Question about Sunpak 383 Super Flash

1 Answer

Sunpak 383 problem

My Sunpak 383 will not fire when directly mounted to the camera (the hot shoe). The unit will fire when using a sync cord. I tried another flash unit and the camera successfully fired the flash (so I don't think it is a camera problem). I'm guessing I'm not getting a good connection between flash mount and hot shoe. What can be done to remedy this?? Thanks for any help.

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 66 Answers

Try to trigger it by shorting Center of shoe mount and the side terminal with a small wire.If it is firing the flash is ok.
If not there is open connection in the sync jack ,due to repeated inserting of sync chord.The springy part inside is not going back to its normal position.
You can fix it your self by opening it(adapter only)
.If you are new to this take a photo of the wiring immediately after opening the shoe adapter to see the position if any wire breaks later on.
Do not give up .383 is great flash

Posted on Mar 05, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

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.
I have an old Vivitar flash unit that I can safely use on my Canon XTI because the old vivitar has a trigger voltage of 5 volts, safe for all newer digital cameras.

Mar 04, 2015 | Pentax Cameras

2 Answers

Will sunpak 622 flash work with Nikon 5200?

You will need a "Hot shoe to PC connection adapter" to connect the PC sync cord to your camera

Dot Line Nikon Hot Shoe to PC Connection Adapter

Jan 29, 2014 | Sunpak 622 Super Pro TTL Flash

1 Answer

Vivitar 283 not firing on Nikon FM

Did you get the cord with the flash unit, If so then try that to see if it's the camera, Cords are cheap to buy if you didn't rec it,

Sep 21, 2017 | Vivitar 283 Flash

1 Answer

Nikon fm manual

A sync cord between the camera and the flash is usually more reliable than the hot shoe. Before getting a cord though try cleaning the contact in the middle of the hot shoe and the contact on the bottom of the flash with an ink pen eraser. They are more aggressive than a pencil eraser but still won't hurt the metal contacts.

Nov 26, 2017 | Vivitar Cameras

2 Answers

Will a sunpak 544 aoto flash work with a nikon D3000? dont see a way to connect the two

The 544 connects to a camera via the PC cord (in this case "PC" has nothing to do with personal computers). The D3000 doesn't have a PC port, so you have to use something like the AS-15. The AS-15 mounts onto the hot shoe on top of the camera and provides a PC port.

Mar 08, 2013 | Sunpak Auto 544 Flash

1 Answer

My Sunpak Auto 383 Super will not fire on or off the camera. When I turn on the switch, the ready/test light lights immediately. I suspect the bulb is burned out, so I wonder if that can be replaced.

There can be one of many parts which is gone :
Flash tube,capacitor,trigger cap.or triggering switch.
Warning as it has 330 volts even when battery is removed do not open if you are not aware of the risks.
Sunpak 383 contains no bulbs inside.

Feb 21, 2010 | Sunpak 383 Super Flash

1 Answer

Vivitar 285 HV won't fire

If you know basic soldering, Open the old hot shoe from base
(4 screws).Note down the position of the wires.
Try to fire the flash with shorting two trigger wires,most ly it will fire.
If the springy contact is adjustable do it.If it is not repairable, you can get metal hot shoe from ebay easily.
Caution: metal hot shoe will short circuit 4 TTL contacts (on digital camera) ,so you need to put cello tape at bottom of hot shoe with only center hole.
Hope this solves.

May 12, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

1 Answer

Sunpack 555 inconsistantly fires with Pentax K20

Your strobe is faulty and needs repair at a trained service center. The actual culprit may be the voltage converter circuit that supplies the high voltage to the flash capacitor, or the voltage divider that drives the ready lamp and, at the same time, makes triggering possible.

Feb 16, 2009 | Sunpak Auto 555 TTL Flash

5 Answers

Sunpak Auto zoom 3000 thyristor

You can use the Sunpak on a bracket with a "slave trigger" and fire the slave with the Nikon's pop-up flash. I do the same with a SunPak 3600 Auto Zoom. Just remember not to have the red-eye feature operating. Those little slave triggers are only a couple of dollars and I already had few brackets.

Jun 03, 2008 | Cameras

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sunpak 383 Super Flash Logo

Related Topics:

209 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sunpak Cameras Experts


Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers


Level 2 Expert

66 Answers


Level 2 Expert

254 Answers

Are you a Sunpak Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides