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Sunpak PF30XN Digital SLR Camera Dedicated i-TTL Flash for Nikon

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  • Bounce head tilts 90º vertically
  • i-TTL flash control for Nikon
  • Illumination range from up to 16 1/2'
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Product Description

Sunpak's Digital SLR Camera Dedicated TTL Flash Bounce head tilts 90- Degree vertically has i-TTL flash control and an illumination range up to 16 1/2'. Sunpak is one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic flash equipment. It has earned a reputation for advanced technical achievement and superior quality. Sunpak electronic flashes are produced for professionals, advanced amateurs, enthusiasts, and casual photographers. They are designed to work with today's auto focus cameras having dedicated flash capabilities. All Sunpak flash units offer advanced features, which provide the widest range of creative control. They are supported by a wide spectrum of system accessories, such as dedicated modules, filters, adapters, batteries and more.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3 x 2.5 inches ; 9.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000JC9BXG
  • Item model number: PF30XN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at November 11, 2006

Customer Reviews

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2011
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I'm a very enthusiast amateur hobbyist photographer and I used this on my Nikon D3000. I read all the time that everyone should get a flash, the on camera flash is never good enough; but of course i always thought my cameras look great(comparing to point and shoot). Over the last few months I've been looking for ways to take better pictures, i picked up a 35mm dx fast lens and it made a world of difference but while taking christmas pics I noticed there was never enough light so I decided to get a flash and after research settled on this one. let me tell you this flash is amazing; I uploaded the picture of my two year old that I took using this flash here so you can check it out yourself. that picture was taken with no lights on and one window partially open 15 feet away.

I have to say that I have read a bit about flashes prior to purchasing one and understanding guide numbers and how they are used, ttl, etc. I also looked at prices here on amazon, B&H and other random sites as comparisons and for the money I thought this flash was my best option and I was not disappointed. I have not seen any other flashes at this price or lower that performs as well as this flash.

As everyone said the one downside to the flash is the high charge time, however you can compensate for that with the proper batteries so after doing more research on the right batteries I bought Energizer Ultimate L91BP-4 Lithium AA Battery 4 Pack and it cut down the charge time to literally about 2 seconds.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Pentecost on December 14, 2010
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I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised by how good this flash unit is. It works with TTL with my Nikon D-40, and the pictures it takes are very nice when using it for indoor bounce flash. The price can't be beat - and the unit feels more sturdy than I anticipated.

The one downside for some might be that it recycles on the slow side (8 seconds), so if that doesn't bother you (it doesn't me), then as always, YMMMV.

I included a set of pictures I took - one with this unit, and one with the built-in flash. As you can see, bounce flash is superior.

Pros -

Great results
Exposure compensation options on flash

Cons -

AA batteries
Recycle time

Overall this flash exceeds my expectations.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Burlakoff on March 18, 2011
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This flash was meant to be a quick/cheap replacement for the Nikon
SB400 which was lost on location. The build quality leaves something to be desired, although I have not used it for a long enough time to comment on its durability. The flash performance, however, is excellent. Really impressed by the built-in diffuser. One serious caution is that it is a bear on batteries. The recycling time is slow (depending on batteries used, and discharge) as other reviewer have indicated, but I expected that, and am not complaining; but it does eat batteries.

Just for fun I tested the flash using regular carbon batteries. The recharge time was over 25 seconds and I could only get 3 exposures for the set of "new" promotional batteries I used. The lesson: buy nickel hydride batteries. I bought 6 nickel hydrides and a charger (added cost $25). I went through all three sets of batteries (and had to use my "reserve" set of alkalines) to get about 100 exposures during one evening's shoot. I was grateful that I had the foresight to purchase rechargeables.

In short, you get what you pay for, and I have no regrets, but as soon as I have more funds for photography I'll look for something better built, and less of a battery hog, and leave this flash for an emergency backup
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Gallagher on April 6, 2011
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I purchased this item after looking originally at the Vivitar DF-383 for a Nikon.

I still have an old Sunpak auto 411 from my film days, but it is a MANUAL flash and too high a voltage across the hotshoe pins to be safe on the new digitals, so after deciding on the Vivitar, ran across the Sunpak PF30XN.

I switched to the 50.00 Sunpak figuring if it only lasts a month or is crap, I can chalk it up to experience and go back to get a Vivitar or Nikon Speedlight.

The little Sunpak is great. Yes, it only uses two AA cells, and yes it can take 7-8 seconds after a full power fire, but in most use it is like a .45 automatic, ready to fire again when you are.

I got over 130 shots out of a pair of eneloops that night, no problem. Spares stayed in my pocket.

It has a place in my APECASE under the D3000 and gets the job done, in fact recently used it for several hours taking pictures at an evening party with a 55-300 mm lens - shots from 50 feet across the room at 300mm turned out well lit.

I am totally happy with this unit, 100% pleased. If it dies on me today, it owes me nothing and I will opt for an SB-600 at that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindner on September 3, 2012
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When I first purchased my Nikon D3100, I was content to use the built-in flash. But as I experimented more and learned about photography in general, I realized how harsh the built-in flash truly was. It washed colors out and made people's eyes blink during photoshoots. I'm no professional, but I realized this was no good for quality photos. So I began to look into speedlights to enhance my limited photographic skills. I was surprised at the cost of true Nikon through the lens (TTL) speedlights and decided my limited skills did not warrant spending more on my flash than I did for my camera and kit lens. I looked around at off brands but was disappointed that none offered true TTL. I wasn't sure my skills as a photographer had progressed sufficiently to trust a manual flash that I may or may not set correctly. Even though most off brands were less than $100, that still is a lot of money for something I may not be able to work. Enter Sunpak.

I read about Sunpak and its TTL capabilities. I do not plan on removing my flash so to have a true studio photography experience (at least not in the foreseeable future), so I wasn't concerned that this off brand did not behave like the Nikon speedlights that sell for $600 and up. For the price I was willing to purchase this so I could have better, softer lighting for my indoor photographs. The light pivots so to bounce it off the ceiling or direct it over the head of my subject. This greatly reduced the blink factor of my subjects.

Thus far I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I have a functional speedlight with TTL capabilities and I paid a reasonable price. I'm learning photography so I want good equipment, but I also understand that buying expensive cameras and lenses will not make me a good photographer.
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