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Vivitar 285HV
7.8 out of 10

Vivitar 285HV

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Overall 10
10

OEM flash foot

milehithumper, B&H Photo
18 November 2015
  • Excerpt: Original equipment--not very strong, but will break before ripping the mount off a camera top. Works as original, and can be used on 283 series as well.
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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

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 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Photography Review
4 March 2013
  • Summary: Excellent, around flash, especially for use off camera with soft box.
  • Pros: Solid, dependable speedlight work horse.
  • Cons: Battery Compartment
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Photography Review
23 October 2012
  • Summary: I'm excited to write a review because I love these things with a passion! They were designed 40+ years ago, and amazingly I can't find anything better on the market for anywhere near the price. I've been putting 283s and 285s on light stands for professional weddings for more than 7 years.
  • Pros: High Power, Low Price, Reliability, Simplicity, Irreplaceablity.
  • Cons: Plastic foot eventually cracks under heavy duty use with light stands... but can be upgraded with after-market metal foot replacements.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Gerbermiester, pentaxforums.com
2 June 2012
  • Excerpt: All in all, not a bad flash for what it is: a full manual flash.
  • Pros: price, reliability (for my two at least), zoom and bounce functions.
  • Cons: no 1/8 power, minimum output of 1/16 not low enough, the full power 'beep' noise.
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Overall 10
10

Perfect fit

StoneStudios, B&H Photo
21 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Fits perfect. 5 minute repair. Back in business
  • Pros: Reliable
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

brofkand, pentaxforums.com
7 February 2012
  • Excerpt: The venerable 285HV. This flash has been used by photographers for well over 20 years. You can still buy them new, and I ordered mine from Amazon. The Thyristor design is very nice; I don't know how it works but it works very well.
  • Pros: Built to take a beating, reliable thyristor circuit, good battery life
  • Cons: Slower recycles, older units were built better, head doesn't swivel
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Overall 10
10

Fixes broken flashes

Nate, B&H Photo
25 January 2012
  • Excerpt: Easy to install with a little soldering knowledge. Saved me from sending it off or scraping it.
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