Vivitar Macroflash 5000

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Because of its low price, this was a popular unit for macro photography on the 1980ies despite its low power.

At the back, the flash has an on/off button that glows green to show power on, plus a ready light that glows orange when the flash is charged. The ready light doubles up as a test button. There?€?s also a 2.5 mm sync socket for the flash sync cable.

On the front, you toggle between auto thyristor operation and manual by covering up the sensor. There one auto-aperture (f/5.6 @ ISO 100). There is a scale on the back for other ISO speeds and for manual mode.

Pc-cord and adaptor rings 49 mm and 52 mm included.

This particular unit was sold rebranded by Vivitar, Cobra, Starblitz and Centon.


Generic flash.
Head: Fixed 50mm coverage.
Swivel & tilt: no.
Exposure mode: Auto.
Manual settings: 1/1 only.
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Macro, Sync. socket.
Trigger voltage: 6 volt.
Batteries: 2xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 90 x 150 x 36 mm, 200 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 5.

Discontinued: Yes.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

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Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1938
HQ: Edison, NJ, USA
Web: US, man

Vivitar was the leading brand name of a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of photographic equipment founded in 1938 that operated out of Oxnard, California, USA. The Vivitar brand was introduced in the 1960ies, and became in the 1970ies associated with a series of high quality lenses labelled Vivitar Series 1, and a very successful line of auto thyristor flash units. After the death of the original owners, the company went into decline, and eventually bankruptcy. The Vivitar brand was acquired in 2008 by Sakar. Sakar has revived the Vivitar brand. However, the quality of the current crop of Vivitar-branded products is not very good and not on par with Vivitar's legacy.

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