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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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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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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.
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.
Old school professional toy for advanced amateurs, serious photographers, and pros. The built-in variable power of the VIVITAR 285HV auto flash unit provides you with options for fill or full flash and the ability to shoot properly exposed rapid-sequence pictures.
The vertical bounce capability of this flash also allows you to redirect the otherwise harsh flash of light for better control and softer lighting.
The four f-stops Vari-Power gives you control over the flash distance range and the depth of field. On the other hand, the auto Thyristor circuitry allows for a faster recycling time as well as more flashes per set of batteries.
When the VIVITAR 285HV is powered by the JTL Battery Pack JTL High Voltage Compact Battery Pack for the 200 and 300 Model Mobilights. ...this Flash unit + BP combo is a real killer - only 1~2 sec for full charge!
A full review and more sample photography is vailable at shutterbugcl DOT blogspot DOT com or check the pix watermarked with the link.
Accessories I also use in most of photographs:
GotLux? Bounce Cards gotlux? LuxNator Bounce Card/Diffuser for External Camera Flash Units (Black, 8 Inch)
Yongnuo Wireless Trigger RF-602 Yongnuo 2.4GHz Wireless Remote Control RF-602 N1 for Nikon D1/D2/D3/D200/D300/D700
The VIVITAR 285HV Professional is a simple automatic and manually controlled Non-Dedicated Flash with no TTL or iTTL options.
The 285HV is considered to be a "workhorse" strobe unit.
Simple, Versatile, and Powerful (and always ready!). That is why I love with my old faithful
but brand new collection of VIVITAR 285HV's.
By ALFONSO A.TOBAR/ LATIN IMAGE Photography/ SHUTTERBUG