Sunpak PZ42XC Digital Flash for Canon, with E-TTL II Flash Control Mode, Guide Number of 138 (ISO 100/feet), Black

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About Sunpak PZ 42X

Sunpak PZ42XC flash is the perfect accessory for today's digital SLR cameras. Compatible with the latest Canon E-TTL II cameras. The PZ42X has many advanced features, such as automatic zoom head from 24-105mm, bounce and swivel capabilities, built in wide angle diffuser and AF assist.

With a high guide number of 138 (ISO 100/feet), the PZ42X can provide outstanding illumination in any situation. It also offers a bright and easy-to-read LCD display and easy-to-use controls for manual flash output, digital or film lens coverage and zoom head settings.

The Sunpak PZ 42X is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits and more.The Sunpak PZ 42X is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sunpak PZ 42X is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sunpak PZ 42X: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (52),Consistent output (46),Versatile (37),Lightweight (34),Good power output (29),Fast recycling (28),Durable (20)
Cons:
Slow recycling (6),Heavy (4),Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (54),Fill flash (45),Portraits (28),Night photography (18),Photojournalism (10)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (20),Photo enthusiast (18),Pro photographer (7),Professional (6),Semi-professional (4),Casual photographer (3),Enthusiast (3)

Sunpak PZ 42X Features

  • Designed for today's Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras
  • High guide number of 138 (ISO 100/feet)
  • Auto focus assist for low light shooting up to 16 feet
  • Bounce flash head with 90 degree range
  • Swivel flash head with 180 degrees left and 120 degrees right
  • Bright, easy-to-read LCD display and easy-to-use controls
  • Built-in wide angle diffuser
  • Manual power and zoom head settings
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries
  • Auto power off
  • Pro black finish

Sunpak PZ 42X Specifications

Power
4-AA Alkaline, Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries
Number of flashes
approx. 220 at full manual (Alkaline batteries)
Auto effective range
4.9 feet to 69 feet
AF assist effective range
3.5 to 16 feet
Power ratio
(Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64)
Flash Control Mode
Canon E-TTL II
Flash speed
1/500 - 1/13,000 second
EV adjustment
(-1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, +0.5, +1, +1.5)
Guide number
138, ISO 100/feet @ 35mm
Recycle time
of 3.5 seconds at full output (Alkaline)
Compatible with
Digital SLR cameras from Canon with E-TTL II metering technology: Digital Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel Xti, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 5D
Dimensions
4.6" high x 2.6" wide x 4.1" deep
Weight
9.1 ounces (without batteries)
Warranty
Sunpak warranty

Sunpak PZ 42X Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 62 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Savings, greater product

I've used the Canon 580 II and the PZ42 matches it in every sense. At football games I get a longer light throw than with the Canon. At the same time it does a super job in auto mode when players are within 20 yards. The only flash that might beat it is the new Nikon with its auto function that goes all the way out to 200mm. For the money the Sunpak PZ42x is in a league of its own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Total failure

Although the statistics stated that this flash would work with Canons point and shoot models it failed to fire when used on my Canon, Pro 1, and my G-10. I have no idea how it might work other wise. I could charge it and fire it manually. If it is not intended for use with these cameras I misunderstood.

Reviewed by 62 customers

 
1.0

Barely used, suddenly died after 2 years

By

from Dallas, TX

I just got into the habit of carrying it with me and actually using it. I've only ever changed the batteries once before. This is literally the second time I've had to change the batteries and now the flash won't fire. Can hear the capacitor charging up, Test/Charge light blinks, then goes steady, but flash won't fire. Press test button... nothing. I guess if I wanted something that would last I should have spent a bit more?

