Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash

Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash

Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Guide Number: 124.7' at ISO 100
  • Coverage: 35mm (18mm with Panel)
  • Manual Output: 1/1 to 1/128
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left 180° & Right 90°
  • Optical Slave Mode with 33' Range
  • Instant Sync & Skip Preflash Slave Modes
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • PC Sync Port & External Power Socket
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Bolt VD-410 overview

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Bolster your everyday shooting kit with the addition of a VD-410 Manual Flash from Bolt, which provides photographers with the almost essential ability to add light to otherwise drab or dark scenes. The VD-410 will find a home in many camera bags due to its simple manual operation, moderate guide number of 124.7' at ISO 100, and versatility provided by on- and off-camera triggering options, including wireless. Manual output is controlled from 1/1 to 1/128 power and placement of the light is controlled by tilting the head from 0-90° and swiveling up to 90° right or 180° left. Along with this, the flash has standard coverage for 35mm and longer lenses, and it is equipped with a built-in diffuser that widens coverage down to an 18mm lens.

For general operation, the VD-410 can be used with nearly any camera equipped with a hot shoe. Options for triggering off-camera are easily expanded thanks to the integration of a PC sync port as well as two optical slave modes, instant sync and skip one preflash. This flash can be set up as a slave unit or as a master trigger with a range of up to 33'. Additionally, it has an HV external power socket for using battery packs as well as the ability to run off four AA batteries which provide a recycle time of 0.1-5 seconds.

Guide number of 124.7' at ISO 100
Eight manual flash levels from 1/1 to 1/128 power
Wireless optical slave mode with range of up to 33'
Flash duration of 1/300-1/20,000 sec
Recycle time of 0.1-5 seconds when using NiMH AA batteries
Instant sync and skip one preflash slave timing modes
Tilts upward with hard stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, and 90°
Built-in diffuser and reflector panels
Locking metal foot
Flash ready indicator light
Automatic power-saving function and overheating protection
PC sync socket for wired remote triggering such as when the flash is mounted on a bracket
Works with four lithium, NiMH, or alkaline AA batteries, or an optional external power pack
UPC: 847628591424
In the Box
Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash
  • Stand/Tripod Mount
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Bolt VD-410 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 124.67'  / 38 m ISO 100 
    Exposure Control Manual
    Vari-Power Manual: 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head 0 to 90°
    Swivel Head 270°
    Zoom Head None
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/300 - 1/20000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation None
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Wireless Operation Method: Optical Pulse
    Distance: Up to 32.81' / 10 m
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.7 x 3.0 x 2.2" / 19.5 x 7.7 x 5.7 cm
    Weight 10.09 oz / 286 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 4.0 x 3.2"

