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Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras

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Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 141' at ISO 100 & 50mm
  • Auto & Manual 24-105mm Zoom Head
  • Adjustable Tilt & Swivel Head
  • 1.8" Rear Backlit LCD Display
  • 6x Manual Levels: Full to 1/32 Power
  • AF Assist for Low-Light Photography
  • High Speed Sync Up to 1/8000 sec
  • Rear-Curtain Sync
  • Built-In Reflector & Diffuser
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The VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash from Bolt is a dedicated flash for use with Canon DSLR, mirrorless or point-and-shoot cameras. The VS-510 features a guide number of 141' at ISO 100 and an adjustable tilt head with five positions: 0 to 90°. You can also twist it to the left up to 120° and to the right up to 180°. It covers a 24-105mm range (in 35mm full frame format) and also offers rear curtain synchronization for shooting at slower shutter speeds. The included stand allows you to set the flash up on a flat surface, or to attach it to a tripod head, light stand, or clamp that has a standard 1/4"-20 mount.

The VS-510 has an autofocus assist for low-light photography, and an automatic power-saving function that turns the flash off when it's inactive. It is powered by four AA batteries (not included), with a flash duration between 1/1000 and 1/20,000 of a second. The flash supports high-speed sync up to a quick 1/8000 sec for shooting outdoors at wide apertures and fast shutter speeds. It also has rear-curtain sync.

This speedlight is fully compatible with Canon's TTL metering.
It also supports wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II controls for multiple units and groups, including 4 channels and 3 groups up to 33' away.
The guide number for this flash is 141' (43 m) at 50mm and ISO 100, and 164' (50 m) at 105mm and ISO 100.
The adjustable five-position flash head can be tilted up 0-90°, left 0-120° and right 0-180°. It has an automatic and manual 24-105mm zoom head.
The 1.8" rear backlit LCD Display allows you to easily make adjustments in low light and clearly see what your flash is set to for accurate readings.
With six different manual power levels you can easily change from full to 1/32 power.
With a built-in autofocus-assist beam you can shoot in low-light conditions, using the beam to aid your camera's AF modes.
This flash supports both high speed and rear-curtain sync for more speed and flash control. It supports high-speed sync up to 1/4000 sec--with cameras that support this speed--for shooting outdoors at wide apertures and fast shutter speeds, helping you to freeze motion better
A built-in reflector allows you to enhance the light coming from your flash and the diffuser softens the light for more flattering shadows and images.
Flash compensation is done in-camera. The flash supports the flash compensation range of the camera
The automatic power-saving function turns the flash off to conserve power, allowing you to shoot longer.
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Guide No. 141.08' (43 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
164' (49.99 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 300° 1
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120° left, 180° right

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Coverage 35 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 9 seconds
Flash Duration 1/20000 - 1/1000 sec
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Wireless Transmission Method: Optical pulse
Distance: Up to 33' / 10.06 m
Wireless Communication Channels 4 Channels
Wireless Groups 3 Groups
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 3.9 x 4.7" / 6.5 x 10.0 x 12.0 cm
Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g Without batteries
Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Flash Mount Stand
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    BoltVS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras
     
    4.3

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Fast recycling (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
      • Fill flash (4)
      • Family photos (3)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Right flash for your camera

      The Canon EOS 6D DIGITAL CAM w/EF 24-105mm LENS does not come with a built in flash, and although I don't anticipate needing flash often, want it to complete my system....Read complete review

      The Canon EOS 6D DIGITAL CAM w/EF 24-105mm LENS does not come with a built in flash, and although I don't anticipate needing flash often, want it to complete my system. This model from Bolt is designed to work just like Canon's OEM, but considerably cheaper. How can you not choose it? Works perfectly well.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Hiccup

      I previously reviewed this flash May 1, 2013 and gave it 5 stars. Two weeks later (only my 2nd use) the focusing went crazy, the test button failed to work, I managed...Read complete review

      I previously reviewed this flash May 1, 2013 and gave it 5 stars. Two weeks later (only my 2nd use) the focusing went crazy, the test button failed to work, I managed a couple of flashes on "manual" and then the circuit board fried. B&H arranged an exchange without any hassle. I have used it off and on for a month without any problems at this point. I still like the features and price. It communicates fine with my Canon 6D.