 
4.0

Works fine, after a firmware upgrade

By

from Lake Arrowhead, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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. An internet search revealed others had had similar problems, and that a firmware upgrade would solve the problem. Fortunately TOCAD (distributor of Sunpak) was very helpful and responsive and I sent it to them (in NJ). The upgrade worked. And, the flash works well on both TTL and manual settings (and I needed the latter)! I do have some reservations on the long-term sturdiness of the (plastic) connector to the camera's hot-shoe, and it takes a bit of "manuvering" to get the unit into and out of the hot-shoe (easy, once you've done it a few times). Now, my over-all rating: a very good product, especially for the modest price. But lastly, I think Adorama (or ANY seller) should do a better job of educating customers on potential problems that may emanate from the need for firmware upgrades, AND WITH EACH PRODUCT SOLD, PROVIDE PARENT-COMPANY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SUCH FIRMWARE UPGRADES. (I had to do some internet-searching to find that contact information.) Fortunately, as mentioned above, TOCAD was VERY helpful in effectuating a "fix"!

 
4.0

Excellent Flash

By

from Atlanta, Ga  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am extremely happy with this flash. It does a wonderful job and works exactly as I need.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Acceptable alternative to Nikon SB600

By

from Cleveland, Ohio  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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) supplied diffuser.

 
4.0

Good for the money

By

from Pennsylvania, USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have used this Sunpak for 2 years with my Canon 7d and have been very pleased with it. I do mostly event photography and some photo-journalism. I have seen the reviews that say it is superior to Canon of similar price. It is and itn't compared to the Canon 430EX I just purchased. It may be: -Similar guide number. -It has good durablity -Good on camera and off camera with compatable ETTL cord or PocketWizzard. -Buttons are larger and easier to use. -Lighter than 430EX It may not be: -Has no master or slave option for multi-flash set up. -No high speed sync. -Does not interact with camera menu system for external Function settings. -Canon 430EX has slave funciton but not master When shooting burst photos both the PZ and the 430EX are limited to 10 photos before having to rest the flash for 10 min. (according to the manuals). The PZ unit I have doese over expose by 2/3 of a stop. This was easily adjusted once I became aware of the output. At 60% of the price it represents a good value for a quality flash. But it does come with a 60% discount in fuctionality over the 430EX.

 
4.0

Flash Updatge

By

from Apopkla, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This flash works great as long as you have it attached directly to the camera, or using a flash cord. But when I tried to use it with radio transmitter for off-camera flash use, it does not work. I don't understand why. But when I use my really inexpensive flash, (just on and off switch), I have no problems with the radio transmitter. It works beautifully, I just can't adjust the flash power.

 
4.0

Love it.

By

from Apopka, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This strobe works very well. I was looking to upgrade to a manual flash and started with this one. I have not found any issues.

 
4.0

sunpak flash PZ42XN.

By

from FL  -  Pro Photographer

This is my second Sunpak flash....good price...o use it as a backup/ fill.

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By

from Orlando, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this product because I took a class to help with on-camera shoe-flash. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Straight out of the box, I followed the class instructions and the shots were beautiful. You can't ask for more based on the price.

 
5.0

Great Little Flash

By

from Kansas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great Little flash, as good as Canon's flash Fast recycle

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RON S  Good price, lots of power, disappointing performance. Occasionally double fires in full auto mode and under exposes on close up photos. I use a cannon 10D camera and sigma 18-128mm lens. Works great in the manual mode. I usually use manually @ 1/4 power. Slow to change power ratio settings. Cannot be used as a standard slaved flash with a normal shoe mount slave like the Sunpak 383. Does not have a pc adapter so cannot be used with a chord.
Johnny B  Where can I buy another Autofocus assist light cover for my Sunpak PZ42XC for Canon? Mine was damage. Thanks Johnny
KEITH V  If your just shooting inside and not a real adjustment freak its okay ....but I have the both and the Canon 430 flash is better product ... I fought buying it but it accepts a lot of picture info from the Canon cameras that the pz42 doesn't..... For the price if you don't like the pz42 you can always sell it and buy the canon later but the truth is the Cannon 430 is a better product on the other hand you wont be dissatisfied with either....
Edward L  I have a canon sx50 my wife got for me as a birthday gift. Will the sunpack dig 3000 or the sunpack PZ42x be fully compatable with this canon camera?
WILLIAM A  Yes
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