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Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras

B&H # VIDF183O Mfr # DF183O
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Product Highlights
  • For Use With Olympus Cameras

The Vivitar DF-183 Digital Flash is a basic digital flash with a Guide Number of 59-feet @ 35mm. This unit has a bounce flash head, red-eye reduction capabilities and a focus beam to assist in low light shooting conditions. With Auto Focus, TTL metering, automatic shutter speed settings, this flash allows photographer to spend less time with flash settings. It is powered by two AA batteries (not included).

Auto Focus (AF)
TTL Metering
Red eye reduction
Focus beam assist for low-light shooting
Power savings function
Auto shutter speed setting
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 59' (17.98 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head None
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.3 - 10 seconds
Power Source 2x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 2.1 x 3.9" / 6.6 x 5.3 x 9.9 cm
Weight 12 oz / 340 g
Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    VivitarDF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras
     
    3.6

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (7)
    • Home (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • General purpose (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Flash, Excellent Value

    Works with Olympus C 5060WZ and Pen E-PL1.

    Even and consistent output from 28mm to 110mm (35mm film equivalent).

    GN 18 (ISO 100) or GN...Read complete review

    Works with Olympus C 5060WZ and Pen E-PL1.

    Even and consistent output from 28mm to 110mm (35mm film equivalent).

    GN 18 (ISO 100) or GN 25 (ISO 200) at 35mm setting. This is theoretically 2.5X more powerful than the built-in flash of Pen-E-PL1.

    Focus assist lamp works with C 5060 but not with E-PL1.Not a problem of this flash but the way E-PL1 is designed. Maybe a future firmware
    could rectify this shortcoming.

    Bounce head with TTL works great in both normal and macro shootings.

    Good recycling time with new batteries.

    Inexpensive, good value for what it can do. Olympus fixed head FL-14 is three times more expensive.

    Still too early to comment of durability

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too weak

    I thought this would be the answer to a flash for a nearly pocket sized camera - well, it's not. Functionally it 'works', but practically it's just way underpowered and you really...Read complete review

    I thought this would be the answer to a flash for a nearly pocket sized camera - well, it's not. Functionally it 'works', but practically it's just way underpowered and you really need to punch the iso to 1 stop below background for this flash to be useful.

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    2.0

    WEAK Bounce flash

    By john

    from southern california

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

    it works with my Olympus E-P3.. when when you use the bounce function.. even if you add flash exposure compensation in your camera.. the light output is weak.. i have a regular low white ceiling but the light output is not enough.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    useful, low price flash

    By Flash Gordon

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Traveling

      Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

      I bought this for use on my Olympus Evolt E-410 and it is a good choice for my needs. I'm just a snap shot photog and this fits the bill for price, usefullness and most of all size for the camera.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good deal for the price

      By Tonedeafdog

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

        I purchased this flash as a cost-effective upgrade from the built-in flash on myPen E-PL2. So far, I've only used it as direct flash for a limited time. Pictures still require some flash exposure compensation, and I haven't figured out how to get all of the adjustments available with the built-in flash. However, exposures are noticeably better than with the built-in flash. Power-up takes about 10 seconds (a little slow), but recycle times appear fairly fast, and it doesn't make the camera top-heavy. Angle of coverage appears to be somewhat limited, and the bounce adjustment mechanism feels stiff and doesn't inspire confidence. The push-and-click hotshoe locking mechanism is a little odd, but it seems to work. I wish the whole head swivelled, so that the unit would lie flat in a case, but for less than [$] it is a good deal.

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        • No

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        2.0

        ehh

        By jrom23

        from new york, ny

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Not Durable

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

        very inconsistent flash. take two pics in a row and secondn always seems to be a bit better. probably would have been better off spending a touch more for the metz 24

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        FANTASTIC FLASH

        By Fred the train man

        from Summerville South Carolina

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

          I take pictures for our local chamber of commerce and this Flash adds just the light I need for great shots with my Olympus C-5060 WZ.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poor Quality

          By english102guy

          from Victorville, CA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Durable
          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

            I couldn't get this flash to work properly, it seemed flimsy, and it felt poorly put together. I returned it right away.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            good flash for its price

            By JL

            from San Mateo, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Bounce flash feature
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Needs manual input

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home

            Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

            I purchased this flash light for use with my Olympus EPL-1 camera.

