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Attaching (VV-283F) Vivitar 283 foot

I just bought a Vivitar 283 replacement foot.
It does not come with instructions but, it looks like I need to solder wires to foot? The replacement foot has a blue wire already attached.
When I unscrewed old foot, there is a red wire and a blue wired soldered to foot. Do I cut them off old foot and then solder blue wire that comes out of the Vivitar to the new blue wire attached to new foot and solder red to the foot?
Is there an easier way? I don't have a soldering gun.

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  • steelrigg01 Apr 12, 2009

    Hi There, I cant help you with this at the moment, but can you let me know where you bought the new foot, I will then fit and let you know

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Use Red wire to Center.Use Black wire to Ground.Other two, just insulated them.a.l9609@gmail.com

Posted on Jun 11, 2009

  • Doberman Jun 11, 2009

    Hope the above are helpful.

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