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Not really a problem, but a Ques~ "Back in the day" I remember that THE flash to have was the AUTO 30DX or the Vivitar 283. Well, I still have some manual Minolta gear and a 30DX. I just bought another 2 modules for it. Q: Why does one of my MX-2D modules have a factory-made bulge on its side? Q: What's the Diff between the Auto 30DX, the 333, 383,422 and 444 flashes? They all look just like the 30DX. I know the Auto units have the auto sleep/wake feature. Some have more power/features? What benefits are there in buying a 444, 333 or 383 over my aged Auto 30DX? Can I see a chart of features/power for each model? I also own other Sunpak flashes for other cameras, and the CA-3D lets me use the 30DX on my EOS 5 and 10. I will likely be buying more Sunpaks when I get into the digital bodies.Thanks very much.

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SOURCE: D40 compatability with Sunpak auto 144D flash

the voltage on the flash hot shoe contacts (center pin and rail connector) can be as high as 140V DC and this voltage is backfed into the camera through its hotshoe connector. There are adapters that can be bought that isolate this voltage that go between the flash and the camera, but different camera makers have different ratings for the flash voltage. My Vivitar 220 has 122 volts across the contacts from 4 AA batteries! Canon recommends nothing over 6v but Fuji says 60v and others dont say anything. SLR's used a mechanical trigger, modern digi cams use an electronic trigger. Also Digcams use electronic metering for exposure so they dont take into consideration the addition of another flash unless they do a preflash, TTL metering and the flash unit is capable of recharging in about 1/10th second. YOu may have to do some post processing or set the camera on manual to adjust the exposure.

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SOURCE: Sunpak 383 problem

Try to trigger it by shorting Center of shoe mount and the side terminal with a small wire.If it is firing the flash is ok.
If not there is open connection in the sync jack ,due to repeated inserting of sync chord.The springy part inside is not going back to its normal position.
You can fix it your self by opening it(adapter only)
.If you are new to this take a photo of the wiring immediately after opening the shoe adapter to see the position if any wire breaks later on.
Do not give up .383 is great flash

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