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. I have since bought (and returned) 3 different flashes that didn't work as well as the pop-up flash on my camera. I have talked with 4 different technical support people. UGH! I'm very frustrated.
Excerpt: I allways need more flash than the 'pop-up' flash can provide... the DF 283 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL does the trick on a budget... Plus you get the added functionality of bounce... That covers it...
Pros: Attaches Securely, Good Color Value, Powerful
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.
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. DF283s are notorious for having short life expectancies. I personally had to get my first one replaced after less than fifty cycles.
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. When tilting or swiveling head, shots are always underexposed.
Pros: Durable, Good Color Value, Long-Lasting, Powerful, Simple for basic snapshot
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. A flash with only enough power to use within 10 ft is useless to me. My DF 283 works well out to 20 ft. The only negative that I've found is that it does tend to eat batteries rather fast.
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.