The Vivitar SF3000 Slave Flash can be used for both direct hot shoe photography (when switched to "Normal Mode") and remote flash photography (when switched to "Slave On"). This flash also features four slave modes that allow it to work with cameras that fire their built in flash instantaneously or cameras that have a single or multiple flash red eye reduction system.
Reviewed by 1 customers
The good part is it is indeed a flash and better built than I expected but the positives stop there. I needed a flash and as I couldnt afford one of the expensive models so I picked this. I figured at least according to vivitar's website you can use it on your camera's hotshoe. The problem is it only works once then you have to switch it off or to slave mode then back to normal again to use it with your camera otherwise it wont flash. It doesnt even include any sort of lens cloth as was listed so forget that as well. The only thing that this flash has on it that is useful is the test button so you can manually trigger it but fair warning it only does full. It wont do low or high or anything but if you can time it right with the shutter it might be useful. The only good thing that came out of this box was the bracket which is at least of decent quality but it only feels like a consolation for the flash. I would suggest to anyone looking for a cheap flash to pick any other one. I realize I may have been expecting too much from a $14 flash but I did at least expect it to actually do the job I bought it for. Now to send it back it would cost basically half of what I paid for it so im probably just going to toss the flash and use the bracket. All I can really say is I wont be buying a vivtar flash ever again.