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Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon

B&H # VIDF483C Mfr # DF483CAN
You Pay: $137.00
Product Highlights
  • Auto Focus/TTL Metering
  • Wireless TTL Function
  • High Speed Sync
  • Six Levels of Power
  • Seven Zoom Positions
  • 2" LCD Panel
  • Automatic Shutter Speed Setting
  • Flash Readiness Indication in Viewfinder
  • Guide Number 164' at 105mm Zoom Position
  • For Use With Canon Cameras

Vivitar's DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon gives you a sophisticated lighting instrument (with a guide number of 164', at ISO 100, with the head at the 105mm position) dedicated for use with Canon cameras. Its wireless TTL function, 6 power levels, 7 zoom positions, 5 bounce light positions and swivel (left 180°/right 120°) make this one of the most useful portable shoe-mount flashes out there. It also has auto focus/TTL metering, a red AF assist beam, flash readiness indicator in the camera's viewfinder, high-speed sync, automatic shutter speed setting, a built-in slave function, and a built-in reflecting plate and diffuser, plus a large 2" LCD control panel. A power saving mode and red-eye reduction round out the features on this versatile flash. It's powered by 4x AA batteries (not included).

Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
Auto focus/TTL metering
Wireless TTL function
Six levels of power ratio 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32
Seven zoom positions 24/28/35/50/70/85/105mm
Bounce position 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Swivel position: Left 180°/Right 120°
High-speed synchronization
Compact and lightweight
2" LCD panel
Red-eye reduction
Power saving
Automatic shutter speed setting
Flash readiness indication in viewfinder
Built-in slave function S0-S9
Built-in reflecting plate and diffuser
Guide number 164' / 50m at 105mm zoom position
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 164.04' (50 m) ISO100 at 105 mm position
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/32
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 300°
Coverage 24 mm - 105 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Recycle Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.8 x 4.8 x 3.8" / 22.2 x 12.1 x 9.5 cm
Weight 1.29 lb / 585 g
Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon
  • Protective Pouch
  • Wide-Angle Diffuser
  • Reflecting Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    VivitarDF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon
     
    4.4

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Durable (3)
    • Fast recycling (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (8)
      • Fill flash (4)
      • Indoors (4)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice Flash

      Flash is perfect for my needs, I bought it for a family event that everyone wanted me to take pix for. Has plenty of power/range, tilts so you can bounce the light,...Read complete review

      Flash is perfect for my needs, I bought it for a family event that everyone wanted me to take pix for. Has plenty of power/range, tilts so you can bounce the light, the built-in diffuser is a little flimsy in that it doesn't stay really flat against the unit, but seemed to work ok. The bounce card worked just fine too, noticed sparkles in everyone's eyes, so that is a plus. Also like the fact it is not too cumbersome when mounted onto the camera, it is a perfect size.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Decent Flash, but inconsistent

      This flash misfired too often and the E-TTL did not work properly with my T3i. E-TTL would not set past 1/60 sec and I ended up with many overexposed photos. I am exchanging...Read complete review

      This flash misfired too often and the E-TTL did not work properly with my T3i. E-TTL would not set past 1/60 sec and I ended up with many overexposed photos. I am exchanging this for a Canon 430 EX II, thanks to B&H excellent customer service.

      I bumped the rating to 3 stars due to the tripod mount and remote wireless flash capablity.

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      5.0

      Really nice flash.

      By LongShadow

      from Jeffersonville, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

        Sufficient power, simple to use. Seems to work nicely. Auto zoom only responds when not on bounce, which is understandable.

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        5.0

        Great value for a Very Good Flash

        By Phil

        from Knoxville, TN

        Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

        The Vivitar DF-483-CAN was all it was advertised to be. It is solid, does the job it was made for, and was a great value for the cost. I liked the add-on features of a diffuser lens and a light deflector panel, both of which pull out easily from the top. I am a happy customer.

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        4.0

        good bang for the buck

        By bulldog

        from ringwood,il

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

          has a good refresh rate on the flash, shot over 80 pics in the rain at a night scene with no adverse effects on the unit.
          only drawback is the diffuser does not fit well into the flash lens.

