Excerpt: Bought one unit, but it would not turn on after my first 6 flash tests. Returned that unit and got another Vivitar 385HV unit. After 12 tests shots the unit would turn on, but then automatically turn off in ~1.5 sec. Could not figure out how to keep it back on.
Excerpt: This on and off camera flash gives you the ultimate control of light on the subject. I use it as a studio flash with soft boxes and bare or with snoot for hard light. Lots of power, wide angle or telephoto.
thought it was a good deal...then it stopped working :(
shutterbuck, B&H Photo
15 June 2015
Excerpt: Bought at a yard sale it was brand new still in box. it worked ok for the first few times i had it out and mounted to my nikon d3300. then all of a sudden it started doing something weird. when i would turn it on,the screen would say "off" and i would have to hold buttons down to get it to work.
Excerpt: I needed 2 manual slave flash units to connect to my Pocket Wizards for portrait work and thought these would be perfect. After only 4 portrait sessions, one flash would only fire at 1/32 and the other stopped firing altogether. Even with fresh batteries, neither flash would function.
Excerpt: When work on a photo shoot you some times need to change your set up.
Other flashes would turn off and you would have to turn them on by going
to the flash ,but the 385 turns back from sleep by your shutter release.
The light out put is good and the recycle time from 1/4 power to 1/128 is
Excerpt: This is an easy to use flash both for film and digital cameras. It can be used both for manual and automatic flash control. The description on the web site tells it all about its features. Thus far, I have no negative comments.
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!
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.