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Foot replacement instructions on Vivitar 285

I have 2 285 strobes and metal foot replacements with test buttons. I have been looking for a month to find instructions on which wire goes to which connection. Please, someone help me. Thanks, J

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Re: Foot replacement instructions on Vivitar 285

Black to ground
Red or other color to center


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285, red/green lights blink, whines on start up, but won't fire

Hi Dave,
Try shorting out Center Pin to Outside Metal Contact after the light turned green. This must fire the flash.
If not, could be the flashtube /or trigger are defective.
Do you have a DVM?

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Randomly Firing Vivitar 285

There may be a short somewhere inside between the lead going to the pin and the one going to the camera body, such that when the capacitor has a full enough charge, the flash itself is firing (thinking that it has been triggered by the camera, just without the camera). Unscrew the foot - two small Philips screws, and check to see if any of the wires have damaged or melted insulation, and ensure they're not crossed. The ones to watch for primarily are the RED lead and the black lead. Repair any damaged insulation with electrical tape, and carefully reassemble and test.

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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.

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Attaching (VV-283F) Vivitar 283 foot

Use Red wire to Center.Use Black wire to Ground.Other two, just insulated

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Shoe Mount

You can get this at below 8$

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Replacement screw for flash foot

Get screw form hardware store.
Just get it a little bigger.

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Vivitar 283 flash will not work on camera.

To test everything except the camera, just short the contacts on the Wein protector. If the flash fires, the problem is in your camera, and maybe the protector did not do its job as good as expected.

Good luck

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