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8.6 out of 10

Vivitar DF-283

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

Great Deal: $55.00

Reviews and Problems with Vivitar DF-283

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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

MelissaLou1989, Walmart
3 October 2013
  • Summary: I'm a beginner/amateur photographer. I was kind of hesitant about purchasing this flash. I had done previous searches online before I made the purchase and was kind of wishy washy about it. I went ahead and purchased it and found that it's actually worth the money. It says that it's compatible with Sony Alpha cameras. I currently shoot with a Sony A200 and this flash slid on with ease. I used it the day after I picked it up and it worked phenomenally.
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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. 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.
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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

Don't buy this model!

Jeff the Neighbor, Ritz Camera
2 February 2011
  • Conclusion: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Slow Recycling
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Overall 2
2.0

Vivitar DF-283 flash for digital SLRs

flagmarshal, epinions.com
22 August 2010
  • Summary: This photographer will steer clear of Vivitar flashes from now on!
  • Pros: price, decent guide numbers Call the corporate office, not tech service. It helped me.
  • Cons: Unreliable, prone to early death , uncertain sync, manual zoom, does NOT TTL meter correctly.
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Overall 6
6.0

A lot of flash for the money.

bkalafut, epinions.com
8 December 2009
  • Summary: The Vivitar 283 , easy to find on the secondary market is a good flash given its price. Some will miss modern pushbutton features, others will like the simplicity.
  • Pros: Durable, inexpensive. 137 foot GN at ISO 100. Many accessories. Simple controls.
  • Cons: Emits loud whistling noise. Odd PC cable.
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Overall 8
8.0

Gotta be good for being around this long

mr_scayf, epinions.com
17 December 2008
  • Summary: If you like old-school stuff like I do, the Vivitar 283 will suit your needs.
  • Pros: Powerful Cheaply obtainable
  • Cons: Plastic foot Proprietary PC cord
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Overall 10
10

Vintage flash can still do the job

ifga16, epinions.com
24 December 2006
  • Excerpt: I have used 283s as a professional for over 25 years. They are solid and dependable units that have
  • Pros: Accurate and dependable able to take brutal punishment.
  • Cons: It could use stronger shoe mount and auto-synch settings for newer cameras.
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Overall 6
6.0

the cheap professional flash?

wilco42, epinions.com
27 May 2004
  • Summary: A good cheap slave flash if on the budget, otherwise pass and get something better, you'll thank yourself in the long run.
  • Pros: nice, cheap, powerful manual flash
  • Cons: clunky, non-intuitive manual controls with no pan feature
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