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Smith-Victor45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (38)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Fast recycling (18)

Cons

  • Slow recycling (12)

Best Uses

  • Fill flash (29)
  • Portraits (25)
  • General purpose (20)
  • Night photography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (8), Casual photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product for price

I purchased this to make a large, make shift ring light, that could also be reversed and used for dramatic images. Their power, 45 w/s, is more than enough for most...Read complete review

I purchased this to make a large, make shift ring light, that could also be reversed and used for dramatic images. Their power, 45 w/s, is more than enough for most applications. They can be used to light up a dark room to give more depth. Punch up the light on your subject, a makeshift hair light, kicker, etc.... The only drawback is the bulbs aren't replaceable. But for the price, you can replace them probably cheaper than buying a replacement bulb. I also wished they would've come with gels, to change the color. Overall, I would say having several on hand if your an on-location photgrapher (journalist, lifestyle portraitist, or an on the go senior shooter), would come in handy in a pinch (using them in a table lamp socket means you don't have to carry extra gear)... Uses are limitless (especially if you have some ND gels on hand).... Highly recommend....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

just ok

i have three of these now. i don't use them much but they do work well for what i use them for. they are very affordable but two of the three i bought came...Read complete review

i have three of these now. i don't use them much but they do work well for what i use them for. they are very affordable but two of the three i bought came broken. the test button on the flash didn't work right out of the box. i don't need that function because i am using pocket wizards and the internal slave to fire them but it is a little disheartening knowing that 2 out of 3 came to me broken. if they test button worked i would give these a much better rating for how cheap you can buy them.

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5.0

Very Handy

By Steve Stanley

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

    I use these small strobes in the studio to provide some fill and accent lighting.
    In the past year I have purchased 7 of these and everyone has performed as expected.

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    5.0

    Great Little Flash Units

    By Steve

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

      I use these little flash units in the studio to provide rim and accent lighting. I have purchased 6 of these and every unit has performed excellent.
      The flash units are very versatile and small. I like the fact that they can be used in a standard light bulb socket making the configuration and use of the units extremely versatile. The slave feature on the units work great. I have used 4 of these on an outdoor photo shoot where they where powered from a 12 volt battery and a 400 watt power inverter they worked great!!

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      5.0

      Very good flash

      By Krishna

      from Pittsburgh

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Wish Had Variable Power

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

      This is an inexpensive versatile flash. I tested the power of this unit using a Sekonic flash meter and compared to my Canon 580 Ex ii. Below are the readings for the Canon flash and Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash.Canon 580EXii:Full power 10 feet 100 ISO shutter speed 1/180, f 11.11/2 Power 10 feet 100 ISO shutter speed 1/180, f 8.01/4 power 10 feet 100 ISO shutter speed 1/180, f 5.6SMith Vector 45i with the reflector (This is a DIY reflector made from Utility light reflectors from [*][$]):Full Power (No control) 10 feet 100 ISO shutter speed 1/180, f 8.0 It is about half as much power of a 580ex ii. But, it cost only [$] compared to [$] for a Canon 580 EXii. Of course, you cannot control the power out put it is fixed. But with light modifiers one could reduce the power and quality of light on these. I taped an aluminum foil right on top of the bulb (on the screw on built in diffuser) creating a beauty dish. With that setup from the same distance, the power reduced to f 2.8 at 100 ISO. Moving the flash with this beauty dish set up, off camera to the right I used an inexpensive radio trigger to trigger the light. Here, bringing the ISO to 200, I got f 5.6, and could capture excellent portraiture with this light. One could use this as a main light on a budget and get beautiful photos.This has a a built in optical slave, but I prefer a Radio trigger for its use, especially if this is used in combination with camera flashes, the pre-flash may trigger and may not work properly. It recycles very fast 2-3 seconds. It is ready in 3-4 seconds once plugged into the outlet. This is my first unit, and I just got it. Cannot comment on the longevity of the product.

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      4.0

      Great Flash! Bright!

      By Double J Photo

      from Saint Charles, MO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

      I have used this flash with and umbrella for a baby photo session. It was soft enought that it did not scare the baby but strong enough to give great light.

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      5.0

      I like this product and plan to buy more

      By Don Z

      from Portland Oregon

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

        I use this flash for my digital photo work. I own three and use them for family portraits. They work just fine!

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        5.0

        Great value, works well!

        By Paul

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Convenient

        Cons

        • None For How I Use It

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash

        Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

        The 45i is so small and convenient. I put it in a standard clip on AC work light housing and have supplemental flash in a snap!

