Vivitar 283 Auto Thyristor Flashgun


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Vivitar 283 flashgun

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General Vivitar 283 Information

The Vivitar 283, which was first manufactured in 1972, has been described as the Volkswagen "Bug" of flash units. It was manufactured for years and remained remarkably unchanged during its entire time in production. This flash has four automatic ranges, which allows for automatic operation with a choice of four aperture settings with your camera. With a guide number of 110, it can pack quite a punch for its compact size. The head of the Vivitar 283 tilts up to 90 degrees to allow for easy bounce lighting that will eliminate harsh shadows in your photography. The thyristor design conserves the four AA batteries that provide power and allows the 283 to recycle more quickly. Pointed directly at the subject, the 283 covers lenses up to 35 mm.An AC adapter and a number of third-party battery packs are available for the 283. The batteries slide into a small magazine for quick and easy changes, and extra battery holders are readily available for photographers to pre-load additional sets for heavy or extended shooting. The 283 operates effectively on alkaline and rechargeable batteries, so you can maintain a steady power supply no matter where you're shooting.The sensor that controls the choice of four apertures can be removed and used remotely with a special extension cord, and this sensor can also be replaced with a separate variable output module, allowing you to control the manual output. This can be useful if you're using the 283 as part of a setup with remote triggers and multiple flashes. When used in auto mode, the 283 has an operating range of 3 to 43 feet, and you'll be able to adjust the aperture selection for greater control of the depth of field in your photo.The extension cord has a hot shoe mount and also a PC cord outlet on the side. The PC cord can plug directly into the flash, and the cords are available in various lengths. The use of a device like the Wein safe sync is recommended unless you test the individual flash for high voltage. This unit was designed in the days when cameras were largely mechanical, and triggering voltage wasn't an issue whereas today's digital cameras are more sensitive to a high triggering voltage. Most 283's these days are used in multi-light setups.You may want to consider upgrading the mount if you plan to use the Vivitar 283 mounted on a light stand because it is relatively easy to replace and has multiple options for a strong metal one. Some of those replacement metal hot shoes also include a built-in optical slave, which is convenient if you want to use the 283 in a multi-flash arrangement.

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Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

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Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
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The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

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Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.