Vivitar 283 Review

Click here if this is your business
★★★★★
4.9 / 5
From 6 reviews
100% of users recommend this
Click here if this is your business
  • Ease of Use

  • Value For Money

Niladri Kar.'s review of Vivitar 283

★★★★★
Vivitar 283

Vivitar 283 is perhaps the best non-TTL autoflash...”

Written on: 09/02/2001 by Niladri Kar. (1 review written)

Good Points
Cheap, easy to use, moderate GN.

Bad Points
Rather heavy, weak foot.

General Comments
Vivitar 283 is perhaps the best non-TTL autoflash available. I have two of these wonderful flashes. They are highly reliable for indoor as well as outdoor flash photography. For some time I was forced to use built-in flash of my first compact SLR, Pentax zx-50. It was a very sad experience. Soon I discovered that this flash is virtually of no use except for use as fill-in flash in daylight. After I got Vivitar 283 the quality of night photography changed dramatically. No more underexposure or sharp, flat light. You can buy a new one below $70.00 from B & H Photovideo or you can pick one from ebay half of that price. But in case you are planning to buy a second-hand Vivitar 283, make sure to check two things: 1. the quality of the foot (which is rather weak and shows the first sign of misuse); 2. the discharge voltage (some old flashes have very high discharge voltage that may burn the electronic circuit of modern camera, I was told). Go to photographyreview.com for more reviews.

  • Value For Money

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Windcruzer.'s Response to 894_Niladri Kar.'s Review

Written on: 11/09/2002

I burned out my 1980 Olympus OM-2 using the Vivitar 283.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Geoff Powers.'s Response to 894_Niladri Kar.'s Review

Written on: 04/07/2003

I have used the Vivitar 283 with a Sto-fen diffuser on my Bronica ETRSi and have gotten spectacular results. It's a versatile flash that does a great job. You MUST read its documentation thoroughly to get the most out of it.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review