Vivitar DF383 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Power Zoom /Swivel /Bounce Auto-Focus Flash for Panasonic TTL, Guide Number 45m (147')

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About Vivitar DF383



Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (31),Consistent output (28),Good power output (25),Versatile (25),Lightweight (23),Durable (17),Fast recycling (17)
Cons:
Slow recycling (10),Heavy (4),Heavy / bulky (4)
Best Uses:
General purpose (27),Fill flash (25),Portraits (21),Night photography (10),Photojournalism (10)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (19),Semi-pro photographer (9),Pro photographer (5)

Vivitar DF383 Features

  • Focus beam to assist in lowlight conditions
  • Built-in Reflecting Plate and Diffuser
  • Uses 4 AA batteries (not included)
  • Red eye reduction
  • Power Saving
  • Auto focus / TTL metering
  • Automatic shutter speed setting
  • Built-in Slave Function
  • Illuminated LCD Display
  • Digital Power Auto Zoom and Manual Zoom Flash Head From 24 / 28 / 35 / 50 / 70/ 85mm

Vivitar DF383 Specifications

Type:
Power Zoom Bounce zoom swivel head
Guide Number:
45m at 85mm zoom position
Bounce Capability:
Vertical bounce angle: 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Swivel Capability:
Horizontal Swivel Angle: 0° to 270°
Power Source:
Uses 4 AA batteries (not included)
Special Features:
Focus beam to assist in low light conditions

Vivitar DF383 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.9

(based on 39 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Reviewed by 39 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Flash

By

from Orlando  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Nice, well built body, not too heavy. Several useful functions. This is my first external flash and it has been very easy to use.

 
3.0

Vivitar DF-383 Digital TTL

By

from NYC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am using this on a Panasonic GX1 micro 4/3 Camera. For the price the flash is quite good. The light quality is very nice especially if you bounce the light off a wall or standard height ceiling. The refresh is not bad with a fresh set of batteries but it does dwindle fast. the balance isn't bad but I'm still getting use to holding a micro 4/3 camera over a dslr. with the flash mounted on the camera you may need to use a second hand but you need to be sure that you don't cover any o the sensors. This flash takes a little bit of playing around with to get things just right but once you get the hang of it it's pretty good. It's not as fool proof as a canon flash on a Canon DSLR setup. The real issue I have is with the swivel and rotation of the head. It has stopping point so if you like to bounce the flash off the ceiling and you change orientation of the camera and you need to change the rotation 180 degrees, you will find that it goes 90 degrees and then won't go anymore. You have to rotate it backwards 270 to get to that point. Otherwise a great flash for the price.

 
4.0

Good Value for Money

By

from Philadelphia, Pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use primarily for wildlife with a Better Beamer, and also multi-flash set-up. This is the second flash of this model that I have. This one has a more substantial metal shoe that I really like as it appears to be much more robust.

 
3.0

Good flash...

By

from North Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

Okay flash, sometines zoom head would run constently when powered on,would have to tap it to stop. Sleep mode works if you have it on camera. I got two for flash set up slaves sensor is not the best tbey have to br close 15 ft and sensor needs to be pointed at msin flash. Dont get these if you want to use on radio triggers. I did and the power saving mode is a pain and cant be turned off.if they sit idle for 90 seconds they shut down and you will have to walk over and reset them. Slave mode turns off hot shoe so radio triggers wont work and thre is no pc terminal. I returned them becajse of that. Of you just wont to use on camera or with TTL cord they will work good gor that ONCE AGAIN DONT GET TO USE WITH RADIO TRIGGERS OF ANY KIND!!!! Close flash on slave mode for portraits or macro perfect for that.

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By

from Huntington, WV  -  Photo Enthusiast

I ordered this light expecting a "cheaper" version of a good light. While I'm sure there are those that could make the case that this would never compare with a "pro" light and i would never disagree with them, but I consider myself an enthusiast and it works just fine for my purposes. Exceeds my expectations.

 
2.0

save your money

By

from lake county  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Save your money buy a speedlight i'm working on returning my second one stopped working sounded like it had a stripped gear hope i can get a refund to buy a speedlight with. Vivitar has horrible customer service took almost three months to get a warranty replacement on first flash

 
5.0

Great flash unit for the money

By

from Austiin, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great, all-around flash, especially for the price. It's features, reliability, and functionality are comparable to the camera manufacturer's units, and I would rather have two of these that i can buy for the price of the other.

 
4.0

My first flash, well bought

By

from San Antonio, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this as a way to learn how to utilize hotshoe flash. I've been pleased with the results. I've since purchased a Nikon flash but still apprciate the ability to use the Vivitar flash in conjuction with the Nikon.

 
4.0

Good Off Camera Flash

By

from Charlotte, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Really like this flash. For it's price there is no better TTL/manual flash for strobies out there. My only draw back to this flash is that when triggering it remotely it will constantly go into sleep mode and have a button physically pushed to wake it. This is really a nuisance when it is on a light stand 15' from you and behind a modifier. Really wish there was a way to disable/turn off the sleep mode.

 
4.0

For the price.... better than expected

By

from churubusco, indiana  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this for table top art pic's for this purpose nothing I have found compares in this price range...one downfall..limited on power levels!!!!....don't think it will take a lot of knocking around.....but hey it's [$] and does it well. Better than I expected for what I spent!!

Q&A

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Questions about this item:

JOUBRAN D  IS THIS MODEL COMPATIBLE WITH PANASONIC LUMIX FZ-100??
SHELDON B  The answer is Yes. I just checked with Vivitar web site listing Panasonic models compatible with this flash. FZ100 is included.
mike m  will this work on Panasonic and Olympus M43 cameras? Specifically the G10, GX1, and E-PL1? Thanks in advance.
Andrew R  This unit is specifically for Panasonic TTL dedication, for Olympus cameras you'll need this unit: http://www.adorama.com/VVDF383OLY.html
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