      I asked the manufacturer (BOLT) if they had other returns since they were new to this market. For example, it took 6 months for users to identify the sensor spots problem with the new Nikon D600. I got this email: "The Bolt Line of On-camera flashes are rigorously tested and engineered by working professionals within the photo industry. We strive for a product that offers reliable usage for years to come. Your particular case is the first report of the Bolt products failing to operating to its full potential."

      I hope this problem was only a hiccup, and at present still recommend this flash to other photographers.

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      4.0

      Great first flash

      By Mjcoley

      from New York

      Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

      This flash is built well - similar quality to a Canon-made item. I've only had it for a few days, and (disclaimer) I'm new to using an external flash, but I'm impressed by the quality and ease of use.

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      5.0

      Very happy with the Bolt dedicated flash

      By Don

      from Edison, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

        Flash provides a tremendous amount of light even when the lights are out. So much more powerful than the built-in flash.
        Great for product shots and portraits.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great white label flash

        By deboismenu

        from Halifax, NS, Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Functionality
        • Good quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Macro

        Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

        I followed previous reviews and I was not disappointed at all. This flash does what it says at a fraction of a brand flash price. Highlight is the fast sync feature and wireless option.
        Works perfectly with Canon 60D.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Good beginner flash

        By Seeing Digitally Photography

        from Milpitas, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

        Decent flash output. Not bad for the price. I would recommend to people who are on a tight budget.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Flash

        By Amature

        from Honolulu

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

          Great for off camera. Be prepared for increased weight when used on camera. Loves to eat batteries.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Exactly what I was looking for.

          By ShKaHe

          from Valparaiso, IN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

            I wanted a flash for my Rebel XT that could be used off-camera, and that would be compatible with my newly ordered Canon 70D. The Bolt VS-510C Wireless Flash was easy to learn its settings, and I quickly was getting the images I wanted.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            works as good as better known brands

            By bigdogdeal

            from minden la

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Slow Recycling

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

            Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

            use for amateur wedding photos, works great especially the wireless flash of remote flashes. recharge time is just a tad slow but mostly is not a problem.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Hiccup

            By Ric Dash

            from Plano, TX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Adjustable Head
            • Auto 24-105mm Zoom Head
            • Built-in Autofocus-assist
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

            • Circuit Board Fried
            • Slow First Charge

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Portraits

            Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

            I previously reviewed this flash May 1, 2013 and gave it 5 stars. Two weeks later (only my 2nd use) the focusing went crazy, the test button failed to work, I managed a couple of flashes on "manual" and then the circuit board fried. B&H arranged an exchange without any hassle. I have used it off and on for a month without any problems at this point. I still like the features and price. It communicates fine with my Canon 6D.

            I asked the manufacturer (BOLT) if they had other returns since they were new to this market. For example, it took 6 months for users to identify the sensor spots problem with the new Nikon D600. I got this email: "The Bolt Line of On-camera flashes are rigorously tested and engineered by working professionals within the photo industry. We strive for a product that offers reliable usage for years to come. Your particular case is the first report of the Bolt products failing to operating to its full potential."

            I hope this problem was only a hiccup, and at present still recommend this flash to other photographers.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great buy

            By Mandy

            from Lexington, SC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

                Doesn't communicate all features with camera but works well enough for the price

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Right flash for your camera

                By Ric Dash

                from Plano, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  The Canon EOS 6D DIGITAL CAM w/EF 24-105mm LENS does not come with a built in flash, and although I don't anticipate needing flash often, want it to complete my system. This model from Bolt is designed to work just like Canon's OEM, but considerably cheaper. How can you not choose it? Works perfectly well.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Flash!

                  By Rebe

                  from SLC, UT

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

                        I am still such a beginner when it comes to photography and recently upgraded my camera. I didn't want to spend a whole bunch on the Canon flash and thought I'd try this out. At first I was overwhelmed as it was nothing like my previous flash. When my friend and I went over all the capabilities it has, he was super impressed and said this Bolt has more abilities than his Canon. So much more to learn, but I'm happy with my purchase :)

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Such a great flash!!

                        By oceansmist

                        from South Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

                          I typically use this flash when I'm setting up shoots indoors whether for portraits or stills where I am able to bounce the light off walls or the ceiling since this particular flash swivels around to just about any and every angle I could ever need. It is truly a great product!

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice Flash and Wireless too

                          By Canon Shooter

                          from Springfield, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about Bolt VS-510C Wireless E-TTL & E-TTL II Shoe Mount Flash for Canon Cameras:

                          I like it.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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