Monday, May 29, 2006

Vivitar 283 as High Speed Flash for Pentax

Pentax *ist DS, 1/125 at f/5.6, ASA 200, DA 50-200mm lens at 200mm, and Vivitar 283 Flash at 1/32 output.

I spent some time today with my old Vivitar 283 on my Pentax *ist DS. My flash is at least 25 years old, has no TTL, and obviously doesn't have high-speed sync, so it's not quite like the new AF 540 FGZ. But if you have one of these flashes laying around collecting dust, I'll be posting this week about how to take a vintage flash like the Vivitar 283 or 285 and give it a new life with your Pentax DSLR. A word of warning: you can't just mount this flash on the hotshoe without testing it's trigger voltage output or getting a special adapter, or you risk damaging your camera permamently. But as you can see, from the above capture, high speed shots are what venerate the 283 as a solid workhorse even after all these years.

Links: Strobist was doing high speed synch with manual flash first here, and caused my improvisation.

3 comments:

SimonomiS said...

Hey, I understand it's been quite some time since you wrote this (A year, I think), but did you ever follow up with that article?

I'm totally clueless as to how to get my old Vivitar flashes (285 and Auto 215) working with my K100d.

OK-1K said...

I did post about using the Wein Safe Hot Shoe Adapter here, which is what you need to use that flash - it protects the hotshoe from the trigger voltage of these old flashes like the 285, and it has a PC sync socket, too. However, I should write more about getting a "high speed" effect with the flash and explain that. Look for that on the blog in the near future.

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