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Vivitar 285 flash and metal hot shoe

I have two Vivitar 285s. One is the HV and the other is not. The non HV had a broken hot shoe which I replaced with a metal one. I combined the red, green and white wires together and soldered them to the center contact and the black to the other contact. I tested the flash thouroghly and everything works fine. I was researching these hot shoes on the internet and discovered different wiring methods, the most comon is the connect just the red wire to the cener contact and seal the green and white wires.. Will my wiring configuration fail in the future? I shoot weddings and I need my equipment to be as reliable as my Vivitars are.

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The red wire connects to the center contact and the black connects to the outside/ground connector. The other wires are to be isolated and insulated from everything else, tape those up and put them out of the way.

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I dont have any problem with Vivitar Flash.. I am currently a Nikon D3000 user and I need an external flash for shooting in low lights and portraits in my garrage-made studio..I searched ebay and found...


The Vivitar 285 HV is specified to have a trigger voltage of 12V. The Nikon DSLRs are specified to be safe up to 12V. This puts the combination right at the fuzzy point. It should be safe, but if the flash goes a little high while the camera goes a little low, you might run into trouble.

The 285 (no HV) is definitely a no-go.

Jan 18, 2011 | Vivitar Camera Flashes

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What is the diff between a vivitar 285 and a vivitar 285hv?


285 has high trigger voltage(+250v) ,where as 285 HV has less than 5.5 volts trigger voltage (which is safe to be used for any digital SLR2_bing.gif). 285 HV has a Thyristor circuitory.

Mar 31, 2010 | Camera Flashes

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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

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Vivatar 285 HV flash problems


Are you still having problems? a.l9609@gmail.com

Mar 09, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Can i use vivitar 285 hv flash with my canon powershot sx10 ?


It is the HV version, yes you can just put it in a color mode so the sensor on the front guesses the out put- it isn't ttl so it won't know what the camera is thinking

Feb 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Switch from film to digital cameras.


I also own a Vivitar 285 that i used with my Canon F1 manual 35mm camera. Most older cameras before the advent of digital, had a hot shoe on top of the camera, or like in my case, the hot shoe went over the rewind knob. I also had to plug in a power cord from the 285 flash foot and the cameras PC connection in order for the flash to work on some other cameras. The Canon Rebel XTi has a TTL (through the lens) hot shoe usable with Canon's own EX flash units. You can buy a "hot shoe to PC connector" if the TTL camera hot shoe doesn't work, but be extremely careful, the only problem that exists with the older manual flash units was the trigger voltage is as high as 200+volts which would fry digital camera hot shoes. I tried my unit with a Wein flash trigger device on the PC cord of the flash and my Canon D60 with it's own flash. All shots were overexposed and washed out highlights.  Here's a copy of the hot-shoe review:h The EOS 400D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flashes (although sync only on most third party units). The hot-shoe is E-TTL II compatible. Compatible flashes include Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.  The Canon Rebel XTi doesn't have a PC socket to plug in a manual flash trigger cord which common sense tells me there is no provision to step up the voltage to trigger manual flashes - so my answer is this combination is not a good idea on a Canon Rebel XTi. Hope this helps.

Dec 12, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Shoe Mount


You can get this at below 8$

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vivitar-283-285-285HV-Flash-Metal-Replacement-Foot-NEW_W0QQitemZ160359960375QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera_Flash_Accessories?hash=item255632cf37

Sep 10, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Will a Vivitar 285HV fry my Canon EOS 40D? I'd like to experiment with a Vivitar 285HV as an on-camera hot shoe flash. However, I'm reluctant to proceed because of conflicting reports about voltage...


Personally, I would not try it. While the Canon has a protection system built into the camera, the trigger voltage on the Vivitar is pretty high. I have had good results using a 283 on a slave shoe, you will have to stop down more with the extra light

Jan 08, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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