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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|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 3 x 6.75 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.6 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Exposure compensation options on flash
Overall this flash exceeds my expectations.
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
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As described in other reviews this flash is great for beginners (which I am) and for the price is a deal. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Michelle
It's a fine flash - worked well and was easy to use. The thing died on me after about 1.5 years of non-heavy use. Recommend spending the extra $50 for a better flash upfront.Published on February 7, 2014 by JP
Well made, works great! Picked this up to do photos for our church directory and am very pleased with how well it works, and easy it is to use.Published on November 24, 2013 by Thespian
After adding this flash unit to a Nikon SLR digital camera, I'm very pleased with the results. The small camera-mounted pop-up flash on the larger camera is actually weaker than... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by M. Miller
Great little flash, highly portable, easy to use, versatile, and durable. I have a ton of Sunpak stuff dating all the way back to the early 90's and their stuff always seems to... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Sonya Fox
It works fine, but the recycle time is truly terrible after the first few shots on a new set of batteries, and it devours AAs like no one's business. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Melissa M.
I'd been looking for a i-TTL flash for my D40x for quite sometime, but didn't want to spend lots of money since I had never really worked with flash photography. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by 'Stanger
This flash is small yet throws enough light to cover medium sized groups. The sunpak pf30xn is good for fill flash.Published on March 28, 2012 by Ed
Cameta Camera pulled through and got me this flash very quick.
It is a great little, light and powerful flash. Just what I was looking for. Read more