Vivitar 385HV Flash

Vivitar 385HV Flash

Vivitar 385HV Flash

B&H # VI385HV MFR # VIV-385-HV
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  • Guide Number: 138' at ISO 100 and 85mm
  • Zoom Range: 28-85mm (20mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Right 90° & Left 180°
  • Wireless Slave Functionality
  • LCD Screen & AF Assist Light
  • Recycle Time: 5-8 Seconds
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
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The Vivitar 385HV Flash is a powerful non-dedicated shoe-mount unit with a guide number of 138' at ISO 100 and 85mm and has an auto exposure range up to 70' (21.3 m). This flash unit has 5 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°, 75° and 90°. The unit has an easy-to-read lighted calculator dial so you can work under most lighting conditions. It operates on 4 AA batteries, and it also accepts any 6v-3a external power pack for faster recycle times and more flashes.

Guide number 138' at ISO 100 and 85mm
Accepts any 6v-3a external power pack for faster recycle time and more flashes
Five auto f/stop settings for controlling depth-of-field and maximum auto flash range
Zoom flash head has seven positions for covering 24 mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 70 mm, 85 mm and 105 mm camera lenses
Bounce flash capability for softer lighting
Built-in vari-power for convenient fill-flash and rapid sequence photography
Auto Thyristor circuitry for faster recycle time and greater number of flashes
Red focus beam to assist in low light conditions
Built-in & wireless slave function S0-S9
1.5" LCD panel with lighted display
Built-in reflecting plate and diffuser
Red-eye reduction
Automatic shutter speed setting
Flash readiness indication in viewfinder
UPC: 681066954256
In the Box
Vivitar 385HV Flash
  • Reflecting Plate for Bounce Photography
  • 2 x 6.56' (2 m) PC-Miniphone Cable
  • 20mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Flash Stand
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vivitar 385HV specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 137.8' / 42 m ISO 100 at 85 mm Position
    Exposure Control Manual
    Vari-Power 1/1 to 1/32
    Bounce Head +0 to +90°
    Swivel Head 270°
    Coverage 20 - 85 mm (Full Frame)
    Zoom Head Full Frame: 28 - 85 mm
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 5 to 8 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Power Source 4x AA Alkaline Batteries
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.8 x 5.1 x 4.0" / 72.0 x 130.0 x 102.0 mm
    Weight 9.17 oz / 260 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 4.7 x 3.9"

    Vivitar 385HV reviews

    385HV Flash is rated 1.9 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't work The unit was very well packed. After removing flash from box and as soon as I installed the batteries the flash started charging and kept firing every 5 seconds. I returned the flash unit for a full refund. I decided to purchase a Canon 430EX2 flash unit and am very happy with it. It also couples automatically with my Canon 60D. I realize I got a bad Vivitar unit, that can happen. I have an old Vivitar speedlight I used for at least 25 years on my Nikon film camera with no problem So I'm not knocking Vivitar. B&H was great at my returning the flash unit. I will continue to do business with B&H
    Date published: 2012-02-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't daylight fill in automatic! I've used a Vivitar 283 as an outdoor fill flash in automatic mode and it works pretty well. I was hoping that upgrading to the 385HV would give me more power and perhaps more accurate flash metering. It turns out that in Auto mode the 385HV won't fire at all in daylight! It just decides that since you've got plenty of light you should just in natural light. I've found nothing to convince it otherwise. I emailed Vivitar and described the problem. They sent me another flash unit which behaves exactly the same as the original unit I purchased. I know believe that it was designed this way, which makes it useless to me.
    Date published: 2012-06-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from ISO100 Only! Flash lets you select one of 5 desired auto apertures, but the apertures are only accurate for ISO100. This was verified using a professional flash meter. If you are using ISO400, you must manually remember to use an aperture 2 stops below what the flash shows. ISO setting on the flash is only used to scale the LCD distance pointer in manual mode. Flash is deceptively listed as compatible with all digital and film cameras. Not true. Flash is also missing 2 of 4 battery insertion symbols, so trial and error is required if you don't remember. I have never seen such a strange product as this. Returned to B&H.
    Date published: 2018-10-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please don't waste money or time on this unit Thought that I might be able to replace my old, but dependable 283 unit with this. Big mistake.� In fewer than 100 exposures the unit began to misbehave in several bad, but different ways: (1) Misfiring (firing for no reason); (2) Failure to Change modes (permanently locked in Manual mode). In fact, changing modes resulted in the unit spontaneously firing; (3) Intermittent shutdown, and I could go on but I think you get the point here.� Yes, I changed batteries, checked cables, etc. Power cycling had no effect. The unit was NOT overly taxed, etc. Even in Manual mode this unit wouldn't work with any Leica "M" series body (M4, etc).� It never worked correctly with the digital cameras either.
    Date published: 2018-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE FIRST AND STILL ONE OF THE BE When work on a photo shoot you some times need to change your set up. Other flashes would turn off and you would have to turn them on by going to the flash ,but the 385 turns back from sleep by your shutter release. The light out put is good and the recycle time from 1/4 power to 1/128 is very fast.
    Date published: 2014-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 385HV Flash by Vivitar I am very pleased with the 385HV. It performs as advertised, a great buy for the cost. 2 features made me a believer,the off camera slave function and the ability to use a 6V power cord. I plan to by at least 3 more for my many projects where small flash units are ideal.
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from thought it was a good deal...then it stopped working :( Bought at a yard sale it was brand new still in box. it worked ok for the first few times i had it out and mounted to my nikon d3300. then all of a sudden it started doing something weird. when i would turn it on,the screen would say off and i would have to hold buttons down to get it to work. I had to hold a button down to get it to fire as i took a picture. Very inconvenient. This flash took some getting used to and as soon as I got used to this flash the problems started. If it just kept working I would say it was great for the price.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Died after two months Died after I had it for only two months I will never buy another Vivitar product they don't make replacement parts or offer repair for their products
    Date published: 2012-07-22
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