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Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light

BH #BOVM160 • MFR #VM-160
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Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light
Key Features
  • Guide Number: 21' / 6.4m at ISO 100
  • Eighteen High-Output LEDs
  • Six Levels of Brightness Adjustment
  • Continuous Light & Flash Modes
Capture extreme close-ups or portraits with the VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light from Bolt, which features eighteen high-output LEDs with a guide number of 21' / 6.4m at ISO 100. The light features six levels of brightness adjustment from -1.5 EV to +1.5 EV and the continuous light source helps you easily see the effects of the lighting as well as enable use during video. Four clip-on diffusers are included to further adjust the quality of light from the ring light: clear, frosted, amber, and blue. Users can set the light to illuminate from only the left or right side for added dimensionality when shooting. Additionally, to help conserve battery power, the light can be set to work in flash mode, which will turn on the light for approximately a half second each time the shutter is released.
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Bolt VM-160 Overview

Capture extreme close-ups or portraits with the VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light from Bolt, which features eighteen high-output LEDs with a guide number of 21' / 6.4m at ISO 100. The light features six levels of brightness adjustment from -1.5 EV to +1.5 EV and the continuous light source helps you easily see the effects of the lighting as well as enable use during video. Four clip-on diffusers are included to further adjust the quality of light from the ring light: clear, frosted, amber, and blue. Users can set the light to illuminate from only the left or right side for added dimensionality when shooting. Additionally, to help conserve battery power, the light can be set to work in flash mode, which will turn on the light for approximately a half second each time the shutter is released.

The power unit features a 1.6" backlit LCD monitor for displaying battery power and ring light settings. It attaches to your camera via an accessory shoe and requires four AA batteries. A stand is also included to hold the power unit on its own, or on a light stand or tripod via the integrated 1/4"-20 thread. For mounting the ring light to your lens, eight different adapter rings are included to fit a range of lens diameters: 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, and 77mm. Controller unit uses a universal type hot shoe, and is not compatible with cameras that use the older Sony/Minolta shoe.

Not compatible with Fuji X-T2 and X-Pro 2.

LED ring light is universal in design and independent of any specific TTL system. It is compatible with most DSLR lenses and ideal for macro and close-up shooting applications.
18 high-output LED array provides a guide number of 21' / 6.4m at ISO 100.
Four light modes available:
Light Mode will keep the light on continuously.
Flash Mode will activate the light for approximately one half second at a time when the shutter is depressed; this will help conserve battery power.
Left and Right Flash Modes will set only the left or right half of the light to turn on in order to give more dimensionality to your subject matter.
An automatic power-saving function will turn off the ring light after 30 minutes of inactivity to conserve battery power.
1.6" backlit LCD provides visual display of battery life and light settings.
Four clip-on diffusers are included: clear, frosted, amber, and blue.
49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, and 77mm adapter rings are included.
Coiled power cord connects the ring light to power unit and measures 10" relaxed and 30" stretched.
Stand/tripod mount features a 1/4"-20 thread on base.
UPC: 847628585645

Bolt VM-160 Specs

Flash
Guide Number21' / 6.4 m at ISO 100 (50 mm Position)
Color Temperature3000 to 15,000K
Flash Duration0.5 Second at Full Power
Exposure ControlManual
Wireless OperationNone
LED
Number of LEDs18
Color Temperature3000 to 15,000K (via Included Diffusers)
DimmingYes
Power
Internal Power4 x AA
External Power Pack CompatibleNo
AC PowerNone
General
MountShoe Mount
DisplayLCD
Off-Camera TerminalNone
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.5 x 2.8 x 1.4" / 114.0 x 70.0 x 35.0 mm (Controller)
4.8 x 4.3 x 0.6" / 120.7 x 108.0 x 15.2 mm (Ring)
Weight7.05 oz / 200 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.95 x 5.75 x 3.5"

Bolt VM-160 Reviews

nice light, but no case

By Robert
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-24

I needed a light ring for occasional macro use and modest facial fill. The product works well enough, but uses plastic filter covers for color temperature instead of two LED colors and a blending control, which seems a little antiquated. It does not come with an an AC adapter option or any kind of a case, which is a bit of a shortcoming. On the positive side, it is adaptable to a wide range of lens diameters and is otherwise convenient to use. Instructions do mention that it is best used with non-rotating auto-focus lenses, so youv'e been warned there.

poorly made

By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-20

In the pictures and at first glance, this looked like an adequate accessory. However, the build quality is poor. The first time I installed it on my Canon R, the mounting shoe jammed in the camera's hot shoe. No electrical contact was made, the light would not function and it could not be removed. Find yourself another light. Don't buy this one.

