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Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL

B&H # VIDF383S Mfr # DF-383-SON
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Guide No. 148'/45 m at 85mm

The Vivitar DF-383 Shoe Mount Flash is an economical full-TTL enabled flash with support for digital SLR cameras. It features a powerful Guide Number of 148'/45 m at 85mm, and features a power-zoom flash head that covers a focal range from 24mm to 85mm.

The flash includes a built-in slave function which allows it to be positioned off-camera, and triggered by any second flash. You can also manually adjust the power level of the flash output from full-power down to 1/16th. It is the perfect economical all-purpose flash for any digital or 35mm SLR shooter.

Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 270°, with automatic or manual zoom settings of 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm
AF Assist
Autofocus auxiliary lamp helps the camera to focus in low-light situations
Remote Triggering
Built-in optical slave function allows for off-camera operation
Accepts Light Modifiers
Includes reflecting plate & wide angle diffuser
Power Saving
Circuitry incorporates an auto-off power saving element
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 148' (45.11 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/16
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage 28 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 9 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.0" / 12.7 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm
Weight 9.5 oz / 269 g
Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL
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    VivitarDF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL
     
    4.1

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Consistent output (11)
    • Good power output (11)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Fast recycling (10)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Slow recycling (4)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (20)
    • Fill flash (15)
    • Portraits (13)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Photojournalism (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    FANTASTIC DEAL------BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS

    This flash is a fantastic bargain. I use it with my Alpha 700 and it is a dramatic improvement over the built in camera flash. It is also priced at less than half of...Read complete review

    This flash is a fantastic bargain. I use it with my Alpha 700 and it is a dramatic improvement over the built in camera flash. It is also priced at less than half of other comparable flashes. In fully automatic mode, it takes wonderful pictures. I would highly recommend this unit.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK for snapshots

    Feels cheaply made and AF assist is completely useless. TTL auto-stuff works fine with no issues. Doesn't come with a sony-to-1/4" adapter, so you'll have to get one separately...Read complete review

    Feels cheaply made and AF assist is completely useless. TTL auto-stuff works fine with no issues. Doesn't come with a sony-to-1/4" adapter, so you'll have to get one separately if you want to take it off the camera and use any kind of stand.

    Started firing intermittently after a few months of light use, then stopped firing altogether. Vivitar is supposed to send a replacement...we shall see.

    Unless you really need the TTL functionality or optical slave, the 285HV is a much nicer flash (not sure if they make one of those for a Sony hot shoe or if you need an adapter...I use mine with an adapter).

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    5.0

    So far so good

    By Munoz

    from Coopersburg, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

    Very fast reload, the motor is a little loud but when at party nobody else hears it but you. Battery life is good. Easy to install. Still working on the manual mode of it.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Good features

    By Tim McG

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

      This has the best features you can find for this price point. Works fine.

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      • No

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      2.0

      Died in 1st ten minutes

      By JRP

      from Ridgeland, MS

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

          I got this promptly from b&hphoto after I ordered it and was very pleased with the sevice. However, after setting it up on my Sony a65 it seemed to work fine for about 10 minutes or 10 to 12 trial flashes. After that it would no longer work even though I replaced the batteries 3 times. I sent back to b&hphoto and they have graciously agreed to replace it.

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          4.0

          Great Flash for the Money

          By Nick Senior

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

            I used a Vivitar 283 on older Canon SLR's until I switched to a Minolta Maxxum 7000i 24 years ago. About 5 years ago I purchased a Sony Alpha 100 & found the flash from the Minolta wouldn't sync properly. I didn't want to put out the bucks for the big Sony unit because I don't use it that much. When I discovered the 383 I decided it would be the perfect flash. Took loads of pictures at Christmas with no problems. Used bounce flash, the built-in diffuser, & half-power setting. All the photos turned out great.

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            4.0

            Shoe Mount autofocus Flash for Sony TTL

            By Nancy A.

            from St Paul, MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

              Great inexpensive flash for my SLR camera. Love it.

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              • No

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              3.0

              A very nice flash for the$$$!!!!

              By Mr. Personality.

              from Austin,Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

              The Vivitar 383 is a great value. I am a people shooter.First the pros:
              1)Plenty of power for the money.
              2)The built in slave works like a dream.
              3)It works pretty well with Sony's TTL metering.
              4)The variable power settings are excellent.
              Now the cons:
              1)The hot shoe mount and lock could be more secure.Be careful.
              2)Its a little slow on the recycle time.Its not bad for studio or location portraiture but its not quite up for the runway,red carpet work,or breaking news.It takes about 1.5 seconds to fully recharge which means shoot two frames,stop wait about 3/4-1 second,shoot two frames repeat.You can get about 4 frames off at 1/4 power before you have to wait 1-2 seconds.
              3)No stofen fits it.Not a big deal. Use the built in bounce card instead.
              4)It does not sync at high shutter speeds too well.
              All in all not bad for the price.It saved me quite a bit of money.

