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2800 Flash Unit will not turn on. New batteries have been installed.

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Re: 2800 Flash

Put 4 batteries in the right directions?

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Will vivitar 2800 fit a canon t2i?

Physically, it will fit. Electronically, I wouldn't risk it. The 2800's flash trigger voltage is much higher than most modern cameras can handle.

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Can a Vivitar 2800 be used with the Panasonic GF1?

Only in manual mode. The 2800 does not have the TTL that the camera needs in the auto modes. Shoot in Manual and use the flash as a guide like you did with your film camera and it should work. Be aware that digital gathers a great spectrum of light so the exposure may be off. You can compensate for this by turning the ISO/ASA up or down until the exposure is good then use always use that ISO/ASA setting.

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Using a vivitar 2800 flash on a nikon d60

The old series Vivitar 2800 flashgun has a very high trigger Voltage, that can damage your D60's circuitry. Even measuring the trigger voltage with a voltmeter is not a solution since you can't rely on the voltmeter to indicate the peak voltage.

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Minolta Maxxum 3200i Flash does work

Try to short out the flash and see if the flash flashes.

Remove flash from camera.
New or fresh bateries installed.
Get wire with insulation and remove both end bare to 1/4"
Turn on flash and wait until light turn green or ready.
Touch one lead to center of flash pin, touch other end to the outside(rail on the side) pin.

Flash should discharges.

Jul 28, 2008 | Camera Flashes

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Vivitar 2800

1 Does it give the normal little charge up whine when you turn it on?

2 Are the battery terminals clean?

3. Double check with new out of the packet top quality Duracel or Energiser batteries. Don't waste your time testing anything like this with mediocre or average batteries.

4. If you have to ask if you could fit new capacitors yourself, the answer is DEFINITELY NOT. These caps are not like on a computer motherboard: These can stop your heart.

5 Some of the big camera shops can give you a free repair quote, or if not will deduct the cost of a declined quote from the price of a new flash.

Anyway, good luck.

Jul 13, 2008 | Vivitar 2800 Flash

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I'd like to know if I can use a Vivitar 2800 flash in a Nikon D80 safely. I've been using it, without any problem, but read that maybe this flash can be dangerous to the D80 and I want to be sure. Thanks.

Yeah Rolo, I read that too. I would put a slave unit on your Vivitar, and the Master would be the pop up unit on the camera. Not only will you save risking your camera with the voltage of the flash, but your pictures will be better too. I use Aperture Priority on the camera and AUTO on the Vivitar set to the same aperture
Best regards,


Jun 25, 2008 | Vivitar 2800 Flash

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Vivitar 2800 and Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Nov 19, 2007 | Vivitar 2800 Flash

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2800 with the new sony H9

hi, i too own a sony dsc h9. sony h9 does not have a hot shoe and how did you connect both the camera and the flash. you can use a slave unit with hot shoe to which you can connect your flash unit. now disable your red eye reduction in your sony and click the shot both the popup flash and the vivitar will work fine

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