Flash gun for Canon SLR

Discussion in 'Canon' started by David Pennington, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. I have just bought a Canon 10D and am looking for a flash gun for it.

    I have a Sigma 17 - 35, a Canon 28 - 90 and a Canon 75 - 300 lenses.

    I am attracted to the Canon Speedlite 420EZ but see that the Sunpak PZ4000
    is £35 cheaper and seems to have the same capabilities.

    Has anyone any opinions as to buying Canon or Sunpak?

    Thanks in advance.

    David Pennington, Nov 25, 2003
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  2. The Canon 10D requires an "EX" flash capable of E-TTL for automated
    exposure. The 420EZ speedlite will only operate in manual mode, where
    as the 420EX speedlite can be totally automated. I'm not aware of any
    Sunpak flashes that offer any automation with Canon DSLRs. You can,
    however, use many manual and "auto" flashes with the 10D in manual mode.

    Dave Herzstein, Nov 25, 2003
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  3. David Pennington

    Jim Townsend Guest

    The EZ series won't work with the 10D. Neither will the Sunpak

    I should say, they will work, but you won't have any metering. The flashes
    will go off full power leaving you to manually select the proper exposure
    settings by hand.

    For the 10D, you'll need an EX series flash - 420EX or 550EX.

    As far as I know, the only non-Canon flashes that are *fully* compatible with
    the 10D are the Sigma 500DG, and the Metz 54MZ-3. I've never tried either.
    Jim Townsend, Nov 25, 2003
  4. David Pennington

    dslr Guest

    I hope you meant to type the Canon 420EX - the 10D will only work fully
    with Canon's EX series guns (or third-party compatibles using E-TTL
    flash metering), the EZ or any other earlier series will only work with
    the 10D in manual mode.
    dslr, Nov 25, 2003
  5. Phew, thanks for the information. Most grateful. I will have to look to the
    Canon then.


    David Pennington, Nov 25, 2003
  6. Maybe you made a typo but I would stick with either the 380EX or the
    420EX. If my knowledge is correct, the EZ line was an A-TTL flash
    while the newer bodies use E-TTL, which is much better.

    I don't know what £35 is in US $ but I wouldn't risk it. Canon
    "compatibility" is not the same as Canon "made".

    That's not to say that the Sunpak isn't a good flash. It probably is.
    I just wouldn't buy it.

    Also, if you've got the money, I would seriously consider the 550EX.
    It's more expensive, but it's got alot more power and versatility than
    the 420 or 380. You won't regret it.

    Michael Stevens, Nov 25, 2003
  7. Steve Marshall, Nov 26, 2003
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