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Old May 23, 2006, 8:45 AM   #11
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The 1st model looks like a 285HV & uses a much lower voltage. The second unit pictued looks like the pre-HV version & will be a high voltage unit.
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Old May 31, 2006, 10:41 AM   #12
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I've just bought a PanasonicFZ20.

With voltages being reported on websites from 10-600V (depending when and where the 283 was made) I think I'll play it safe.

Asthe FZ20pop-up flash can be turned down I thinkwhen I need continual flash photography I will use that as a fill-in/trigger for a remote sensor on the Vivitar 283 set up to bounce off the ceiling. Or even getkind personto hold the 283!


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Old Jul 22, 2006, 6:27 AM   #13
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When in doubt pick up a Wein-Safe unit ($49.95 at B&H). It reduces voltage down to a 6 - 6.5 level. Used it on my Sunpak 522 until I upgraded to the 544. Still use on my Sunpak 1600A. $50 bucks is a lot less than a DSLR repair bill.
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