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Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon

B&H # VIDF293C Mfr # VIVDF293C
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You Pay: $79.95
Product Highlights
  • Red Focus-Assist Beam for Low Light
  • Reflecting Plate & Wide-Angle Diffuser
  • Five Levels of Power Ratio
  • 0/45/60/75/90 Degree Bounce Positions
  • Zoom Positions: 28/35/50/85mm
  • DSLR Auto Focus
  • Automatic Shutter Speed Setting
  • Red-Eye Reduction
  • Auto Focus/TTL Metering
  • Guide Number 42 at 85mm Zoom Position

The Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon is a full-featured on-camera flash designed for use with Canon DSLR cameras. The DF-293 has a swivel head with 0, 45, 60, 75, and 90 degree settings; 5 levels of power from 1/1 to 1/16; a zoom function for use with 28, 35, 50, and 85mm lenses; and a guide number of 42 at the 85mm zoom position. Other features includes a red focus-assist beam for low light shooting, a reflecting plate and wide-angle diffuser, red-eye reduction, auto focus/TTL metering, and an automatic shutter speed setting.

Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
Includes reflecting plate & wide-angle diffuser
Five levels of power ratio 1/1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16
Bounce Positions 0, 45, 60, 75, 90 Degrees
Zoom Positions 28/35/50/85 mm
DSLR Auto Focus
Automatic shutter speed setting
Red eye reduction
Auto focus/TTL metering
LCD display will show zoom position
Guide number 42 at 85 mm zoom position
Uses 4 AA batteries (not included)
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 42' (12.8 m) at 85 mm position
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 Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VivitarDF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon
     
    2.7

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Move Over Canon Speedlite!

      After awaiting my Speedlite 430EXII purchase since I decided it was a better purchase than the 580EXII I saw this Vivitar flash offered. Under $100? Really? OK! Done. It's amazing...maybe...Read complete review

      After awaiting my Speedlite 430EXII purchase since I decided it was a better purchase than the 580EXII I saw this Vivitar flash offered. Under $100? Really? OK! Done. It's amazing...maybe not as fast in recovery, but every bit worth an external flash if one needs it!!!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      not like my old school 283's

      I use the flash for on camera, event photography.

      Got a lot of power...I like.

      I am having trouble with the power output on the auto...Read complete review

      I use the flash for on camera, event photography.

      Got a lot of power...I like.

      I am having trouble with the power output on the auto setting. It is blowing out the faces of people.
      I have put on the diffuser and an external diffuser, HOPEFULLY this will correct the problem.

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      2.0

      Not worth the savings

      By jack

      from cocoa beach fl

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Great while it lasted

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

          bought this flash, was working Great, took about 200 photo's in the time I owned it, then one day, It flashes,and the next photo... NOTHING, took it to a local photo shop and they said send it back, BUT.. Beware... your NOT going to get much satisfaction from the company

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          1.0

          DF-293 Flash

          By nigelat

          from omaha ne

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

          Stop working less then a dozen shots, man was I hurt! Now I have to spend money to get it fix!!

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          3.0

          Pretty good deal

          By Phololover

          from hendersonville, tn

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

            I do like this flash. I is decently priced for what you get! overall very good deal!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Is in the factory

            By Imagedreamer

            from NY, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                  I can not tell how good it is because it only work for a short time.[...] I did sent it to NJ and 40 days has gone by and I do not have it back yet.The factory support is very slow. I may have to purchase another flash if this one is not returned soon.For sure, it wont be a Vivitar and it will be from B&H

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Ok flash for the price

                  By DED

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                        OK flash had to use diffuser because it was a strong flash. The recycle time is the only reason I have a problem.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Move Over Canon Speedlite!

                        By bryan

                        from Scottsdale, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Not as slow as implied
                        • Slow Recycling

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                        After awaiting my Speedlite 430EXII purchase since I decided it was a better purchase than the 580EXII I saw this Vivitar flash offered. Under $100? Really? OK! Done. It's amazing...maybe not as fast in recovery, but every bit worth an external flash if one needs it!!!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Just OK

                        By eskivc

                        from Boston MA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                              When looking for a bounce flash for my Canon XS I was shocked by the price they sell...in particular the Canon flashes, which literally can be more expensive than my camera. I decided to take a chance with the Vivitar flash since it was on of the most affordable ones available.

                              My main disappointment is that the manual isn't helpful at all...I mean, it doesn't really give any information, unless perhaps where the power button is located...

                              For that reason, I am still struggling with the flash and haven't figured out how to use it well...I end up using the manual settings, which are somewhat cumbersome to set up. However, once I am done setting it up, the flash does perform well...although some trial-and-error pictures are necessary before I get it right. Unfortunately, the flash does not retain the latest settings, so if you turn it off you will have to go through the same set up process again.

                              Another downside is that it looks and feels like a cheap device. But I guess that's what you get when you are price sensitive. All in all, seems like a reasonable "first bounce flash", but I would definitely consider investing on a better flash eventually.

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                              • No

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                              3.0

                              A Fair Low-cost Flash

                              By Wayne B

                              from Annapolis, MD

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                              • Slow Recycling

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                              The TTL works well for all my Canon lenses. The recycle time is slower than I expected. The infra-red focus doesn't work on Canon cameras. It also isn't set-up for off-camera work.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              GREAT FOR GENERAL USE

                              By DON

                              from WILLIAMSTOWN WV

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                                LIGHT IS RIGHT 95% OF THE TIME

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                3.0

                                not like my old school 283's

                                By Fantasy On Film

                                from Detroit, MI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Canon 20d
                                • Fast Recycling
                                • Powerful Output

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Vivitar DF-293 Bounce Zoom Swivel Flash for Canon:

                                  I use the flash for on camera, event photography.

                                  Got a lot of power...I like.

                                  I am having trouble with the power output on the auto setting. It is blowing out the faces of people.
                                  I have put on the diffuser and an external diffuser, HOPEFULLY this will correct the problem.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

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                                  • You Pay: $22.50
                                   

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                                  • You Pay: $7.95
                                   

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