Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Vivitar 285HV Flash

I just ordered a few more items to add to my kit. I read an article called Return of a Classic over at the Strobist blog that mentioned a recently introduced flash. This new flash is essentially a re-release of an older flash in the form of the Vivitar 285HV. It is basically like a Vivitar 283 or 285 from the early-to-mid 1970s except that it has the correct voltage for the new Digital SLRs.

The article also mentions the Wein Peanut Slave. This is designed to work specifically with Vivitar flashes but can also be used with any flash with a PC cord socket. I ordered a three pack of the digital version which basically triggers on the second flash discharge which is the actual flash. Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and probably other manufacturers as well now use a pre-flash that the camera meters from right before the main flash. The Peanut Slave is designed to work with this and trigger with the main flash.

I also ordered a Pentax Hot Shoe Adapter 2P which is basically a hot shoe to PC cord adapter. My orders finished off with another Sandisk Extreme III 2GB SD card.

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