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Vivitar 2000 with canon xs

I have a vivitar 2000 and would like to know if it is compatible with my new canon xs. It seems to work fine but I have heard that the vivitar put out to much voltage for the canon. I was told the canon take only 6 volts but the vivitar puts out approx 58 volts. 4 batteries at 1.5 v works out to 6v, I am a little confused. Can you solve this problem

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  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    Same problem. I used to shoot with a vivitar SLR and recently got a canon rebel xs. I love my new camera and was wondering if I could get away with using my old vivitar flash and not have to purchase a new one.

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Trigger voltage doesn't have anything to do with the power source. Even though you're only giving it 6V (4 1.5V batteries), it ramps it up internally for the photo tube.

Old cameras used a mechanical switch to fire the flash, so the voltage didn't matter.

New cameras, like your XT, have an electronic switch and eventually will burn out, like Anonymous said. They want 6V at the hotshoe. You're giving it 56V... I know it works now, but it'll fry it eventually. You can get a hotshoe adapter that will isolate the voltage from the camera.

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