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Old Apr 24, 2006, 4:15 PM   #1
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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?
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Old Apr 25, 2006, 7:44 AM   #2
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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 http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/...wnload/manual/

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 10:40 AM   #3
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See the following for trigger voltages:

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

Note that there's a Vivitar 285 and 285HV!
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Old Apr 27, 2006, 2:31 PM   #4
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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.

thanks.
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Old Aug 25, 2006, 8:46 AM   #5
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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)
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It's not limited to Vivitar...in 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 automatic...you have to use a light meter and adjust the camera accordingly.
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