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Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras

B&H # VIDF186N Mfr # VIV-DF-186-NIK
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No.98' (30 m)
  • TTL Metering
  • Infrared Autofocus Assistance Beam
  • Automatic Shutter Speed Setting
  • Built-In Slave Function
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries
  • Recycle Time: 0.3-10 Sec.

The Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras is a fully automatic shoe-mount flash for Nikon cameras. This lightweight and compact flash has a guide number of 98' (30 m). The flash head can bounce and swivel. It has a four-position tilt head for bouncing light off ceilings or walls. It also swivels 270°. There's an infrared focus-assist beam for working in low light, a built-in slave function, and red-eye reduction. Recycle time is between 0.3 and 10.0 seconds. The DF-186 operates on 4x AA batteries.

Guide No. 98' (30 m)
TTL metering
Automatic shutter speed setting
Tilt head has four positions for bouncing light off ceilings and walls
Infrared focus-assist beam to aid in low light conditions
Red-eye reduction
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 98.43' (30 m)
TTL Dedication No
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) 4.3 x 2.6 x 2.8" / 11.0 x 6.5 x 7.0 cm
Weight 8.82 oz / 250 g Without batteries
Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VivitarDF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras
     
    3.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    40%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Fast recycling (3)

    Cons

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        4.0

        Good Size and Value

        By JGALAR

        from Euless, TX

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras:

          I use this on a Nikon P7100. It is a good sized flash for this camera. I appreciate that it swivels as well as tilts up so I can bounce the light for vertical and horizontal shots.

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          2.0

          Low Price; Medium Weight; Low Power

          By Aldrphot

          from West Linn, OR

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras:

          I bought the DF-186 as a travel flash to use with a Nikon D3200, although my primary camera system is Canon. I thought it looked like a budget version of the compact Nikon SB-400: heavier, but with more power.

          The description claims a GN of 30m @ 85 mm, but it's not a zoom flash & the head is fixed around 35 mm. Testing with a Minolta flash-meter showed the output to be quite low, even after allowing for the difference between 85 & 35 mm. My Canon 430EX II meets it's output specs, & my Sunpack PZ42X exceeds them. So, for these reasons, I returned it.

          Build quality is good, but like a lot of budget flashes, the battery door is a problem.

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          2.0

          yes, it is noisy, seems cheap

          By allen

          from brooklyn, ny

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                Comments about Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                i'm confirming the previous buyer, it is noisey in exactly how he mentioned. i've never heard the hissing in another flash before. it's like there's air being blown or something.

                the battery compartment cover could be lost easily since it's not attached.

                the swivel function seems like it will eventually not get loose and just swing around, but i can't be sure 'cause i might be returning this. it doesn't click into place when straight or any other position.

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                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By A9amos

                from Tucson

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output

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                    Comments about Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                    Needed a low profile flash for my quick release camera bracket. Gets the job done--for macro and portraits.

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                    3.0

                    Noisy, Strange Sounds

                    By Steve

                    from Minnesota

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                    Pros

                    • Fast Recycling

                    Cons

                    • Noisy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Nikon Cameras:

                      I was looking forward to this flash as it's not a tall behemoth but still has room for four batteries.

                      It's noisy - I've never heard a flash with a charge circuit this loud. Even my old unit from the 70's is quieter than this... Once it's charged it starts making a hissing/fizzing type of noise constantly until it's fired and then it starts all over again...

                      I'm planning to return it as this would be very distracting - to me if not everyone around me.

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