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May 11, 2008 16:02 |  #1

Anybody know what type of plug end you need for a cable for skyport to vivitar 283?
Already made my own cables with Pc female ends and trigger it with a optical trigger but would like to make one and get rid of the optical trigger.

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May 11, 2008 16:05 |  #2

The Skyport has a 3,5mm jack output.


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May 11, 2008 16:09 as a reply to  @ Bernt-Inge's post |  #3

Thanks I know that end, I need to know what the vivitar end is for the 283.
Sorry I guess I wasn't specific enough.


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May 11, 2008 16:32 |  #4

The vivitar connector is a proprietary connector.

I modded mine to use a switched tip (normally closed) 1/8" jack:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=490450 2nd pic down.


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May 11, 2008 17:39 as a reply to  @ SolidxSnake's post |  #5

Thanks that looks like an option but at this point I would rather try to make my own cable.


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May 11, 2008 18:16 |  #6

Sgt. wrote in post #5504070 (external link)
Thanks that looks like an option but at this point I would rather try to make my own cable.


Well the connector is made by Vivitar, so you'll have a very hard time finding it.


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May 11, 2008 19:16 |  #7

I just opened up a Sunpak 383 and added my own connector - 3.5mm mono socket. It was dead easy, I suspect the vivitar would be the same. Just drill a hole, insert wires, and solder your wires on.


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May 11, 2008 19:40 |  #8

tim wrote in post #5504596 (external link)
I just opened up a Sunpak 383 and added my own connector - 3.5mm mono socket. It was dead easy, I suspect the vivitar would be the same. Just drill a hole, insert wires, and solder your wires on.



Three wires for the vivitar. The jack is switched. When there is nothing plugged into the jack, the + from the sync circuit in the flash goes to the center pin of the hotshoe. When something is plugged into the connector of the flash, the + only goes to the tip of the connector that is plugged in, and not to the center of the hotshoe.


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May 11, 2008 19:48 |  #9

SolidxSnake wrote in post #5504710 (external link)
Three wires for the vivitar. The jack is switched. When there is nothing plugged into the jack, the + from the sync circuit in the flash goes to the center pin of the hotshoe. When something is plugged into the connector of the flash, the + only goes to the tip of the connector that is plugged in, and not to the center of the hotshoe.

The Sunpak has 3 wires too, the ones I connected to worked when there was nothing in the 2.5mm jack, and since I don't plan to use the jack I didn't test with anything plugged in. Good tip though, I wondered why there was an extra wire.


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May 11, 2008 20:04 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #10

After researching a bit on the web. This looks like the way to go.What would you suggest, a 2.5 mm plug and socket?


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May 11, 2008 20:14 |  #11

3.5mm is more standard I think. If you wanted to get fancy you can even add a proper socket to the flash shoe, but I just drilled a hole.

I'm also adding a connector for power from sealed lead acid batteries, for a slightly quicker recharge, and so I don't have to change batteries. Once i've got it all done i'll post photos. It's pretty easy though, and there's plenty of resources on the web. I'm not going with fake batteries though, i'm pulling the flash apart and soldering directly into the input circuit. With a bit of luck i'll even be able to get the flash back together! ;)


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May 11, 2008 20:40 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #12

I just figured they were smaller, save some space trying to squeeze it in.


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May 11, 2008 20:45 |  #13

If you're mounting it inside the shoe then sure, 2.5mm will be easier. I did it the easy way...

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May 11, 2008 20:52 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #14

Where did you solder those wires? That sync port? wires to hotshoe?


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May 11, 2008 21:29 |  #15

I soldered the black wires in, to the existing sync port. I could've connected them to the hotshoe connectors too, they're all connected together.


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