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Vivitar 285HV Flash for SLR Cameras (Black)
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- 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
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|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 3 x 8.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 8.5 x 4.5 in||8.7 x 4 x 3.15 in||2.16 x 2.95 x 7.48 in||3.54 x 4.33 x 8.27 in||5.25 x 8.5 x 1.75 in||3.07 x 2.36 x 7.48 in|
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 .
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.
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Yes, the hot shoe is it's weakest link, but I never had any problems with it snapping and I was a very active wedding photographer.. If you use a high volt pack, your recycle time is about 3 seconds. Otherwise the recycle time will start creeping upwards of 10 seconds using AA batteries.
Vivitar used to be known for quality products, but not anymore. This is a top-quality carry over from their good old days.
To fully utilize this flash, you must understand what you are doing. It is great for the serious photographer. If you are a casual point and shoot photographer, the flash built into your camera or a dedicated flash from your camera manufacturer is probably a better choice.
He did not provide one however, but to be honest, we'll say he didn't promise one in his listing. So far, using a Nikon D70s in Commander mode, we've tested the 285 HV against a brand new LumoPro LP180 at very short flash durations (e.g., 1/16 and 1/32 power) and we obtained different exposures shooting against a white bath towel in a darkened room. Even simultaneous (2-flashes) exposures gave variable results in repeated shots, but we can't say which flash is responsible. We can say that both together produce darker exposures than we obtained with a single Nikon SB-600 at the same distance. We'll continue the tests, using full power on all 3 flashes.
PS: All tests were carried out with the flashes in Slave mode (D-70s in Commander mode). Of course, the 285HV can't be enslaved unless a light-sensing switch is attached. Our switch was the Sonia brand Optical Slave -- Extended Range Version. Item # 140, obtained from FlashZebra.com, Inc for $16.50 (shipping incl). This trigger seems quite reliable and sturdy. We recommend it.
Later, I added an external turbo 2x2 battery and matching power cables to the mix giving me full day run times and instant flash recycle times. Still the whole dual strobe setup fit in a small shoulder bag.
285HV's run like champs on cheap alkaline AA's, NiMH rechargeables or external battery packs.
1) the opening of the flash head is large, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you plan to use the largest size roguebender unit in a wrap-around-to-form-a-snoot mode, or to use the rogue grid set, this is a problem. It is just too big for that.
2) the sync port is a PROPRIETARY connector. Dealbreaker for sure. You can't use your normal connectors/cables from your existing radio trigger units. The cables or adapters from pocket wizard are $25 each, which degrades the bargain status of this unit quite a bit. Plus you have to carry and keep track of separate, special cables/connectors.
For my specific purpose, mixing this in with studio lights as a small noot or grid spot, these were deal breakers. If your use is more general, these are probably stlll a good deal: they will fill an umbrella nicely, and they work nicely enough on the hotshoe. They feel sturdy. The wide angle adapter is okay, but is a separate piece that slides in, not attached to the light, so it is another loose item to keep track of or lose.
For my specific purpose, this simply is too much hassle, and won't play with the modifiers I want to use. YMMV