Sunpak 5000AF and 300D

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Simo, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Simo

    Simo Guest

    Has anyone got experience/opinions of the above combination? Any
    opinions of the flash appreciated.

    Thanks
    Simo
     
    Simo, Dec 1, 2003
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    michael Guest

    hi All

    I would also appreciate any feedback
    thanks
     
    michael, Dec 1, 2003
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  3. Simo

    DMSX Guest

    I don't have a 300D, but a D60. The Sunpak 5000AF is pretty good and
    reliable. It's almost a dedicated flash for me, with the 420ex being a
    secondary flash that I use for outdoor fill flash. I just don't like E-TTL,
    having to FEL and all, plus I like to use the FEL/* button to focus and FEL
    doesn't work in this circumstance. I've found that it does suck up power
    pretty quickly and recycle times are slower than the 420ex, if you are
    shooting a lot. I use it in auto mode and set output power depending on
    whether I'm bouncing the flash or firing it forward.

    What I would prefer is if the Sunpak allowed overriding of parameters in its
    manual mode because sometimes the auto mode doesn't push out enough power.
    So manual mode is pretty useless when its on the hotshoe.

    The AF assist beam/pattern isn't as good as Canon's and the angle doesn't
    seem right, ie my flash unit has more beams at the upper half of the frame.

    There is one flaw, err problem, with using the Sunpak on a D60 (and possibly
    other Canon digitals) - you can't have the flash turned on before the
    camera boots up, otherwise the camera just sits idle in the boot process.

    Another thing I noticed is even if I set my custom function to not fire any
    flash, when you only want to use it as a focus assist tool, the Sunpak
    still gets triggered if you press the shutter. It saved my life twice, but
    nevertheless, it shouldn't operate like that.

    What the Sunpak gains in power, it lacks in build quality (feels flimsy) and
    a bit bulky given that it feels "empty" somewhat. The pins on the hotshoe
    is pretty stiff and can give the camera scar marks if you put in/take off
    the flash a lot. You'll need to rotate both sides of the hotshoe
    tightener/dial/thingo if you want to rotate it easily, otherwise it feels
    extremely stuck.

    For the reasons of it being an auto flash and not expensive, I like the
    product. My next flash is going to be a Metz 54 and use it as my dedicated
    unit (it's got E-TTL and high speed sync). I should've bought the Metz
    earlier tho.

    Leon
     
    DMSX, Dec 1, 2003
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    Simo Guest

    Leon,
    Thanks for the insight, answered most of the queries I had about it.
    How much did you pay for it and from where, if timings are still
    comparitive.

    Simo
     
    Simo, Dec 1, 2003
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    DMSX Guest

    Hi Simo,

    I bought it a very long time ago, but if I recall correctly, it was
    similarly priced as a 420ex. Bought it from Photo Continental.

    Leon
     
    DMSX, Dec 1, 2003
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