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285 FLASH ILL LIKE TO KNOW IF THE 285HV OR 285 FLASH WILL WORK ON MY NIKON D100 AND I HAVE A WEIN HSHSB.DO I NEED TO USE THAT TO AND WILL THE FLASH DESTOR MY CAMERA

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Yes, no problem.

In Auto and Manual Modes, not TTL.

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Posted on May 19, 2008

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Just need to know if the following flashes can be used with the nikon d 3100 digital slr. 1) vivitar 285 hv 2) Metz 45cl 1


Both flashes have trigger voltages at the high end of the safe range for digital SLRs, according to the list at http://botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

I wouldn't use either on my Nikon DLSR without something like the Wein Safe Sync:
http://www.weinproducts.com/safesyncs.htm

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How to use vivitar zoom thyristor 285 with nikon D80 digital camera


DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THIS FLASH ON THE CAMERA OR TEHTER BY WIRE. THe voltage will destroy at least the built-in flash function of your camera. either use a radio slave, an optical slave or you can use it on camera if you use a WEIN safe-synch (approx. $70 USD). If you do not have the users guide for the flash, it can be GOOGLED. Search for "VIVITAR 285 users guide"

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Can you use a vivitar 285 flash with a nikon D90 , if so do they still sell the cord that connects to the camera for off camera flash??


You can use the 285 with the D90, just don't do it without something isolating the two to prevent the trigger voltage from frying the D90. You can use something like the Wein Safe Sync
( http://www.weinproducts.com/safesyncs.htm ) for this.

As for an off-camera cord, you can use something like the Nikon
SC-29 ( http://shop.nikonusa.com/store/nikonusa/en_US/pd/productID.213505500 )

Sep 23, 2010 | Vivitar Cameras

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Does the TR-2000 work with a vivitar 285? What cable do I need to buy?


TR 2000 gives two output ^ volt and 330 volts.
Whereas 285 HV uses 6 volt and 110 volt AC
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=details_accessories&A=kitInfo&Q=&sku=638035&is=REG
I am running my 285HV with external 6volt battery pack.sort of this type.
http://cgi.ebay.com/6V-1-3AH-SLA-Sealed-Lead-Acid-Rechargeable-Battery_W0QQitemZ390166216699QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad7b7fffb
I added 2 standard diodes in series (IN4001 type) and placed inside the dummy battery pack which reduces some voltage and safeguards against wrong polarity.
more details? bforbay@gmail.com

Apr 05, 2010 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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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?
atdlee@netzero.com

Feb 14, 2010 | 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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Can I use my Vivitar 385 with my Pentax K200?


Yes, you can use the flash if your camera has a PC connector.

Or, check the trigger voltage: under 7VDC = OK on hotshoe.


atlee@netzero.com

Oct 31, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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285 not 285HV


You can make your own or repair the shoe.
Use Weld Bond, buy from auto store.
Buy plastic, then cut & stack & Weld Bond.

atdlee@netzero.com

Dec 02, 2006 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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