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8.5 out of 10

Sunpak PZ42X

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Overall 8

Charging Sound

Photog, B&H Photo
22 January 2015
Overall 8

best flash for value and use options

MsPhotoKLD, B&H Photo
2 January 2015
  • Excerpt: this is the best flash for options like swivel, up and down rotation, and especially adjustable power (many flashes don't have this feature). for an off brand its just as great as the name brand. wish it recycled faster, as the battery dies it takes longer and i don't think it has slave master capabilities (only down sides though).
  • Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: Slow Recycling
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Overall 8

Works fine, after a firmware upgrade

Brycee's Dad, Adorama
5 September 2014
  • Excerpt: I wanted a flash with manual settings, and many I looked at were $300+. My goal was "shooting" hummingbirds and "freezing" the rapidly beating wings. It wasn't so much for illumination (although that helped with some twilight shots), but for the (use of) the flash to effectuate a higher shutter speed. BUT, though TTL settings worked fine, the flash would not fire on manual settings with my Sony A65.
  • Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Value, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
  • Cons: Firmware Upgrade Needed
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Overall 8

Excellent Flash

2 September 2014
  • Excerpt: I am extremely happy with this flash. It does a wonderful job and works exactly as I need.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight
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Overall 8

good value, sturdy

lalo, B&H Photo
18 August 2014
  • Excerpt: Got a second one, since a cheapo sold by b&H conked out as a backup. The auto zoom flash angle drives me nuts, but I use diffuser(s) for most of my shots. Love the manual vari-power settings, since the auto settings are fickle on all flash units. B& H did not carry a simple diffuser for it. Shame shame. Still got my old one though. Make your own or buy one of their fancier ones.My old one recycles quickly and has been very reliable.
  • Pros: Durable, Fast Recycling, Good value, Lightweight, Versatile
  • Cons: Fickle Zoom Head
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Overall 6

Acceptable alternative to Nikon SB600

Rique, Adorama
18 July 2014
  • Excerpt: I used PZ42XN on Nikon D5100 and D800 inplace of the built-in flash. It is adequate for direct lighting of subject in relatively small room. I've used Alkaline and Ni-MH batteries (not mixed). While the recycling time and intensity is acceptable, I prefer another third-party speedlight that cost about $30 more because of the following: (1) GN of 200 (Ft) at 105mm /100 ISO (2) External power pack coconnection (3) Capability for wireless TTL Slave (4) Repeating Flash (4)...
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Lightweight
  • Cons: No external power jack, Not For Wireless Slave, Slow Recycling, Weak Output
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Overall 6

Good in some aspects...not so in others.

Mempho, B&H Photo
23 June 2014
  • Excerpt: This flash advertises that it is compatible with D-TTL and I-TTL cameras and I confirm this by going to Sunpak's website and looking at their compatibility list of cameras. Well, with the Nikon D5100, the flash is flawless, but with the D100, it is a hit and miss. The exposure is very inconsistent with the D100. It exposes perfect one time, then under/over exposes the next time.
  • Pros: Great With I-ttl
  • Cons: Not Consistent With D-ttl
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Overall 8

So far so good on my Nikon D5300

Eric, B&H Photo
16 May 2014
  • Excerpt: I am using this with my Nikon D5300. I had to play with it a little bit to get it to work TTL with the camera but it seems to be working well. The light seems even and well measured. I took some test shots with it at different metering modes (matrix, center, and spot) and it seemed to adjust the light output appropriately.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
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Overall 10

Using Sunpak for 30 + years

Denny, B&H Photo
8 May 2014
  • Excerpt: Thirty some years ago, Sunpak had a great little feature, the "Thyrister" which would automatically switch off when the subject had received enough light for the picture. Today with not only the thyrister, but coupled with the TTL feature, it's simply fantastic. i can't say enough GOOD about it. I really don't see the need to buy a Nikon Flash for your Nikon camera when the Sunpak will do the same thing, and for hundreds less. I love Sunpak... D. Swenson Ft.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
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Overall 8

love that it flashes when I take pic

cameracrazy, B&H Photo
9 April 2014
  • Excerpt: I need to use the flash sometimes when inside
  • Pros: Fast Recycling
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