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Can I use my Vivitar 385 with my Pentax K200?

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There is a Vivitar 385. It is a handle mounted flash with a GN of 160. The picture shown is the 285HV, it is safest to use a Wein Safe Sync with older designed flashes. Then you are covered from a power surge frying your camera and you have a pc sync on the Wein.
http://www.weinproducts.com/safesyncs.htm

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Vivitar 285HV and not Vivitar 385 (no existence ) has safe voltage to mount on any digital camera.
Warning:if its original plastic hot shoe adapter is replaced by metal one it may touch the TTL pins so mask it with tape.

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Yes, you can use the flash if your camera has a PC connector.

Or, check the trigger voltage: under 7VDC = OK on hotshoe.


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I have Sunpak 622 Super Pro Handle Mount TTL Flash. Would it be compatible with a Pentax K50?


Before you attach it to your camera you must check the trigger voltage first, never use an old flash unit until you check the trigger voltage with a multimeter, most old flash units have a huge trigger voltage that will damage your camera.
Very simple to check the voltage on that Sunpak 622, turn on your volt meter and set it to about 200 volts DC, turn on your Sunpak flash and apply the RED lead to the bottom contact, apply the Black lead to the side of the hot shoe and look for the ground, usually a small metal piece on the side. Now look at the meter, if it shows a voltage of 6 volts or less then it is safe to use on your camera, if voltage is higher, say 12 volts or more, don't use it. A high trigger voltage will certainly mess up your camera in the long run. Even if it has a safe voltage of 6 volts or less, you will only be able to use that flash in Manual Mode, the newer cameras will not sync or recognize an old flash unit.
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To let a flash work in TTL mode the camera and flash must be from or made for the same brand. Like Metz for Nikon, the Through The Lens measuring of the light, will only work with Nikon camera's. If the Vivitar 850 was compatible with Nikon, you only can use it in TTL mode with a Nikon. If you want to use it on another camera, you have to set the flash and the camera to manual. (sync speed is not allowed to be shorter tan the manual of the camera says..)
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To test everything except the camera, just short the contacts on the Wein protector. If the flash fires, the problem is in your camera, and maybe the protector did not do its job as good as expected.

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