A handy little light for shooting close up

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-16

I got a good price on this on Deal Zone. I feel it is well worth that price. It works pretty well, but it does not allow one to light each half of it circle at different settings, which would allow for more pleasing images than the ways it does work. Of course, one can put his camera on a tripod and aim the light, unattached to the lens, hand held, but shooting from one side of front-on can create darker shadows on the off side than one might want. I have chosen to use Eneloop rechargeable batteries in my copy, since I have found that they last a long time and don't corrode their contacts, should I forget to charge them until after they have gone dead.

Almost perfect

By Shaun
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-05

Im really liking this light , only issue I've had is if your keeping the light on for a few mins it kills the batteries very fast even at a dimmer setting, but doing just flash last a lot longer Of course.. this was tested with the longer lasting energizer batteries

Perfect for my set up

By Janis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

I love taking macro shots indoors and out of almost everything, for selling stuff on ebay or taking shots of plants, flowers. Works for me and easy to use

a bit cheap but works ok

By Brian
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

item is a bit cheap looking. used once and ok.

More than acceptable for the price

By Bruce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-30

I purchased the Bold VM-160 because I have always wanted a macro ring light but never felt the cost of a flash ring light was justified (this item frequently goes on sale). The effect is very acceptable, if you can live with the 1/2 second flash of the LEDs by using higher ISOs and shorter shutter speeds when subject motion is an issue; the unit seems acceptably bright. For this price, don't expect the filter thread adapters to be made of titanium; the plastic adapters can deform enough to pop off your lens if you aren't careful. The unit can be set to disable half of the ring's LEDs for greater texture rendering, but at least one reviewer that complained the effect was too stark. I simply cut a half donut out of 20 lb copy paper and inserted it behind the diffuser - it did an amazing job of softening the shadows. The 20 lb paper has an effective 2-stop ND effect. You can feather the ends of your half-donut to further soften the effect while still retaining texture in your photos, or you can use 2 pieces of paper to increase the shadows. I submitted 3 photos to demonstrate the varying effect.

Fun Idea. Not helpful in practice

By Lia
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-01

While this is a fun idea, you can see the ring in your images. Not great for the pics. Too bad.

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How would this compare to Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Bolt VM-160 is an led macro light and the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash USA, <a href= http://bhpho.to/1wyhjeK, target= _blank >http://bhpho.to/1wyhjeK,</a> is a flash macro light. The canon works in TTL or manual on Canon cameras and it freezes motion much better and is much brighter. The Bolt LED bulbs do flash but LED lights do not flash like a strobe lights. But you can use that one as a flash or continuous.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2021-07-12

Does it work on a Sony a9?

Does it work on a Sony a9?
Asked by: Donna
The Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light, B&H # BOVM160, may be used on the Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Do note that the Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light is a manual LED light, so you would set the light output manually.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2019-05-01

Will this fit on a NikonD750?

Will this fit on a NikonD750?
Asked by: Julia
The flash is compatible with the D750 and the unit comes with adapter rings for different size filter threads of lenses. Check to see that your lenses' filter thread matches the adapter ring sizes that are included.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-10-24

Will autofocus work with the light attached?

Will autofocus work with the light attached?
Asked by: Dave
Yes, autofocus will work. I’ve used it on 2 Canon DSLRs with several lenses without issue. The only potential problem I can think of is if you were to use it on a variable focal length lens where the front of the lens rotates when zooming in or out. You can easily check that. Overall it’s a nice unit that comes with useful accessories.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-11-22

My Q is for users of this unit - is it normal for ...

My Q is for users of this unit - is it normal for the buttons to be intermittent in their operation i.e. you have to play around with them in order to get them to respond - all my buttons work just not on the 1st touch - is this normal?
Asked by: richard
This does happen quite frequently with these units unfortunately. The buttons wear out rather quickly.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-06-09

Does it come with storage case ? Does it work off ...

Does it come with storage case ? Does it work off camera with a transmitter ?
Asked by: Ricardo
This flash does not come with a case and will fire off camera with a compatible flash trigger for Canon.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-06-09

Is there a 1/4-20 thread under the light so that ...

Is there a 1/4-20 thread under the light so that I can mount it on rail to the left or right of the camera a bit?
Asked by: Tom
Yes
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2021-06-09

question

Is the guide number for the flash, the LED's, or both together?
Asked by: Francis D.
Guide numbers are for flashes.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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