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Sensor I´d like to know where can I get a sensor replacement for the vivitar 283 flash unit

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Re: sensor - Vivitar 283 Flash Camera Flashes has a great used department.

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Buy damaged flash on ebay. You can get it for less than 10$.

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Vivitar 283 on a digitial camera?

It depends on the variant of the 283. Take a look here.

Aug 27, 2012 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Can the Vivitar 283 be used safely on Nikon Digital SLR Cameras?

I assume you're asking about the 283, not the DF-283 which is compatible with digital cameras.

As for the 283, yes, if you put an adapter such as the Wein Safe-Sync between the camera and the flash. Under no circumstances should the flash be mounted directly on the camera.

Nov 29, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 with new Nikon Digital camera

the nikon D80 has a 250 volts safe range and i have the same issue but readin on the internet i learned that yo can now the voltage of your flash with a voltage metter ond the hot soe.

Vivitar 283 has diferent ranges of voltages depending on the year of fabrication so older ones can achieve 300 volts and earlier have 230 volts so the best is to get a vivitar 285hv for about 75dollars or a safe sync for about 55dollars, you can find all on ebay or other brouser the safe sync converts up to 400 volts to a safe 6 volts that are yust the normal voltage for digital flashes.

Jan 06, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Battery holder for Vivitar 283 is broken. Can I get a replacement

I think there are some listed on Ebay-check it out.

Dec 27, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 won't flash, exept through pc terminal

Hi if it is a Japanese 283, CAREFUL, you are working with ~300V
remove the sensor from the front. Short out the terminals at 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock with eg a paper clip, and then charge up the flash . Short the centre terminal with the one at 7 o'clock. If the flash fires, then it probably needs a replacement hot shoe from ebay. If it doesn't, it is a simple job to fix for an electronics worker. Manuals are available on ebay.
I repeat, careful with the Japanese flashes, you will have ~300 volts near you fingers, so if you are less than 100% confident that you won't blow the top of a finger (or worse), get an electronics worker to look at it.
Don't use the ebay hot shoes on a 300 volt flash, you will have the 300 volts out in the open and ready to bite you - have a look how well hidden the second contact is on the Vivitar plastic hot shoe.
Good luck the Feral Photographer

Dec 14, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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I have a Vivitar 238 flash and need to use with a medium format.

for the venerable 283?....
didnt find a manual online yet.... such a simple elegant reliable flash though ..should be no mystery to figure out without a manual...good luck

Nov 21, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Mains adaptor for Vivitar 283 flash. this is a help.. not sure..

Sep 06, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivatar 283 and Nikon D70s

The Vivitar 283 was manufactured in China & Japan over a number of years & the specifications did change over this period.

The older Vivitar flashes had a voltage on the shoe which could reach 150 volts whilst the later ones had voltages of only 5 to 9 volts.

If you have, or can get hold of, a small voltmeter then you can measure this voltage.
Turn on your flash & let the unit charge up to 'ready' & connect the meter between the contact in the centre of the shoe & the little contact tucked away in the lip of the shoe. (DC volts not AC) There is no danger to you in doing this!
This should tell the voltage on the shoe of your unit & if it is 15 volts or less, it will be fine with your digital Nikon camera. If more than 15 volts than best not to use it.

Hope this is of some help!

Mar 10, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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