The cost of digital flash units!

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    The Olympus flash for the E1 is around
    $700 Can. What ever happened to the days
    when the average SLR user used a Vivitar
    283/285 that cost about $100/ea??
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jan 14, 2005
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    Dirk Gently Guest

    I'm using a SunPak 383 with great sucess on my FZ20, it
    cost only about $70 USD.
     
    Dirk Gently, Jan 14, 2005
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  3. RichA

    Larry Guest

    I always held the opinion that Quantaray units were junk until I had the
    oportunity to use the Sunpak Q383.

    Guide number of 100 and it really means it!

    I think I paid $89 (US) for it, and Im going to buy a second one.

    I find it to be a terrific bargain and I use it regularly.
     
    Larry, Jan 14, 2005
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  4. RichA

    Dirk Gently Guest

    Is Sunpak and Quantaray the same company?
     
    Dirk Gently, Jan 14, 2005
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  5. RichA

    Skip M Guest

    Quantaray is the house brand of Ritz Photo. Sunpak is a manufacturer of
    flashes, and pretty well respected.
     
    Skip M, Jan 15, 2005
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  6. RichA

    Larry Guest

    At the time I bought the one I have it was listed as:

    Quantaray/Sunpak Q838.

    It does NOT, however, have the word "Sunpak" anywhere on it.

    Thats really all I know about it other than the fact that it seems to do the
    job.

    For what I paid for it ($89 US), if it quit working tomorrow it owes me
    nothing (over 2000 shots with it), and I would buy another in a NY minute.

    I already plan on picking up a second unit on Monday.
     
    Larry, Jan 15, 2005
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  7. RichA

    Larry Guest

    I just had a look at the "SUNPAK" 383, and it seems identical to the unit I
    have except for the name on the case.

    Internals look the same, switches, settings, adjustments are the same.. I'de
    guess The Quantaray Q838 is made in the same factory, though I cant prove it.

    As I said, I always thought Quantaray was JUNK 'till I used (then bought) the
    Q383.
     
    Larry, Jan 15, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Well, since all Quantaray/Ritz does is market what they get from others, I
    guess they have to hit on a good one every once in a while...
     
    Skip M, Jan 15, 2005
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  9. RichA

    Larry Guest

    Kinda' what I figured... Like I said, I USED one BEFORE I bought one. I
    couldn't believe how well it worked, and I bought one. (I have thown away
    several Quantaray flashes that were given to me, so I dont have any love for
    that brand).

    Now I'll buy another so I dont have to mount/re-mount when I change cameras
    in the middle of something.

    I cant speak for how its "auto" modes work(it has 3 auto modes), as Ive never
    used them, only the fully manual mode, but since I always use the camera in
    Manual when using flash, it hasnt been an issue.
     
    Larry, Jan 15, 2005
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  10. Well you can still use the Vivitars. They work the same way they did in the
    film world (ie, somewhat limited, but generally usuable). Also, the FL-36
    should be shipping now, and is somewhat cheaper than the FL-50. Promaster
    might be an alternative, though they only sell in the states.
     
    Michael Meissner, Jan 15, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    They went the same way as the day of the $200 SLR.
     
    C J Campbell, Jan 15, 2005
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  12. RichA

    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Well, figuring that was 1975, and using a 3% rate of general inflation
    over that period, your 1975 $100 is roughly $240 in 2005 dollars...
     
    Joe Makowiec, Jan 15, 2005
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  13. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Those I remember. Pentax K-1000, Canon T-70.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jan 15, 2005
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  14. RichA

    Patrick Guest




    Use the Sunpack 433 D or 422 D (for OM), you can get it for $60 on Ebay.
    Or the Vivitar 285, same price.


    In my experience, TTL on digital isn't no where near as good as it is on a
    35mm camera, so a thryristor is just about as good, and you gain one stop
    on the X sync speed (can sync at 1/320 on a third party flash).


    Patrick
     
    Patrick, Jan 16, 2005
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  15. RichA

    Larry Guest

    I picked up another Quantaray Q383 today (actually the wife did while I was
    working).

    Verified: The Quantaray Q383 IS a Sunpak 383, thats probably why it works so
    well.

    The paperwork that comes with the flash unit has SUNPAK printed all over it.
     
    Larry, Jan 16, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    I miss my little Minolta X-700 with Tamron 70-210 one-touch zoom... *sigh*
     
    Matt Ion, Jan 25, 2005
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