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Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Canon Cameras

B&H # VIDF186C Mfr # VIV-DF-186-CAN
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No.98' (30 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm
  • Auto Focus / TTL Metering
  • DSLR Auto Focus
  • Automatic Shutter Speed Setting
  • Focus Assist Beam for Low Light
  • Built-In Slave Function
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries
  • Recycle Time: 0.3-10 Sec.

The Vivitar DF-186 DSLR Flash for Canon Cameras is a fully automatic shoe-mount flash for Canon cameras. This lightweight and compact flash has a guide number of 98' (30 m) ISO 100 @ 85mm setting. 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 a 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) ISO 100 @ 85mm
Autofocus/TTL metering
Automatic shutter speed setting
Tilt head has four positions for bouncing light off ceilings and walls
Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
Red-eye reduction
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 98.43' (30 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
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 Canon Cameras
  • Wide-Angle Diffuser
  • Reflecting Plate
  • Protective Pouch
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VivitarDF-186 DSLR Flash for Canon Cameras
     
    4.3

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Fast recycling (4)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (6)
      • General purpose (6)
      • Portraits (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Reviewed by 6 customers

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      4.0

      Compact and versatile

      By GLS

      from Fort Wayne, IN.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

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

        This is a great little flash for those common everyday occasions when you dont need the power of a larger professional style flash. I have only owned this flash for a short while but it works like a champ and produces great results. Another nice feature is the snap on light diffuser.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Awesome product for the price

        By Bob the photo buff

        from New Jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Slow Recycling

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

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

        The flash was easy to use, and worked great with my Canon T2i first thing. The bounce allows for some good effects. The manual could be better, but the product is solid and works well. Great for the price and it's made by Vivitar.

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        • No

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        4.0

        I Can't Complain

        By onemundanelife

        from Galion, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          After a rough start, user misunderstanding, I have come to enjoy this flash. As a low end, entry level product it has done it's job. It has made me eager to upgrade! I've used it mostly for fill flash and it worked perfectly at my niece's wedding, even though recycling was a little sluggish. All in all, for the price I don't regret my purchase at all.

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          4.0

          Good starter flash

          By James_C

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Hi-Speed Sync capable

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

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

          I added this flash to my latest purchase after being limited on some hobby shoots with the built-in flash. The unit itself isn't so heavy as to keep me from mounting it and the recycle time is reasonable if you're not too far from your subject. The slave function is a bit limited (no power settings) but otherwise a solid first flash.

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          4.0

          Good flash for Canon Rebel XTi

          By JD

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Portraits

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

            pros - fast recovery time, good flash, easy to operate.

            cons - seem to go off on it's on when lifting camera up (from being pointed down), instructions are poor (especially for a beginner).

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            5.0

            low price but high performance

            By mike set

            from chesapeake virginia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

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

              good product for the price

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              • No

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