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Vivitar-df-283.33141653
8.0 out of 10

Vivitar DF-283

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

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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 8
8.0

Good bang for your buck...

Chris, B&H Photo
17 February 2013
  • 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
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Overall 10
10

This helps me and I need it

OKie, B&H Photo
6 November 2012
  • Excerpt: So far the limit to getting the best light from this flash is my imagination. It works. No problems with shoe, signals, or auto needed light for shot.
  • Pros: Attaches Securely
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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 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. DF283s are notorious for having short life expectancies. I personally had to get my first one replaced after less than fifty cycles.
  • 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. When tilting or swiveling head, shots are always underexposed.
  • 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. 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.
  • Pros: Attach Securely, Durable, Powerful
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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 10
10

Great products, [...] & price

mountain man, B&H Photo
19 April 2011
  • Excerpt: On line chat was very helpful. Flash works great.[...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output, Versatile
  • Cons: none
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Overall 10
10

Can't beat it for the money

1foxracing, B&H Photo
6 March 2011
  • Excerpt: Great TTL flash for the Sony line and much more cheaper than the Sony offerings. Great output & recycle time. [...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Powerful Output, Versatile
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