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Flash can you tell me how i put the flash on, on my vivitar 3188 camera please

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I press the flash button its next to the mode button on the back, its the button that points left that changes the mode of the flash, dont press it to much tho battery dies quicker. Mel

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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Pull it straight out from the body. See the instructions on page 9 of the manual.

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Vivitar series1 Pro-648-CAN. The camera and flash attached were dropped. The flash seperated from the camera. Nothing visually broken or damaged. Reattached the flash and the pictures are VERY over...

You have to check if the camera is broken or the flash.
To check the camera, remove the flash and take pictures in normal daylight environment. If the pictures are normal, by that I mean focus and exposure, then the problem is your flash not in sync with the camera.

Not knowing what type of flash you have whether it is infrared or manual will tell if there is a sync problem. It is easier to replace a flash then a camera. Good Luck

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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.

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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.

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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

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Vivitar 2000 with canon xs

Trigger voltage doesn't have anything to do with the power source. Even though you're only giving it 6V (4 1.5V batteries), it ramps it up internally for the photo tube.

Old cameras used a mechanical switch to fire the flash, so the voltage didn't matter.

New cameras, like your XT, have an electronic switch and eventually will burn out, like Anonymous said. They want 6V at the hotshoe. You're giving it 56V... I know it works now, but it'll fry it eventually. You can get a hotshoe adapter that will isolate the voltage from the camera.

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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
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Vivitar 3200 Flashgun and Canon EOS 400D

Using Vivitar 3200A flash gun on a DSLR is risky for the following reason. The trigger voltage of a DSLR at flash hot shoe that takes it to its TTL (through the lens) circuit is less than 10 volts, it is about 6 to 8 volts in the recent DSLRs. The trigger voltage generated by Vivitar 3200A at full charge flashing is around 180 volts (max). That is a fatal dose for a sensitive DSLR TTL circuit. This high voltage flash gun will work endlessly, the only damage is to the TTL flash circuit. When you attach a TTL flash to the DSLR after using Vivitar 3200A for sometime, your TTL flash will not communicate with your camera. It will be just another ordinary flash without any auto functions. There is a Wein adapter that you can fix b/w your cameral hot shoe and the vivitar flash gun that is said to reduce the trigger voltage that passes into the camera. Try it if you get it. Without this gadget it is better not to use non recommended and non TTL flashes on latest DSLRs.

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