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Old Jan 5, 2008, 9:07 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

Please don't be put off by the desperation in my voice, I just need a little help!

I've currently got one Vivitar 285HV which I'm synching to my Nikon D50 with a set of ebay triggers.

I've just bought another two Vivitar 285HV's which I was planning on synching using a couple more ebay receivers. However, I've not been entirely satisfied with the number of misfires I've been having with my current Vivitar/ebay trigger set-up.

I'm looking for a more simple solution (besides expensive pocket wizards!).

As an alternative I'm looking at a wired setup but this I'm afraid is where i get totally lost:

1) My Nikon D50 does not have a PC cable port. What adapter (hotshoe mount) do I need to overcome this problem, and where can one be bought, preferably in the UK?

2) The cable that ships with the Vivitar gets you from the Vivitar synch jack to PC Male. What extension cable do I need to connect this to My D50?

I'm sure the answers to these questions are all on this forum somewhere or elsewhere on the web but I've fried my brain too much trying to figure this all out!

Thanks in advance for all the help guys, much appreciated!
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Old Jan 5, 2008, 9:59 AM   #2
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You'll need a Nikon AS-15 to give your D50 a PC Sync Port:

http://www.adorama.com/NKAS15.html?s...&item_no=1

The cables that came with your Vivitars will plug into it. If you need an extension, look for pc male to pc female cords using their search feature and you'll find about a dozen matches.

What radio trigger did you get? I know gadgetinfinity.com sells a lot of radio trigers on Ebay. The newer generation is supposed more reliable with models like the 285HV. Here's one example of a cheap trigger (newest V2s version in this Cactus model series). Is this the same brand you got? I haven't tried them yet. But, the price is attractive.

http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/produc...274&page=1

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Jim, I could give you a hug! Thanks for the help!

The triggers that i'm using are the Cactus V2s. When synching with the one flash they seem to work at first but after a while start misfiring. I've read over on the Strobist thread on Flickr that the ebay triggers have a problem with the Vivitar, which can be corrected by bypassing the bridge in the receiver...something way beyond my abilities!

For those interested the full thread can be read here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobis...7600074580861/

Instead I'll opt for a wired solution untill I have enough cash for the pocket wizards.

One last thing which has me stumped, how can i connect three flash using just one PC Cable?

Thanks for the help Jim!




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Interesting (you've got the model that is supposed to be more compatible with the 285HV). lol

You can get adapters that let you connect more than one flash. Here's an example:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...x_Adapter.html

But, the concern with that kind of approach with digital cameras is how the flash trigger voltage can impact the electronics. Are these newer 285HV models?

You may want to consider using something like a Wein Safe Sync if you want to connect multiple flashes.

See this thread:

Trigger Voltage Limits with Modern Digital Cameras

You could use this instead of the AS-15, and also have voltage protection:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...t_Shoe_to.html

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My Vivitars are brand new, I did a bit of research on them with regards voltage etc and as they are the latest models this should not be a problem.

I've just bought another couple of receivers (only £20) and will give them one last try. If I still have problem then I'll be returning to this thread to get myself all the bits necessary for a wired fix!

Thanks for all the help Jim, much appreciated!


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