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    Vivitar 283 and 285 returns!

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/02...f-classic.html

    Another option for those considering picking up a flash...
    Can't say I have an opinion one way or another- I've never used anything other than the Minolta flashes I've owned.
    But maybe I'll have to try one on for size...

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    I have the 285 which my father used to use for weddings. He says that it was the only flash he has ever used which had a light output which matched the manufacturer's claims. Most others were over-rated.

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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I have the 285 which my father used to use for weddings. He says that it was the only flash he has ever used which had a light output which matched the manufacturer's claims. Most others were over-rated.

    Steve.
    I still use my 285, which I bought in 1980! Great unit and output.

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    Is it both the 283 and 285? I think its just the 285 reintroduced. I looked at B&H and they have 285's for $89.00. I have 4 Vivitar 283's.

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    I paid the Princely sum of £5.00 for my 285 at a second-hand market stall in Plymouth about ten years ago in superb condition. An absolute bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    Is it both the 283 and 285? I think its just the 285 reintroduced.
    I didn't see anything on Vivitars website, which appears to imply that the only thing they make is a handful of digigizmos. (But I saw it on a blog, so it MUST be true)

    Indeed- looks like enough used ones are floating around, and by the few posts here so far, they are probably still pretty functional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobLewis View Post
    I(But I saw it on a blog, so it MUST be true)

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    Everything on the web is TRUE!

    If not been reintroduced, B&H may have a lot on hand. I think the point (IMHO) that guy on that blog is trying to point out is that people are spending (people like the ones I work with who buy $1500 D80's for their wives) over $300 for a flash that does something anyone with basic understanding of exposure can do. I ductape my my vivitars together and pop them into an umbrella.

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    When I used to do weddings the 285hv was a staple. Ultra reliable and great for multi flash setups. Cool. Thanks for sharing. Shawn

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    I think we've got the digital revolution to thank for that.

    With digital cameras, it's easy to chimp to a good off-camera exposure and takes the fear out of screwing around with flashes.

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    Actual milage may vary.

    I've only got a 283, But it may be weaker than normal as I shoot it at a guide number (in feet) of 80 with 100 speed film. It's what my flash meter (and another borrowed one) reads at the 5/10/20 foot tests.

    I sometimes use it with a tape on diffuser @ 45 degrees with a guide number of 56...nice when directly above the lens...kinda bare bulb.

    Like Eric, I'll put a few 80 GN Sunpak units with it in an umbrella. Also nice.

    What's the difference between mine and a 285? A zoom diffuser?

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