Jack Up Your Vivitar 285HV
(C'mon, Vivitar folks. Get a clue already.)
Strobist reader Nathan Kerr has posted a tutorial on how to swap out the weird sync jack for a 3.5mm mono female minijack. This means that you can easily connect a Pocket Wizard, for instance, with a $3.99 mono audio patch cord from Radio Shack.
Much better than being held hostage by the Vivitar Sync Cord Mafia.
I am a big fan of cheap, elegant solutions to problems like this. And the soldering is really pretty straightforward if you are comfy with an iron.
As always, beware the electrical guts of an electronic flash. And don't go licking any capacitors.
New to Strobist? Start here | Or jump right to Lighting 101
Connect w/Strobist readers via: Words | Photos
Got a question? Hit me on Twitter: @Strobist
Save Money: Browse MPEX Weekly Strobist Deals