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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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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.
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.
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
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.
Just use it with it and not on it.
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
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.
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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