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8.3 out of 10

Vivitar 385HV

The Vivitar 385HV is a versatile and durable high output flash.  Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Vivitar 385HV

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Overall 2

Died after two months

jack123, B&H Photo
22 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Died after I had it for only two months I will never buy another Vivitar product they don't make replacement parts or offer repair for their products
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Overall 2

Very very bad

Sorlac, B&H Photo
21 July 2012
Overall 2

Can't daylight fill in automatic!

Vince, B&H Photo
28 June 2012
  • Excerpt: I've used a Vivitar 283 as an outdoor fill flash in automatic mode and it works pretty well. I was hoping that upgrading to the 385HV would give me more power and perhaps more accurate flash metering. It turns out that in Auto mode the 385HV won't fire at all in daylight! It just decides that since you've got plenty of light you should just in natural light. I've found nothing to convince it otherwise. I emailed Vivitar and described the problem.
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Overall 2

didn't work

Dick, B&H Photo
28 February 2012
  • Excerpt: The unit was very well packed. After removing flash from box and as soon as I installed the batteries the flash started charging and kept firing every 5 seconds. I returned the flash unit for a full refund. I decided to purchase a Canon 430EX2 flash unit and am very happy with it. It also couples automatically with my Canon 60D. I realize I got a bad Vivitar unit, that can happen.
  • Cons: Don't work properly
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Overall 10

385HV Flash by Vivitar

habphoto, B&H Photo
27 February 2012
  • Excerpt: I am very pleased with the 385HV. It performs as advertised, a great buy for the cost. 2 features made me a believer,the off camera slave function and the ability to use a 6V power cord. I plan to by at least 3 more for my many projects where small flash units are ideal.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight, Powerful Output
  • Cons: Unit housing not durable
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