• 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
Most Liked Positive Review
Great Strobe for Those on a Tight Budget
I hadn't ever used a strobe with an umbrella before, but I needed one for some portraits I was taking, and using only this light, a 36" umbrella, and a reflector, I took some beautiful pictures of students at a low-income school. Since this flash has a built-in slave, I was able to use it with not only my Canon PowerShot S2 IS, but also other people's cameras to get beautiful pictures!
Most Liked Negative Review
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...View full Review
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
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.
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
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.
I use the light for a back fill and it works great.
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.
powerful enough for family, school & special events. Very light in weight & never miss fire with slave, synch cord and radio traiger. True color.
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.
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.
Trust me, this the best buy for you in terms of bugget and value. The power, color, compact body, duribility... are all good deal.
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.