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Vivitar 285HV
8.5 out of 10

Vivitar 285HV

The built-in variable power of the Vivitar 285HV auto profession Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Vivitar 285HV

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Overall 10
10

Best Flash for the money

Bruce, B&H Photo
29 April 2015
  • Excerpt: This flash is very powerful, easy to control the setting. It is not TTL flash so you have total control over the lighting.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Professional Quality
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Overall 10
10

Great flash!

Manduca6, B&H Photo
30 March 2015
  • Excerpt: Reasonable price; high guide #. Varipower adapter works great and seems to hit exposure on the nose.
  • Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Professional Quality
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Overall 10
10

Still going stron after all this time

Pfloating Pflasher, B&H Photo
25 March 2015
  • Excerpt: Perfect companion for non dedicated digital camera. I use it as a fill lighr together with a second flash as an off camera main lighht for a portable 2-light studio.
  • Pros: Highly Compatible, Improves Performance, Multiple Auto Settings, Multiple Power Levels, Professional Quality
  • Cons: Gap In Between 4 F Stops
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Overall 2
2.0

Sad To Say, No Longer Worth It

halfsquatch, B&H Photo
9 February 2015
  • Excerpt: I had a 285 from 1998 and another HV version from 2000 and I had no issues at all with them until they got stolen in December. I bought two of them and one stopped working about the 30th time it fired.
  • Cons: Poor Performance
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Overall 10
10

works with older 285 flash

Ed, B&H Photo
1 January 2015
  • Excerpt: Fixed my 1978 Vivitar 285 flash hot shoe that had a broken foot. This replacement is a stronger design than the original. Additional plastic supports front of connecting foot (see photo). Requires careful soldering of four small wires.
  • Pros: Durable
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Overall 10
10

Hot shoe

rytis, B&H Photo
14 August 2014
  • Excerpt: So my son broke off my old hot shoe, and though some people recommend the metal replacement, it can't be used directly on the camera, so I decided to get this, which pretty much is identical to the original one that lasted 30 years, so what the heck.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sturdy and Reliable

Mike, B&H Photo
6 August 2014
  • Excerpt: I needed a spare flash that was inexpensive and performed well. This is a classic Vivitar Flash. The automatic color modes were very well. The manual mode is extremely accurate. The flash also bounces frontally but doesn't bounce to side or rear.
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Overall 10
10

Work horse

Trace, B&H Photo
13 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Great product Especially since can used manually
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Professional Quality
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Overall 8
8.0

Still a great product

Willis Sr, B&H Photo
14 April 2014
  • Excerpt: I have used the Vivitar 283 and 285 flash units for over 30 years and the 285 that I recently purchased is still a great unit.
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Overall 10
10

great basic flash

cpa, B&H Photo
13 April 2014
  • Excerpt: I bought two of these flashes to use for portable portrait photography. They are easy to use with any setting that I would consider using. I normally use them on manual settings so I'm not sure of their automatic settings yet.
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