Vivitar 285HV Flash for Nikon D3200 D800 D800E D7000 D5100 D3100 D3000 D5000 D3 D700 D300 D300S D200 D90 D60 D70 D50 + Free LCD Screen Prrotectors

Nikon D3

Solid. Sturdy. Hefty. Old school. Mention “Vivitar 285″ to photographers who’ve been around a while and those are the words that come to mind. The 285 (and its cousin, the 283), were long considered “workhorse” strobe units by working pros and have been around in various incarnations since 1972. In those 35 years, they’ve probably found their way into more camera bags than any other portable flash unit.

Key Features
Auto Bounce Control   
Built-in Vary-Power Control
Thyristor Battery Saving Circuit
Sufficient light Indicator
Zoom Flash Head
Lighted Calculator Dial
4 Auto f / Stop 
Complete Accessory system Available
Uses High Voltage Battery Pack / HVP-1 
Uses Power Pistol Grip / PPG-1

Vivitar 285HV Flash for Nikon D3200 D800 D800E D7000 D5100 D3100 D3000 D5000 D3 D700 D300 D300S D200 D90 D60 D70 D50 + Free LCD Screen Prrotectors

Features Vivitar 285HV Flash for Nikon D3200 D800 D800E D7000 D5100 D3100 D3000 D5000 D3 D700 D300 D300S D200 D90 D60 D70 D50 + Free LCD Screen Prrotectors

  • Vertical bounce flash < Auto Thyristor circuitry
  • Sufficient-light indicator > Illuminated calculator dial
  • Flash range up to 70 feet
  • Deluxe Universal 5 Inch LCD Screen Protectors
  • ButterflyPhoto Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth – Safely Removes Fingerprints and Dust, Cleans Without Chemicals
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Vivitar 285HV Flash for Nikon D3200 D800 D800E D7000 D5100 D3100 D3000 D5000 D3 D700 D300 D300S D200 D90 D60 D70 D50 + Free LCD Screen Prrotectors

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  1. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Old School reliable but basic….no TTL, June 15, 2013
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    AstroBob “AstroBob” (S/E Michigan) –

    This review is from: Vivitar 285HV Flash for Nikon D3200 D800 D800E D7000 D5100 D3100 D3000 D5000 D3 D700 D300 D300S D200 D90 D60 D70 D50 + Free LCD Screen Prrotectors (Camera)

    Have had one of these for years as a backup emergency flash for professional use. It is reliable but very basic. Not TTL but works with auto flash. The shoe is a bit undersized…the mass and leverage of the unit tends to cause the one issue…broken plastic shoes on the flash. As a result there is a cottage industry of replacement aluminum shoes which I use. You have to use a pc cord connection (standard type) which many of todays cameras don’t have…at least on the lower end DSLRs. You can get a hot shoe adaptor from the camera manufacturers or third parties that will fire the flash though. That is what I use with my old Nikon D70s. My new Nikon D-800 has the connection.

    While it was a good choice back in the day, there are probably more up to date flashes in the same price range today.

    Note that the sensor is able to be transferred to a remote corded extension to allow it to fire off the camera…this is one of its better features. You can mount it on a camera bracket, a small tripod, etc. This is perhaps its biggest feature……normally the worst place to put a flash is directly on top of the camera body.

    It uses AA batteries rather than some (expensive) proprietary battery pack but be prepared to have a few sets of these batteries…I prefer HiMH as they will charge the flash quicker and are rechargeable.

    The head telescopes to cover different formats, you can get filters for different effects (mostly useless) and also tilts up and down (useful). Note the coverage max and minimum….this is based on full 35mm format…..if you are using a DX chip size it will cover a wider FOV…..to calculate your real DX chip FOV you need to mutiply by 150 percent….a 50mm lens actually is a 75mm lens in DX format. For very wide lens it is best to get a frosted/millk glass type of adaptor to slide over the flash that makes it more like a frosted bare bulb. But this will reduce the light ouput and will ost likely give false auto flash readings…always best to test out various combinations before shooting a really important event like a wedding ;-)

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  2. Anonymous says:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent Flash, April 19, 2013
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    Frank J. DeFelice (San Jose, CA) –
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    First, this unit doesn’t work with a hot shoe. It comes with a sync cord which you need to plug into your camera’s sync socket. Otherwise it’s an OK unit, takes AA batteries, and will last a long time if you take care of it.

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