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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • 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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  • 1Description

The Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash is an Nikon i-TTL-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
UPC: 681066561317
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Vivitar DF-383 Series 1 Power Zoom AF Flash for Nikon Cameras
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar DF-383 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 147.64'; (45 m) ISO100 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 9.524 oz / 270 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 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 Nikon Cameras is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 49.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Save up and buy the SB600 instead This flash is about half the price of a Nikon SB-600 flash. But I think that its functionality is less than half of the Nikon's. Direct TTL flash works, but bounce flash with TTL is so inconsistent as to be unusable. Light (without diffuser) is uneven. I end up using the built-in diffuser whenever possible for even coverage with wide to short telephoto lenses. The focus-assist beam projects too high for the camera to focus on. I bought this because of the variable power, simple slave function, and also because my Quantum battery 1 cord fits it (the same one that works with Nikon SB-16 and Sunpak 444d). But because of the above problems, I can't recommend it.
    Date published: 2009-12-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works as advertized I'm going to use this for general purposes: manual in the studio, TTL while out and about. So far it seems like it does all that: it's Nikon compatible, the push-button interface is easy to operate, it's light weight, plenty of power for my uses and the optical slave works reliably at a few feet, even when pointed into the reflective umbrella. The downsides are: construction quality like you'd expect for a flash of this price and the ISO only goes to 100, 200, 400, 800 - even when the camera is set to the intermediate settings. Other than that, it's a fine starter flash or 2nd flash, just what I had in mind.
    Date published: 2011-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value and features. It has all the features from the more expensive flashes out there and really works as expected. I personally liked the manual settings that allow you to customize your creativity. Also I liked the salve function for a flash in this price category. Cons? Well not really cons if you read the product description to know its limitations, like a maximum zoom of 85mm, this because there are several other brands that advertise going to 105mm in this category too. Another thing would be the battery cover, feels a little flimsy, but if you take care of your gear overall, that shouldn't be a problem. I would buy it again.
    Date published: 2010-05-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, before it died This flash is an SB600 for half the price. It has the same features as the SB600 and it even has a built in dummy slave for off camera lighting. The hot shoe is plastic but it feels sturdy, so long as you don't bump your flash into anything or pick up your camera by the flash. The optical slave is useless outside but night time shots or indoor shots using that feature work really well.The recharge is less than great but I don't mind waiting those 10 seconds. The build of this flash is very decent, nothing to rave about though. The swivel/zoom head is kind of flimsy and feels that it will eventually break off. Beware though, my DF383 died on me during a very important event. The cause is unknown. It wasn't dead batteries or a bad contact. My Nikon D5000 knew the flash was on and did TTL metering but no flash fires at all....Get it if you don't justify spending the extra dime for the SB600, but hope your flash lasts long enough.
    Date published: 2009-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent master/slave flash for D5000 This flash does it all with my Nikon D5000. First of all it is powerful and can reach out more than 100 feet. On camera, it will sync both front & rear curtain and control the flash intensity for fill-in by the camera. Off camera as a slave it puts a measured amount of light where I want it in a fast reliable manner. Best of all I did not have to spend the outrageous dollars for the Nikon CLS units. I am sure they are wonderful but way too expensive. Thank you Vivitar! larry
    Date published: 2010-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Built for minors preforms like the PROS Took a chance on it at a wedding without testing it first. It Performed great. The TTL works as it should great. the zoom on is a nice feature. we used it in Manual mode too and the back display helps in calculating distances. over all impressed. i would recomend it. Does NOT Feel like a cheap manufactured flash. durable for sure. cons: manual mode : I wish you could set your incremental settings up and down. you have to go through the whole menu to get back to where you started.
    Date published: 2010-01-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not happy with the 383! In the 70's I used and loved a vivitar 283 - I was very disappointed with the updated, digital camera version - the 383. There was no manual; the light was difficult to control; TTL was a joke... purchased the Nikon SB600 in its place.
    Date published: 2010-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shockingly good ! I purchased this in an emergency situation when my Nikon SB600 burnt out. I was planning on buying something used at B&H, a Metz or used Vivatar, etc...but I checked out the new stuff first. Without all the hype and hyperbole, I bought this thing for about 100 bucks...the best $I've spent this year. The first night out I shot a red carpet event with it and loved it !It works very well with the Nikon D7000 and D2XS, adjusts, fires and delivers as good as the SB600. The build is a little light for a pro, but it performs brilliantly. I'd say that this is a no brainer for anyone looking for a match for medium duty use and a great addition for people wanting to get started with a strong flash for low money. Highly recommended !
    Date published: 2012-02-27
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