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Nikon D80. Vivitar 4600 Flash unit

I would like to know if it is possible to use an old Vivitar 4600 Auto Thyristor Flash gun on my Nikon D80. When I refer to the manual for the camera it warns be against using any other unit than a Nikon one.

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That particular unit is probably not a good choice for the D80 because the trigger voltage (the electricity which flows from the flash through the camera circuits to fire the flash) is 19.5 volts, according to http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html - this could possibly damage your camera electronics.

You don't have to stick with Nikon brand Speedlights, but get a modern flash which says it is I-TTL compatible for Nikon.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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