The Vivitar 285hv is reasonable, reliable, and to an extent versatile.This flash may solved many problems you will facing with household bulb lighting as well as:
- The fire power of flash produces a lot of additional power in an instant compared to household bulbs; by as a lot of as 10 stops additional vs. a 250W bulb. The flash can go 11 1/200 @100iso using at full power, that is a huge improvement! You do not have to worry about soft pictures because of camera shake at low shutter speeds as flash quick duration takes care all of that up to 1/1000 of a second. You also don’t have to worry regarding obtaining noisy photos as a result of of high iso.
- This flash power range can be controlled by five stops. Truly 4 stops however with a 5 stop vary as follow 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16. To get consistent color it can control the lighting ratio between main, background, hair, kicker, etc you can use completely different bulbs with completely different watt output like 250 main 100 background. Completely different bulbs have totally different color temperatures and that introduce major color balance problems. Even worse as time goes by same power rating bulbs would shift in color temperature. Using this color balanced flash minimizes this problem to only 200-400k which is in the vary of tolerable.
- Bulbs used to heat up the subject so a lot of and that they were very bright, thus bright that almost all people would quickly start to sweat and squint. Flashes don’t have model lamps and their burst is so short that it’s not possible to be aggravated by it unless looking directly into the flash lens.
285 have four automatic and one manual exposure settings. They work well each on and off-camera and will be simply used when “painting with light-weight”; this technique is usually employed by crime scene and accident photographers when photographing giant, dark areas.
This flash aren’t dedicated or TTL (that means they don’t communicate with the camera for “through the lens” metering) but they’re extraordinarily versatile and terribly powerful for the money.Definitely get them if you use the S (shutter priority automatic exposure) or M (manual exposure) modes and are serious regarding photography.
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