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

B&H # VIDF383O Mfr # DF-383-OLY
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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 Olympus TTL
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    VivitarDF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Olympus TTL
     
    3.6

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    68%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Fast recycling (10)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Versatile (10)
    • Lightweight (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (18)
      • Fill flash (10)
      • Night photography (6)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Photojournalism (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Enthusiast (4), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Works great with my Olympus E 520

      This flash work great with olympus 520 loved red beam that comes on in low Light helps the olympus focus i am very happy with the vivitar DF-383 got good pics with the flash...Read complete review

      This flash work great with olympus 520 loved red beam that comes on in low Light helps the olympus focus i am very happy with the vivitar DF-383 got good pics with the flash at a good price

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      great price TTL for Olympus

      The flash's TTL work very well on the hot-shoe with consistent results. Be aware that is only recognizes FULL ISO steps (100, 200, 400 and 800). So if you try and set...Read complete review

      The flash's TTL work very well on the hot-shoe with consistent results. Be aware that is only recognizes FULL ISO steps (100, 200, 400 and 800). So if you try and set your camera to ISO 640, the flash will default to 400 - just something to be aware of. Other than that, it works very well.

      The red AF assist beam works but is a little. however, It is better than nothing and 100% better than Oly's built-in flash strobe assist.

      Off camera / remote / slave use is spotty at best. Sure, it's manual / not TTL and that's fine. The problem is 1) the sensor is very sensitive to the position of the trigger flash and 2) exposure is inconsistent and not always predictable. However, it is useful and can have some nice results from it.

      Value: for less than the OEM unit, you get a unit that is more powerful and recycles much faster than the Oly FL36R but is smaller than the FL50R. It's a great value if you work within its limitations. One more limitation. It will only work in manual mode on the E-1 (this may be the case with any "old" Oly DSLR). It works just fine on my E-3 in full TTL.

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      5.0

      A nice upgrade over the built in flash

      By Chris from CNY

      from Central Square, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography

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

        I'm using this with an Olympus e-PL1 camera with 14-42 kit lens, and some other adapted manual lenses.It is very simple to use out the box. - Attach it to the camera and click away.The package came with a nice vinyl bag and the foot- I'd read otherwise.The build quality seems just fine to me. Plenty durable. Others have mentioned a dislike for the battery compartment door. It slides forward, and has a hinge on the bottom. It stays right there, and doesn't come open on its own. I like how it's made.Direct flash on the subject is a little funny. It is slightly higher than center, so there is some vignetting along the bottom. - the pull out diffuser minimises that almost completely.It's a pretty tight fit on the camera hotshoe. Sometimes it's hard to turn the wheel to tighten or loosen. - the same thing goes for attaching the foot.

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        5.0

        Great Flash &Price & total GH2 Synch

        By fris

        from Utah

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

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

          This flash works as described with the Lumix GH2 and zoom lenses. Excellent power and features.

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          • No

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          4.0

          The product was just what I was looking

          By Ed K

          from Fort Myers Beach, Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

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

            I use the product for my photography hobby.
            I like the versatility of the product and th flexability of its use. It is compact yet full of great features.

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            • No

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            4.0

            This is my third Vivitar flashlight

            By Frank

            from San Jose,CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

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

                easy,powerful, I like the price too

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                • No

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                1.0

                This isn't the Vivitar of old.

                By mddawson

                from Canberra, Australia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Incompatible with E-5
                  • It doesn't work

                  Best Uses

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

                    I have a 25 year old Vivitar 285 that still works fine after all these years. However it isn't safe to use with DSLR cameras so I thought the 383 would be a good buy.

                    Initial testing on my E-5 went well with direct flash but I found that bounce flash was over-exposed with the camera not communicating with the flash. Maybe a software issue when used on an E-5. I did not experience this problem with my E-520.

