as part of the VSD Series of monolights is proof that a 300 watt/second monolight does not need to be expensive. The VSD300 provides enough stored power to easily light a portrait or small still-life setup. It has features found on monolights that cost twice as much.

This monolight has a digital readout coupled with its four-stop power variator. It accepts Bowens monolight reflectors and head accessories. The VSD300 has cushioned touch-pad function control buttons. Power is adjustable in 1/10 stop increments, from full to 1/8 power. Its model light intensity may be controlled coupled to, or independent from the strobe power levels you select.

The VSD300 is available as part of several complete lighting kits. A slightly more powerful version of this light is the VSD400.

This monolight has a limited "Auto Dump" feature, which automatically fires the strobe when you reset to a lower power level.
Built-in optical slave "sees" the light from other flashes, and fires this monolight automatically.
A Sync Cord with miniplug to PC connection is included.
Its recycle beep tone may be switched on or off.
Maximum Watt/Seconds 300
Guide Number 182 in feet, @ ISO 100
Recycle Time 2 sec @ full power
Flash Duration 1/800s @ full power
1/1800s @ lowest power
Flash Variability Full to 1/8 power in 1/10 stop increments
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light Wattage 100
Voltage Stabilization Not specified by manufacturer
Flash Ready Indicator LED on test button
Operating Voltage 110-120VAC, 60Hz
Built-in Slave Cell Yes, 10 m range
Circuit Protection Fuse
Fan Cooled No
Auto Dump Yes - limited - strobe fires automatically as power is turned down
Dimensions 11.6 x 8.5 x 6" (29.5 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm) with 7" reflector
Weight 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC)
  • Flashtube (FT300)
  • 100W Modeling Light
  • 7" Grid Reflector
  • Mini to PC Sync Cord
  • Spare Fuse
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Included Free

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    ImpactDigital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC)
     
    4.5

    (based on 63 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (28)
    • Durable (24)
    • Good color value (20)
    • Attaches securely (19)
    • Lightweight (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (37)
      • Portraits (23)
      • General purpose (20)
      • Low light (15)
      • Outdoor events / games (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (23), Pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (9), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (43)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I love it

      I have been working with Bowens for the last 10 years; lately I was getting tired of the price since I travel a lot and sometimes my flashes get damaged. I did not know...Read complete review

      I have been working with Bowens for the last 10 years; lately I was getting tired of the price since I travel a lot and sometimes my flashes get damaged. I did not know this label so I really took a risk; it was cheaper than Bowens so I expected less quality. I bought two 300w/s flashes and I am happily surprised by the quality so far. It's almost half of the price, lighter so I can easily carry it with me, it looks awesome also. it's better than I expected. So far I do not know if it's gonna last as Bowens does.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice for the price

      I already own a flash set but needed another to take portraits, so I went with a kit of 2 VSD300 and softboxes.
      The other kit is huge and more or less...Read complete review

      I already own a flash set but needed another to take portraits, so I went with a kit of 2 VSD300 and softboxes.
      The other kit is huge and more or less transportable.
      So I dit the setup a way my assistant could use it for corporate portraits.
      We took a couple of pictures, round 800 with them and worked fine.
      They're easy to setup, digital display is perfect and they have every thing you can expect from more expensive brands, plus they are small.

      Everything was going fine until this week.
      One is not powering up anymore, the other one got only pilot light but no flash even with spare bulb.
      So I have to check the warranty.

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      5.0

      Very happy with this light

      By JeffS

      from Western PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

        This is my first (two) monolight purchases but i was surprised and expected less than i got with this light for the money. A youtube review comparing it to others of the same entry level got me to try it and i'm keeping both. Powerful light which for my individual portrait work gets turned down quite a bit. Recycle time is just fine and i like the beep telling me it's ready. The build quality seems good- has a sort of rubbery finish that i like. You don't use these lights by themselves- you put modifiers on so the Bowens mount will give me the broadest choice. I would recommed based upon 1 month of ownership.

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        4.0

        Good product

        By Johnny

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

          I am a semi-professional photographer who was looking for a modest ligthing set-up that would help me to do the job without doing all of the job for me. I purchased two of these as part of a three light kit here from B and H with the intent of using them with my brand new Canon 6D and 24-70 2.9 lens. The results are very much satisfactory.

          I've attached some images that I took against some white seamless paper pretty much right out of the box, first time out.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect small kit

          By Mauro

          from NY

          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

          Powerful enough, priced right, well manufactured, just missing a package when bought as a kit

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          4.0

          Plenty of power for small studio

          By Alan

          from Houston, Tx

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

            This is my first studio strobe light set. It is powerful enough for my needs. The controls are simple to understand and easy to use.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great product for any studio

            By Myron McClure Photography

            from Hollywood CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors

              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

              I have recently built a nice home studio using these as my main two front lights. I researched lighting and played with a few alien B strobes. I had a great budget for lighting and ended up saving a few $$ with this purchase. For the price and performance of the product, the impact moonlights are the best bang for your buck! When doing portraits it is recommended to have a minimum of 300w/s as your main lights (front). They were easy to work with, they look great and I recommend them for any home studio.

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              • No

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              5.0

              they work great !

