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Vivitar flash user manual

I have a Vivitar DF340ZC shoe mount flash for a Canon Rebel digital camera. I have lost my user manual and need to buy a replacement. I cannot even find my unit on the Vivitar website even though these flash units are still being sold on various websites. Can you solve my problem?

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    Ivan Lea Apr 03, 2009

    I can't get the flash to synchronize with my canon EOS400D I thought a manual might help

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A new company has bought Vivitar from Synatx Brillion - Sakar is in the process of uploading the user manuals at this time. However they will not continue to validate any warentees that were before August 2008. Try looking here www.orphancamera.com

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