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.
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.
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.