              By Sinotique

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                    I needed these to photograph furniture and room settings. They work great. Love the compact size, they're pretty sturdy, one accidentally fell over , and the lamp survived, both the flash and modeling bulb didn't get damaged. As an amateur photographer, this suits my needs perfectly.

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                    4.0

                    300 monolights

                    By DC 309

                    from West Michigan

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                      I use this product with my traveling studio, and i love it so far, no complaints.
                      I

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                      5.0

                      And then there was light!

                      By Wini

                      from Wyoming

                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                      I've been looking for a flash system and have used some different types, but have yet to find one that fits my personal needs. This is a very good system and would work if you need a flash but don't want to spend a lot of money.

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                      4.0

                      Impact Monolight

                      By RickS

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Needs A Handle On Back

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                      I bought 2 of these 300watt lights in a kit. The lights are very powerfull and built good. My only complaint is there should be a handle on the back to help when tilting the unit. It is very awkward to hold onto the back and tilt, espectially with a soft box attached. The P/C cord that comes with the lights just need to have the end crimped a little so they fit tighter in the camera port. The unit has no built in fan, I haven't had them that long to notice if that will cause a problem.

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                      5.0

                      wowwww

                      By mo

                      from toronto

                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                      I loved my item they ship so fast and the item worked perfect !

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                      4.0

                      i loved it

                      By Tzvika770

                      from NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                        its very strong light, and excellent for my shots.
                        but the light stand are not so Durable and the flash rate times are slow

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Dual Kit with Umbrellas

                        By Singlespeeder

                        from Mechanicsburg, Pa

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                          I got the 2 monolight kit with stands and umbrellas. I did quite a bit of research and found these to be a great value for the w/s rating. I have a small "studio" which is actually a converted room in our house and they provide more than ample output for portraits, full body, and small groups. They appear very well made, the controls are of nice quality and easy to use, I like the auto-dump feature though you do have to remember it will fire the strobes. I think that is fairly common though, and you just have to keep that in mind when lowering power. While lacking handles, the heads have a tacky covering and remain cool to the touch (at least with my use) and so are easy to move around. Recycle time is fine for my uses since I'm never at full power. Will fire with pc cord, flash, or radio triggers. Time will tell how durable they are. I love that they are sold through B&H as I trust them completely and have always had excellent service from them. Though not a review of the rest of the kit, the stands are lightweight, but are sturdy and function well, and the brollies are of nice quality too. Great value, nice product. Will purchase a third monolight soon.

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                          5.0

                          I love it

                          By César Ochoa

                          from Montreal

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors

                            Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                            I have been working with Bowens for the last 10 years; lately I was getting tired of the price since I travel a lot and sometimes my flashes get damaged. I did not know this label so I really took a risk; it was cheaper than Bowens so I expected less quality. I bought two 300w/s flashes and I am happily surprised by the quality so far. It's almost half of the price, lighter so I can easily carry it with me, it looks awesome also. it's better than I expected. So far I do not know if it's gonna last as Bowens does.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great for the amature or the professiona

                            By Leslie

                            from Salem, Oregon

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                  Used for a small studio, great for still life photography or portraits. Pretty bulky though.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good For The Money; On A Budget...!

                                  By Bill Mahon Photo

                                  from Sacramento, Ca.

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                    This Mono Head seems to be built good. It's not for heavy everyday commercial use but regular, light use in the studio or on location is fine. Good light accessories available and all very affordable. I am a full time working professional commercial photographer that works 75% on location. I purchased this 3 light set up for us to use in the small studio and simple lighting set ups. I have used ONLY Dynalite for the last 21 years and still do.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice For The Money, On A Budget!

                                    By Bill Mahon Photo

                                    from Sacramento, Ca.

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Night Time
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                      This Mono Head seems to be built good. It's not for heavy everyday commercial use but regular, light use in the studio or on location is fine. Good light accessories available and all very affordable. I am a full time working professional commercial photographer that works 75% on location. I purchased this 3 light set up for us to use in the small studio and simple lighting set ups. I have used ONLY Dynalite for the last 21 years and still do.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Love it!

                                      By Chad the adventurer

                                      from Oceanside, CA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Long-Lasting
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                      • Rather Large

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                      As a photographer on a very limited budget, I had been using two very low-powered strobes for several years. Quite aware of the limitations, I did my best to improvise but always had to shoot portraits at less than f/8 and with not the best lighting coverage. I finally decided that if I am going to move forward in this business, I've got to up my equipment. Thus I found this monolight by Impact. The price is quite low and the light output more than double of my other strobes.... I've received the product and used it several times for portraits and stock photography and am very pleased. This has given me so much more freedom and control and it really shows in the images. My only regret is having not done this earlier!

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                                      5.0

                                      Easy for a beginner

                                      By Laura

                                      from Georgia

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Securely
                                      • Good Color Value
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors

                                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                        Great light. Easy to use and setup as a beginner.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great lighting

                                        By Mina

                                        from Bay Area, Ca

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Durable
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                        • Harsh Color

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Night Time
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                        I have used high end equipment before and these strobe heads have all of the same features a high end brand would have. Very durable and easy to replace bulbs. Happy to have my own studio equipment to start making some beautiful images.

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                                        5.0

                                        Happy with this product

                                        By A

                                        from Hutschenhausen

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300W/s (120VAC):

                                              I'm a beginner photographer and these lights were easy to set up and use. They are plenty powerful.

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