Vivitar 285-HV Shoe Mount Flash
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Great for off-camera!

bysrames Dec 5, 2009
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Pros Quality Construction, Easy to Use, Compact
Cons no PC cable port
Recommended it? Yes

This flash is great for off-camera lighting.  It is easy to quickly adjust the flash power with the dial on the front and my remote triggers fire the flash just fine.  The flash does have a descent amount of power and works well with a 3-strobe setup.  The flash head has a slot that makes it easy... Read full review »


purchasing my 2nd 285 flash

byswbysw Dec 1, 2007
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Pros Great for portraits, and distance shots. Wonderful for large group photographs
Cons Heavy and a battery hog unless you have a battery pack
Recommended it? Yes

I bought my Vivitar 285 flash in 1983. I traveled around the world with it. I used it through art school and for many years after. To my absolute surprise and horror, it died last year the night before I was to photograph a group of 75 people!

When the local photography store pronounced... Read full review »


A trusty workhorse

bygrandpawi Feb 5, 2007
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Pros Reliable,powerful,versatile easy to use. Has different power settings and also different...
Cons Top heavy and plastic shoe instead of metal.
Recommended it? Yes

I have had my Vivitar 285 for many years without any problems. I like the fact that it is automatic in the different preset ranges and does an excellent job. By having a flash this powerful it gives you more control and the ability to use a smaller F-stop and get greater depth of field. I use this... Read full review »


Vivitar 285HV Flash a good piece of equipment

bypdxphoto24 Nov 18, 2005
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Pros straightforward and easy to use, consistent exposures, durable.
Cons old-timey boxy design, slower recycling time than newer flashes
Recommended it? Yes

I have used this flash for a long time to shoot everything from portrait photography to live music. Its exposure dial is straightforward and easy to use, especially for those who find digital equipment daunting, and proper use results in excellent exposures. The body is very durable and the flash... Read full review »


Vivitar 285HV Flash

byrlprlp Jan 23, 2003
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Pros Powerful, wide-angle coverage
Cons Heavy and bulky. Can't use the light sensor off-unit without using an expensive cord
Recommended it? Yes

I was fairly pleased with this flash unit - its quite powerful (more than I usually need), has several manual and automatic settings, and a head that adjusts the angle of coverage (from 70 x 53 degrees (about the coverage of a 28 mm lens) to 27 x 20 degrees (105 mm or longer)). With this... Read full review »

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Vivitar 285hv Professional Auto Shoe Mount Flash

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Vivitar 285HV Professional Auto Shoe Mount Flash Click to Enlarge Power source: 4 AA batteries, NC-3 NiCad Battery or SB-4 ITEMS INCLUDED: 28mm W/A Diffuser PC-1 Sync Cord AP-1 Battery Holder Items Included: Vivitar 285HV Professional Auto Shoe Mount Flash Weight: 0.93 Return Policy Samy’s Camera eBay has a 30-day return policy; if you are not completely satisfied, just return it for a full refund less S/H charges (provided it has not been used). If conditions are not met, a 15% restocking fe

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Vivitar 285HV Auto Professional Flash

The built-in variable power of the Vivitar 285HV auto professional flash provides you with fill flash and the ability to shoot properly exposed rapid-sequence pictures. This vertical bounce flash gives your photographs soft, professional lighting. The four f-stops give you control over the flash distance range and the depth of field, while the auto Thyristor circuitry allows for a faster recycling time as well as more flashes per set of batteries.

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