Vivitar 285hv problem

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  1. AndrewK

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    Im using a brand new vivitar 285hv and ive been trying to fire it wirelessly using these
    http://cgi.ebay.com/4-channel-Wireless-Rem...%3D10%26ps%3D63

    I got them pretty recently and they were working perfectly fine up until last night.
    The vivitar fires when its on the cameras hotshoe and if i press the red test button on the side of the vivitar, but when i plug in the pointy screw cable thing connected into the port of the vivi, the vivitar does not fire. i have the transmitter on the hot shoe of the camera, and i have new batteries in the vivitar and the reciever, and they are both synced to the same channel.
    The weird thing is that the reciever led light thing blinks whenever i press the shutter release so i think the reciever is getting the message, the flash just isnt firing.

    Does anyone know what the problem is and if i can fix it? because as of now i cannot use the vivitar wirelessly
     
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    I suspect there's something funky with that radio unit. I got exactly the same one in a job lot of flea-market stuff, and it works perfectly EXCEPT when I have have my remote release connected. If I have my remote release connected, the camera fires, but the remotes won't. No idea... anyone else?
     
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    I thought I had an answer for you until I looked at your radio receiver.

    I have a Vivitar DF 383 & radio flash trigger but not the same as yours. My receivers have a hot shoe not cable connection to the flash. I was having the same problem as you until I turned the flash 180° in the receiver hot shoe. :blushing:

    My guess is that there is a poor connection between the cable plug & the flash. You could try using some contact cleaner on the jack/plug connection.
     
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    Is that basically compressed air used for cleaning electronics and keyboards and stuff?
    If so, just spray it into the little hole in the flash where the cable goes in?
     
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    You could certainly try that but no, it is a spray can with a cleaning solution for electrical contacts.
     

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