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Vivitar 385HV Flash

B&H # VI385HV Mfr # VIV-385-HV
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You Pay: $89.00
Product Highlights
  • Guide No.126' (42 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm
  • Zoom Flash Head
  • Auto Bounce Control
  • Advanced IGBT Circuit
  • 4 Auto f/Stops
  • Built-In Vari-Power Control
  • Accepts Any 6v-3a External Power Pack
  • High Visibility 1.5" LCD Panel
  • Auto Shutter Speed Setting
  • Built-In & Wireless Slave Function

The Vivitar 385HV Flash is a powerful non-dedicated shoe-mount unit with a guide number of 126' (42 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm and has an auto exposure range up to 70' (21.3 m). This flash unit has 5 auto f/stop settings and built-in variable power to deliver accurate exposures and convenient fill-flash. The zoom head adjusts to 35mm, 50mm, and 105mm and can be set to bounce at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75° and 90°. The unit has an easy-to-read lighted calculator dial so you can work under most lighting conditions. It operates on 4x AA batteries, and it also accepts any 6v-3a external power pack for faster recycle times and more flashes.

Guide number 126' ISO 100 @ 85mm
Accepts any 6v-3a external power pack for faster recycle time and more flashes
Five auto f/stop settings for controlling depth-of-field and maximum auto flash range
Zoom flash head has seven positions for covering 24 mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 70 mm, 85 mm and 105 mm camera lenses
Bounce flash capability for softer lighting
Built-in vari-power for convenient fill-flash and rapid sequence photography
Auto Thyristor circuitry for faster recycle time and greater number of flashes
Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
High-speed synchronization
Built-in & wireless slave function S0-S9
1.5" LCD panel with lighted display
Built-in reflecting plate and diffuser
Red-eye reduction
Automatic shutter speed setting
Flash readiness indication in viewfinder
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 126' (38.4 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/32
TTL Dedication No
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 270°
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 8 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 5.2 x 4.0" / 7.2 x 13.2 x 10.2 cm
Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g Without batteries
Vivitar 385HV Flash
  • Reflecting Plate for Bounce Photography
  • 6.56' (2 m) PC-Miniphone Cable (2 pieces)
  • 20mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Flash Stand
  • Pouch
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar385HV Flash
     
    2.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (3)
      • Portraits (3)
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        • Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      ONE OF THE FIRST AND STILL ONE OF THE BE

      By thorcat

      from NY NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • Portraits

        Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

        When work on a photo shoot you some times need to change your set up.
        Other flashes would turn off and you would have to turn them on by going
        to the flash ,but the 385 turns back from sleep by your shutter release.
        The light out put is good and the recycle time from 1/4 power to 1/128 is
        very fast.

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        5.0

        A top of the line for on-camera flashes

        By PhotoLou

        from Elkhart, Indiana

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

          This is an easy to use flash both for film and digital cameras. It can be used both for manual and automatic flash control. The description on the web site tells it all about its features. Thus far, I have no negative comments.

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          1.0

          Died after two months

          By jack123

          from Clearwater, fl

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

                Died after I had it for only two months I will never buy another Vivitar product they don't make replacement parts or offer repair for their products

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                1.0

                Very very bad

                By Sorlac

                from Mexico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

                    Bad, bad, bad.

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                    1.0

                    Can't daylight fill in automatic!

                    By Vince

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

                          I've used a Vivitar 283 as an outdoor fill flash in automatic mode and it works pretty well. I was hoping that upgrading to the 385HV would give me more power and perhaps more accurate flash metering. It turns out that in Auto mode the 385HV won't fire at all in daylight! It just decides that since you've got plenty of light you should just in natural light. I've found nothing to convince it otherwise.

                          I emailed Vivitar and described the problem. They sent me another flash unit which behaves exactly the same as the original unit I purchased. I know believe that it was designed this way, which makes it useless to me.

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                          1.0

                          didn't work

                          By Dick

                          from Downers Grove, IL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Don't work properly

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

                              The unit was very well packed. After removing flash from box and as soon as I installed the batteries the flash started charging and kept firing every 5 seconds. I returned the flash unit for a full refund.

                              I decided to purchase a Canon 430EX2 flash unit and am very happy with it. It also couples automatically with my Canon 60D. I realize I got a bad Vivitar unit, that can happen. I have an old Vivitar speedlight I used for at least 25 years on my Nikon film camera with no problem So I'm not knocking Vivitar.

                              B&H was great at my returning the flash unit. I will continue to do business with B&H

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                              5.0

                              385HV Flash by Vivitar

                              By habphoto

                              from New Albany Ohio

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                              • Unit housing not durable

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Vivitar 385HV Flash:

                              I am very pleased with the 385HV. It performs as advertised, a great buy for the cost. 2 features made me a believer,the off camera slave function and the ability to use a 6V power cord.
                              I plan to by at least 3 more for my many projects where small flash units are ideal.

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