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              4.0

              great product for price

              By danger2self

              from phoenix, az

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

              This flash puts out good light. I was looking for a low priced flash that had good power and I found it in this flash. not disappointed yet.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              So Far.....So Good

              By Trumpster1

              from Toledo, OH

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

              Bought the flash a couple weeks ago to take some photographs for a friends anniversary party. This was my first experience using a large external flash and learned a lot just by trying different techniques. By far the best results were bouncing off the ceiling or side walls depending on the angles. I had used some rechargeable Duracell batteries that I had laying around from an old point and shoot camera. They were about 3 years old, gave them a good charge and still got over 300 shots on one charge with no indication of drainage. VERY impressed with battery consumption. It does make the camera heavy, so carrying it around for 4 hours made my neck a little sore, but this is going to be the case with any large flash so it's not really a bad thing about it.I am writing this review to help others[...]

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              5.0

              Great Flash

              By Downs2323

              from Dyer, IN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                I've owned a Vivitar Flash all my life. I used it with my manual Canon camera and loved it. I am using this flash with my Sony A200 and was very easy to install and uninstall. I've only used this one a few times, but I am very happy with it. I would remommend this flash.

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                • Yes

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                2.0

                Does not do HSS (High Speed Sync)

                By JasonK

                from Covington, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast Recycling

                Cons

                • No HSS

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                I didn't do all of my research first. I assumed any flash would do High Speed Sync - not until i couldn't figure out how to enable it on my Sony Alpha A350, or how to force the shutter faster than 1/160th did i find out that it never will. Apparently you *have* to have a Sony branded flash to do fill flash in daylight.

                It does produce a brighter light then the built in flash. The recycle time is quite fast - I don't even think most of my photos take more than a second to recharge the flash (even on $2 a pack alkaline batteries!) The wireless sync functions - somewhat; it fires the flash but the picture comes out under exposed. In TTL mode, it's flawless - minus missing HSS.

                Otherwise, I will be returning this flash for either a HVL-F42AM or HVL-F36AM, for that's about the extent of my budget. The HVL-F58AM would be very nice, but its twice the price.

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                4.0

                Wish I had bought it long ago

                By Meg

                from Cape Town, South Africa

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                  I find the product very useful, especially for portrait photography. Its great because it gives really great light to the subject.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Vivitar DF 383 Flash

                  By mac

                  from Vermont

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                  The DF383 is exactly what I needed to make my Sony A200 perform as I needed it to under very low light conditions. I don't even know why they started putting tiny flash units onto cameras.

                  I have owned several Vivitar 'shoe' flashes over the past 30 years and have never been let down by them. While there are better units available, it's hard to beat the Vivitar for dollar value.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Ok Flash

                  By Joeone

                  from Wilmington DE

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                  Just an ok flash works with limits

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  I would recommend this flash to a friend

                  By Marshall's Photography and Web Design

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus
                  • TTL Not much help

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                  The DF 383 Series 1 works great on my Sony alpha 300. It has several adjustment features to adjust the amount of flash. TTL doesn't seem to work as you would think. I manually adjust it and get past the TTL issues.

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                  5.0

                  Great Flash!

                  By Jon

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                    All the features of the more expensive flashes, but for a very reasonable price. The built-in diffuser, and bounce card are a great touch. This is the first "speed light" for me, and I have to say, I couldn't be more pleased with my selection. Great product!

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                    4.0

                    So far so great!!!

                    By Mr. Donovan

                    from Eugene, OR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                      This is my first flash, and it has exceeded expectations. Consistent, and easy to use. The built in diffuser is a nice little perk too. Great first external flash.

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                      5.0

                      Great Flash!

                      By Adam VK

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                      I bought the flash for occasional times when I shoot things inside. It's great for what I need it for. It automatically detects how far your zoom is focused, has a backlight on the screen, and has a great battery life. The swivel feature is also very nice. I highly recommend this. You can't beat it for the price.

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                      3.0

                      OK for snapshots

                      By MattC

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use

                          Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                          Feels cheaply made and AF assist is completely useless. TTL auto-stuff works fine with no issues. Doesn't come with a sony-to-1/4" adapter, so you'll have to get one separately if you want to take it off the camera and use any kind of stand.

                          Started firing intermittently after a few months of light use, then stopped firing altogether. Vivitar is supposed to send a replacement...we shall see.

                          Unless you really need the TTL functionality or optical slave, the 285HV is a much nicer flash (not sure if they make one of those for a Sony hot shoe or if you need an adapter...I use mine with an adapter).

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Nice way to start

                          By andrew2004b

                          from Mitchell, SD

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                            I am just starting a very small photography business as a kind of side project and after much review settled on this flash as my first for my sony dslr. The flash is reasonably priced and does do a good job of filling light in my studio. A good value and a good learning flash.

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                            4.0

                            very happy

                            By photogee

                            from fort worth, tx

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use

                            Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Sony TTL:

                            all and all i am pleased with my flash, it is missing a few toys but for the price im not complaning.

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