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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
     
    2.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

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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

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                  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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                                • You Pay: $7.95
                                 

                                Sync Cords & Flash Remotes

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