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guicklook2 Apr 24, 2006 4:15 PM

can i use this flash with an e-500?

it is a vivitar zoom thyristor 285, unknown what year produced, made in japan.

can i use it on hotshoe? or do i need a trigger?

jorgen Apr 25, 2006 7:44 AM

Since no answer so far: I assume you haven't received the camera yet: you can find the e-500 manual here and check out the chapter about "alien" flashes

Mikefellh Apr 27, 2006 10:40 AM

See the following for trigger voltages:

Note that there's a Vivitar 285 and 285HV!

guicklook2 Apr 27, 2006 2:31 PM

it is an 285 not hv, made in japan model.

from what i gather i need the wein adapter to be safe.

after the camera arrives, probably may 1st or 2nd, i will probably get one.

i am going to test the voltage this weekend also.


kingkongva Aug 25, 2006 8:46 AM

i wouldnt use the vivitar. i have tried a vivitar flash on other dslr but images came out either over exposed or under(manual mode)

Mikefellh Aug 25, 2006 9:24 AM

It's not limited to that case it would be user error. You can't always use TTL flashes...many times I'll use monolights in a portrait shot, and in those cases you have no TTL or have to use a light meter and adjust the camera accordingly.

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