If you buy the Vivitar 285HV new, it comes with the PC sync cord. If you buy it used, it will probably be missing. The cords are inexpensive, and I have no problem finding them for a few dollars. In any case, a brand new 285HV isn't a lot of money for what you get. I'd get the hot shoe adapter in any case. It's a very handy accessory if you want to move the flash away from the camera.