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Hi my name is Curtis can you tell me IF my Vivitar 283 flash will work on my c-750 Olympus, TTL camera it have an hot shoe,but flash don,t fire. I have talked to Olympus about it(on answer). I took it to a camera shop,flash wooks on other camera,we tride other flashes on my camera(a new cannon flash won't fire on the olympus 750)Is the Vivitar 283 a TTL flash? Thank You Curtis L Murphy

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No the 283 is not compatible with your camera. The 283 is manual only and not TTl. The canon flash is also not compatible with your Olympus. You need an olympus compatible flash.

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