    Bolt VD-410 reviews

    VD-410 Manual Flash is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't beat it for the price. I couldn't pass this up for the $30 sale price. I shoot with professional gear, but it's nice to have a few extra backup flash units. This is built solidly, including a metal hot shoe connector. I've done a few tests and used it on a shoot. While most strobes tend to have a slightly cool cast, this one emits a very subtle warm light. If you are comfortable shooting in manual mode, you'll have no trouble setting it for the type of work you do. There is a simple + and - control for output on a bar graph, but it would be even better if it showed the actual strength in fractions (1/1; 1/2; 1/4, etc). B&H managed to squeeze some good quality and features into this inexpensive flash.
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bolt Flash VD- 410 Just received from B & H in mail. So far very good exposure and smooth operating. Remember this is fully manual without TTL flash. Remember after you take a picture check histogram. If exposure is to hot or dark just adjust the plus or minus dial on flash for correct exposure. Flash offers a lot of ratios to dial up or down. Good power in flash and you can bounce light very well. Great price. Flash looks durable but I only own it for a few weeks so I will have to wait and see if it is durable.
    Date published: 2016-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash Bolt VD-410 Manual Flash Well I found the Bolt VD-410 to be simple and straight forward. After just looking at the Bolt VD-410 it was easy to figure out. Put 4 AA batteries in it, mount it in your hot-shoe, turn the flash on set it to M, test the unit with its own button, adjust the power level and take the picture. Now it also has the S1 and S2 setting for being a slave. Very good portrait set up. Set your first main forward flash, then set up the second by making it S1 for fill, then adjust your S2 for hair glow and the entire system is calibrated to work as 1. What liked the most is how simple it was to sync, how light they actually where, the batteries lasted for a long time with the built in power saving feature. Could adjust the power lever with a touch of a button. It is also compatible with most remotes and worked with my friends Pocket Wizard and worked seamlessly with the Vello FreeWave Aviator Wireless Trigger Transceiver & Receiver and the Vello FreeWave mini-stand flash trigger and transmitter and receiver too.
    Date published: 2016-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beginner's Flash This was the first manual flash that I have owned for my camera. It took almost no time at all to learn how to control the flash and begin shooting. The brightness of the VD-410 is also great! You should have little problem lighting most scenarios. The main downside I've had so far is the recharge time, it can take a few seconds depending on the power level you use. Despite that, considering how inexpensive this product is you really get a good quality flash.
    Date published: 2016-03-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from VD-410 Manual Flash by Bolt This product was lightweight and easy to use in a professional setting. This flash worked extremely well at half power for hundreds of shots and the exposure was consistent throughout. At full power the flash did take slightly longer to recharge.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Flash I used this flash on the go to travel with to Louisiana. Its ability to plug and go is amazing requiring you to mount it, pick the power out put and shoot. The only problem is that it uses double A batteries, which is less preferable than an internal battery, but its only a minor con for the pros that you get with this product. Its a good flash for both beginners and pros alike.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't be happier. Use it for events. 4 of these Bolts cost less than 1/2 the price of just one SB800. I've been using 4 SB800s on light stands and wanted additional speed lights for a second shooter. 4 more SB800s or even SB600s is a lot of money. Also I mount both shooters lights to one stand, so if a stand comes crashing down that is two lights at risk. Losing a Bolt is not as painful as losing a SB800. The Bolts have a sync terminal and will work directly with PocketWizards. They also work as slaves, which isn't a good option for a crowded venue (b/c other people's cameras will fire your slaved flashes). A great slave feature for the Bolt is that it can be set to ignore a pre-flash like that used in the Nikon CLS. I was surprised that at such a low price point it would be able to do this. The flashes can also fire on the pre flash and there is a manual setting for on camera work or with radio triggers. The Bolt has good power. At max output I am getting only slightly less than the SB800 as tested with a light meter. I don't think the Bolt's output is quite what is advertised, but that is not a deal breaker. Using the light is simple. There are no menus to delve into. You just dial power up and down using buttons. It also doesn't go into a sleep mode (which you need to disable on a SB800 for event photography when using radio triggers). It does not have the build quality of a good Nikon or Canon, but again the price is great. The color temperature is matching my Nikon lights. The Bolt has a diffuser screen and a small bounce card. The light head has a good pan and tilt range. I cannot speak to over heating as I am not that heavy on the shutter. Battery life has been good. I am not ready to go all Bolts for events just yet, but if they hold up I may stop bringing the Nikons. It seems like at most events something gets damaged or broken and I really like the idea of only risking inexpensive but good gear.
    Date published: 2016-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is hard to believe that the VD-410 costs only $50! I needed a second flash unit to supplement my main Nikon unit when shooting in the field. The VD-410 outputs a similar amount of light as my main unit and only cost 1/10 as much. Using a manual unit is not a problem for me, in fact, I usually have my main unit set to manual. Having a builtin slave in the VD-410 saves me from running another sync cord. I also appreciate being able to easily regulate the light output from the VD-410. I plan to purchase another VD-410 very soon.
    Date published: 2017-08-14
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