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    eddiemat e2 Member 12eddiemat vcard England
    13 Jan 2014 - 5:25 PM

    Hi, Is it possible to use an old Vivitar 283 flash gun on my newly purchased Nikon D3200 camera.
    I bought the flash gun in the eighties for my Minolta 7000 camera and have been using it up until recently
    and it is in quite good order.
    I have been onto Nikon and Vivitar but they are not much help with the answer
    Hope someone can help me

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    dougv Site Moderator 108378 forum postsdougv vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Jan 2014 - 5:41 PM

    It depends on the trigger voltage.
    Some of the early 283's had a trigger voltage over 200 volts which is way too high for modern cameras.
    It's been asked on here many times in the past.

    Try a search of the forums for trigger voltage or vivitar 283 and see what's been discussed in the past.

    triumphv8  7450 forum posts United Kingdom
    13 Jan 2014 - 6:02 PM


    Agree with doug, probably high.

    There are a few options though :-

    1) Optical trigger - a few quid off ebay, then use the built in flash on low power to trigger it

    2) Wireless remote - these actually carry the same risk, but using a chep ebay one at ~ 15 obviously reduces the risk if it goes wrong - and actually the type of optocoupler these use, are usually rated at quite a high voltage.

    3) There are devices which lower voltage, but thee are ~ 50 so a relatively expensive option.

    NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Jan 2014 - 6:03 PM

    i binned mine, its just not worth the risk, its hard to find which had higher trigger voltage and when it changed and i decided not to take the gamble.

    they were damn fine flash units though and easier to use

    13 Jan 2014 - 6:30 PM

    You could ask the importer of the Vivitar guns. No idea who because I've never used Vivitar.

    Nikon would probably say "no" to any third-party kit because it's safer that way.

    Last Modified By thewilliam at 13 Jan 2014 - 6:30 PM
    keithh e2 Member 1023169 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Jan 2014 - 7:30 PM

    Just use it with it and not on it.

    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    13 Jan 2014 - 7:34 PM

    I wouldn't chance it personally, I use my vivitar 285's and 283's (not shown in image) with flash triggers off camera and never had a problem.


    My Vivitar 283 never worked on my D90 so I doubt it will work on the D3200

    eddiemat e2 Member 12eddiemat vcard England
    13 Jan 2014 - 10:01 PM

    I'd like to thank everyone for their reply and advice.
    I wont use it on the camera because of the reasons you have given.
    I wondered about the trigger voltage being possibly high.
    That is one of the reasons I sought advice.
    I will bite the bullet and get a more up to date flash unit.
    Nice people on this forum.
    Thanks again,

    14 Jan 2014 - 1:08 PM

    I use 283s regularly (for cave photography) on either full frame Nikons or a D3100. I use a Wein safe sync and not had a problem....


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