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Vivitar Camera Flashes DF 186

I have DF186 flash, off late the equipment flashes without triggering and flashes continiously about 7-8 times. This also flashes even when the equipment is not mounted on camera

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There should be a "format card" option in the camera's system menu. do this and it may help the unfortunate equipment realize the situation:) (be sure there are no pics you want to keep as they will be permenantly removed)

Posted on Jul 07, 2007

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hi, i had this problem also but found a way around it . what is happening, is that the sb800 preflashes when you shoot and triggers any external flash heads a fraction of a second just before the camera takes the picture. you see the lights being trigered but it the light doesn't register on camera. ( preflasing asseses the amount of light needed for the correct exposure and is a feature on newer models of flashes ). what you can do to avoid this problem is to either use a radio trigger and slave, or set your flash to su-4 mode ,which cancels the preflashing. if you press the select button on the flash .you go into the menu \ scroll up and down till you reach the icon of two flash heads . press the select again and change from " off " to su-4 .that will cancel the preflashing and your other lights will be in sync with your camera . if you get confused go to page 76 in the sb800 manual it explains everything there / hope this was helpful. good luck charles yacoub

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Hi Syd,
Vivitar 2800 and 2800D are two different flashes. The first is an old flash, having high trigger voltage, which, as you will see, still can be used with your Fuji. The second is a member of modern flashes, having a low-voltage release. Manufacturers specify the highest applicable voltage at the trigger (hotshoe or PC) terminal; at most digital cameras it reaches several hundred volts.I believe, this is, what your seller was asking. As far as I know, Fuji doesn't mention this value in the user manual of the Finepix 9500, but I met reports of people, who called Fuji and asked that and the answer was 400 volts!
So the short answer is: buy any wireless trigger if you have the 2800D, and tell the seller the flash has about 200 volts if your flash is an older 2800.
I wonder if you did already use your flash with your Fuji?
Laszlo

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: wireless flash trigger for vivitar 283

I purchased the Wein Slave Foot. The metal foot is designed to repair the plastic foot that, apparently, is prone to breakage. Mine is not broken, but I purchased the Slave Foot because the blurb stated that it would make my unit serve as a remote slave.

The setup works fine with my Sony A700 using either the built-in flash or in combination with my proprietary external Sony flash.

I have just purchased another used 283 and will be ordering the Wein Slave Foot from B&H in the morning.

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Pop up flash locking mechanism needs adjustment or to be replaced . You might be able to do this yourself but the top cover has to come off completely ( the mechanism I am talking about is on the inside of the top cover and is not expensive ).
One reason for sending it in is that if the mechanism ( small electro magnet and the lock ) has to be replaced you will need spare parts and these are not freely available.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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