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Registered: October 2005
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Vivitar 6000AF Auto Focus Ring Flash review by Ross_Alford
Review Date: 12/29/2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $100.00| Rating: 3 

Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Very low light output, doesn't work with digital Nikons

I bought this flash in about 2001, as I recall, a couple of years before I siwtched to digital. I was lured by its low price and advertised relatively high guide number.

I have never managed to get any real use out of it. When I shot film, I shot Velvia 50 and Provia 100. Although this flash is advertised as having a reasonable guide number, I could never get properly exposed shots with it mounted on a 105 micro nikkor at apertures smaller than about f/8 or 11, while I like to use 16 or 22 for maximum depth of field. That is at magnifications usually between about 1:8 and 1:3, and flash-to-subject distances of 1-2 feet. It was used on an N70 and on an F3 with the AS-17 adapter.

Because it doesn't work with i-TTL DSLRs, I have used it very little in the recent past. It does work with an ancient Kodak DCS460 I picked up inexpensively, and I have used it a bit with that camera, but the ISO on that is permanently set at 80, and that still means that the extremely low light output is a crippling problem.


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