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Old Dec 25, 2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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Hi all, tried to search but could not find an answer.
Is their a way to use (sync) a Vivatar 283 flash off camera,
with a Canon SX40HS? Since I already have one, I would like to use the 283 instead of purchasing a speedlight at this time. I have an off camera bracket for the 283.

Just found it. Sorry for the repeat question.

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Old Dec 25, 2011, 1:29 PM   #2
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G'day Ray

A qwik answer ... yes you can via several small accessories

A longer answer ...
There are flash triggering devices for remote flashguns > the older and simple ones are called Optical triggers, more sophisticated ones are called Wireless triggers

An Optical trigger [costing about $12] has a photocell 'looking' for the camera-flash; it then activates the second flash. A Wireless trigger [costing $75+] is battery powered and consists of two parts - one bit clicks into the camera's flash shoe, the other clips onto the old flashgun's hot-shoe and is activated via the camera's flash hot-shoe

the BUT things are...
many modern cameras have in-camera flash exposure where the camera fires 2 or 3 times [exposure & red-eye reduction etc] and thus the optical trigger may go off too soon

Wireless triggers are made to suit the camera's hot shoe with 2-3-4 electrical contacts in the hotshoe. With this old flashgun, you would need a 'generic' trigger labelled "suitable for camera-1, camera-2, camera-3" sort of thing. rather than "nikon/canon" etc

Google / look up B&H or Adorama and see what you can find

ps- I use Yongnuo triggers for my flash work; they cost me about $40 for the sender & receiver unit
Hope this helps a bit
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 8:59 PM   #3
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Thank Phil, I will check out the wireless triggers. And like the photos you have up on your page.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 4:52 PM   #4
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Make sure the trigger you by can handle 110 volts trigger, that is what the 283 trigger fires.
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