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Flash Gun Broken can it be fixed

Hi All,

My flashgun is broken :(

I was travelling from India to UK and my parents had packed some pickles from me unfortunately the box broke and the flask gun was all in oil inside my baggage can this be fixed or cleaned or do I need to buy a new flash gun Are the Vivitar 283 flashgun available for sale anywhere. My dad loves his camera and he will kill me ....lol

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  • carusoswi May 11, 2010

    So, did you try to fix your flash? Were you successful?
    Caruso


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Buy distilled water.

Try to open the flash apart.

Pour distilled water to unit and blow dry or just set it near sunlight until dry.

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