Vivitar DF-383 with Pentax digital K-100

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by HarveyB, May 21, 2009.

  1. HarveyB

    HarveyB Guest

    I recently purchased the flash, which was advertised as compatible
    with alkaline or Nimh batteries. Alkaline worked fine, but
    rechargeable Nimh blew the picture out. It appeared to be much too
    much light. I called Vivitar and was told I should try a different
    brand of Nimh, so I installed some Sony Nimh I had. Same result. Has
    anyone had a similar experience with this flash, and if so, have you
    figured out a fix? The same flash is sold in configurations foe
    Nikon, Oly, and Cannon, but I don't think the camera brand is a factor.
     
    HarveyB, May 21, 2009
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  2. HarveyB

    Joel Guest

    HarveyB <> wrote:

    > I recently purchased the flash, which was advertised as compatible
    > with alkaline or Nimh batteries. Alkaline worked fine, but
    > rechargeable Nimh blew the picture out. It appeared to be much too
    > much light. I called Vivitar and was told I should try a different
    > brand of Nimh, so I installed some Sony Nimh I had. Same result. Has
    > anyone had a similar experience with this flash, and if so, have you
    > figured out a fix? The same flash is sold in configurations foe
    > Nikon, Oly, and Cannon, but I don't think the camera brand is a factor.


    This is the weirdest I have ever read. I guess you will have to pick your
    choice.

    - Switch to different flash and don't do any research aout Alkaline or NiMh
    compatible. Cuz most if not all flash just store and fire whatever it
    stores, or it should have nothing to do with the battery besides slower vs
    quicker charging

    - Or just have to shop for cheap Alkaline.
     
    Joel, May 21, 2009
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  3. HarveyB

    HarveyB Guest

    On May 21, 1:44 pm, Joel <> wrote:
    > HarveyB <> wrote:
    > > I recently purchased the flash, which was advertised as compatible
    > > with alkaline or Nimh batteries.  Alkaline worked fine, but
    > > rechargeable Nimh blew the picture out.  It appeared to be much too
    > > much light.  I called Vivitar and was told I should try a different
    > > brand of Nimh, so I installed some Sony Nimh I had.  Same result.  Has
    > > anyone had a similar experience with this flash, and if so, have you
    > > figured out a fix?  The same flash is sold in configurations foe
    > > Nikon, Oly, and Cannon, but I don't think the camera brand is a factor.

    >
    >         This is the weirdest I have ever read.  I guess you will have to pick your
    > choice.
    >
    > - Switch to different flash and don't do any research aout Alkaline or NiMh
    > compatible.  Cuz most if not all flash just store and fire whatever it
    > stores, or it should have nothing to do with the battery besides slower vs
    > quicker charging
    >
    > - Or just have to shop for cheap Alkaline.


    Thanks for the response. I had a Pentax flash (AF-360) which worked
    fine with Nimh batteries, but my granddaughter snapped the platform of
    and left wires hanging out. I figured it would cost more to repair
    than to just buy the Vivitar, which looked fine on paper, and had a
    swivel head which the Pentax didn't. Bad choice. I guess my solution
    is as you recommended. Just buy a bunch of alkaline batteries.
     
    HarveyB, May 22, 2009
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