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Vivitar-df-283.33141653
7.8 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. 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

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 2
2.0

Poor quality

PhotoPete, Adorama
6 February 2010
  • Excerpt: The first flash lasted 10 days before it stopped firing. The replacement lasted just 2 days before the same thing happened. [...] I would definitely buy from Adorama again, just not this flash.
  • Cons: Poor electronics inside
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Overall 4
4.0

Disappointing exposures.

TerryT, Adorama
10 January 2010
  • Excerpt: Have only used a few times during the holidays, so maybe I am missing something I will find in the instructions now that the most hectic time of year has passed. Exposures have been good with flash pointed directly at the subject, but underexposed with any kind of bounce flash, including with the reflector card (just a piece of cardboard) included with the flash.
  • Pros: Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
  • Cons: Exposure poor
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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

Great choice!

Adorama
10 September 2009
  • Excerpt: Finally, there are choices! Vivitar has finally provided digital flashes to compete with the OEM guys. This flash is a steal compared to the NC units. Great modulation, no overexposure, and good overall performance.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Powerful Output
  • Cons: No back panel
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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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