Targus DP-38 Pro Tilt & Swivel Zoom Auto TTL Flash for Canon Digital E-TTL, E-TTL II & E-TTL Film Cameras, Guide Number (ISO 100) 148'

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Targus DP38 Features

  • TTL metering
  • Tilt & Swivel Head
  • LCD Panel
  • Red light beam for low light focusing
  • Auto Zoom for 24mm - 28mm - 35mm - 50mm - 70mm - 85mm
  • Five Level Power Ratio 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16
  • Red-eye reduction (Type N, PX and P)
  • Automatic shutter speed setting
  • Built-in Slave Function
  • Built-in Reflecting Plate & Diffuser
  • Flash Readiness Indication in Viewfinder
  • Power saving function
  • Front and rear curtain synchronization

Targus DP38 Specifications

Type:
Zoom Auto TTL Bounce/Swivel Flash
Guide Number:
Guide number (ISO 100) 45m / 148 ft - at 85mm position
Flash Duration:
1/1,000 - 1/20,000 sec.
Zoom Range:
Motor Zoom Reflector: 24-28-35-50-70-85mm
Bounce Capability:
Five positions tilt head 0°/45°/60°/75°/90°
Swivel Capability:
Yes
Recycle Time:
0.5 - 9 seconds
Colour Temperature:
Daylight
Built-in Slave:
Yes
Special Features:
LCD Panel
TTL:
Yes
Power supply
4 AA Batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D):
Approx. 72 - 100 - 125mm
Weight:
Approx. 270g / 0.595 lb
Mfr #
TGDP38C
SKU
TGDP38CA

Targus DP38 Reviews

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2.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value

I have had this flash for about a year and have been very happy with it. It does exactly what I need it to do which is to add enough light that I can use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion of my 2 and 1 year old boys. For the price I don't think this can be beat. I plan to get at least one more and slave it so I can get better fill lighting for family pictures. My only negative (and it's a slight one) is that it doesn't have the fastest recycling time. But for practically every purpo

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I have had this flash for about a year and have been very happy with it. It does exactly what I need it to do which is to add enough light that I can use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion of my 2 and 1 year old boys. For the price I don't think this can be beat. I plan to get at least one more and slave it so I can get better fill lighting for family pictures. My only negative (and it's a slight one) is that it doesn't have the fastest recycling time. But for practically every purpose I use it for it works great and I am very pleased with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

stay away

I do not reccomend this flash, at all. Mine started to randomly go into a strobe-like mode (not a feature or option to select on this flash). It is also slow to recycle, even w/ newly charged batteries. The optical slave feature is nice, but doesn't always register the other flash. I bought this because it seemed to have a lot of features for it's price. It had one 5-star rating so i took a chance. Don't make the same mistake I did; pick another less-feature rich flash or spend some more.

