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Vivitar DF-283
7.9 out of 10

Vivitar DF-283

The Vivitar DF-283 flash is a fully automatic, system-dedicated Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Vivitar DF-283

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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

sewingvet, Walmart
18 July 2013
  • Summary: I took this out of the box, put in batteries, put it on my camera & it worked great. I used it again 6 weeks later and all was still good. Another two months I got it out again & it was dead. I put in fresh batteries and nothing. Dead as a hammer.
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Overall 2
2.0
Value for money 2
2.0

User Review

jesusfreak312, Walmart
9 July 2012
  • Summary: It's true you get what you pay for. This flash washed out all my photos - even when I had the flash pointing straight up. There's no way to adjust the power of the flash (not that I could find.) I couldn't return it fast enough.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Annette, Adorama
7 June 2012
  • Excerpt: It took me 2 weeks to receive it from adorama. I took maybe 5 pictures before it died. Don't buy this
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

matooz, Adorama
5 March 2012
  • Excerpt: I gave this as a gift to someone who only had the on camera flash. I have had experience in the past with a Vivitar flash that I used for years and had great results with. I could not afford to buy a Nikon flash as a gift and the stats and reviews looked promising so I bought it.
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Overall 6
6.0

old technology, but still effective

andi andi, B&H Photo
13 December 2011
  • Excerpt: The DF283 is old technology, but the simplicity with its TTL cannot be beat. Perfect for beginners for the price and the user-friendliness. However, if you want to get the most out of the flashgun (by that I mean a year or so of use), you have to buy a replacement plan just in case.
  • Pros: Attach Securely, TTL
  • Cons: Life expectancy
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Overall 4
4.0

Poor bounce exposures

TerryT, B&H Photo
24 November 2011
  • Excerpt: I use a flash on camera, often in bounce position. Sometimes I use it off camera (manual exposure mode) for portraits, close-ups, and other photos when diffused side lighting adds depth via soft shadows. On camera with flash head facing straight ahead, results are pretty good.
  • Pros: Durable, Good Color Value, Long-Lasting, Powerful, Simple for basic snapshot
  • Cons: Underexposure with bounce
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Overall 8
8.0

I'd recommend this product

Photoman46, B&H Photo
2 October 2011
  • Excerpt: I use this flash as a back up to my Olympus FL50. Though I haven't had a real "need" to use it, I put it through some test drives to ensure it's compatability with my camera system. I find it excellent as an outdoor fill flash at real life distances.
  • Pros: Attach Securely, Durable, Powerful
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Unemployed NUMMI Guy, Adorama
4 September 2011
Overall 10
10

Great Flash for the Novice

Hoser, B&H Photo
23 August 2011
  • Excerpt: This is absolutely a great flash for a novice like me. You mount it on the camera and it does the rest... It also comes with a protective case... My grand kids are now in full view and clear as a bell... I would definitely recommend this flash to anyone.
  • Pros: Attach Securely, Powerful
  • Cons: NONE
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Adorama
7 June 2011
  • Excerpt: My initial fears of its cheap and junky features (plastic mount, trashy battery door) were irrelevant. The flash worked fine when tested, but the first time I actually used it, it didn't even turn on.
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