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No Green Light and no flash

When I switch the power on it does not power up with the green light first.It is immediatly red showing full power. However, the flash will not go off when I make a pic. What is the problem? Help

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Re: No Green Light and no flash

I got the same problem, I haven't find the solution. Did you?

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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Green light goes on when I turn camera on, but 3 red lights flash when I shoot & nothing happens. I tried changing multiple batteries, all alkaline. No luck yet. Any ideas?

The 3 flashing red lights indicate low battery power! This could be because of low battery power (all 4 batteries must be good), the battery contacts in the camera are poor, the make of battery being used (try different make of battery)

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The ready light never turns green, it just stays red. Will not flash. Could it be that the bulb needs replacing, and can that be done by me? I have a wedding next weekend, and really need to have it by...

The ready light is not supposed to turn green,it only glows red.

For a start check the trouble shooting guide in the User Manual - page 84 - 86 to see if this helps.

The flash tube needs to be changed by a Nikon Service Centre

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285, red/green lights blink, whines on start up, but won't fire

Hi Dave,
Try shorting out Center Pin to Outside Metal Contact after the light turned green. This must fire the flash.
If not, could be the flashtube /or trigger are defective.
Do you have a DVM?

Feb 14, 2010 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivitar 283 looks firing but image is dark. when i turn the dial from the yellow to blue it fires but the green light turns on and there is no beep. its weird when i postion the head bounced straight up...

Let's review how the Viv283 should operate, bearing in mind that it was designed for manual cameras.
  1. On the dial on the side, set the arrow to point at the ASA setting you (your camera) is using.
    Example: ASA 100 is one dot below the labeled 125 setting.

  2. Look at the four color segments, purple/blue/orange/yellow. Each is lined up (not necessarily exactly) with an f/stop. Each segment also highlights a maximum distance that can be used.
    Example: at ASA 100, the orange segment lines up with f/4 and allows a maximum range of 30 feet.
    (These maximum distances assume the flash is pointed straight ahead.)

  3. Choose the f/stop you want to use. Rotate the sensor on the front to that color.
    Example: on my unit, the sensor is marked "auto thyristor" and its orange setting actually looks red.
    There is also an "M" setting, for manual (full-power) operation.

  4. Take the picture. The flash head can be pointed wherever you want, straight-ahead up to 90 degrees (I usually used 45 degrees). The sensor will quench the flash as soon as it thinks enough light has bounced back from the scene.
    Example: at f/4, with a 45-degree flash angle and a light-colored ceiling, I could usually count on a bright-enough exposure out to some 15 feet or so.

    If there actually was enough light, the little green indicator on the back will glow briefly. If there wasn't enough light you won't get the green indicator and you should try again with a wider f/stop.

  5. Or...
    just set the sensor on the front to M for manual, and the flash will dump its full output. Then it's up to you (or your camera) to cope with that 120-guide-number output.
Hope that all helps.

Apr 07, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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How do you turn it off

Around the back the flash has an on/off button that glows green to show power on, a ready light that glows orange when the ringflash is charged this doubles up as a test button. There’s also a 2.5mm sync socket for the flash sync cable and an exposure scale.

On the front is an auto manual switch. If you set to auto the sensor on the front of the flash cuts the power so it’s correct for the auto aperture that’s been selected. You determine which aperture to use via the scale on the back.

Apr 06, 2009 | Vivitar 5000 Ring Light Flash

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I can't make the flash work,

Are you don't know how to turn it on? Ever wonder what the on/off switch is for?
Slide the switch from left to right and wait for the 'ready' light to change from red to green...then it's ready to shoot.

Mar 18, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Will not flash red/green

This means Battery is low to charge the capacitor.
I suggest you test this with unused new Duracell.

Oct 06, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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So, how high a fall can Vivtar 285HV withstand?

omg, why did it fell? as we know that vivitar flash has so many little components in the inside, since its not really made "crash proof", you might have busted it already.

is the green light only turned on and not blinking?

Jan 21, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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No 'green' light on bacl of my 'old' Vivitar 285

Then I'd say it's a reasonably sure thing that the green light is just burned out, The lights are supposed to be off at first, then red when there's a partial charge, then green when there's a full charge, then flashing between red and green when the "battery saver" kicks in. If you're seeing off, then red, then off, then flashing red, then that means everything in the charging circuit is working perfectly, there's just no green light.

Nov 30, 2007 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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