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Vivitar 285HV
8.4 out of 10

Vivitar 285HV

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

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Overall 8
8.0

Solid in all but one aspect

JR, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: It is a solid inexpensive flash. I wouldn't use it for on camera but it is excellent for off camera radio triggered work. The manual settings are good. The hot shoe is the weak point and can break be careful not to stress it. That is my only complaint.
  • Pros: Low Cost
  • Cons: Limited Compatibility
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Overall 8
8.0

SAVE MY FLASH

Bob-, B&H Photo
1 June 2015
  • Excerpt: Crash went the light stand & down went the flash... ugh broken.. Not so ugh though, because for next to nothing B&H and Vivitar had the replacement ready. A few tiny screws and a small solder or two & everything is good as new.
  • Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use
  • Cons: Takes A Bit Of Know How
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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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