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I have a Vivitar DF-383-SON flash and the defuser that slides out and hinges down broke off and the part that stays inside the unit went back inside. Now I no longer have a defuser. Can I send or take this somewhere for service or can I fix this myself and purchase any broken parts somewhere?

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SOURCE: the hotshoe foot on my Vivitar DF-383 flash unit

Don't buy anything before you shop the bay and craiglook.com (don't put in a zip code) for another flash. Often a used flash is reasonably close to the price of a new part. Your flash may be worth the repair, I am not looking at it so I can't say.

If you want to get a part, and if the flash is a few years old, there will be broken models for sale everywhere. And Photo.net has a forum for everything related to cameras. I often get parts sent to me free even though I am willing to pay for them. Someone will have the part you need.

Other than that you can call the maker and ask if they will send you a part free. I am amazed by how many companies are willing to send free parts on things that should not have broken. It never hurts to ask.

Best wishes.

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

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