Sunpak PF30X/DigiFlash 2800 E-TTL II Electronic Flash Unit for Canon EOS 7D, 5D, 60D, 50D, Rebel T3, T3i, T2i, T1i, XS Digital SLR Cameras
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When i was timing the time it took to charge the flash i was using the batteries that came with the flash. I replaced them with rechargeable duracells @1700mAh and the charge/recycle time is waaay faster. about 9 seconds for a usable charge and 11-13 seconds for the flash to be fully charged and the recycle is about 3 seconds and 4-5 seconds to be fully charged again. I get 3 flashes before it drains.
I also used rechargeable duracells @2450mAh and the charge/recycle time went down about 1 second. When you get the flash use better batteries to get better performance.
So, the company has been around for nearly 50-years and because of the brand name, I wanted to look for a flash to eliminate the use of the popup flash of my Canon T3i, a flash that would have multiple EV settings and the last, to be used as a slave flash using the Yongnuo RF-603 trigger.
Upon receiving the flash, everything was easy to use straight out of the box. Inside is a double-sided 8x11 instruction manual and two Double AA alkaline batteries. Also, information on how to send your flash in for firmware update.
Right of the box, the flash worked great especially with my Eneloop batteries. According to the instructions, you get 100!10 sec. flash intervals with alkaline and 140$8 sec. flash intervals with NiMH.
* Comes with EV ADJUST -1.5, -1. -0.5, 0, +0.5, +1, +1.5
* AF Assist Light
* Bounce Flash (no swivel)
* Automatic Power Saving
* Sunpak One-Year Limited Warranty
It's important to note that the hot shoe is plastic and not metal.
I was able to test the Flash in daylight and during night time. Shooting in Manual Mode (this will work in other modes as well) and since it is E-TTL II, your Canon DSLR should be able to read it in the menu section and you can change the EV on the camera.
Flash is small and it gives good power up 100 feet ala ISO 100. Wait time is about 10 seconds after one shot...using Eneloop's, time was cut by a few more seconds.Read more ›
Pros: compact, light, only takes 2 AA batteries, inexpensive (although there are others that are even less expensive that may work just as well)
Cons: eats batteries! Recycle time is horrendous! Does not come with a protective case of any type.
I think the PROs speak for themselves.
Cons - I'll explain a bit. Shot a wedding. Have canon on rapid/multishot. External flash set to go. 1 out of every 10 would flash. Yes, some say "don't use multishot and flash" That might be true, but that's not the way *I* shoot.
I was shooting a event setup for a new start company. They needed product shots, set up shots, staff, etc. I had 2 sets of rechargables and 3 sets of new batteries (non-chargeable). When I got to the event, I grabbed a random set (non-chargable). Within 25 flashes, batteries were starting to act drained. Swapped out batteries to the chargeables - and only got 50 shots before they were drained.
IMO, I think you would be better saving for a canon flash than spending the money on this particular flash --- or if you buy this one, fully test it out so if it can be returned - its done so w/in a reasonable amount of time if dissatisfied. I would have saved myself time and money if I had gone straight for a canon flash - even the least expensive one.
2 stars based on the fact that the flash DOES work, just not as I expected it to work.
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For a inexpensive, no frills flash its good. It feels cheep but its sturdy. It is reliable and is bright! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Liria84
I gave this as a gift. I hope it works fine. I used Sunpak in the past and they all worked well. This should also do fine.Published 9 months ago by Frank
doesn't hold battery well but has worked surprisingly well for my photography.
VERY easy to use.
Great flash at a great price. Very satisfied with the seller and the product performance.Published 21 months ago by Amazon fan
I bought this for my Canon 60D about two years ago...I even bought some nice re-chargeables for the whole unit. I never dropped this unit --not even once. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Plato
This was a Christmas gift and I know that my daughter-in-law loves it. She likes the way she can aim it so that the flash is not right in the eyes of the person you are shootingPublished on January 7, 2014 by Helen McCaffrey