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I have an old Vivitar 45 Electronic flash unit, wanna know if it is compatibile with Nikon D5000 DSLR.

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SOURCE: Hi. Will a Vivitar 550FD flash unit work properly

The 550 FD came out before digitals. It is fully dedicated(FD) to a type of film camera. Usually this is noted on the back of the flash. CA or C for Canon, MI or MX for Minolta, Ne or NI for Nikon. If its the Nikon dedicated unit, it should not harm your camera, and will most likely work...as a manual flash. You will lose all the neat flash stuff that the D5000 can do.
I suggest you watch Ebay for a Sunpak PZ-30, PZ-40, or a Sigma 430 or 500. The Sigma EF 500 Super will do pretty much everything the top of the line Nikon Flash does, but you can buy it new for half the price of the Nikon unit. All flashes today are dedicated to a certain group of cameras by a certain manufacturer. For example: Canon EOS film cameras or Minolta manual focus cameras.
I suggest you get rid of the 550FD as it is designed for the pre-Autofocus cameras.
Avoid the Sunpak Auto 30DX, the 333, 383, 433, 444 and the PZ 4000/5000 as well as the MZ flashes. These were not designed for your new digital.
Metz also makes some very nice flashes, but they're kinda pricey.

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SOURCE: Problems with older Vivitar flash and Pentax K-100 DSLR?

That is true. Older flashes used sync voltages as high as 250V. That much extra juice can quickly fry newer cameras. You can use a Wein Safe-Sync between the camera and the flash to electrically isolate the two.

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SOURCE: Is Vivitar 2000 Electronic Flash compatible with

Well I found the Vivitar 2000 auto in a thrift store, and it seems to work perfect with my Nikon D5000.

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Well I found the Vivitar 2000 auto in a thrift store, and it seems to work perfect with my Nikon D5000.

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Hi. Will a Vivitar 550FD flash unit work properly with a Nikon D5000 digital camera without doing damage to the camera? Thanks,Arty


The 550 FD came out before digitals. It is fully dedicated(FD) to a type of film camera. Usually this is noted on the back of the flash. CA or C for Canon, MI or MX for Minolta, Ne or NI for Nikon. If its the Nikon dedicated unit, it should not harm your camera, and will most likely work...as a manual flash. You will lose all the neat flash stuff that the D5000 can do.
I suggest you watch Ebay for a Sunpak PZ-30, PZ-40, or a Sigma 430 or 500. The Sigma EF 500 Super will do pretty much everything the top of the line Nikon Flash does, but you can buy it new for half the price of the Nikon unit. All flashes today are dedicated to a certain group of cameras by a certain manufacturer. For example: Canon EOS film cameras or Minolta manual focus cameras.
I suggest you get rid of the 550FD as it is designed for the pre-Autofocus cameras.
Avoid the Sunpak Auto 30DX, the 333, 383, 433, 444 and the PZ 4000/5000 as well as the MZ flashes. These were not designed for your new digital.
Metz also makes some very nice flashes, but they're kinda pricey.

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