Vivitar DF293 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Bounce / Zoom / Swivel Auto-Focus Flash for Panasonic Guide Number 42 (at 85mm Zoom Position)

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About Vivitar DF293



Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (9),Lightweight (6),Good power output (5),Consistent output (3),Durable (3),Versatile (3)
Cons:
Slow recycling (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (8),Fill flash (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Vivitar DF293 Features

  • Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
  • Includes reflecting plate & wide angle diffuser
  • Five levels of power ratio 1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16
  • Bounce Positions 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 Degrees
  • Zoom Positions 28/35/50/85 mm
  • DSLR Auto Focus
  • Automatic shutter speed setting
  • Red eye reduction
  • Auto focus / TTL metering
  • LCD display will show zoom position
  • Guide number 42 at 85 mm zoom position
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included)

Vivitar DF293 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well on Panasonic FZ200

I wanted a TTL compatible flash for my FZ200 and didn't want to spend more than I did for the camera. The Vivitar name is trusted so I bought the DF383. I works pretty well and seems to communicate properly with the camera. Only complaint I have is that it won't work with NMIH rechargeable batteries. Just to check it out, neither will my old Vivitar 285. Must be a Vivitar thing. What's with that, Vivitar.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

Works well on Panasonic FZ200

By

from Atlanta GA  -  Casual Photographer

I wanted a TTL compatible flash for my FZ200 and didn't want to spend more than I did for the camera. The Vivitar name is trusted so I bought the DF383. I works pretty well and seems to communicate properly with the camera. Only complaint I have is that it won't work with NMIH rechargeable batteries. Just to check it out, neither will my old Vivitar 285. Must be a Vivitar thing. What's with that, Vivitar.

 
5.0

Works Great

By

from Bakersfield, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

For the money this flash unit does exactly as claimed. Works great with the Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A37, the camera controls the flash as expected. Pivoting flash head great for bouncing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good flash for the price

By

from Conroe, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Overall I am happy with this flash. I put it on my Sony a500, and it works great. The LCD on the back is helpful, and the flash allows you to switch between auto or manual modes. My only complaint is that it seems to take a while to recycle. Other than that, this is a great little flash.

 
2.0

Worked well until it just quit!

By

from Alabama  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I had this flash for 7 months and it worked fine for the money except it really went through the batteries. But it just quit working all of a sudden in the middle of a photo shoot. Now it is a very expensive paper weight.

 
5.0

Product review, Vivitar DF293

By

from Brooklyn, NY  -  Pro Photographer

I did a shoot in Central Park under the bridge and it came out fantastic...I am enjoying this product as of yet.

 
4.0

Very Happy

By

from Alabama  -  Casual Photographer

I was very pleased with this product. Only been able to use it a few times, but it worked like a charm so far.

 
4.0

Very great product!

By

from Utah  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This product is great because it has fairly quick recycling time, is very easy to use for a first time flash, and it has a strong, consistent output. The only downside is the battery location. Be careful when closing and opening because it feels like it could break off. Other than that, I would recommend this to anyone!

 
1.0

I recieved a Lemon

By

from Bermuda  -  Photo Enthusiast

It didn't work.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Flash

By

from Oak Ridge, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it for fill flash for macro photography. I have only had it for a couple of weeks & have not been out in the field much lately but so far really like the difference it makes in my macro shots.

 
1.0

Disappointing

By

from Bermuda  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought the flash on line. I had it shipped to my home in Bermuda. The first day I tested it it worked fine. I went to use it the next day and it came on but would not fire. The test button also failed. As a result, I lost a $150 dollar job for 3 hours work.

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Questions about this item:

LEE P  Is this a dedicated flash for the Panasonice dmc fz200? And any idea what the recycle time is with rechargable lithium ion batteries?
Andrew R  Unfortunately Vivitar does not indicate specific model compatibility with this flash unit. They do however provide the following technical information: Guide Number ISO 100 - 42(m) / 138(ft) at 85mm position Flash Head 28-35-50-85mm Bounce Angle 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90° Swivel Angle Right 0°-90°, Left 0°-180° Power Source 4 x AA batteries Flash Duration 1/500-1/30000sec *Recycling Time 0.3-7sec. *Power source not specified
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