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Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras

B&H # VIDF286C Mfr # VIV-DF-286-CAN
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You Pay: $64.00
Product Highlights
  • Guide No.193' (59 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm
  • Auto Focus / TTL Metering
  • DSLR Auto Focus
  • Automatic Shutter Speed Setting
  • Focus Assist Beam for Low Light
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries
  • Built-In Slave Function
  • Recycle Time: 0.3-10 Sec.

The Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras is a powerful dedicated shoe-mount flash with full TTL support for Canon cameras. It's got a guide number of 193' (59 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm setting. The flash head can bounce, swivel, and zoom. The zoom head can be set to bounce at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75° and 90°. It also swivels 270°. There's a focus-assist beam for working in low light, and a flash-ready indicator appears in the camera viewfinder. A built-in slave and red-eye reduction are also included. Recycle time is between 0.3 and 10.0 seconds. The DF-286 operates on 4x AA batteries.

Guide number 193', ISO 100 @ 85mm
Autofocus/TTL metering
Automatic shutter speed setting
Flash head has bounce settings for 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, and 90°
Built-in vari-power for convenient fill-flash and rapid sequence photography
Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
Reflecting plate and wide-angle diffuser are included
Red-eye reduction
Flash readiness indication in viewfinder
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 193.57' (59 m) ISO100 at 50 mm position
Angle of Coverage 70°
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, +0° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 270°
Off Camera Terminal PC
Recycle Time Approximately 0.3 - 10 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.7 x 2.8 x 1.6" / 170.0 x 70.0 x 40.0 mm
Weight 12.35 oz / 350 g Without batteries
Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Wide-Angle Diffuser
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VivitarDF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras
     
    3.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    74%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Consistent output (10)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Fast recycling (6)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

    • Slow recycling (10)
    • Heavy (4)
    • Weak output (3)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (17)
    • Portraits (11)
    • Fill flash (8)
    • Night photography (5)
    • Photojournalism (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good for the price.

    I bought this flash to use as a slave for when I wanted additional light, without the expense of a Canon flash. So far the flash seems to be pretty good, and works...Read complete review

    I bought this flash to use as a slave for when I wanted additional light, without the expense of a Canon flash. So far the flash seems to be pretty good, and works as expected. The one thing that this flash doesn't have that I wish it did, is a way to adjust the output of the flash, when it's not mounted on the camera. It seems that in order for me to use it as an off camera slave, it fires at 100% and there isn't a way to adjust this, other than to diffuse the flash with something.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Stopped working..

    I used the product on 2 different occasions after purchasing and it worked great. I got it out a 3rd time to use it and it stopped working all together. The product would turn...Read complete review

    I used the product on 2 different occasions after purchasing and it worked great. I got it out a 3rd time to use it and it stopped working all together. The product would turn on but would not flash. I replaced the batteries about 4-5 times and cleaned the hotshoe and still nothing. I contacted Vivitar and they gave me some "troubleshooting" which was exactly what I had already did and still nothing. I contacted them again to have it replaced, because it was still under warranty. They informed me that I had to pay to send the product back to them and they would "check it out" to see if it was really faulty and then they would send me a new one. They refused to pay may shipping charges to send the product back. I will never again buy a Vivitar product :(

    Reviewed by 25 customers

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    1.0

    Nope.

    By ThatGlassesGuy

    from Colombia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output

    Cons

    • No Ettl Connection
    • Slow Recycling

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

      Didn't work on t2i nor t3. No ETTL link - the camera body says there's not an external flash available. No access to Custom FN flash menu, not even a flash ready indicator on the viewfinder. Will trigger - sometimes. Got a bad unit, probably. Fairly decent as a slave, tough...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Works great!

      By Photography Lover

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

      Love the adjustable angles.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great, simple to use flash out of box

      By Alexander Johnny

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling
      • Weak Output

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Outdoors
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

      I am all about getting some cheap, easy to use equipment to slap on my camera right out of the box. I had a previous flash similar to this one until a woman ran dead-on into me (and my flash) only to have it bust into pieces. She was pretty drunk and moving full force. The flash is not that cheap that it breaks from the simplest gesture.

      Anyways, this one is just the same. I have used it once for a minimal product shoot outdoors and it worked just grand, giving me great exposure of texture on the product, and taking out shadows that I did not want. Could it be a bit brighter? Oh yes. Could it be quicker on the charge? Mos' def. But you get what you pay for.

      For those down-and-dirty scenarios where we need to cut to it and get to the nitty gritty without fussing on too many settings, this flash is the one.

      Let it be known.

      Alexander Johnny

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great flash for the price

      By JLReynolds

      from CT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

      I needed a simple flash in a hurry for a trainee. She used it throughout a day - long shoot and it was simple for her to learn with. For the price, it was ideal and shipping is always quick!

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      • No

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      5.0

      alot of flash for the money

      By steve

      from virginia

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Slow Recycling

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

      this flash works great for what it is,recycle time is ok but your not gonna do any burst shooting..the swivel tilt head works great,good for bouncing it off walls ceilings etc...
      has the card for bouncing the flash that slides out of the top along with a diffuser..
      the slave function works great
      the only thing i found i dont like is the flemsy battery door...

