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What is the trigger voltage for a 283 bought in 1996 and is it safe to use on a nikon d80

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Take multimeter and see the voltage must be not more then 5 to 6 only you can check the voltage near the hot shoe or cord

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The Vivitar 283 was manufactured in China & Japan over a number of years & the specifications did change over this period.

The older Vivitar flashes had a voltage on the shoe which could reach 150 volts whilst the later ones had voltages of only 5 to 9 volts.

If you have, or can get hold of, a small voltmeter then you can measure this voltage.
Turn on your flash & let the unit charge up to 'ready' & connect the meter between the contact in the centre of the shoe & the little contact tucked away in the lip of the shoe. (DC volts not AC) There is no danger to you in doing this!
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