Sunpak PZ42XC

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  1. jeljohns

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    Anyone have experience using this with Canon digital cameras? At $150 it is a better budget option than the Canon flash. Since I am just getting started I really can't justify spending that much on a flash right now.
     
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    well the 430EX you could find for 180-220
     
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    I could probably swing $180, where have it seen it at that price? I've checked Amazon, Ebay, and B&H. They all list $230 and up.
     
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    This Sunpak PZ42X is compatible with Canon E-TTL EOS cameras. Not sure if it's the same thing as the PZ42XC.
    I really don't think they'll get any more in stock...the 430EX is out of production and has been replaced by the 430EX II.
     
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    yea true. O and sorry for not doing my research, didnt know the sunpack has e-ttl lol.
     
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    I'm not sure what that means. What is the difference between e-TTL and just TTL?

    What about the Canon 540 EZ? I found a used one of those for $80. I guess at this point I'm afraid to buy anything because I don't know enough about flash/my camera to know which ones would be compatible.

    Do the canon flashes allow you to control them through the camera?
     
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    I have a limited knowledge on flashes, but enough to get by. In no means I am an expert, so heres my "weigh in".

    I have the Sunpak PZ42X for Canon. I am very happy with it. The flash feels well made and sturdy on my Canon Rebel XS. I have added a battery grip which helps counter balance the weight of the flash. I have not experienced any misfires and the recycle time is very fast. I do not have any additional flashes, so can't do a full comparison.

    The photo quality of the Sunpak versus the pop-up flash is astounding. The ttl does help, but I have not seen any instances where I would HAVE to have it or I am just naive to the full usage for it. If you are stuck between the PZ42X and PZ40X, I went with the PZ42X over the PZ40X because of the swivel head; whats $10 more.

    Overall imo a great inexpensive flash to buy. I did a lot of research on inexpensive flashes and read a ton of reviews. The Sunpak PZ42X had a number of very good reviews on it but limited information. I would give it a "A", would have been a "A+" if there was more information on it.

    I have placed a purchase on the Cactus V2s Wireless Flash Triggers to seem if they work (not too much information on the two being used together). I have received and email confirming that they should work (once again, lack of information).

    Give me some time to post some pictures of the Sunpak PZ42X and the pop-up flash on the XS.
     
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    oh and the Sunpak PZ42XC stands for it is compatible with Canon, and then the Sunpak PZ42XN is for Nikon.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I would love to see your pictures using the flash. There are just SO many different brands of flash and I want to make sure I'm making a good decision. I've tried to justify the cost of a Canon flash, but at this time I just can't spend the money so I'm looking for the next best thing.
     
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    One that I've heard people like for a third party flash is a Sigma 500 super it's ttl and if I recall correctly can be used as a master. It's generally about 150 used I believe.
     
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    Not 100% positive. But I think the 540 EZ can ONLY work as a manual flash in the newer Canon DSLR since it do not support e-TTL.
     

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