            First the bad: within 15 minutes of testing, I discovered that this unit doesnot do the following with the EPL-1: AF/TTL,auto shutter speed. As a result, all test shots came out more underexposed than the built-in flash under identical situations.

            The good: once I started using the flash output and exposure compensation adjustments from the camera's menu,in addition to manipulating the iso, aperture and shutter settings, I obtained results that are very good especially using the bounce option.

            In summary, this flash is not as underpowered as it first appeared (after all it is supposed to be more than twice as powerful as the built-in based on the guide number). But one has to use it with a lot of manual inputs to get results desired.
            In addition,the mounting foot of the unit is made out of plastic so durability might be an issue.

            Over all, for the price and its size with the bounce option this unit is worth considering for the EPL-1 or other PEN series cameras by Olympus.

            I hope this helps!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Small but perfect!

            By Jeff

            from McConnelsville, OH

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Macro Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

              After buying a Panasonic G10, I placed my old Vivitar 285 into the hot shoe, but not turned on. It was too top-heavy for such a small camera, so I bought the DF-183. It is light on the camera, and all flash adjustments can be made from within the camera's menu. Also, it takes up little room in my new little Lowepro camera bag.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't waste your money

              By Mark

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Functional

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                  underpowered and doesn't really work with E-P1 exposure controls. Too late to send it back but this one was a bummer.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Too weak

                  By Markland

                  from New England

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Very limited

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                  I thought this would be the answer to a flash for a nearly pocket sized camera - well, it's not. Functionally it 'works', but practically it's just way underpowered and you really need to punch the iso to 1 stop below background for this flash to be useful.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Flash, Excellent Value

                  By cezarito45

                  from Somerset, NJ

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Lock feels flimsy

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                  Works with Olympus C 5060WZ and Pen E-PL1.

                  Even and consistent output from 28mm to 110mm (35mm film equivalent).

                  GN 18 (ISO 100) or GN 25 (ISO 200) at 35mm setting. This is theoretically 2.5X more powerful than the built-in flash of Pen-E-PL1.

                  Focus assist lamp works with C 5060 but not with E-PL1.Not a problem of this flash but the way E-PL1 is designed. Maybe a future firmware
                  could rectify this shortcoming.

                  Bounce head with TTL works great in both normal and macro shootings.

                  Good recycling time with new batteries.

                  Inexpensive, good value for what it can do. Olympus fixed head FL-14 is three times more expensive.

                  Still too early to comment of durability

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  excellent flash for the money

                  By SamKnopf

                  from Toronto, Canada

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                    I use this compact flash on my Panasonic GF1, and it gives accurate, consistent exposure with it. It offers a bouncing head, and it is powerful enough to use in bounce mode in a typical room at home with an eight foot ceiling. It even offers a quick click tightening system to attach it to the shoe. It`s much better value than the Panasonic FL220, which doesn`t even offer bounce.

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                    5.0

                    Good enough for a budget on E-P1

                    By MHR

                    from Santa Barbara, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                      Bought the DF-183 as a budget friendly flash to use with the E-P1. So far I am enjoying this flash, especially with the bounce option. I have not tried the FL-14 from Olympus but from what I have read and the lack of a bounce option I think this Vivitar is a much better combination for functionality and price. Sure a FL-36 would be nice, but this is a good casual easy to use flash. I have noticed that you might have to adjust the flash output manually more than you should with the TTL, but it is easy and quick enough to do with the E-P1.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great flash for low cost

                      By AdamJ

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bounce Head
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Bounce Exposure
                      • Plastic Shoe Mount

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • General Use

                      Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                      I wanted a flash to use with my Olympus E-P2 and I didn't really want to go for anything too expensive. The Olympus FL-14 is at least 3 times the price of this flash, and is less versatile.

                      This flash works very well on the E-P2 except for bounce flash, as bounce tends to be a good stop underexposed, so it is best to dial in an additional stop of flash compensation if you are going to use the bounce feature.

                      Overall the exposure is relatively consistent, and quite powerful.

                      The locking mechanism on the shoe is made of plastic and I feel that if your not careful it could be prone to breaking or wearing out quickly.

                      For the price it is an excellent value and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or purchase again. If I needed something more reliable or powerful I would skip right to the Olympus FL-36R

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent bargain

                      By NG4565

                      from Rome, Italy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vivitar DF-183 AF Digital Flash For Olympus Cameras:

                          It works perfectly on my new Olympus Pen Ep1 digital camera with all the features of the far more expensive original Olympus flash.

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