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Vivitar 283 flash gun.

13 Jan 2014 5:25PM
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 14 8.4k 3 England
13 Jan 2014 5:41PM
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 10 475 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 6:02PM

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 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 6:03PM
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
thewilliam 9 6.1k
13 Jan 2014 6:30PM
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.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Jan 2014 7:30PM
Just use it with it and not on it.
GazzaG2003 15 358 England
13 Jan 2014 7:34PM
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.

13 Jan 2014 9:32PM
My Vivitar 283 never worked on my D90 so I doubt it will work on the D3200
13 Jan 2014 10:01PM
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 1:08PM
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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