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Vivitar 285 How do I set a Vivitar 285 Flash unit to expose ISO 400 film automatically at F/8 and at full power?

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YOU ALTER YOUR SHUTTER SPEED TO THAT WHICH IS INDICATED ON THE DIAL ON THE SIDE OF THE FLASH. AS THE FLASH WILL FIRE FULLY ON "FULL FLASH", YOU HAVE TO ALTER THE SHUTTER SPEED TO ATTAIN THE CORRECT EXPOSURE, OR "BURN" ON YOUR ISO 400 FILM.

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By looking at the scale on the right side of the flash.

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The flash is not very brightthe test button fire the flash just fine..but when i fire it when i take a picture the light is very weak


Are your pictures properly exposed?
Does this flash have power settings on the back? If so, move it back to full power.
If your pictures are properly exposed then its doing what its supposed to.
If no power setting on the back, check what ASA you have it set for. 800 or 1000 speed film requires much less light than 200 speed film. Adjust ASA based on your film.

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Vivitar 285 not working


You don't need a Manual.
In 285 HV there is only one Power on/off switch.
If that switch is on and batteries are new Alkaline (like duracell-no chepo )or fully charged and working rechargebles,and yet the ready light do not come the flash has defect inside.For sure.

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Vivatar 285 HV flash problems


Are you still having problems? a.l9609@gmail.com

Mar 09, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Can i use vivitar 285 hv flash with my canon powershot sx10 ?


It is the HV version, yes you can just put it in a color mode so the sensor on the front guesses the out put- it isn't ttl so it won't know what the camera is thinking

Feb 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Switch from film to digital cameras.


I also own a Vivitar 285 that i used with my Canon F1 manual 35mm camera. Most older cameras before the advent of digital, had a hot shoe on top of the camera, or like in my case, the hot shoe went over the rewind knob. I also had to plug in a power cord from the 285 flash foot and the cameras PC connection in order for the flash to work on some other cameras. The Canon Rebel XTi has a TTL (through the lens) hot shoe usable with Canon's own EX flash units. You can buy a "hot shoe to PC connector" if the TTL camera hot shoe doesn't work, but be extremely careful, the only problem that exists with the older manual flash units was the trigger voltage is as high as 200+volts which would fry digital camera hot shoes. I tried my unit with a Wein flash trigger device on the PC cord of the flash and my Canon D60 with it's own flash. All shots were overexposed and washed out highlights.  Here's a copy of the hot-shoe review:h The EOS 400D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flashes (although sync only on most third party units). The hot-shoe is E-TTL II compatible. Compatible flashes include Speedlite 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2.  The Canon Rebel XTi doesn't have a PC socket to plug in a manual flash trigger cord which common sense tells me there is no provision to step up the voltage to trigger manual flashes - so my answer is this combination is not a good idea on a Canon Rebel XTi. Hope this helps.

Dec 12, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Canon 430 EX flash problem


Were you indoors? if so, take the ISO of AUTO and out it on 400. Leave the camera set like you had it, Manual 1/60 @ 5.6. Do notuse evaluative metering. Use single spot metering or the smallest center weight setting.

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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.

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