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randythebest

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Nikon camera users - novice or expert. It pays to have knowledge about speed lights. I would say I am at the moderate level with using cameras. I currently use a D200. Nice camera. But alas, I am not a big manual reader (that has recently changed). So never, ever put a non- compatible flash unit on your camera. It throws a curve at the camera's computer. I thought an old speed-light would work on my D200. Of course it didn't. And my camera was glitch ridden afterwards. I spent a week trying to resolve the glitches on my D200. So on a whim, I purchased a D200 compatible flash unit, and the instant I attached it to my hot shoe, the glitches disappeared, and the camera works flawlessly (as if it was thanking me). I know some of you pros out there are laughing, but I'm lazy. Occasionally I have to learn the hard way... Advice to my fellow lazy friends out there. RZ



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Does it still work when you take the compatible flash off of the hotshoe?



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What flash did you put on it that caused all the problems?



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What flash did you put on it that caused all the problems?

Brian - the SUNPAK 433 D. Which worked on my D60... made for early Nikons.


Does it still work when you take the compatible flash off of the hotshoe?

Thumper - No, the camera was a disaster even after I took the non-compatible flash off... The Camera was brought back to it's normal self once I attached a compatible unit. Now the D200 works like a charm, with or without the new compatible unit on the shoe.



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That is crazy. Sounds like incompatible firmware. 

 

I have some old flashes that dump the capacitor through the Hot-Shoe, an original Vivitar 283 and 292. I bought the 283 for the Elvis concert in 1974. I'm sure Elvis saw it.



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Now is a good time for me to read this (Sarcastic speaking) . I am not a flash user persay. I have an old flash  I tested the trigger voltage with my DVOM and it is extremely low so I tried it on my old Pentax DL and my K-30 when I bought it a couple of years ago,no problems . Today I thru it on my D70 again no problems to finally get around to learning flash.  It is an old Albinar thyristor twin flash. If this site had been up earlier today I may have been afraid to try it. But then again maybe not. 



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There is always a possible risk to harm the camera because of voltage incompability and pin assignment differences of third party flashes.

Be very careful to use them.



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There is always a possible risk to harm the camera because of voltage incompability and pin assignment differences of third party flashes.

Be very careful to use them.

Akanarya - That is very good advice, I had no idea that simply attaching a flash could be so harmful.







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