Vivitar 730AF

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This OTF TTL dedicated flash is for all intents and purposes a generic flash unit when used on any DSLR. Its legacy OTF TTL-mode is incompatible with the type of TTL on a digital camera, but it can be used as a manual flash.

Manual mode may work on a DSLR, but in some cases, you may have to isolate or remove the “extra” TTL control pins from the hot-foot to stop the camera from being confused by the legacy OTF TTL protocol.

Specifications

Generic flash.
Head: 28-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +150° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Varipower, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 and 1/16 (2 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Trigger voltage: 3.4 volt.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 75 x 185 x 50 mm, 200 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):283540
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Price: USD 65 (new, w/o tax).
Discontinued: Yes.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

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Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1938
HQ: Edison, NJ, USA
Web: US, man

Vivitar was the leading brand name of a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of photographic equipment founded in 1938 that operated out of Oxnard, California, USA. The Vivitar brand was introduced in the 1960ies, and became in the 1970ies associated with a series of high quality lenses labelled Vivitar Series 1, and a very successful line of auto thyristor flash units. After the death of the original owners, the company went into decline, and eventually bankruptcy. The Vivitar brand was acquired in 2008 by Sakar. Sakar has revived the Vivitar brand. However, the quality of the current crop of Vivitar-branded products is not very good and not on par with Vivitar's legacy.

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