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Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash

B&H # BOVS210 MFR # VS-210
Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Choice of Manual or Automatic Control
  • Adjustable Five-Position Flash Head
  • Sync Socket for Off-Camera Flash Use

You Pay: $39.95

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The VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash from Bolt is a compact flash for use with both digital and film SLR cameras. It offers both manual and easy automatic exposure. An exposure chart on the back of the flash assists you when using manual exposure. The VS-210 features a guide number of 72' @ 100 ISO and an adjustable tilt head with five set positions - 0, 45, 60, 75 & 90°. The flash covers a 35mm range (in 35mm/full frame format). The VS-210 is powered by 2 easily found AA batteries. The flash duration is between 1/2000 and 1/40,000 second.

Choice of manual control or easy automatic flash
Adjustable five-position flash head
Sync socket for off-camera flash positioning
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 72' (21.95 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Exposure Control Automatic/Manual
TTL Dedication No
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head None
Coverage 35 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head None
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 0.3 - 10 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Not Specified By Manufacturer
Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 2x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 3.9 x 2.0" / 6.6 x 9.9 x 5.1 cm
Weight 4.6 oz / 130 g (Without batteries)
Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash
  • Sync Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    BoltVS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (4)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      5.0

      Go small and be awesome

      By Grumpyoldretiredguy

      from Philadelphia, Pa.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Recycle Time Is Average

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Portraits In Small Spaces
      • Travel

      Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

      This flash is as simple as it gets. I purchased this to use as off camera lighting for a point and shoot Lumix. It fires, it bounces and it can be gelled. I use it with two other small no-name flashes and a Radiopopper trigger which I also recently acquired from B&H. While not a professional level flash, you can still make great portraits in tight spaces.

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      5.0

      Bolt Flash

      By Camull

      from MS

      Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

      Just what I needed for my Sony nex 6. Don't use a lot of flash but this fits the bill perfectly . It works on the camera& also off camera with the on camera flash. Great

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      5.0

      Excellent small bouncing flash

      By Bob

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

        Great value.

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        4.0

        Not Bad!!!

        By KLP

        from Sugarloaf, CA USA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • A Little Short

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

        Works great. The front of the flash head is a little short by 1/2" for add-on modifiers. The sync socket is not a standard 3.5 mm, it's about half that size. Which means you'll have to buy a hot shoe with a 3.5mm jack to use it off camera, and a longer sync cord. The sync cord provided is only 12 1/2" long.

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        4.0

        Adequate and about what I expected.

        By rippo

        from ventura, ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Always Accurate
        • Slow Recharge

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Snapshots
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

        I needed a cheap, and most importantly LIGHT flash that I could put on my Voigtlander Bessa-R rangefinder. Something with 'auto' mode because this camera does not have any sort of TTL.

        The flash achieves the primary goal of being light. It's about half the weight of my previous winner, and old Nikon SB-20. The camera doesn't feel like it's going to tip over as with other flashes.

        The flash isn't particularly accurate in auto mode. Or rather, it seems to take awhile to warm up before it's accurate. And I don't mean the flash needs to charge up, I mean the first 10 pops or so seem to underexpose, and then it seems to lock in. Not sure why that is or if it's repeatable, but I just tested with a flash meter.

        I'm shooting with a film camera, so I just make sure I'm overexposing a little when using direct flash, and by at least a stop when bouncing. The actual film results have been good on my first test roll.

        Recharge time is pretty slow too, from a full pop. But hey, it only has two batteries so that's expected.

        And did I mention it's light? On the fence about the four star review. Initially gave it 3 stars but given the value, it's meeting my rather low expectations.

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        5.0

        VS-210 is a great flash unit !

        By rocky

        from Lehigh Acres, Fl. 33971

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Bolt VS-210 Mini On-Camera Auto Flash:

          This flash unit has proven to be as good as it looks. I use the VS-210 with my film camera for front facial lighting, and it slaves my mono-lites perfectly for great exposures. WOW is all I can say !

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