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

On back of flash it has a1 a2 m what are these settings and how do i set the camera for flash pics

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Re: no problem just given a box with a canon camera and a...

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

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