Many people who are interested in my Lighting With Portable Flash Workshop, who have yet to invest in a separate flash unit, ask me for advice on purchasing a flash.
Since I can only talk about my experiences and the equipment that I’ve used, I’m reluctant to give anyone advice about anything beyond my experience.
I think that the best I can do is provide information that will let the person asking for advice decide for themselves.
When it comes to my experience with flash, I’ve found that the Vivitar 283’s and Vivitar 285’s are what work best for me. The 285-HV is the flash I use.
The Vivitar 285-HV is very basic flash. While you can work the Vivitar 285-HV in automatic and manual modes the flash and camera do not communicate with each other.
This flash lacks many of the bells and whistles (and the price tag) that more expensive flashes offer but for me it’s more than sufficient to get the job done.
Personally, I prefer the simplicity of the Vivitar 285-HV as a light source. I also appreciate the lack of communication between my flash and camera because it makes me think about everything that goes in to my composition as a separate element.
Here are some links showing the equipment that I use when it comes to flash photography.
And, of course, batteries. I use the Quantum battery #1. Cords for connecting the the 285-HV to the Quantum battery.