$74.95 + $8.49 shipping
In Stock. Sold by Sicamera
Add to Cart
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$86.99
+ Free Shipping
Sold by: Beach Camera
Add to Cart
$85.00
+ $7.00 shipping
Sold by: Midwest Photo Exchange- MPEX
Add to Cart
$89.95
+ $7.80 shipping
Sold by: M Z Photo
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Vivitar 285HV Flash for SLR Cameras (Black)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Vivitar 285HV Flash for SLR Cameras (Black)

by Vivitar
| 11 answered questions

List Price: $83.00
Price: $74.95 + $8.49 shipping
You Save: $8.05 (10%)
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Sicamera.
  • Guide number: 36 DIN
  • Zoom flash head
  • Auto bounce control
  • Vertical bounce flash
  • Auto Thyristor circuitry
  • Sufficient-light indicator
  • Illuminated calculator dial
  • Flash range up to 70 feet
8 new from $74.95 15 used from $42.97 1 refurbished from $59.99

Frequently Bought Together

Vivitar 285HV Flash for SLR Cameras (Black) + CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger for External Speelights with 1 Trigger and 2 Receivers (NPT-04+extra receiver) + Fancierstudio Flash Bracket Swivel Bracket Umbrella Holder Studio Tilting Bracket for Nikon Canon E430 E580 SB600 SB800 SB900 By Fancierstudio Bracket B
Price for all three: $106.63

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together


Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used "Vivitar 285HV Flash for SLR Cameras (Black)" and save 48% off the $83.00 list price. Buy with confidence as the condition of this item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the "Amazon A-to-z Guarantee". See all Used offers.

Product Details

Product Manual [678kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 3 x 4.5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004TVSP
  • Item model number: 285HV
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 27, 2000

Product Description

Amazon.com

The built-in variable power of the Vivitar 285HV auto professional flash provides you with fill flash and the ability to shoot properly exposed rapid-sequence pictures. This vertical bounce flash gives your photographs soft, professional lighting. The four f-stops give you control over the flash distance range and the depth of field, while the auto Thyristor circuitry allows for a faster recycling time as well as more flashes per set of batteries.

Product Description

The built-in variable power of the Vivitar 285HV auto professional flash provides you with fill flash and the ability to shoot properly exposed rapid-sequence pictures. This vertical bounce flash gives your photographs soft, professional lighting. The four f-stops give you control over the flash distance range and the depth of field, while the auto Thyristor circuitry allows for a faster recycling time as well as more flashes per set of batteries. This smart flash has a sufficient light indicator that allows you to make the most of your photos. Includes a variable power control with optional VP-1 remote sensor capability .

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I used my flash in a wedding this weekend and it worked very well.
Claire McAdams Photography
I have much to learn about using the manual flash, but a few photos into it I was able to get some good pics.
Travis N. Nelson
285HV's run like champs on cheap alkaline AA's, NiMH rechargeables or external battery packs.
JB123

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By hobbyist-2006 on November 22, 2007
I compared the 285HV with Sunpak 383 Super and I found out these differences and similiraties:

1. Both are non-brand specific Manual/non-TTL auto flash for use in practically any camera with standard hotshoe.
2. Both have the same Guide Number of 120.
3. In Manual mode, they can slice their power output from 1/1 to 1/16th except that the 285HV is missing 1/8th.
4. In non-TTL auto, the 285HV has four auto-aperture settings while the 383Super has only three.
5. The 383Super can do vertical and horizontal bounce (swivel) while the 285HV can do vertical bounce only.
6. The 285HV has zoom positions to cover 35mm, 50mm and 105mm focal length lenses. It also includs an extra-wide flash head adapter to cover 28mm focal length. The 383Super has no zoom position and can cover only 35mm focal length and up.
7. I havent measured the sync voltage of the 383 Super but I am sure that the 285HV has a sync voltage of 6V DC as I measured it myself.
8. The 383 Super locks on the hotshoe by turning a screw while the 285HV has a one-action locking lever.
9. The 285HV has a lovely illuminated (yes!) calculator dial which is practically a tiny work of art! Its a pity though it has no varnish of some sort to protect its surface markings from scratching.

I can live without 383 Super's additional swivel and 1/8th power ratio. I need the 285HV's direct, brute light power when shooting inside high-ceiling rooms and dim conditions where I cannot approach my subjects. The zoom-capable flash head helps in this situation because it boosts precious flash range just a bit more than what the 383 Super can.

I can also use the extra-wide adapter when using the 18-55mm lens of the D40 at 18mm.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Lakan Kildap on December 2, 2002
Let's get to the bad stuff first:

1) no swivel
2) printed numbers on calculator dial may wear off or get scratched off (UPDATE: no, they haven't been scratched off yet by mes, but in the hands of heavy/pro users they might be. Bottom line, for casual use, the printed numbers are durable enough.)
3) plastic foot may break
4) sync cord, battery holder and AC adapter are hard to find in stores
5) of course, no TTL, but we already knew that

OK, the good stuff (really good)
1) very powerful, big grins on subjects after they hear the loud pop and see the light. This is one big gun.
2) meter is surprisingly accurate
3) zoom head and wide angle adapter
4) generous auto range of 4 apertures, variable power settings of 1/2, 1/4 and 1/16
5) if you use flash as main source of light, don't shoot closeups with flash and have no need for TTL, this is all the flash you need (UPDATE: actually with the proper set up, you can even use this for close-ups)
6) did I say this flash is so affordable?
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Greg Allen on July 13, 2007
(Review is from Greg's wife, Marcy Worthington) I've been a professional photographer for over three decades and started using Vivitar 283 and 285 flashes years ago. I also teach photography and recommend these flashes to my students.

Both the Vivitar 283 and 285 have four automatic and one manual exposure settings. They work well both on and off-camera and can be easily used when "painting with light"; this technique is often used by crime scene and accident photographers when photographing large, dark areas.

These flashes aren't dedicated or TTL (meaning they don't communicate with the camera for "through the lens" metering) but they are extremely versatile and very powerful for the money. Don't buy these models if you plan to only use your camera on P (Program, essentially "point & shoot" mode) but definitely get them if you use the S (shutter priority automatic exposure) or M (manual exposure) modes and are serious about photography.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Magnus on November 30, 2008
Verified Purchase
I started out buying more expensive Canon flashes but didn't need the E-TTL features. Based on a web review, I bought a couple of Vivitar 285HV's and used them with my existing off-camera triggering system (which consists of Elinchrom Skyport radio triggers and Wein optical hot shoe triggers). All of my existing triggers fired through the hot shoe of the flash and have worked with a variety of flashes, including older Vivitar 283 flashes.

However, the 285HV is triggered on a different contact point than most flashes. It works fine on-camera, but doesn't work at all with any of these remote triggering options.

I've found that you need to use the trigger port on the side of the flash. Wein peanut slaves have a high failure rate, but Sonia triggers seem to work much more consistently well with this flash.

Once your system is working, these will fire consistently well. They don't recycle as fast as some of the more modern and expensive designs, but if you take your time and compose each shot well, you should be just fine. I've been replacing all of my other flashes and standardizing now on the 285HV for my field gear.

I use these for semi-professional fashion and art photography and it often surprises people to see me using such humble looking equipment and yet I get great results from them.

*** LONG TERM UPDATE ***
These flashes only last a little over a year and then they are kaput. I have had a few of them, all purchased around the same time, and in the middle of a shoot they will suddenly flash brightly and then not work anymore. As far as I can tell, these units are sealed up and not meant to be repaired.
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search