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Author:  bigbassmann [ Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

This little 3 volt flash is pretty amazing. It has a slide switch on the side that allows you to select from 1, 2 or 3 flash sequences to match the pre-flash count of the camera you are using it with. In this video I will show how to hack it to use as an internal slave flash controlled by the Safari Camera Controller with the Mosfet Backpacker. The same Flash Program is used on the Safari board that would be used when utilizing the Safari with Flash Backpacker. but since we aren't adding trigger wires to the DF120, we don't need the Flash Backpacker to make it work, the circuitry on the DF120 along with the PT sensor that is ran outside the flash case does what we need it to do. Due to the fact that we aren't adding trigger wires this flash CANNOT be used with a traditional slave controller board as a remote or wireless slave flash.

https://youtu.be/2NnHCSXMVfM

Author:  ghosthunters [ Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

As always ... thanks so much Ralph for taking the time and figuring this stuff out for us. I can’t wait to try this out.


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Author:  bigbassmann [ Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Don't get too excited about it, at the moment I have to figure out something on this flash before I am calling it good. Seems I didn't think this through all the way before I posted this, I got the horse before the cart. I will get back to this once I have a chance to do more testing.

Author:  bigbassmann [ Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

After much testing of the flash and a little recoding of the Safari Flash Program, I have revised the video and all is good now.

Author:  ghosthunters [ Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Looks good Ralph ... your tutorials make things easier for sure.


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Author:  zaj56 [ Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Yep great stuff Ralph...can't wait to try one if I can find one....might have to bug Daryl for one as they seem to be available in Canada!

Author:  kdornski [ Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Its almost enough to bring me out of retirement LOL

Author:  ghosthunters [ Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

zaj56 wrote:
Yep great stuff Ralph...can't wait to try one if I can find one....might have to bug Daryl for one as they seem to be available in Canada!


Only in Canada eh! LOL!

Should have one soon I am thinking. :awesome

Author:  Theoutdoorsman [ Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Curious if we can further conserve battery power on this by connecting the battery leads to, say, a slaveblaster board, so that's it's not powered up constantly while afield? A day/night circuit, at a minimum, would be handy. Your thoughts?

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Author:  Theoutdoorsman [ Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Vivitar DF120 Digital Flash hack tutorial

Ghosthunters, i think it'd be a very useful tool for the Panasonic cameras! ... ;-)

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