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
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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
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Includes Free

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    Impact VSD-160 specs

    Maximum Watt/Seconds 160
    Guide Number 115 in feet, @ ISO 100 at 10 feet
    Recycle Time 2 sec @ full power
    Flash Duration 1/1000s @ full power
    1/2000s @ lowest power
    Flash Variability Full to 1/8 power in 1/10 stop increments
    User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
    Changeable Reflector Yes
    Modeling Light Wattage 60
    Voltage Stabilization Yes
    Flash Ready Indicator LED on test button
    Operating Voltage 110-120VAC, 60Hz
    Built-in Slave Cell Yes, 10 m range
    Circuit Protection Fuse
    Fan Cooled No
    Auto Dump Yes - limited - strobe fires automatically as power is turned down
    Dimensions 11.6 x 8.5 x 7" (29.5 x 21.5 x 17.7cm) with 7" reflector
    Weight 3.5 lbs (1.6kg)
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    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 53.
    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 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
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a Ligth that can be used for video I bought these lights knowing that they were built for photography but not realizing that they weren't bright without the flash. This was mostly my fault for not researching but i was still disappointed Even if I had bought them for what they were made for I still wouldn't give them a high rating. The loud beeping sound grates on the ears every time you hit a button and becomes very annoying very fast. The softboxes were difficult to set up and attach but that's just the nature of softboxes so I wouldn't say they're below normal. If you don't care about the problems above mentioned I would say you should buy them. I'm not a photographer but they seem very good for that use. Easy to use, sturdy, with everything you need in the box
    Date published: 2011-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic product for less price!!! I bought both of these to help open up my new portrait studio. They are a perfect start-up kit for the aspiring portrait photographer and do pack a great deal of power to really illuminate your subject. The stands and units are solid and the controls are pretty easy to understand. The only downdall is that there the instructions are very minimal and you need to do a little research on the internet about these types of strobes.
    Date published: 2008-10-21
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