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          5.0

          Nice Flash

          By Deb

          from NH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

            Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

            Flash is perfect for my needs, I bought it for a family event that everyone wanted me to take pix for. Has plenty of power/range, tilts so you can bounce the light, the built-in diffuser is a little flimsy in that it doesn't stay really flat against the unit, but seemed to work ok. The bounce card worked just fine too, noticed sparkles in everyone's eyes, so that is a plus. Also like the fact it is not too cumbersome when mounted onto the camera, it is a perfect size.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Easy to use & great light

            By K Jill

            from Tuscaloosa, AL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Portraits

              Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

              I'm a novice and had never used a wireless flash before and this flash was very easy to use. It has multiple settings which also makes it easy to get just the right amount of light on your subject. So glad I made this purchase for my first flash.

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              4.0

              good bang for the buck

              By danny t mn

              from twin cities MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                Im a freelance photographer and got this unit for a slave strobe. It works well as a manual strobe as well as its ttl shooting.
                The only downside to me is its interface...it is a litte complex to choose your desired settings but once u do it works great!

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                3.0

                Decent Flash, but inconsistent

                By Phil

                from Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                • E-ttl Issues

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                  This flash misfired too often and the E-TTL did not work properly with my T3i. E-TTL would not set past 1/60 sec and I ended up with many overexposed photos. I am exchanging this for a Canon 430 EX II, thanks to B&H excellent customer service.

                  I bumped the rating to 3 stars due to the tripod mount and remote wireless flash capablity.

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works on manual

                  By Matt

                  from Louisville, KY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                    I have a canon xsi and I can get the falsh to work in the high speed manual mode. Vivitar told me it is supposed to interact and work with the xsi but that is not what I have experienced. That said I have gotten to play around with it in manual and have gotten some good results. It is a good product but wish I would be able to have on board camera control

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                    5.0

                    awesome flash ..work perfectly.

                    By norbert

                    from quatre-bornes,mauritius island

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                      been using it in a cocktail party..bouncing was perfect.my pictures turned out not too bright just perfect

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                      5.0

                      Good Bang for the Buck

                      By EntryLevelDSLR

                      from Westfield, IN

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                            Excellent Flash, My first time purchase for this kind of item, Entry level DSLR owner, next best thing to the Canon brand. Lots of features and works well so far, no complaints

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good for the price

                            By The Alaskan Kid

                            from Isanti, Minnesota

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Power Range

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Poor build quality

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light

                            Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                            I purchased this flash for the ability to go down to 1/32 power and the versatility of the flash head. I had purchased the 383 prior to this flash but found I needed the ability to reduce the power even more. For the price, I find this flash is a good buy, but there are a couple issues. The control for the power is rather cumbersome. Once you cycle through your powers, instead of recycle to 1:1, it moves through the channels for the wireless control. Which would mean 12 to 15 more taps of the button to get back to the power control. I found that if you switch between the slave function, it will go back to 1:1, but also it will reset your zoom value. The other bad point is when I received the flash, the bounce card and the diffuser was already broken and fell out of the flash head. As I rarely use these, I kept the flash as is.

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                            4.0

                            Love the high speed sync capabilities!

                            By Mc_Hudd

                            from Missouri

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • High Speed Sync

                            Cons

                            • DiffuserBounce Card

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                            I'm using this on my T2i. I haven't had a ton of time to play around with it, but so far, I'm loving the HSS capabilities!

                            I like the way it locks onto the hotshoe with a button instead of a screw type lock, much quicker.

                            The only thing I've noticed is that sometimes when it's on my camera, it will make it autofocus without me touching anything. I'm not sure if it's some sort of loose connection, but I do know it's this flash that does it - it only happens when the flash is mounted to the camera & turned on.

                            Also, the built-in diffuser/bounce card on this flash have a lot to be desired. It's almost impossible to get out of the flash body without a "tool" of some sort. It also doesn't lay flat against the flash. I also have a Nissin flash & the built-in diffuser/bounce card are much better on it.

                            So far I'm very pleased with this flash.

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                            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great starter Flash!

                            By Paul J.

                            from Mountain Home, AR

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Loses Charge Quickly

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light

                            Comments about Vivitar DF-483-CAN Wireless TTL LCD Flash for Canon:

                            I use this flash on a regular basis; shooting photos of my family daily. It is mounts well, is easy to use and provides plenty of interior flash.

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