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        5.0

        Gets the job done

        By Betsy

        from Livingston, AL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

        These are super handy slave flashes. I like that you can screw it into any standard size lamp, especially when you're low on resources. I use these on a stand with umbrellas for portraits all the time, and I'm very satisfied.

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        4.0

        works great!

        By Art

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

          I trigger a pair of these just with the flash on my D7000...works great!
          Be patient...5-8sec recycle on one unit.

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          4.0

          Impressive

          By Jon

          from Saskatoon, SK

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Recycling

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

          My first two Flashlites were so good, I bought another! I use them in combination with my speedlight to give me anywhere from a one to four light studio setup. The power output cannot be adjusted, but they are still fantastic.

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          1.0

          Fails to Go Off

          By KK

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • WIll fail with steady use

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

            My company maufactures Photo Booths. Tried several of these flashes. We put heavy usage on the unit. We require it to go off every 15 seconds for 4 hours. They repeatedly fail as Master flashes using sync cord. Apparently is is a known issue with the sync input on the unit. DO NOT USE if you require similiar usage.

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            5.0

            Loving it

            By Brandon

            from Pickerington, Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

              I bought one of these to use as a cheap alternative to more expensive strobe lights to use along with a camera flash I have on a wireless receiver for portraits. It is reliable and very easy to use. So far I can't find anything wrong with it.

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              4.0

              Works as advertised

              By clark

              from san francisco, ca

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

              I love how these bulbs work and they are good enough for the work I do. However, I wish it had wider angle coverage (at least greater than 90 degree). I compare it with a Canon 580 and it's just about a step weaker, so it's not bad at all for non-mobile projects.

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              5.0

              Great flash for a good price

              By Mir

              from Missoula, MT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash

                Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                Great flash. Only thing you want to be aware of is that if you screw it into a clamp light, the hot shoe connector cord gets in the way a little bit...ie. its difficult to get the flash into the clamp light while the cord is connected

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                5.0

                Dependable little workhorse

                By Don

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                  I use three of these in a simple portrait setup. Triggering is fast and flawless. The light is smooth and even. I haven't timed them with a stopwatch, but I think they recycle in about five seconds or so, which is adequate for my purposes.

                  Recently, as I was removing one from its box, I made the mistake of dropping it an inch or two onto a coffee table. After the drop, I could hear something inside rattling around. I was able to save the shoot by improvising with a spare flash unit, but ordered a replacement for the broken light ASAP. On inspection, it turns out that the damage to the one I dropped is minor, and should be easily fixable with my trusty soldering iron.

                  All in all, I'm very happy with this product, and would not hesitate to recommend it.

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                  5.0

                  Very good accesorie, it really works

                  By F.AST.

                  from Dom, Rep.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                    This Flash really works, I have a Canon 7D and I configured the Flash setting for MANUAL and the other setting was eliminate the PRE-FLASH Firing. And I think that´s all.
                    I used a desk lamp pointing to the celing to spread the light.
                    The 7D boddy works wirellesly with this Flash.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent value!

                    By Johndej

                    from Salem, OR

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                      I have a small studio set-up. These lights offer me lots of flexibility and are easy to use. I didn't expect getting the sync cords, so that was a nice surprise. I haven't found any negatives. I strongly recommend these lights!

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                      4.0

                      Flash anywhere!

                      By Fred

                      from NYC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                      Works great for a cheap extra flash. I keep one in my bag just I case.

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                      5.0

                      Great flash

                      By Mix of Mojo

                      from Lexington, KY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                      So far this has been a great tool in my photo studio. At first I felt it was too bright. It just overshadowed everything I did. Then, I decided to use it for bounced light - works great! I've had no problems so far. I'm looking to experiment with it in other ways (besides bounced). I'm considering buying more for backup and to use together.

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                      5.0

                      Great for the price

                      By Quin

                      from Freeport, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                      This is my 4th one, they are very useful. I taped over the slave and use Pocket Wizards to trigger the flash. I'll typically set one up in each corner of a room and get great soft lighting.

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                      3.0

                      just ok

                      By Me

                      from Northern, NH

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Smith-Victor 45i Flashlite 45W/s Slave/Master Flash:

                      i have three of these now. i don't use them much but they do work well for what i use them for. they are very affordable but two of the three i bought came broken. the test button on the flash didn't work right out of the box. i don't need that function because i am using pocket wizards and the internal slave to fire them but it is a little disheartening knowing that 2 out of 3 came to me broken. if they test button worked i would give these a much better rating for how cheap you can buy them.

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