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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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Posted on Nov 22, 2007


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