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. You will need a tiny phillips screw driver to remove the old one, and after you remove the wires (I recommend soldering them off so you retain the full length), you'll need a soldering iron and solder to attach the new shoe.
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. Battery life seems pretty typical of my other flashes and maybe a little better than my Sigma. Can't beat the price.
Excerpt: The Vivitar 285HV flash that I purchased from B&H is a great flash. For those of you who don't need a more expensive TTL flash, this one is the best for the money. B&H is my #1 "go to" place for my photography needs.
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Professional Quality
Excerpt: I remember the Vivitar 283 set the standard back in the 70's & 80's when I was a high school yearbook and newspaper photographer. 35 years later I picked up a camera again and ordered the 285HV. A more powerful walk down memory lane! I LOVE this flash! Great balance of size, weight, power and adjustibility.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: Simple, easy, and works every time, I did buy back up parts, just in case.. I use it on camera, and off camera with a wireless slave,. I am old school, always like a manule flash. The color setting work great for that in a pinch moments..
Excerpt: I was trained as a photographer by the US Navy (a looooong time ago), and this was one of the flashes we used. When I saw it on B&H, I jumped for it. I have had no problems with the flash firing, nor the hot shoe mount breaking. If you want a MANUAL flash (no TTL), this is an excellent choice.
Pros: Compact Design, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Professional Quality
Excerpt: There is a major design flaw in the Vivitar 285. The plastic base that slides into the camera hot shoe will easily break in half with the slightest amount of pressure. I have 4 new units all with the same broken base and being extremely careful not to apply any pressure on them.