                    After about 20 flashes it stopped working. I replaced the batteries with no success, I can hear it charge up and the display works but it does not fire either on the camera or with the test button.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Good Flash but poor plastic quality

                    By Riffraff75

                    from Silverdale, WA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography

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

                    Very good results with my Oly e-520. Bad thing is that it is very bulky/heavy and the plastic is very cheap looking. The locking mechanism is a push type (look at picture) that may not lock on hot shoe sufficiently if you are not careful. I broke mine from the point where the locking mechanism meets the lower body of the flash unit. I tried to fix it but the plastic is too fragile to fix with epoxy. If you buy it, be very careful with it.

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                    • No

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                    2.0

                    Better off to buy the Zeikos ZE-FL70

                    By Jimbo

                    from Pago Pago, American Samoa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Vignettes at wide-angle

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

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

                      I bought one of these, and when I got it the backlight on the LCD didn't work.Another problem is that at the 28mm setting, the light output doesn't match the field of view of my Olympus E-620 with the standard 14-42mm lens at 14mm (28mm equivalent). There is considerable vignetting. To get even coverage, you have to manually set the flash to its 24mm setting and use the diffuser (thus negating the value of an auto-zoom flash!). The vignetting continues up to the 70mm setting, getting less each time, but still visible.I returned the flash because of the problem with the LCD and the vignetting, and got a Zeikos ZE-FL70 instead. Surprise! It's the same flash, rebadged, cheaper, and with a table stand included in the box!Same vignetting problem too, but I've decided to live with it.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      It Works (Just)

                      By CollBaxter

                      from Cape Town South Africa

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Recycle time not bad
                      • Works great in bounce

                      Cons

                      • Battery compartment
                      • No TTL Flash Compensatio
                      • Uneven flash

                      Best Uses

                      • Bounce
                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

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

                      I have an Olympus FL36 flash which is a great flash but a bit gutless with long recycle times. I purchased this flash because it was less expensive and decided that if I don't use it as a on camera flash I could always use it as a manual slave. It works OK but not great. I found the flash has a bit uneven light distribution so full frontal flash leaves shadows on subjects feet etc (Does not fill any frame) . As to the internal TTL use, it just works. As a bounce flash it works OK but for direct flash it is a bit harsh. The on camera flash compensation seems to be ignored in TTL mode so you can't compensate. As to build it's not bad except for the battery compartment for which as previous reviewers have stated there has been a special place allotted down under for the designers. If you have a FL Flash or a Metz its OK as a spare/slave otherwise buy the FL36 or Metz 48

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                      4.0

                      Works Well!

                      By Tom

                      from Columbia, MD

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

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

                        [...] works great on my e510. Simple to use and functions well using the TTL mode.

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                        4.0

                        Great for the price!

                        By Ted

                        from Indianapolis, IN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

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

                          I found that in order for the ttl feature to work I had to set the high & low values for the iso to 200. If I let the iso setting stay in auto for the camera the ttl would not give me the correct exposure. Other than that glitch the flash works fine. I think I might buy another to use as a slave.

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                          4.0

                          Good Basic Flash

                          By Roberto Cofresi

                          from Puerto Rico

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Battery door flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

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

                          Ok it does not have all the bells and whistles of the oly or metz flash, but its got TTL and auto zoom. The battery door is funky, Dante has a special place for the team that designed that door. The built in reflector card and drop down lens are a bit touchy too. Recycle time with fresh batteries is good. If you want a basic flash that works on your Evolt cameras and don't want to pay more than $130.00, this is it. Its vivitar only in name, Sakar bought the rights so its a third part flash with the vivitar name. The foot is a bit flimsy but so was the foot on the old 283. Treat it right and it will give you good service.

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                          5.0

                          Works great on E-500

                          By erhicks

                          from Fair Oaks, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Not Interchangeable

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I bought this to use on my E-500 and it is excellent. The autofocus assist red light is cool but I don't use it much. I primarily use this along with a Gary Fong diffuser. The two together makes indoor flash shots look near professional. Nice soft shadows.

