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Vivitar 2800 and Canon PowerShot S5 IS

I am not sure if I can use Vivitar 2800 flash with Canon S5 IS or is it dangerous to my cameras electronics. Canon's experts could not solve this problem. They said it is better to the manufacturer of the flash.

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Re: Vivitar 2800 and Canon PowerShot S5 IS

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Posted on Nov 22, 2007

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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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I got a DSLR Pentax K-r digital I would like to know if I can use my old Vivitar flash 2800

No. The trigger voltage on the 2800 is much too high, and will eventually fry a digital camera. You can use it as a slave, or isolated from the camera with something like a Wein Safe-Sync.

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Purchase question

ebay will be the best option for you.... go to and search for Vivitar 2000 Flash.... you will get it with best price..

Apr 07, 2009 | Vivitar 2800 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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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.

Feb 05, 2009 | 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
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Jun 25, 2008 | Vivitar 2800 Flash

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No problem just given a box with a canon camera and a vivitar 2800-d flash

A1 = Auto setting number one
A2 = Auto setting number two
M = Full power output of flash

Dec 24, 2007 | Vivitar 2800 Flash

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