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.
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.
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.
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.
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.