View Full Version : SUNPAK Powerzoom 4000AF
24th of January 2005 (Mon), 04:18
I've seen a good review for these and are in my budget :D Will this work ok on my EOS 300D? I know there are better but flash is not a big part of my photography but need something which is a bit better than the opp up. I can use the money saved to invest on a better lens I have my eye on.
24th of January 2005 (Mon), 05:14
although it will physically work, i do not recommend the pz4000af. i have a pz5000af and i only use it as a slave unit in dual flash arrangement. they are not ettl compliant. sunpak states they are not compatible with any of the canon dslr's. they will fire and they do sort of work, but if you ever want to use it as a fill flash in av or tv mode, they wont. they will always cause the camera to expose for flash, and not ambient light. at least that's how the 5000 behaves on both the 10d and 1dmkii. it works fine in manual mode.
for just a bit more cash, you can have the sigma ef 500 dg super (not the st). it is fully compatible with the canon dslr's (i have one as my primary flash, and it's great!!). for about the same price, you might still be able to find a sigma ef 430 dg super. they are also fully compatible, but they don't swivel (it still tilts) and they only step down to (if memory serves) 1/8th power. and of course it does not have as much output as the 500. but it is still a nice flash.
24th of January 2005 (Mon), 11:16
Thanks for the advice will investigate further now that you have explained the information I need to know. Might see if I can get a 430 ebay?
Cheers blackviolet :D
24th of January 2005 (Mon), 14:19
no worries. if you have any other questions, feel free to ask
31st of March 2005 (Thu), 20:21
I have a 4000, but cannot get it to fire on the drebel (works fine on my film rebel). Any suggestions? I have tried both the manual and TTL modes, but only the power zoom works.
31st of March 2005 (Thu), 22:33
Run full speed ahead away from the sunpak flashes with use of canon digital bodies! Run like the wind. I have a sunpak 5000af and it's not made to work with it period. Great flash, just no good with canon digital cameras. They say they will work with canon but dont trust what you read.
1st of April 2005 (Fri), 00:24
I ended up getting the 420EX of ebay in the end. More than happy with it.
1st of April 2005 (Fri), 06:40
bloo dog - i only have the pz5000af it slaves optically. i'm not sure if it's available on the pz4k
1st of April 2005 (Fri), 08:01
Go Canon. Can't afford 580EX? Go 55EX. Can't go 550EX, go 420Ex...
2nd of April 2005 (Sat), 13:42
They work well in conjunction with the Tr-Pak IIa battery pack, in manual mode, with Pocket Wizards for a quick portrait setup. Off course this can be acheived with any manual flash. If you need auto exposure with your DSLR, by all means go with the Canon or Sigma. If you are going to venture into manual off camera flash, check out cheaper, just as powerful units.
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