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mtnman1944 Registered since 11th Feb 2011Sun 22-Jan-12 04:10 PM
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"Vivitar 283 Flash"


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Will it damage my D5100 if I use the old Vivitar 283 with it?

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 22-Jan-12 05:24 PM
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#1. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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Very possibly. The 283 has enjoyed a spectacularly long run, with somewhere north of 5 million units in the field. Unfortunately, some of the oldest samples used a very high 250v trigger voltage, and this is utterly incompatible with modern digital SLRs, which use a trigger voltage of around 6v. Most of the 283's use a 6v or 12v trigger, but I don't know of any way to tell the types apart visually. There are ways of identifying which is which using electronics tools. If it runs on a low trigger voltage you'll be fine.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 23-Jan-12 12:27 AM
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#2. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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Hi Mead,

Welcome to Nikonians!
It depends on the age of your Vivitar 283. The sync voltage can range from a safe 5V to as high as a 600V which is almost 3 times greater than the maximum sync voltage of your D5100 and enough to destroy the camera. Check Photo Strobe Triggering Voltages .

Personally I would not mount it on the camera. That said you can find out How to Check Trigger Voltages about 1/4 of the way down the page.
On occasion, I use my Vivitar 285HV as a remote slave with a Wein Peanut Optical Slave.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 23-Jan-12 12:32 AM
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#3. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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There is no way to tell without measuring the trigger voltage with a volt meter. Vivitar 283's made in the 70's, 80's and into the late 90's had high voltage triggers as Brian mentioned.

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Chiguy Registered since 28th Sep 2010Mon 23-Jan-12 03:46 PM
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#4. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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It will damage your camera I have an old 283 and 285 Vivitar flash I used with my 35 mm Olympus the voltage is too hight for the 5100 but you can by an adaptor by Wien that you put in hot shoe and mount the flash on it. This will reduce the voltage You can get one on Amazon

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 23-Jan-12 09:43 PM
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#5. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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Hi Ralph,

The Wein SafeSync will protect the camera from sync voltages up to 400V.
Some of the Vivitar 283's have sync voltages as high as 600V.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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mtnman1944 Registered since 11th Feb 2011Mon 23-Jan-12 11:58 PM
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#6. "RE: Vivitar 283 Flash"
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Thanks for all the info. I think I will stick with my Sunpack.

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