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Sunpak PZ42XN Digital Flash for Nikon, i-TTL, Flash Control Mode -Black

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Product Highlights

  • Designed for today's Canon & 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
  • Bright, easy-to-read LCD display & easy-to-use controls
  • Built-in wide angle diffuser
  • Manual power & zoom head settings
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About Sunpak PZ 42X

Sunpak PZ42XN flash is the perfect accessory for today's digital SLR cameras. Compatible with the latest Nikon i-TTL DSLR 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, 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

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
Nikon i-TTL
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 Nikon with i-TTL metering technology: D40, D40x, D50, D70, 70s, D80, D200
Dimensions
4.6" high x 2.6" wide x 4.1" deep
Weight
9.1 ounces (without batteries)
Warranty
Sunpak warranty
Mfr #
PZ42XN
SKU
SUPZ42XNK

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4.1

(based on 62 reviews)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Flash - Many Uses

Using the College of the Siskiyous, Nikon SB600, SB800 Flashes and my Sunpak PZ42X to test it out. I went out and I shot a good number of similar pictures with each flash unit. Going through them in Lightroom 2, I felt that I got better shots with the Sunpak Flash. AT night in a club the Sunpak PZ42X was able to reach out farther into the group then with the SB600 and just about the same with the SB800. Though the SB800 and the new SB900 have some nice features $ for $ my bet is on the Sunp

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Using the College of the Siskiyous, Nikon SB600, SB800 Flashes and my Sunpak PZ42X to test it out. I went out and I shot a good number of similar pictures with each flash unit. Going through them in Lightroom 2, I felt that I got better shots with the Sunpak Flash. AT night in a club the Sunpak PZ42X was able to reach out farther into the group then with the SB600 and just about the same with the SB800. Though the SB800 and the new SB900 have some nice features $ for $ my bet is on the Sunpak I can buy 3 - PZ42x for the price of 1 SB-800/900. Now for some Info on me, I am 55 now and have been taking Photos since I was 12-13. My Dad was a photographer use kids were his models. I have been disabled since 1995 and needed a new hobby. I have not been taking Photos for 15 year except for the family and I used one of the automatic 35 mm cameras. In 1999 when I got some money in Back pay I got my first Digital camera it was a Minolta, it was a 2 MP camera shot only Jpgs, and cost me $400. I have almost 15,000 Jpgs and close to 10,000 Raw Photos saved on HD, CD's and DVD's. I went back to college and finishing my AA in Fine Arts. With student loans I been able to get new Computers (iMac & Mackbook Pro), Cameras (Nikon D90 and D300), and a lot of Software Adobe CS4 and Lightroom 2. I have just started a Photography and Photo Restoration Business out of my home. and the Sunpak Flash is just one of the many important pieces of equipment that I need to get the things done. things

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Acceptable alternative to Nikon SB600

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.

Reviewed by 62 customers

 
1.0

Barely used, suddenly died after 2 years

By

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

Excellent Flash

By

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By

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

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome substitute to an original.

By

It is an inexpensive accesory that would equal a more expensive original. Very easy to use though I am in the process of learning its various features. Pictures I had taken with Sunpak PZ42XN had good results. Each time I use, results get better. Investment I guess is paying off.

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ERNEST G  WILL IT WORK WITH A NIKON D 7000 ?
CHARLIE K  It works great on my D3000. Powerfull and recycles fast.
ERNEST G  DOES IT WORK ON MY D7000 ?
Shopper  Will it work on a Nikon d3100?
SHERRI P  I'm not sure. I use it on my Nikon D90 and it works great.
Bob T  Will this flash work on a Nikon D600?
ELSAMMA B  Dont want to give you the wrong answer. It would be better to contact Sunpack directly for this question.
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