Vivitar 285HV Flash

BH #VI285HV • MFR #233965
Vivitar
Vivitar 285HV Flash
Key Features
  • Guide Number: 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 35-105mm (28mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Manual Power Settings from 1/1 to 1/16
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The Vivitar 285HV Flash is a powerful non-dedicated shoe-mount unit with a Guide Number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm and has an auto exposure range up to 70'. This flash unit has four auto f/stop settings and built-in variable power to deliver accurate exposures and convenient fill-flash. The zoom head adjusts to 35mm, 50mm, and 105mm and can be set to bounce at 0°, 45°, 60°, and 90°. The unit has an easy-to-read lighted calculator dial so you can work under most lighting conditions, and it accepts optional high-voltage power sources for faster recycle time and more flashes.
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Vivitar 285HV Overview

The Vivitar 285HV Flash is a powerful non-dedicated shoe-mount unit with a Guide Number of 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm and has an auto exposure range up to 70'. This flash unit has four auto f/stop settings and built-in variable power to deliver accurate exposures and convenient fill-flash. The zoom head adjusts to 35mm, 50mm, and 105mm and can be set to bounce at 0°, 45°, 60°, and 90°. The unit has an easy-to-read lighted calculator dial so you can work under most lighting conditions, and it accepts optional high-voltage power sources for faster recycle time and more flashes.

Guide number 141' at ISO 100 and 105mm
Automatic exposure range to 70'.
Accepts optional high-voltage power sources for faster recycle time and more flashes.
Four auto f/stop settings for controlling depth-of-field and maximum auto flash range.
Zoom flash head has three positions for covering 35mm, 50mm and 105mm camera lenses.
Bounce flash capability for softer lighting.
Removable sensor can be camera mounted with the optional sensor cord permitting automatic exposure when using side bounce flash photography.
Built-in vari-power for convenient fill flash and rapid sequence photography.
Auto Thyristor circuitry for faster recycle time and greater number of flashes.

Vivitar 285HV Specs

MountShoe
Guide No.141.08' / 43 m ISO 100 at 105 mm Position
Exposure ControlManual
Angle of Coverage70° - 27°
Vari-Power1/1 to 1/16
Bounce Head0 to 90°
Swivel HeadNone
Coverage28 - 105 mm (Full Frame)
Distance Range3.28 to 69.88' (1.0 to 21.3 m)
Zoom HeadFull Frame: 35 - 105 mm
Off-Camera TerminalPC
Recycle TimeApproximately 1.5 to 10.4 Seconds
Flash Duration1/1000 to 1/30000 Second
Flash-Ready IndicatorYes
Power Source4 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.9 x 5.1 x 4.1" / 100.0 x 130.0 x 105.0 mm
Weight14.92 oz / 423 g without batteries
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.1 x 5 x 3.2"
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YES YOU CAN, use it automatic or manual and put the camera in manual Mode (M) and select the aperture
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Date published: 2018-08-27

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I read somewhere that you couldnt use the older Vivitar 283 and 385 flashes on digital cameras, is that true?
Asked by: TERRY
As a pro for 30 years, I have used both on my digital cameras in the manual mode. I have purchased 2 new 285sand now use them on my Nikon 7100s in the manual mode. I get better results with the, then I do with myNikon SB800S IN auto mode. Ed.
Answered by: EDWARD V.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Can I use this with the pocketwizard? If I want to use 2 of these flashes off camera how would I would I do that with the wizards? Do I need multiple receivers?
Asked by: jeremy a.
I use mine with a Radio Slave unit and so I'm quite sure they will work with pocket wizard. There is a short pc cord included with the unit that should plug into a pc terminal on the pocket wizard. I see no reason why one could not use two with multiple receivers. Keep in mind that you will be limited to manual flash output settings though.
Answered by: Matthew F.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Will this flash work with Fujifilm XT 1 and a Cactus V5 transmiter/reciever?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Vivitar 285HV will work with the Fujifilm XT-1 and Cactus V5.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is this flash unit compatible with the Canon Rebel EOS T3?
Asked by: Anonymous
You can use the 285HV Flash with the T3. Keep in mind that there wont be TTL, and you will be setting things manually on the flash.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Hello, Can i use this flash with Canon Rebel T3i (600D)? I understand that the higher voltage on the hot shoe from the older speed-lights could damage the camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
Much older versions of the flash would have the issue you are referring to, however new/current versions of this flash unit are voltage-safe to use with your Rebel T3i and similar cameras.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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1. Looking at the shoe mount of the flash on the image, I cannot recognize this type. Is it compatible with the Nikon flash shoe? Or does it require an adapter?2. What is the best way to trigger this flash in off-camera position (remote triggering)?Thank you.
Asked by: Anonymous
This flash can work on any Nikon film or digital SLR without an adapter. To trigger this flash off camera wirelessly, you may use the following radio slave system: http://bhpho.to/IR791P
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is it possible to adjust the zoom (coverage) and the vary-power manual? Thanks!
Asked by: Anonymous
The zoom on the Vivitar 285HV flash can be adjusted to cover 35mm, 50mm and 105mm lenses. The vari-power can be adjusted to full power, 1/2 power, 1/4, and 1/16 power.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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