The Sunpak RD2000C flash has compact design which supports the latest digital SLRs. With its exceptional portability, it demonstrates its full effectiveness in photographs of night time, get-togethers or at wedding's shooting scenes you can not cover completely with the camera's built-in flash.
The Sunpak RD 2000 is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose and more.The Sunpak RD 2000 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sunpak RD 2000 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sunpak RD 2000: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Good power output, Lightweight and Versatile
Most Liked Positive Review
(Still) Works Great for Me!
I now own a couple of these. These are small enough to have an extra one in a pocket and swap them if the batteries die. I also like to have an amber gel on one and no gel on the other.Get a Toshiba Canvio 500G External 2.5" Hard Drive with the black soft case and use the case for this flash. Perfect fit incl two extra batteries.I suggest applying some tape (or other means) to tone down the bright amber READY indicator. It will blind you, esp at night and it stays on / blinks continuously.I uView full Review
I now own a couple of these. These are small enough to have an extra one in a pocket and swap them if the batteries die. I also like to have an amber gel on one and no gel on the other.Get a Toshiba Canvio 500G External 2.5" Hard Drive with the black soft case and use the case for this flash. Perfect fit incl two extra batteries.I suggest applying some tape (or other means) to tone down the bright amber READY indicator. It will blind you, esp at night and it stays on / blinks continuously.I use eneloop AAs in all my flashes and they work great in these units as well. Since I use this flash -1 or -2 stops a lot, it often recharges faster than 4 seconds and the batteries last even longer.The RD2000 works great on the G12, my 5D and my 40D. The distributor says they don't support Pocket Wizard but I haven't tried that yet myself.Lastly, the unit will not work on a 5D MkII unless you send it to the U.S. distributor and have the firmware updated. They will do it for free. To determine the firmware version, hold down the EV ADJUST button and power on the unit. If you only see the +.5 light, you need the update. Contact Sally Wall at Tocad America, Inc. [@]) to learn about sending it in for update for free.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not bad, but a little weak for bounce
I bought this to use as a bounce flash for taking indoor bounced snapshots. I'm using it on a Rebel XS. It works fairly well, but I have had to tinker a bit to get consistent output. I find I ALWAYS have to set the exposure compensation up to +1 (maximum). Luckily there is a button on the back for this, so it is easy. Next I find I pretty much have to use ISO 400. I can use ISO 100 or 200, but then I have to be really careful with my shutter speeds and aperture - or have good lighting to beView full Review
I bought this to use as a bounce flash for taking indoor bounced snapshots. I'm using it on a Rebel XS. It works fairly well, but I have had to tinker a bit to get consistent output. I find I ALWAYS have to set the exposure compensation up to +1 (maximum). Luckily there is a button on the back for this, so it is easy. Next I find I pretty much have to use ISO 400. I can use ISO 100 or 200, but then I have to be really careful with my shutter speeds and aperture - or have good lighting to begin with. Since ISO 400 is pretty clean on SLR cameras, that is not a big deal, but I had hoped to be able to stay at 100/200 ISO. Recycle time is better than expected for a 2 AA flash using NIMH, but slow with regular Alkalines. Build quality is OK. THe battery door and batteries are almost impossible to remove without something to aid as a pry tool. Hopefully they will loosen up. The flip down diffuser hinge is pretty loose, so sometimes it pops down when you don't want it to. All in all not a bad flash for the price. The main reason I bought it was that there was nothing nearly as compact that I could find that bounced. I still think I may end up upgrading to a more powerful flash in the future, though. For straight on normal flash, it seems more powerful than my built in flash. Maybe 2x as powerful.
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This flash was exactly what I was looking for, to use as fill flash on my full frame camera that doesn't have a pop up.unfortunately it was a dud so I returned it. I may try it again as it has been highly rated by many people and Sunpak is usually very good.
I have always been happy with Sunpak products and this little flash seemed to fill the bill as the built -in flash that my full frame Canon 6D doesn't have. However, when I put it on my camera it flashed once and never again, after that I could not change the settings or turn it off, I had to remove it from the camera and take out the batteries. Such a shame as it was quite a powerful little guy.
slow flash, didn't flash . i just got a bad product.
Don't have the slip out problems on the hot shoe others describe, didn't need to express an over abundance of torque to achieve this either... two finger tight. TTL-II Response is good. Covered the bright orange ready light with a square of electrical tape.. it is very bright. Have gone through 200 shots so far and batteries are still going.. Perfpower AA.. Occasionally refuses to turn off.
Extremely overexposed all shots. Sent it back to TOCAD and they said it needed a firmware upgrade for the new Canon products. Now waiting for them to send a new unit, whenever that is, who knows. Probably works on older Canon models, but cannot say for sure. The size is perfect however.
Use it mainly for indoors close range photography and as fill flash outdoors. Recycle time can be trying sometimes but if you chimp like I do it shouldn't be a problem. This isn't fancy, but it more than gets the job done. Great bang for the buck and truly is pocketable as the hotshoe folds into the case. Works well when you bounce it off a ceiling or attach a cheapo bounce card (aka an index card) like I do. I tried using a cheapo bounce attachment made by Opteka but it was too big for this device and did not fit. Again, this is a truly small and compact flash but works REALLY well given its limitations (two batteries only, small size, etc)
This was my first flash I bought, I was looking for something small and lightweight. It does a very good job. But now that I'm getting to know better the capabilities of other products I think this is a little expensive for what it does, and the biggest con is that in only swivels in one direction, it would be a lot better if swivels in its own axis
Bought this as an additional TTL flash for on camera use. Did not wok properly in TTL. Very wak output. Sent it in to have it checked by Sunpak and they said they adjusted it. Same thing. Sent it back for refund.
Good little affordable flash, better than popup camera flash
OK, this is ridiculous writing a fourth review but there is a bit more to say. Read the first three reviews below for more info. As previously stated, I have used three of these flashes for over a year and they continue to work great (esp on the 5D) for all of my casual photography both indoors and outdoors. They stay on the camera (hanging at my side) most of the time and get bumped, knocked and occasionally dropped on dirt, concrete or tile floors. No problem, pick it up and re-attach, works great. This also brings up my biggest complaint. There is no locking pin to keep the flash from working its way back in the hot shoe. This will eventually cause firing problems. I have learned to check it regularly and make sure it's fully seated. When it isn't, the flash output will suddenly diminish (but still fire) which really throws you off since adjustments to compensate will have no result. Once it is re-seated, it works fine again. Here that Sunpak? Change the mount mechanism and this will be the perfect small flash!