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Is my flash safe?

My 283 has a serial # of 472****. Is there any way to tell if this is one of the post 1987 flashes safe to use on modern cameras (i.e. less than 6 volts)

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Re: Is my flash safe? - Vivitar 283 Flash Camera Flashes

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I have a nikon d3200/vivitar 283/wein voltage adaptor/good sync cords and still no flashoutput,help rick

just to exclude anything faulty, start with the flash on the camera and check if it works. Also check the camera settings. On your Nikon you can chose flash off. Don't do that. If you get the flash working on the camera then you starts with the extension cord and it still should flash in the same conditions.

May 06, 2014 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 on a digitial camera?

It depends on the variant of the 283. Take a look here.

Aug 27, 2012 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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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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Is it compatible to use with a Nikon D-50?

No, the Vivitar 283 does not have TTL (Through The Lens metering capability) and the voltage in the flash may be much higher than that in the camera. Some of the old 283 flashes had a very high operating current that, when the flash is left one and removed from the camera can damage the camera operating circuts. Find a Nikon SB 400, 600, 800 or 900 speedlite, or a Promaster 7200 or 7500 for a great less expensive flash for this camera.

Nov 20, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Hi my name is Curtis can you tell me IF my Vivitar 283 flash will work on my c-750 Olympus, TTL camera it have an hot shoe,but flash don,t fire. I have talked to Olympus about it(on answer). I took it to a...

No the 283 is not compatible with your camera. The 283 is manual only and not TTl. The canon flash is also not compatible with your Olympus. You need an olympus compatible flash.

Nov 16, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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What is the trigger voltage for a 283 bought in 1996 and is it safe to use on a nikon d80

take multimeter and see the voltage must be not more then 5 to 6 only you can check the voltage near the hot shoe or cord

Oct 24, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 with new Nikon Digital camera

the nikon D80 has a 250 volts safe range and i have the same issue but readin on the internet i learned that yo can now the voltage of your flash with a voltage metter ond the hot soe.

Vivitar 283 has diferent ranges of voltages depending on the year of fabrication so older ones can achieve 300 volts and earlier have 230 volts so the best is to get a vivitar 285hv for about 75dollars or a safe sync for about 55dollars, you can find all on ebay or other brouser the safe sync converts up to 400 volts to a safe 6 volts that are yust the normal voltage for digital flashes.

Jan 06, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Mains adaptor for Vivitar 283 flash. this is a help.. not sure..

Sep 06, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivatar 283 and Nikon D70s

The Vivitar 283 was manufactured in China & Japan over a number of years & the specifications did change over this period.

The older Vivitar flashes had a voltage on the shoe which could reach 150 volts whilst the later ones had voltages of only 5 to 9 volts.

If you have, or can get hold of, a small voltmeter then you can measure this voltage.
Turn on your flash & let the unit charge up to 'ready' & connect the meter between the contact in the centre of the shoe & the little contact tucked away in the lip of the shoe. (DC volts not AC) There is no danger to you in doing this!
This should tell the voltage on the shoe of your unit & if it is 15 volts or less, it will be fine with your digital Nikon camera. If more than 15 volts than best not to use it.

Hope this is of some help!

Mar 10, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 charges but fails to flash

I had the same problem with my early Vivitar 283 flash.  I discovered that the thyristor on the trigger board tested as an open circuit. 

Trying to find a replacement for a 30 year old thyristor semi-conductor proved to be fruitless. 

My solution was to purchase a broken, late model Japanese 283 flash off of ebay and transfer the trigger board to my early Japanese model. The late model thyristors could handle more heat.

Problem solved.

Mar 15, 2007 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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