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      • No

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      4.0

      HORROR......to Bliss !

      By Flashy Mike

      from New York City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

        I bought this flash for an intern to use with our Canon t3i for a large NYC club event. While in use, the battery compartment EXPLODED!!!! Yes....EXPLODED. I figured, when i bring this back to B&H, they're gonna find every reason to claim it was our fault. Well, I was wrong. The exchange department was as shocked as i was and replaced it without any issues. The new one works flawlessly. For the price, this is a great flash!!!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great value for the money.

        By Kroelle

        from Copenhagen Denmark

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

          Working fine with my Canon 400D.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Stopped working..

          By Personal photographer to my babies

          from Missouri

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

            Cons

            • Stops Working

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

              I used the product on 2 different occasions after purchasing and it worked great. I got it out a 3rd time to use it and it stopped working all together. The product would turn on but would not flash. I replaced the batteries about 4-5 times and cleaned the hotshoe and still nothing. I contacted Vivitar and they gave me some "troubleshooting" which was exactly what I had already did and still nothing. I contacted them again to have it replaced, because it was still under warranty. They informed me that I had to pay to send the product back to them and they would "check it out" to see if it was really faulty and then they would send me a new one. They refused to pay may shipping charges to send the product back. I will never again buy a Vivitar product :(

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              ok for the money

              By Brianna K

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Slow Recycling

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  i wasn't wowed. I got what I paid for

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  You get what you pay for.

                  By Ms.Shootalot

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Recycling

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                  For the price this is a great flash.
                  These are some of the issues I have found with it:

                  Goes through batteries very fast.
                  Battery compartment closure is flimsy and can break easily.
                  Twist lock always jams.
                  Does not reload fast enough for continuous shooting (really slow).
                  It has no auto shut off, so if you forget it on it will drain the batteries. (very easy to do).

                  Save your money and buy a better one.

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                  1.0

                  Don't bother throwing your money away.

                  By wasting money

                  from placerville, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Buttons Are Loose
                    • Cheap plastic
                    • Slow Recycling
                    • Weak Output

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                      I don't use this flash daily. I'm just an amateur photographer who needed an extra flash for fill in light. It lasted about 4 months and then stopped working. Don't waste your money on this.

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                      • No

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                      1.0

                      No no no...

                      By CC

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                          This product was not good. It didn't even work when I put in the batteries and it also didn't have a dimmer control. You get what you pay for!

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Flash for occasional work

                          By Rick

                          from Elon, NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling

                          Cons

                          • Bulky
                          • Weak Output

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use

                          Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                          Bought this for a family wedding, performed well. Had an triggering issue but B&H took care of that for me.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          LOVE!

                          By Bee

                          from Orlando FLorida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                            It goes through batteries fast but that is to be expected. I works great with my Canon T2I

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great bang for the buck.

                            By KTP

                            from Kannapolis NC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                              A great slave flash and a good backup flash to my 580ex II's.

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                              • No

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                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              An inexpensive yet versatile flash

                              By CurtisG

                              from Lovettsville, VA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                                Haven't used it yet. But I had a similar Vivitar flash in the era of film.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                great flash for the price

                                By Kelly the Vagabond

                                from Tampa, FL

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                                This is just what the description says it is. Nothing fancy, but great for beginner photographer.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good for the price.

                                By Mike

                                from Mineral Point, WI

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful Output

                                Cons

                                • No Adjustments Off Camera
                                • Slow Recycling

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use

                                Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                                I bought this flash to use as a slave for when I wanted additional light, without the expense of a Canon flash. So far the flash seems to be pretty good, and works as expected. The one thing that this flash doesn't have that I wish it did, is a way to adjust the output of the flash, when it's not mounted on the camera. It seems that in order for me to use it as an off camera slave, it fires at 100% and there isn't a way to adjust this, other than to diffuse the flash with something.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                What A Great Purchase

                                By Chauncey

                                from Garland, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Photojournalism
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                                  Quick recycling of flash. Powerful flash that works extremely well.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good value

                                  By Rand the Picture Man

                                  from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful Output

                                  Cons

                                  • Mount Is Plastic
                                  • Poor instructions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about Vivitar DF-286 DSLR AF Flash for Canon Cameras:

                                  Bought this to go with a new Rebel T4i to shoot school sports and activities. So far the flash seems to do very well for shots up to 40 ft away. Actually was able to illuminate objects 150 ft away - dim but visible. Tried it with rechargable batteries and got 70 - 80 flashes before it seemed to slow down, so I was impressed. Seems to recharge rapidly enough = can't keep up with 5 fps, but did well in single shot mode. I was a little dissapointed in the lack of instructions, and what was in the manual was in very small print and hard to read without a magnifier. Mount seems secure enough, but I'm a little worried about the plastic shoe not holding up - time will tell. Overall it seems to be a good value for the price.

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