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??
    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
  4. RichA

    Dirk Gently Guest

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

    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
  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
    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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    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
  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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    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
  13. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Those I remember. Pentax K-1000, Canon T-70.
    RichA, Jan 15, 2005
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    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, Jan 16, 2005
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    Larry Guest

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

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

    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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