Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)

Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)

Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)

B&H # IMVSD160 MFR # VSD-160
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  • 7" Grid Reflector, Sync Cord

Power: 160Ws

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Impact VSD-160 Overview

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The Impact Digital Monolight - 160W/s (120VAC) as part of the VSD Series of monolights is proof that a 160 watt/second monolight does not need to be expensive. The VSD160 provides enough stored power to light a head-shot portrait or small still-life setup. It has features found on monolights that cost twice as much.

This monolight has a digital readout coupled with its four-stop power variator. It accepts S-type monolight reflectors and head accessories. The VSD160 has cushioned touch-pad function control buttons. Power is adjustable in 1/10 stop increments, from full to 1/8 power. Its model light intensity may be controlled coupled to, or independent from the strobe power levels you select.

The VSD160 is available as part of several complete lighting kits. Two more powerful versions of this light are the VSD300 and VSD400.

This monolight has a limited "Auto Dump" feature, which automatically fires the strobe when you reset to a lower power level.
Built-in optical slave "sees" the light from other flashes, and fires this monolight automatically.
A Sync Cord with miniplug to PC connection is included.
Its recycle beep tone may be switched on or off.
UPC: 847628013445
In the Box
Impact Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC)
  • Flashtube for VS160 Monolight
  • 60W Modeling Light
  • 7" Grid Reflector
  • Mini to PC Sync Cord
  • Spare Fuse
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Includes Free

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    Impact VSD-160 Specs

    Flash Head
    Maximum Power 160 Ws
    Power Control 4 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments
    Guide Number 115' / 35.1 m at ISO100
    Flash Duration 1/2000 to 1/1000 Sec
    Recycle Time 2 Sec (Full Power)
    Flash Ready Indicator Visual
    Reflector Changeable
    Accessory Fitting Type Bowens S Type
    Modeling Light
    Type Tungsten
    Wattage 60 W
    Sync Type Optical
    Wireless Range 33' / 10 m (Radio)
    AC Input Voltage 110to120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Circuit Protection Fuse
    Display None
    Auto Dump Yes
    Fan Cooled No
    Dimensions H: 8.5 x W: 7.0 x L: 11.6" / H: 21.5 x W: 17.7 x L: 29.5 cm, Including Reflector
    Weight 3.5 lb / 1.58 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.0 x 10.5 x 6.5"

    Impact VSD-160 Reviews

    Digital Monolight 160W/s (120VAC) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 54.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Descent lights I got a kit with two of these lights; the upper and lower power settings are pretty even but at 1/2 and 1/4 power settings they differ. That's pretty minor really. Also I have the 24 x 32 inch softboxes and in close to the subject at low power I can't shoot wider than f/4 at iso 100, at full power I get f/11 at iso 100 at roughly 2 feet. I read so much about needing more power but in the spare bedroom I use, 160ws is more than enough.
    Date published: 2011-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great entrance level set up I consider myself semi-pro. I mostly concentrate on nature photography. But recently I have had many people ask me to break out into Individual and family portraits and child sport shots. I really don't want to invest in a studio set up at this time. What I needed was a studio in a bag. The Digital Monolight 160W/s by Impact is a great entry level set up. I fine the lights recharge very fast, the light is more then sufficient at this stage of my entrance into portrait photography. I also purchased the Light Kit Bag - 34x13.5x8 by Impact to carry all my lighting gear and my background set up's. Again I was very pleased. I would highly recommend both items for the entrance level photographer.
    Date published: 2011-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product As being one of the lower watt/second models in the Impact VSD lineup, these 160's are packing some amazing power! I ordered 2 of these for a small beginner portrait setup and I could not be more pleased. I am quite picky when it comes to ordering anything that I plan on using professionally, but these came to me highly recommended by a photographer who's been in the business for decades and he knew exactly what he was talking about. I thought the 60 watt modeling lights would be too dim for the job, but with both modeling lights at full power, there is no issue at all. If you're looking for a beginner these are perfect, and they are also perfect for any professionals looking for a small studio setup.
    Date published: 2014-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for indoor work Great build on this BH product. I've used two of these for sometime, including firing them all night in a wedding photobooth, and they never misfired. Durable build. Rather large and bulky, but very sturdy. The light sensor is responsive so no need for wireless syncs connecting the various strobes. Highly recommended and a great value. The one quirky aspect to the strobes is their power adjustment which runs on a non-intuitive scale. Enough power for even a medium room - say 20 x 20 ft.
    Date published: 2010-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the value I purchased two of these as my first strobes. They were sold as a kit with the 160 Watt-second monolight, and an 8 foot air-cushioned light stand, and an Impact translucent 43 inch umbrella for under $--an incredible value.I was impressed with the build quality of these for the price. The interface is very user friendly. The Bowen mounting system allows for a broad range of modifiers to be adapted. The 7 inch grid reflector being included is a nice touch and sets you up from the start to be able to use grids on the monolights.The one downside: You cannot, so far as I can tell, turn off the beep on button press. The audio button turns off the beep on recycle, but it doesn't silence the unit when you're changing the power or pushing any other button. I don't need to hear myself press a button.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the price, these get results If you're reading this, you likely are, like I was,looking for the best possible light kit for the price without needing to do any real heavy lifting. These lights are perfect for the pro-sumer to new professional photographer looking to get comfortable with monolights before dropping serious money on a much more powerful set. This kit (includes lights, stands, softbox, etc.) for only a few hundred dollars has really met and exceeded my expectations. The feel and build quality is much better than I thought to expect. These lights don't look like cheap fixes to clients and other industry folk with be impressed (or at least amused) with the quality of light for only 160W/S. I recently took (just one) to a wedding reception for a little boost during the dancing. With a ten foot stand, a shoot through umbrella, and one light at 1/2 power, I was able to add just enough to get some really nice shots without overpowering the ambient light. The optical slave works very well. Using the on camera flash from 20' away (pointing the opposite direction, no less) still fires these lights. P.S. - what a great way to mess with Uncle Bob's lighting! Wasn't deliberate, but still made me laugh. hahaha I'd only raise three issues for the next generation: It always, ALWAYS, beeps. You can lower the volume, but it will always beep. There's no umbrella pass through on reflectors. I think only Alien Bees offers this as a standard feature, but it's real easy to become accustomed to the convenience. The accessory mount a little weak & rattles some. This doesn't affect the light while shooting, but doesn't really inspire confidence, either. All in all, for my first set of studio lights, these are great. You'll love them.
    Date published: 2011-11-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the beginner (like me) Pros: Inexpensive to get started in learning about studio lighting Replacement flashtubes are fairly inexpensive The modelling lamp socket is a standard household style Flash accepts Bowens style accessories (softboxes, different reflectors etc) Maybe a Con in the long term: The little lever that holds the accessories (reflector, speedring etc) locked on to the light SEEMS rather flimsy. I can see that breaking with a lot of use. Cons: Everytime you press a button, it beeps VERY LOUDLY. This should be either off or selectable perhaps using a button combination.
    Date published: 2010-12-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Studio Flash I use this for photograping portraits. It performs very well with my Canon 50D. I set the ISO to 100, F-stop between 5.6 and 10, shutter speed between 160 and 250. This light is very, very reliable. I only gave it 4 stars because it does audibly beep every time you press a button. You can turn off the beep to let you know the flash has recycled, but still, if you're photographing a wedding and need to adjust the output levels, it will beep every time you press a button. (very annoying.) That's my only qualm about the system though. Overall it is a great product.
    Date published: 2010-03-13
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