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Vivatar 285 HV flash problems

My husband has 2 Vivitar 285 HV flash units that are not working

#1} was dropped and not working :-) is it worth the repair? Cost to repair?
#2} is burning up the batteries! I mean they get hot! wont power-up to flash this unit is quite new.

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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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Does the TR-2000 work with a vivitar 285? What cable do I need to buy?


TR 2000 gives two output ^ volt and 330 volts.
Whereas 285 HV uses 6 volt and 110 volt AC
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=details_accessories&A=kitInfo&Q=&sku=638035&is=REG
I am running my 285HV with external 6volt battery pack.sort of this type.
http://cgi.ebay.com/6V-1-3AH-SLA-Sealed-Lead-Acid-Rechargeable-Battery_W0QQitemZ390166216699QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad7b7fffb
I added 2 standard diodes in series (IN4001 type) and placed inside the dummy battery pack which reduces some voltage and safeguards against wrong polarity.
more details? bforbay@gmail.com

Apr 05, 2010 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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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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Can the Vivitar 283 be used safely on Nikon Digital SLR Cameras?


I assume you're asking about the 283, not the DF-283 which is compatible with digital cameras.

As for the 283, yes, if you put an adapter such as the Wein Safe-Sync between the camera and the flash. Under no circumstances should the flash be mounted directly on the camera.

Nov 29, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 285 not working


You don't need a Manual.
In 285 HV there is only one Power on/off switch.
If that switch is on and batteries are new Alkaline (like duracell-no chepo )or fully charged and working rechargebles,and yet the ready light do not come the flash has defect inside.For sure.

Jul 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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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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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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