Question about Vivitar 283 Flash
Hi! I recently bought a Nikon FM and a Vivitar 283 flash seperately on ebay. The flash seems to work and fires when I press the open flash button, but once it's mounted on the camera (on the hot shoe) it doesn't fire when the shutter is pressed. I guess this would be a problem with the hot shoe connection? Is there anything I can do about that? Thanks!
Did you get the cord with the flash unit, If so then try that to see if it's the camera, Cords are cheap to buy if you didn't rec it,
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
if it is a Japanese 283, CAREFUL, you are working with ~300V
remove the sensor from the front. Short out the terminals at 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock with eg a paper clip, and then charge up the flash . Short the centre terminal with the one at 7 o'clock. If the flash fires, then it probably needs a replacement hot shoe from ebay. If it doesn't, it is a simple job to fix for an electronics worker. Manuals are available on ebay.
I repeat, careful with the Japanese flashes, you will have ~300 volts near you fingers, so if you are less than 100% confident that you won't blow the top of a finger (or worse), get an electronics worker to look at it.
Don't use the ebay hot shoes on a 300 volt flash, you will have the 300 volts out in the open and ready to bite you - have a look how well hidden the second contact is on the Vivitar plastic hot shoe.
Good luck the Feral Photographer
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
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.
Posted on Nov 27, 2009
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