canon eos rebel 2000 and vivitar 285

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Dmitry Akselrod, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I recently purchased a Vivitar 285 flash for my Canon EOS rebel 2000 camera
    because of great reviews and price.

    I have to admit that I am quite novice to the science of photography, but I
    am learning ;)

    I having the following problem. If Canon full auto mode, and the external
    flash attached, the camera sets my shutter speed to something ridiculously
    slow, such as 1"+ for normal lighting conditions, such as moderately lit
    house. I am currently using my canon 28-80 mm lens. The camera sets the
    f-stop to 5.6 which is compatible with the flash settings I am using.

    I have played around with the camera in manual modes. The camera has 3
    major ones, aperture priority (f stop for the lens is set on the body),
    shutter speed priority and full manual. In aperture priority you set the f
    stop and the camera figures out the shutter speed. In this setting, the
    camera still uses an incorrect shutter speed. In shutter speed priority, the
    camera seems to work fine since I am setting the shutter speed.
    Interestingly enough, the camera usually sets the f stop to 5.6 in this mode
    as in full auto mode. And to top things off, the camera display suggests
    the shot will have perfect exposure in this mode. If use the same exact
    settings in full manual mode as I did in shutter speed priority mode, the
    camera predicts that the shot will be underexposed.

    the vivitar flash has a light meter. if you let off a test flash, the light
    meter will tell you if you have sufficient lighting. Of course, the
    sufficient light indicator says that my lighting as adequate even the camera
    things the shot will underexposed. The problem does not happen with the
    built-in canon flash.

    Do I have a defect here? Or was the vivitar flash designed for manual
    operation? Am I doing something wrong?


    Dmitry Akselrod, Aug 23, 2003
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  2. I am answering my own question....

    Apparently, the vivitar 285 HV flash is incompatible with Canon's EOS

    Dmitry Akselrod, Aug 26, 2003
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