Smith-Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave Flash, Guide Number of 70', ISO 100.

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About Smith-Victor PG250S

Use the PG250S to light small areas or as an accent light adding sparkle to the sybject. It measures 1-1/4" x 3-3/4" x 4-1/4" and the built-in tilt bracket allows it to be positioned anywhere a little extra light is needed.

It has a GN of 70, a built-in slave, test button and front and rear ready lights. The unit recycles in 4 to 6 seconds and flash output is fixed at full power. It can also be used with the PG820MT Mini tripod for a wide range of positions.



The Smith-Victor PG250S is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Portraits and more.The Smith-Victor PG250S is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Smith-Victor PG250S: Easy to use, Good power output and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good power output (6),Lightweight (6),Easy to use (4),Consistent output (3),Durable (3)
Best Uses:
Fill flash (5),Portraits (5),General purpose (4),Night photography (3)

Smith-Victor PG250S Specifications

Guide Number:
70'/21 m
Recycle Time:
4-6 seconds
Built-in Slave:
Yes
Dimensions
1.25" x 3.7" x 4.2" / 32mm x 94mm x 107mm
Test Button
Yes

Smith-Victor PG250S Reviews

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4.1

(based on 8 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A big difference for a small price

I bought a couple of these units. They're small enough to fit in any bag or jacket pocket, and the flash-detector trigger means they work with my SLR and external flash and with my son's compact point and shoot. They make a big difference in taking family portraits while you're visiting and can turn a mediocre shot of outdoor statuary at night into a great picture.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Warning: Do Not Leave Batteries Inside

*The Good: It's a handy tool at good price. Good for practice. Great for Still Objects. Nikon D40 built-in flash works as a commander to these slaves, no trigger device needed! *The Bad: From the first use I could smell a strange burning plastic, even a model noticed it... Not Good! (Totally kills the moment when everyones nose turns up.) *More Bad: I used it about 3 times before packing it away. The 4 AA batteries exploded while I left them inside the flash. (There is a warning not to leave ...

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*The Good: It's a handy tool at good price. Good for practice. Great for Still Objects. Nikon D40 built-in flash works as a commander to these slaves, no trigger device needed! *The Bad: From the first use I could smell a strange burning plastic, even a model noticed it... Not Good! (Totally kills the moment when everyones nose turns up.) *More Bad: I used it about 3 times before packing it away. The 4 AA batteries exploded while I left them inside the flash. (There is a warning not to leave the batteries inside the flash, however after a while I forgot about it & packed the flash away in storage) and after 3-4 months of no use, it stopped working. This is when I discovered the batteries had leaked inside. In an attempt to learn lighting basics, I bought this (Smith Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave) and the other smaller version (Smith Victor PG160S Wireless Mini). Opening the box I was thinking it looked like something funky from the 1970's and was surprised how lightweight & cheaply made it looked & felt. Immediately testing, I was again surprised at the amount of light output. This little guy kicks out quite a bit of light for my small living room studio set up. When I used it against white backdrop & white floor with reflector it was completely overexposed and would take some serious adjusting. Once I got the hang of it... not too bad. While I found the recycle time to be somewhat slow, I have nothing to compare it to. Basically I would shoot 3 continuous shots on my NIkon D40 and the 2nd shot would not fire a flash, but the 1st & 3rd shots turned out well lit. After post processing I could fool myself into seeing a decent picture. Overall, I think the flash served it's purpose for teaching me about lighting. You get what you pay for as cliche as it is! But I wish I would have just saved a few more weeks and bought my Nikon SB 600 in the first place. (The other Smith Victor PG160S Mini Slave I mentioned is still kicking like new and the batteries were also left in it for the same length of time, go figure. It is smaller though, so it needs to be closer to the subject. It seemed to have a better build too. I prefer the smaller version.)

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Very handy mini flash

By

from Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I have used this flash behind brides to backlight the wedding veil. The only con that it has is that it is slow to recycle and therefore only every other shot had the backlight in it. I don't know if this is a battery or flash issue so I will have to do some tests. All in all it is a great product to add to your arsenal when you are in the field.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Bright Idea !!

