Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Canon Cameras

Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Canon Cameras

Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Canon Cameras

B&H # VIDF383C MFR # DF-383-CAN
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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 148' at ISO 100 and 85mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-85mm
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 90° & Left 180°
  • AF Assist Light & Backlit LCD Screen
  • Wireless Slave Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 0.5-9 Seconds
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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Vivitar DF-383 overview

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The Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash is an Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II-enabled flash with support for digital SLR cameras. It features a powerful guide number of 148' at ISO 100 and 85mm, and features a power-zoom flash head that covers a focal range from 24mm to 85mm. The head can also tilt upward 90° and rotate right 90° or left 180° for bounce lighting.

The flash includes a built-in slave function which allows it to be positioned off-camera, and triggered by any second flash. An AF assist light is available for low light shooting as well as a backlit for the LCD screen. You can also manually adjust the power level of the flash output from full-power down to 1/16th. It has support for both 1st and 2nd curtain sync modes and runs on 4 AA batteries. This allows for a recycle time of 0.5 to 9 seconds.

Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 270°, with automatic or manual zoom settings of 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm
AF Assist
Autofocus auxiliary lamp helps the camera to focus in low-light situations
Remote Triggering
Built-in optical slave function allows for off-camera operation
Accepts Light Modifiers
Includes reflecting plate & wide angle diffuser
Power Saving
Circuitry incorporates an auto-off power saving element
In the Box
Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Canon Cameras
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar DF-383 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 147.64'  / 45 m ISO 100 at 85 mm Position
    Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/16
    Bounce Head 0 to +90°
    Swivel Head 270°
    Coverage 28 - 85 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 28 - 85 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 9 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/1000 - 1/20000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.8 x 3.9 x 4.9" / 72.0 x 100.0 x 125.0 mm
    Weight 9.52 oz / 270 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.8 x 4.7 x 2.9"

    Vivitar DF-383 reviews

    DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Canon Cameras is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 88.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Flash/Great Price I bought two of these flashes to start shooting off-camera flash with. The product is great and it is so much cheaper than a 430ex2 or a 580ex2. The flash is powerful and the AF helps so much in low-light situations. Off-camera the wireless optical slave works great indoors but it is usually impractical to use the optical slave in the sun. For this i will order radio triggers in the near future. The only reason I do not give this five stars is because a few days after i got the, one broke and refused to fire under any methods of triggering. This seems to be a totally random problem however because the other flash unit i have still works fine.
    Date published: 2009-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am a new photographer and had never worked with an external Falsh .... the truth is surprised by this flash is very easy to use, just turned it on and started to see it working and learned to use it in five minutes ... it's really easy to use swear .. the same way you can use in your Canon camera, I have a canon T1i (D500) and is compatible with it ... just have to turn the flash in automatic mode and the flash measures the light and fire than necessary. that's great .. Has light diffuser is really good, as is required in some occasions. The only thing I like is that its cover is a bit loose .. I recommend this flash 100%
    Date published: 2010-05-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great With Limitations The Vivitar DF 383 is a good flash and can works well with my Canon 60D, and I would recommend it. There is one limitation when used with the Canon 60D in that it cannot be used in the manual mode without the camera displaying an err 20 code. The display will also say to either turn the camera off and then on or to take out the batteris and then replace them to resolve the error. It seems Canon has made their cameras to not work smoothly with third party flashes. I can work with the flash and the 60D in auto mode. Also I can use the flash compensation in the camera menu to adjust the intensity of the flash while still using this flash unit. I plan to buy a Canon flash unit as soon as I can afford one.
    Date published: 2012-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 580 substitute! After using 580exII's at my work (news photographer) my standards were set rather high, but for my own personal use, I wasn't up to paying the price. Instead, I opted to take the risk on two 383's from Vivitar, and I couldn't have been more pleased! I actually prefer Vivitar's navigation and buttons to Canons. it's very easy to use. The only major differences that I can complain about is the lack of radio slave capability as compared to Canon's, but you can buy a radio kit(which I did), and still be under budget for the price of one 580exII. The one major con that is of concern is the slow recycle time, but if you're not a photojournalist or have any other need for the 3-4 second difference, this flash will do just fine.
    Date published: 2011-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from helped improve my photography My pictures have improved due to having a stronger flash. Product works great in full auto mode. Includes diffuser and bounce card plus a case. I feel this a great value and fit my needs very well.
    Date published: 2009-09-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from On or off camera and in the dark I've tried this off camera, in an extremely dark bar, and daylight fill. My conclusion can only be wow, not just good for the money but a great flash. The color is pleasant, focus is accurate even in the darkest bar I could find. The bounce, reflective plate, and defuser produce excellent and consistent results. The zoom works great. Manual operation was easy. Battery life is great. I'd say the only unlikeable thing/s about this flash would be the one light on the left side of the LCD. It's functional and isn't an issue in any situation I could find. Second being no PC Sync, although this isn't an issue but it would help and I'd pay a few extra dollars for this. Almost 5 stars but if you factor in price... it's a 5 star flash.
    Date published: 2010-06-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I plan to use these as extra light to my 580. At 1/4th the price, I really did not have much choice. Some difference to the 580 is that they do not seem as heavy duty or well made. They are not quite as powerful and they seem to take longer to recharge. At full power about 8-9 seconds. The buttons are a little small so what I did was take a spot of bright gold marker on them so I could see them better in the dark. Also, if you have them off camera using the slave, they will shut down after too short of a time and you have to go around to start them all up again. On camera wouldn't be such a problem. I have yet to see how well they do in the field. For a pro photographer doing weddings I think the slow recycle and less power than the 580 would be frustrating. However, for a less expensive alternative and for extra lights or back up I think they will work fine.
    Date published: 2012-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the money As I'm trying to build my portfolio of lighting gear (and I'm in the early stages), I have a hard time dropping the money for the Canon flashes. This Vivitar is good. It's not as good as the Canon 580 or even the 430, but for the money, it works for me. Recycle time is a bit slow and it's fairly loud during recycle. I used it bouncing off an umbrella as a fill light for some portraits. It was sometimes awkward waiting for it to catch up to my plugged in monolight, but what do you expect. Also, I bobbled it, but caught it in the air without dropping it, but the diffuser shade still broke from that, so build quality may be a bit weak. However, I am ordering a second one today to use with an Orbis ring light.
    Date published: 2010-09-14
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