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Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash

You Pay: $17.95
Product Highlights
  • For Use with Any Digital Cameras
  • 3 Positions Zoom Head
  • Multi-Angle Bounce Positions
  • Auto Pre-Flash Sensor
  • Mounts to Hot Shoe
  • Flash Bracket Included
  • On and Off Slave Capability

The SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash from Vivitar can be used as both a normal bounce zoom flash or as a slave. This flash features 4 slave modes that allow it to work with cameras that fire their built-in flash immediately or cameras that have a single or multiple flash red eye reduction system. Please check your cameras instruction manual to determine which flash system your camera has.

The SF400 has a multi-angle 3-position zoom head that covers wide angle, normal, and telephoto distances. It is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, and Minolta digital SLR Cameras.

For use with digital SLR cameras
Works with any digital camera
3 position zoom head (Wide, Normal and Tele)
Multi-angle bounce flash head
Uses 4 AA batteries
Weighs only 11.64 oz without batteries
Mount Shoe
Guide No. Not Specified By Manufacturer
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vari-Power Not Specified By Manufacturer
TTL Dedication No
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium Batteries
Weight 14.7 oz / 417 g
Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash
  • Camera Hot Shoe Bracket
  • User's Manual
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    VivitarSF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash
     
    3.0

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (9)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (14)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Good power output (8)
    • Fast recycling (7)
    • Consistent output (6)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (4)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (12)
    • General purpose (9)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Night photography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Flash, Outstanding Value

    I purchased the flash as a slave flash to use with my Canon and Fuji point and shoot digital cameras. It is easy to use and can be adjusted for cameras that utilize a...Read complete review

    I purchased the flash as a slave flash to use with my Canon and Fuji point and shoot digital cameras. It is easy to use and can be adjusted for cameras that utilize a pre-flash. It uses AA batteries which is a plus.

    As a supplemental flash it does the job and throws a lot of light. I am very pleased with the look of my photos. When using a point and shoot camera, the flash is bigger than the camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Never buy Vivitar

    I bought a Vivitar SF-4000 Slave flash from [...] last week from [...]. I was shocked first because the flash refused to work with standard AA batteries because for...Read complete review

    I bought a Vivitar SF-4000 Slave flash from [...] last week from [...]. I was shocked first because the flash refused to work with standard AA batteries because for some reason the contacts missed the battery. Since I have some good hands so I removed the unit and bent the contacts so that they would contact correctly. Then the flash was fine for the day.Next day I found that flash started to miss... and sometimes go out of sync with the main flash. Upon investigation I found that the Slave Modes (S1, S2, S3, S4) did not have a "time out"... for example if I used S2 (skip one flash) and another persons camera gave out one flash burst the flash would fire to my camera's first flash and count the next flash as well... causing continuous sync issues.Later that day I found that putting new NiHM battries stopped the flash missing... Actually, after 28 shots the flash started to miss and needed new batteries!!! Later that day the flash stopped firing for good! [...] After some more Advanced Googling I found that Vivitar is now just a brand for really cheap Chinese products with no quality control whatsoever. Later I found that the same flash unit (SF-4000) is sold in other brand names as well!Please don't fall for this flash! Buy something else than this! don't waste your money and time. Vivitar is a horrible brand. I wasted [$] on this stupid brick.Flash MID #0010309

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    5.0

    Flash

    By sweetspeed

    from Fernley NV

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

      great price free shipping! fast shipping , overall I have had a great experience ordering from B&H I will be ordering again !! thank you :)

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By DaleH

      from Oak Harbor, Washington

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

        Broke open the package and read the best brief instructions. Tried both features. The direct hot shoe connection was great and was completely surprised at the quality shots I took. Then tried the Slave On Mode feature with the on camera flash and the shots were just as great. It was inexpensive considering the quality and the effectiveness of this flash device. B&H Photo is great too.

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        5.0

        Product operated as advertised

        By Jack

        from Clearwater, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Portraits

          Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

          Product operated as advertised and works very good. B&H Photo was also very good in their fast shipping

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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent Second Flash

          By Bill

          from Hazlet, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Portraits

          Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

          This flash is very useful for eliminating unwanted shadows in portraits or in macrophotography.

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          • No

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Junk

          By Clay

          from Billings MT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                I wasn't expecting a whole lot because of price, but I expected it to work. Photographers giving it 4 or 5 stars somehow got lucky. The flash I received will work twice and stop. Test button doesn't function. Turn it off and wait an hour and maybe it will work again....for two photos. STAY AWAY!!

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                1.0

                Junk...

                By VACaver

                from Roanoke, VA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                      I bought one of these and had it in the return mail within an hour.

                      I wasn't expecting high quality for the price, but I did expect it to work.

                      No such luck.

                      I put batteries in, turned it on, and it started firing on its own. It finally stopped after about 20 firings. Trying it with my camera, it worked three times...then started firing on its own again.

                      What a piece of junk.

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                      4.0

                      Good digital slave flash for the price.

                      By Tang

                      from Kent, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                      It's working with both Nikon and Canon DSLR.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      works perfectly

                      By carlos

                      from caracas,venezuela

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use

                        Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                        You get what you pay for, it's not the best flash in the world and the outcase has a cheap appearance, but the flash works very good.

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                        4.0

                        Good for its price

                        By Mike S.

                        from Ontario, Canada

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • High Speed Photography

                        Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                        I do own two of these, and they seem to get more use than my Nikon flashes.
                        They are excellent for a budget, have multiple features, work GRATE in Slave modes, and consistently provide a powerful output. Good to use as either fillers, background bleachers, or in High Speed Photography.
                        One big flaw, however; It takes a full 10+ seconds to recycle after a full-output flash. Not the worst recycling time, but far from good.

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                        1.0

                        Like its price: cheap.

                        By Jerry in and around Dallas

                        from Dallas, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                            I bought this flash to use in conjunction with my Canon point-and-shoot digital camera. I particularly wanted its bounce feature, to use off-camera.
                            There were problems:
                            1. Poor construction. Parts didn't fit too well, and the controls were hard to manipulate. Labels were tacky. The whole flash could have been made more sturdily.
                            2. The test button fired once, then quit.
                            3. The bounce flash worked the few first times, then quit.
                            I had read the reviews here, noting that the ratings were about 1/2 pro and 1/2 con. I took them into consideration and decided to get it.
                            Result: I was not pleased. But I should have expected that from its relatively low price. If well built and working, this should price out at $50-$75.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Should Have Trusted the Other Reviews

                            By Jonny D.

                            from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Defective

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                I bought this unit for use as a portrait fill flash. Right out of the box it refused to work. Using fresh new batteries, the ready light would glow but the test button wouldn't fire it. Thinking the batteries might be "stale," I tried another set with the same results. I tried evrything I could think of, and nothing would get this unit to fire. Vivitar -- once a proud old name representing quality -- is now just another way to spell JUNK! Do not buy this product. (It got one star only because zero is not an option.)

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                                4.0

                                [@]

                                By angel morales conesa

                                from san juan, puerto rico

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Good Color Value
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Night Time

                                  Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                  ok i use it and i hate it, but then i love it... its not functional with the camera flash its, beautiful with another flash on the hot shoe or with another slave with radio!!!! [@]

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                                  1.0

                                  Cheap

                                  By Danny1818

                                  from Queens, New York

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Night Time

                                    Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                    Construction in plastic is cheap, sometime it fires alone. For few dolars more you can give someting better.

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                                    5.0

                                    For the price, a great handy unit...

                                    By ShadowChaser

                                    from New England

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • wildlife photography

                                      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                      I have three of the SF4000 I use for fill flash when doing wildlife photography outdoors at night. They trigger reliably from a camera 50 feet away. I use a quart sized zip-lock bag to weather proof them which to date has been very successful, my theory is that for the money, if one does get wet or damaged, it can be easily replaced. For the money,these are a great workhorse unit...

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                                      3.0

                                      good for the price

                                      By b-rod

                                      from melbourne, vic australia

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Cheap plastic

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash

                                      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                      handy cheap slave

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      works as advertised

                                      By phrugal photog

                                      from Orange, Ca

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • General Use
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                        This works fine as a slave flash; illuminating the subject from a different angle than straight through the lens. It is much less expensive than radio controlled slave flash units.

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                                        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        Unreliable, cheap materials, poorly made

                                        By Dexter

                                        from Las Vegas

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                              The flash was not fit for purpose, was totally unreliable and did not do what it was supposed to do.

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                                              2.0

                                              Ok product.

                                              By Ron Seattle Photography

                                              from Seattle

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                                Cons

                                                • Not reliable
                                                • Slow Recycling

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                                  Basic flash unit. Not reliable. Had to send the first one back due to popping noises. Minimal features. Cheaply built.

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                                                  1.0

                                                  I do not want this product

                                                  By Mónica

                                                  from México

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Bulky
                                                    • Not Interchangeable

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                                      I recive it and I wasnt looking for this, I was expecting a profesional flash this is very basic and the worst is that it can be use with my new bowens radios, I buy it because in the description said that can be use off the camara, but as a profetional flash with radios.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Good Slave/Master flash

                                                      By Bryster

                                                      from Lynnwood, WA

                                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

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

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Fill Flash
                                                        • General Use
                                                        • Night Photography

                                                        Comments about Vivitar SF4000 Bounce Zoom Slave Flash:

                                                        A simple to use flash with Manual/Flash/Slave modes to suite anyone who needs a fine flash for any situation within it's specifications.

                                                        Comes with a good mounting arm, which alone can be a $15.00 item.

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                                                        • You Pay: $22.50
                                                         

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