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Vivitar 283 with new Nikon Digital camera

I have a 283 flashgun that I bought back in the 1980's. I understand that the trigger voltage can be very high on these older models, so I have never used it with my Panasonic Lumix bridge camera. However, I now own a Nikon D80 DSLR.
My question is: Can I safely use the 283 with the Nikon D80 without fear of blowing the electrical circuits?

Many thanks for your help.

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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.

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Contact nikon tech rep. they can tell you the amount of dc volts that will not harm the camera
then attach the vivitar sync cord that has the male ac plug
attach - & + leads of your voltage meter to the ac plug posts
charge the vivitar and discharge
if needle of meter goes down then reverse the - & + leads
repeat - charge discharge flash and read the dc voltage
I did this with my vivitar 283 units
discovered the voltage to high with the older model vivitar units
but dicovered my newer 283 units were within voltage limits for my nikon d 70. the newer
units work fine with the nikon d70 using a vivitar to pc sync cord and the nikon flash shoe
adapter for the nikon d 70
I prefer using manual settings on the d 70 to obtain greater options
you can run this past the nikon tech rep.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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What, how do I do that, you said!!!!!!!!!?

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atdlee@netzero.com

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