By

from Gainesville,FL  -  Pro Photographer

One powerful little light. Optical slave is more sensitive than expected , easily triggered indoors and with some practice outdoors as well. One word of caution, the unit still holds power after the batteries are removed so be sure to fire after removal of batteries with the manual button on the hotshoe mount.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Warning: Do Not Leave Batteries Inside

By

from Okinawa, Japan  -  Photo Enthusiast

*The Good: It's a handy tool at good price. Good for practice. Great for Still Objects. Nikon D40 built-in flash works as a commander to these slaves, no trigger device needed! *The Bad: From the first use I could smell a strange burning plastic, even a model noticed it... Not Good! (Totally kills the moment when everyones nose turns up.) *More Bad: I used it about 3 times before packing it away. The 4 AA batteries exploded while I left them inside the flash. (There is a warning not to leave the batteries inside the flash, however after a while I forgot about it & packed the flash away in storage) and after 3-4 months of no use, it stopped working. This is when I discovered the batteries had leaked inside. In an attempt to learn lighting basics, I bought this (Smith Victor PG250S Wireless Mini Slave) and the other smaller version (Smith Victor PG160S Wireless Mini). Opening the box I was thinking it looked like something funky from the 1970's and was surprised how lightweight & cheaply made it looked & felt. Immediately testing, I was again surprised at the amount of light output. This little guy kicks out quite a bit of light for my small living room studio set up. When I used it against white backdrop & white floor with reflector it was completely overexposed and would take some serious adjusting. Once I got the hang of it... not too bad. While I found the recycle time to be somewhat slow, I have nothing to compare it to. Basically I would shoot 3 continuous shots on my NIkon D40 and the 2nd shot would not fire a flash, but the 1st & 3rd shots turned out well lit. After post processing I could fool myself into seeing a decent picture. Overall, I think the flash served it's purpose for teaching me about lighting. You get what you pay for as cliche as it is! But I wish I would have just saved a few more weeks and bought my Nikon SB 600 in the first place. (The other Smith Victor PG160S Mini Slave I mentioned is still kicking like new and the batteries were also left in it for the same length of time, go figure. It is smaller though, so it needs to be closer to the subject. It seemed to have a better build too. I prefer the smaller version.)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Does not work with cameras that...

By

from Jacksonville FL

Does not sync with cameras that use pre-flash, such as Canon Powershot

 
5.0

Very handy addition to a camera bag

By

from Norfolk, VA  -  Casual Photographer

This flash is so light and of the perfect size to always carry. It's great as a backlight and accent light.

 
4.0

great addition

By

from hattiesburg, ms  -  Semi-pro Photographer

great addition to arsenal! light weight. had some trouble getting it to fire outside in daylight! no problems inside or at night!

 
5.0

What a Great Slave Flash I recommend it

By

from santa clara, ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very portable, istead of using an slave umbrella just bring it with you in your standard camera bag pack. Make sure you have enough space to use this as a fill in flash, the flash is so powerful you need to adjust the distance or follow the meter reading scale. Best for traveling and fill in flash photography.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A big difference for a small price

By

from Benicia, CA  -  Casual user

I bought a couple of these units. They're small enough to fit in any bag or jacket pocket, and the flash-detector trigger means they work with my SLR and external flash and with my son's compact point and shoot. They make a big difference in taking family portraits while you're visiting and can turn a mediocre shot of outdoor statuary at night into a great picture.

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Shopper  Noobee question. Can I use this with a Nikon D610? If yes, how exactly do I sync the two?
DON M  I'm not sure if it works with Nikon. But I'm sure it does. It's just a standard hot shoe mount. And for syncing 2 together. I just use my other flash to trigger it.(optical trigger) There a nice little flash unit and would recommend them. I mainly use them as a fill flash. And for 20+ bucks. It's well worth it.
Sergio P  Hi, does anybody know if it works with preflashes? I own a Canon DSLR so need to manage preflash. thanks!
MICHAEL B  It does fire off with even pre-flashes. So I wouldn't recommend it if your camera does preflash for reducing red-eye. That's one of the few limitations to this slave flash. It's rated faster than 1/60th. With certain settings and lighting, I have managed to get it to sync at 1/125th. But that's on rare occasions, 1/80th is the max sync I'd rely on.
Sergio P  What if I disable red-eye reduction? Should it work? Thank you for your answer
Shopper  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
LOU ANN M  It works beautifully. Very convenient for the camera bag. It slaves off of my canon speedlite ST-E2 transmitter. I was told by a friend to leave the batteries out of it when not in use or it may "blow" it.
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