Vivitar Auto 252

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Flash. Tiny flash with a number of features usually only found on larger units.

Two auto aperture distance ranges, indicated by red and blue on the front switch and back dial. Can also be used in manual mode by setting the switch to M. You set the ISO (ASA) on the back dial, then read across to find what f-stop to use. Pushing button on top activates built-in light for calculator dial.

Built in pc-sync cord for use with older cameras that don't have a hot shoe. You actually need to have the sync cord plugged into the pc-socket in the cord chamber for the flash to fire in a hot shoe.

Automatic sensor measuring angle: 15°.

Lock lever for securing flash in hot-shoe.

Will run on 120/220 volt AC with the optional Vivitar SB-1 AC cord.


Generic flash.
Head: 35mm coverage, zoom type unknown.
Swivel & tilt: no.
Exposure mode: Auto.
Manual settings: 1/1 only.
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Sync. socket, Ext. power.
Trigger voltage: 135-200 volt.
Batteries: 2xAA.
Flash duration: 1/1000 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 40 x 89 x 78 mm, 200 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 19.

Discontinued: Yes.

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



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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