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Polaroid PL-160 Dual Flash for Canon Cameras

B&H # POPL160DC MFR # PL160DC
Polaroid PL-160 Dual Flash for Canon Cameras

Polaroid PL-160 Dual Flash for Canon Cameras Swivel Bounce Back View

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number 148' at ISO 100 and 85mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-85mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left 180° & Right 90°
  • Video Light with Three 1W LEDs
  • Red Eye Reduction & Power Save Modes
  • Recycle Time: 0.5-8 Seconds
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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TTL System: Canon

Canon Nikon

You Pay: $169.99

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This PL-160 Dual Flash from Polaroid has full Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II dedication, plus a continuous video light with three 1W LEDs, making this a terrific light if you're shooting still photos and video, since you don't need to switch back and forth between flash and continuous light. The flash has a guide number of 148' at ISO 100 and 85mm, vari-power settings of 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16, and built-in diffuser and reflective panels. The flash head tilts and swivels and features an auto zoom function that sets the flash zoom for the focal length of the lens from 24-85 mm. Recycling time is between 0.5 and 8 seconds, depending on the power setting. An auto sleep mode means less charging time and more shooting time and the unit has both 1st and 2nd curtain sync modes. The Dual Flash operates on 4 AA batteries.

Dedicated shoe-mount TTL flash with built-in LED light--ideal for stills and video
Bounce, auto zoom, and swivel head
Vari-Power 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 & 1/16
Built-in diffuser and reflective panels that are self-storing
Auto Sleep mode means less charging time, and more shooting time
Recycles in 0.5-8 seconds
Backlit LCD screen
Operates on 4 AA batteries
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 147.64' (45 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/16
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head +0° to +90°
Swivel Head 270°
Coverage 24 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 8 seconds
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 4.0 x 5.1" / 72.0 x 102.0 x 130.0 mm
Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g without batteries
Polaroid PL-160 Dual Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PolaroidPL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon)
     
    3.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (4)
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    Reviewed by 5 customers

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    4.0

    Dual lighting very handy

    By Jimages, Inc.

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Slow Recycling

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Polaroid PL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon):

    With the still/ movie DSLR capabilities,I'm surprised how few dual lighting units are out there. Canon makes some single LED lights, but this Polaroid unit has 3. The light is soft & even, daylight balanced and proved very handy during a documentary video project. Great for fast-moving situations where you can't set up lights.
    Since this is primarily a strobe, in low-light situations it allows almost instant switching between stills & video. The flash's built-in bounce card opens up shadows on people's faces.
    Problems - it does go through 4AA batteries pretty quickly, so always carry spares. As a zoom flash, it's a little slow in matching the lens' focal length.
    If you've ever been shooting video and suddenly need a still, or vice versa, this is a good unit to own.

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    1.0

    Junk

    By bensmithson

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Slow Recycling

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Polaroid PL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon):

    I can't get this thing - for the life of me - to play nice with my 7D. It eats through batteries, it's super noisy, and it take a super long time to charge up for the next flash.

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    1.0

    Not for me. Sent this back.

    By Marc Zier

    from Ewing, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Noisy
      • Slow Focus
      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

        Comments about Polaroid PL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon):

        Don't know if mine was defective, but it was REALLY noisy and super slow. Total piece of garbage.

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        5.0

        Terrific, dual-purpose light for HD SLRs

        By Jimages

        from Northwest Ohio

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Polaroid PL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon):

          I had no idea Polaroid even made flashes! As a dedicated flash, this unit works perfectly with my Canon 7D. I love the swivel head for bounce flash plus the built-in mini-eye light and diffuser for the strobe. The real joy is the built-in 5 LED light. It works as a focus assist light but even better, as a convenient mini light for shooting HD video. Daylight balanced, it opens shadows for close-ups and at least gives you some illumination when none is otherwise available. It won't light a room, but it'll let you get something when you would otherwise be totally left in the dark.

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          5.0

          Great right out of the box

          By shutterbug mom

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attach Securely
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Color Value
          • Not a lot of set up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time

            Comments about Polaroid PL160 Dedicated Dual Flash (For Canon):

            I got this flash for Christmas to go with my Cannon T2i and I took it right out of the box and started using it to take pictures of my kids at Christmas. Im not a professional, just a camera happy mom, so this flash was super easy to use and made for GREAT pictures. I also took a lot of video and the added LED light was great for that. So, you get two uses for the price of one.

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