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01-10-2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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Does anyone really know if you can use a old 285 vivatar flash from the early 80's without frying the camera? I have a k200. I have had mixed answers.

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I have an old 285 plus 283 and won't use them for my k100d because of the voltage. You can but a wein safe sync for about 50.00 bucks thats what i did. better safe than sorry.
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And I hear you can use the 285 hv
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According the this web site - Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages - the Viv 285 is questionable.

If you have a VOM (Volt Ohm Meter) you can check the voltage on yours. There's been many, many postings about this - basically fire up the flash and check the voltage across the contacts in the foot. If high, don't use it - if low, fire off the flash 2 or 3 times just to make sure and check it each time.

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