Reviewed by 6 customers

 
4.0

For the occasional Nikon flash user

By

from Kapolei, HI  -  Photo Enthusiast

As soon as I received the package in the mail, I opened it, installed batteries and tested the flash on my Nikon D50. Imagine my shock when my first few pictures were all black. No light. No flash. Applying experience from using computers, I "rebooted," i.e., I removed the flash and reinserted it into the hot shoe, doublechecking all my settings on the camera and on the flash, and even checking that I inserted the batteries the right way. Then I tried another test shot. Whew! To my relief, the flash fired. And it continued to fire for my next two or three dozen test shots. I have not taken very many pictures yet with the flash, so this review is based on my initial impressions, and may be updated if possible at some future time. The box gives this flash a "professional" designation, which I feel is based on the overall specs and capabilities built into the flash (built-in slave, fractional power settings, included diffuser/reflector, zoom capabilities, bounce/swivel flash head, back LCD information display, front or rear curtain synch, and TTL capabilities with the proper lens). I wish the "professional" designation also applied to the finished physical product, though I realize that at this price point I shouldn't expect OEM build-quality. My first concern is with the battery compartment. The cover is held on to the main flash body by a T-extension of the cover. It's one of those things that you'll have to see how well it holds up over time. The battery compartment itself is just a rectangular compartment with standard AA-battery contacts. There is no molded compartment to fit the shape of the batteries. Just put the four batteries in with the correct end in, and close the cover. The zoom feature of the flash worked with the standard 18-55mm zoom lens, and its range is 24-85mm. Not only could you see and hear the flash element zooming, but you can also see the readout on the LCD panel on the back of the flash. When using the flash directly for a forward close-up, there is some light cut-off on the bottom third of the picture (in horizontal format). So it would be nice if the flash head could point slightly downward in the forward position, but the flash head stops at 0 degrees, and can point directly up at 90 degrees with a couple of stops in-between. The flash head can also swivel to either side, up to 180 degrees to the left and up to 90 degrees to the right. Another work-around to the light cut-off problem is to use the slide-out diffuser or reflector, or to bounce the light off a wall, ceiling or white card. The flash fastens to the hot shoe with a tightening wheel, and some other reviewers raise questions about the sturdiness of the flash foot. Again, it seems this is another one of those features of this flash that we'll have to see how well it holds up over time. Flash recycle times seemed OK with fresh alkalines for the limited amount of test shots that I fired. A couple of my flash shots at night outdoors from about 20 feet away with the flash set at automatic were washed-out but others that I shot at the same time were properly-exposed. This is about the limit of my observations for now. Further observations pend further use of the flash. For those of us Nikon DSLR-users who occasionally need a better flash than what comes with the camera, this Targus flash does give us some of that extra capability in lieu of the much more expensive Nikon-brand flashes.

 
1.0

stay away

By

from Colchester, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I do not reccomend this flash, at all. Mine started to randomly go into a strobe-like mode (not a feature or option to select on this flash). It is also slow to recycle, even w/ newly charged batteries. The optical slave feature is nice, but doesn't always register the other flash. I bought this because it seemed to have a lot of features for it's price. It had one 5-star rating so i took a chance. Don't make the same mistake I did; pick another less-feature rich flash or spend some more.

 
2.0

inconsistant in it's operation

By

from Eastern CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this because the one review was 4 stars, and it had lots of features for a low price. (I use a Canon T2i) However after using it a few times, I'm very dissapointed in it: - Inconsistant firing: doesn't always recognize that you want it to fire - no 2nd curtian sync - slow recycle time (even on full Li-ion batteries) - power does not adjust from camera input - battery door difficult to close - randomly acts like a disco strobe (continous repeated flashing) I would reccomend spending more for a better flash, or the same for a less-featured flash. I am dissapointed in this flash.

 
2.0

Ok

By

from Buffalo NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this because I did not want to spend the money on the Nikon sb-700 or 900 and didn't think there would be that much difference. There is. It does not work very well with the flash functions on the Nikon D90 and the output was inconsistent at best. I ended up buying the sb700 and I love it. I will keep this flash to use as a slave and a back up

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value

By

from KC MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have had this flash for about a year and have been very happy with it. It does exactly what I need it to do which is to add enough light that I can use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion of my 2 and 1 year old boys. For the price I don't think this can be beat. I plan to get at least one more and slave it so I can get better fill lighting for family pictures. My only negative (and it's a slight one) is that it doesn't have the fastest recycling time. But for practically every purpose I use it for it works great and I am very pleased with it.

 
4.0

Works (not perfect everytime)

By

from Cinncinati, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

My camera is a Nikon D50 and the DP38 appears to communicate with it fine. Toggling between spot and matrix will switch the flash from i-ttl or i-ttl bl. Slave works nicely Zoom zooms, ( noisy but works ) Recycle good Battery life, good so far Bounce and swivel nice solid clicks I have a Promaster 7200, the DP 38 is a lot better, especially exposure. I like it. Had it for a short period of time, but impressed so far.

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Andrew R  Yes, this flash should work with most Canon DSLRs.
Mel P  will this work with the canon T3I?
Mel P  Any idea what I have to do to get this flash to work with the T3I I haven't had any luck with it.
Mel P  will this work with the canon T3I?
Mel P  Any idea what I have to do to get this flash to work with the T3I I haven't had any luck with it.
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