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Old Apr 28, 2004, 9:32 AM   #1
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Default What do you think of this Vivtar?

My $0.50 flash that I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago has finally conked out on me. I'm looking for a new one to go with my F717. I found one by Vivitar here... what do you think?

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Old Apr 28, 2004, 8:00 PM   #2
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I got it for my C3020 which doesn't have a hot shoe or PC connector, so I was pretty much stuck with a flash-synchronized slave flash for extra power and lighting angle control. The C3020 (like many digitals) uses a preflash for setting the exposure, which will trip up most slave flashes. The DF200 filled the bill on both counts.

The DF200 is of mediocre build quality (very 'plastic-y'--I have to tape the battery compartment door closed to prevent it from flipping open with normal handling), but it does work as advertised, and it is priced right (got it for $69 at B&H).

Controlling the power manually takes some getting used to--at least it did for me.

All that being said, I would think that there would be better solutions available for your 717.
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