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                          5.0

                          good product

                          By photones

                          from COLOMBIA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          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 Olympus TTL:

                            good product, excelent price, great value

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                            1.0

                            Disappointing

                            By Chris C

                            from Toronto, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Inconsistent Exposures
                            • Weak Output

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

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

                            I decided to give this flash a try because of the low price and my experience with using several Vivitar 283 flashes. I have three of them and they still work perfectly even though they're over 30 years old. The new DF383 seems to be built well but the TTL exposures are very inconsistent and mostly underexposed.

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                            5.0

                            Best Deal!

                            By Greg

                            from Kitchener, Ontario Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

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

                              For a fraction of the price of a Olympus FL 50 or FL 36, The 383 is just as powerful, and reliable.
                              I find Recycle time fast, slave mode great, easy to use. Couldn't be happier!! Comes in with built in diffuser and reflection card.
                              Great buy for the price. I plan on buying one or two more for off camera!

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                              1.0

                              Don't waste your money

                              By Steve

                              from McKinney TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Does Not Work

                                Best Uses

                                • Create under exposed pict

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

                                I bought this unit on 10/22/09. To date it has flashed just one time. I have replaced the batteries to see if that was the issue, but the test button wont even fire the flash.

                                3 emails, and 7 calls to Vivitar for support. All emails unanswered. 3 of the calls to voice mail unanswered. The 4 calls that got through take my info and say they will forward to the flash support group and i will get a call in 24-48 hours, but the call NEVER comes. My last call, i asked for an RMA number only to be told that flash support would provide that when they called me.

                                Want to have more fun with your money? put it in the shreader and then use it as decoration in a photo, at least then you might have some value from the money.

                                Oh - I gave it 1 star, because i could not figure out how to do zero stars.

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                                3.0

                                great price TTL for Olympus

                                By kwaphoto

                                from Colorado

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Portraits

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

                                  The flash's TTL work very well on the hot-shoe with consistent results. Be aware that is only recognizes FULL ISO steps (100, 200, 400 and 800). So if you try and set your camera to ISO 640, the flash will default to 400 - just something to be aware of. Other than that, it works very well.

                                  The red AF assist beam works but is a little. however, It is better than nothing and 100% better than Oly's built-in flash strobe assist.

                                  Off camera / remote / slave use is spotty at best. Sure, it's manual / not TTL and that's fine. The problem is 1) the sensor is very sensitive to the position of the trigger flash and 2) exposure is inconsistent and not always predictable. However, it is useful and can have some nice results from it.

                                  Value: for less than the OEM unit, you get a unit that is more powerful and recycles much faster than the Oly FL36R but is smaller than the FL50R. It's a great value if you work within its limitations. One more limitation. It will only work in manual mode on the E-1 (this may be the case with any "old" Oly DSLR). It works just fine on my E-3 in full TTL.

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                                  3.0

                                  Works on E-3, not on E-1

                                  By kwaphoto

                                  from Colorado

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • AF assist works
                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Looks good
                                  • Powerful Output
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Battery Cover
                                  • Slow Recycling

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Overall, this flash should be very good for any hotshoe application on an E-510/410 series or newer. It works on the hotshoe well with my E-3. However, it does not function in TTL on the E-1, just manual - a big let down.

                                    For remote triggering, it's hit and miss - mainly miss with the E-3. I wouldn't buy it for this feature, but if you are looking for a solid TTL in-hotshoe flash this is an affordable choice.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good Value

                                      By Paul

                                      from Rhode Island

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use

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

                                      I was looking for an economical flash I could take places I might not take a $400 FL50. This unit fills the bill nicely. Reasonably powerful, though you can never have too much flash power! Works well with my E510, and lots of features.

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                                      4.0

                                      Works well with E-510

                                      By Rob

                                      from Arlington, VA

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Powerful Output
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow Recycling

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use

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

                                      Overall I am very impressed with this flash. For the money it's quite powerful and the TTL functionality is nice to have, but it's also fully manual controlled for off-camera use. The built in optical slave is a nice feature. I have run into one instance where the flash appeared to "lock up" but removing it from the camera and power-cycling seems to have cured any issues. I wish it would have come with a foot for easier off camera use.

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