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About JTL J-160

• The JTL Versalight J-160 is a quality strobe light with an exceptional value for commercial studios, location photographers, photo schools, students and amatures as well. The Versalight J-160 Monolight is the up-graded model of the Versalight J-110 Monolight.



The JTL J-160 is commonly used for General purpose, Indoors, Low light, Outdoor events / games and more.The JTL J-160 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The JTL J-160 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the JTL J-160: Attach securely, Durable, Good color value, Good power output, Lightweight and Long-lasting

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Durable (8),Good color value (8),Long-lasting (7),Attach securely (5),Good power output (4),Lightweight (4),Attaches securely (3)
Cons:
Flimsy (4),Runs hot (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (11),Indoors (11),Low light (5),Outdoor events / games (5),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (7),Pro photographer (4)

JTL J-160 Features

  • Remote sensor / slave.
  • Audio signal for recharge ready.
  • Fixed reflector and power cable.
  • Built-in thermostat to avoid overheating.
  • Continuous power adjustor with fine-setting clutches.
  • Angle-adjustable bracket with built-in umbrella holder.
  • Dual-locking stand adapter for studio rail-road installation.
  • Color-temperature corrected (5,500K) circular flash-tube.
  • All kinds of lighting accessories available: barn-doors, snoot, color filters, honeycomb, soft boxes & umbrellas.

JTL J-160 Specifications

Power (Watt Seconds)
160w/s (joule) in full
Guide Number
120ft/36m ISO100
Flash Duration
1/600 sec. @t=0.1; 1/1000 sec. @t=0.5
Recycling Time
0.5-3 seconds in full
Modeling Lamp
Halogen 75w
Modeling Bulb Base
JD E-14 screw
Built-In Slave
yes
Slave Effectiveness
10m; 35ft
Fuse
3A
Power Input
AC110-130 volt, 60 Hz
Color Tempatute
5600K
Flash-tube Lifetime
Over 8,000 typical flashing
Power Setting
1/8 to full continuously
Lighting Range (Degrees)
55 degree
Synch Voltage
DC 6-9volt
Dimensions
f3-3/4"× 7-1/2" (f100mm × 195mm)
Weight
25oz (750g)

JTL J-160 Reviews

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3.1

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT lighting option for cheap $$$

To address those with quality issues... like any other product on the market, a situation with one particular unit doesn't neccessarily dictate the experience one will have with another unit. If you have an issue with a unit you bought, that's what Warranty's are for. I've had my J160's for over 4 years now and use them all the time. They are my portable studio lighting because they are cheap, lightweight and have given me very little problems. I did have one burn up after being knocked over...

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To address those with quality issues... like any other product on the market, a situation with one particular unit doesn't neccessarily dictate the experience one will have with another unit. If you have an issue with a unit you bought, that's what Warranty's are for. I've had my J160's for over 4 years now and use them all the time. They are my portable studio lighting because they are cheap, lightweight and have given me very little problems. I did have one burn up after being knocked over by a client, but they aren't basketball's so you shouldn't expect them to bounce like one, right? They have plenty of power for the type of work I use them for, and where they are so small and light, I can carry them all to assignments in one carry case. All of my portable studio lighting fits into one small carry case. And like I said, I've been using mine for 4 years.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

another explosion

I was surprised to see someone else had an explosion. I plugged mine into a Canon 5D and when I attached the synch cord something inside shorted with a BANG and a nice zap, had a bit of smoke. The fuse was intact so this is something highly faulty in the design. What's worse is that it threw a surge back through the synch cord and I thought had fried my 5D. The 5D would crash it's OS when trying to control any other flash units... I re-flashed the OS on the 5D and it is now working right agai...

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I was surprised to see someone else had an explosion. I plugged mine into a Canon 5D and when I attached the synch cord something inside shorted with a BANG and a nice zap, had a bit of smoke. The fuse was intact so this is something highly faulty in the design. What's worse is that it threw a surge back through the synch cord and I thought had fried my 5D. The 5D would crash it's OS when trying to control any other flash units... I re-flashed the OS on the 5D and it is now working right again so looks like the surge just reset some of the flash memory in the camera. So consider this product HIGHLY DANGEROUS in that it can potentially destroy camera equipment or render you unable to do a shoot.

Reviewed by 19 customers

 
5.0

quality product at a really low cost

By

from Pasadena  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am a very picky customer. I bought my four units of J-160 along with JTL wide-edge soft-boxes almost 3 years ago and had been using them daily along with Canon 5D for my on-line store since then. They are very handy, strong, convenient to carry around and never brought me any quality problem. Furthermore they are so stable in terms of color temperature (5500K) that is important for pictures of fashion, shoes and costume. For sure I replaced the modeling light (75W) for a couple of time but it's reasonable (JTL offers me excellent services as well) and they are used only as the guiding lights rather than the photo lights for shooting. I even tried to shoot the pictures for my family in Christmas with the four JTL J-160 and the pictures came out unexpected beautiful! Yes, J-160 is really great regardless the design, the quality, the cost and the services.

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By

from Fargo ND  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great little light. I have purchased 6 of them in the past year for different projects. I love that there is a switch to turn off the slave. i don't know if there is another light at this price point that has this feature

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Avoid this device at ALL COSTS

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought one and and it broke, bought another cuz that is all the camera store had w/i my budget. BIG MISTAKE. second unit went out within 4 months.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small light / big bang for your buck

By

from Lynwood, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use the light for a back fill and it works great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

You get what you pay for

By

from South Carolina  -  Pro Photographer

They flash. That's about it. I bought 4 to use as extras around my studio (hair lights, kickers, etc.). One burned out the first day. The other three work fine so far (a month later). I like the photocell sensor being on top instead of on the back like some flashes. It can catch light from all directions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A handy photo light

By

from Los Angeles  -  Casual Photographer

powerful enough for family, school & special events. Very light in weight & never miss fire with slave, synch cord and radio traiger. True color.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This Seems To Be A Common Problem

By

from Redding, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Similar to a lot of users, mine crashed after only two shoots. Although I never heard a pop, the unit fails to fire, including with the test button.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Trying it again

By

from O'Fallon, MO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I owned one for over 5 years and used it when ever I needed a overhead strobe as it was lightweight. I did however become frustrated when it quit working suddenly this summer. I chose to buy another unit based on the price and small compact size. If 5 yrs is the useful life, then I can accept that fact given the price. Simple to set up and operate, a basic light source, nothing complex or fancy.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best buy

By

from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Trust me, this the best buy for you in terms of bugget and value. The power, color, compact body, duribility... are all good deal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT lighting option for cheap $$$

By

from Wakefield, NH  -  Pro Photographer

To address those with quality issues... like any other product on the market, a situation with one particular unit doesn't neccessarily dictate the experience one will have with another unit. If you have an issue with a unit you bought, that's what Warranty's are for. I've had my J160's for over 4 years now and use them all the time. They are my portable studio lighting because they are cheap, lightweight and have given me very little problems. I did have one burn up after being knocked over by a client, but they aren't basketball's so you shouldn't expect them to bounce like one, right? They have plenty of power for the type of work I use them for, and where they are so small and light, I can carry them all to assignments in one carry case. All of my portable studio lighting fits into one small carry case. And like I said, I've been using mine for 4 years.

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