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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:36 pm    Post subject: Safe old manual flashes for DSLR Reply with quote

Vivitar 285HV amazingly good flash compare with his price.
Sunpak auto 220 works fine no problem.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be very careful about using old flash guns with DSLRs!!!
Some of the old flash guns use an extremely high voltage and thus can destroy circuits inside the DSLR!
Sometimes it needs some time to realise that, since the cam works fine for while!

I would never risk that!!!

There is a website that lists all the high voltages. I'll try to find it...


Last edited by LucisPictor on Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:31 pm; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started this thread for the the people what flashes are safe. Thanks for warning about danger, I forgot to do that.


PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, here it is: http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

You see that the Sunpak 200 series is not at all "EOS-safe"...

"The 285HV has a voltage of 12V. The 285 has a voltage of 350V."
That does not sound good either, does it?


Last edited by LucisPictor on Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:32 pm; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a very nice find.