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Sunpak 383 - Back Ordered Status... again

 
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Jul 25, 2008 01:15 |  #1

I've been checking BH for the Sunpak 383 quite religiously and much to my dismay, they are in back-ordered status.... AGAIN. Only yesterday they were in "Arrival - Approx July".

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …383_Super_Auto_​Flash.html (external link)

Did i miss the boat?


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Jul 25, 2008 04:17 |  #2

Not AFAIK! The Vivitars are looking better and better... :(


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Jul 25, 2008 06:10 as a reply to  @ Rudi's post |  #3

i noticed that too
i was gonna order one since i think i blew out my 540ez
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Jul 25, 2008 06:19 |  #4

If I was looking for a flash now, I'd just get the Vivitar 285HV. I mean, the only difference is that you have to pay $6 more for the cable for each flash - big deal! (I have Skyports). The only thing is, if I have to get more flashes down the track, I will have different brands and as a result different controls. Who knows, I might just sell my Sunpaks and get all Vivitars (if it comes down to it)?


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Jul 25, 2008 20:22 as a reply to  @ Rudi's post |  #5

Rudi, it looks more and more like the Vivitar will have to get my money esp since i really want to get into the 2 strobe setups to fool around with.


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Jul 25, 2008 20:29 |  #6

Yep, the only slight drawback is having to pay a few bucks more for the cable if you use Skyports. Not a big deal, IMO. I love my Sunpaks, but I bought them when the new Vivitars were blowing up in people's faces... that problem was apparently limited to a particular batch and has since been rectified. If I wanted a couple of flashes today, Vivitar would get my money. I mean, we really have no idea if and when there will be more stock of the Sunpak...


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Jul 26, 2008 01:06 |  #7

I've had both and there is a big difference in quality and consistency. I you can hold out for the sunpacks, I'd wait. the i found the vivitars very obnoxious.


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Jul 26, 2008 01:11 |  #8

Are the new Vivitars really that bad? In the "old days", the 285 was a highly-regarded flash...


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Jul 26, 2008 01:16 |  #9

I love my 283, thing is a tank. It is also over 20 years old at the very minimum.

That said, with a little surgery, it's easy to change the sync port on the 283/285 from the proprietary vivitar to a standard 1/8" jack... I've done it on my 283.


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Jul 27, 2008 01:15 |  #10

Warrenism wrote in post #5985602 (external link)
Rudi, it looks more and more like the Vivitar will have to get my money esp since i really want to get into the 2 strobe setups to fool around with.

Warren,

If all goes according to plan, in about a week or two you might be able to talk me into parting with my Sunpak 383's (I have two of them, less that two months old). Send me an email (from my website) if you'd be interested. For some reason my PM didn't get through to you, so I'm hoping you're watching this thread (and my apologies to others here).

They both come with cables that have been spliced and soldered (by myself) to fit the Skyports. Here's a shot of the two of them, when testing the Skyport connection:

IMAGE: http://rudiphoto.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p654779261.jpg

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Jul 27, 2008 01:26 |  #11

Rudi wrote in post #5991886 (external link)
Warren,

If all goes according to plan, in about a week or two you might be able to talk me into parting with my Sunpak 383's (I have two of them, less that two months old). Send me an email (from my website) if you'd be interested. For some reason my PM didn't get through to you, so I'm hoping you're watching this thread (and my apologies to others here).

They both come with cables that have been spliced and soldered (by myself) to fit the Skyports. Here's a shot of the two of them, when testing the Skyport connection:

Hmm, whats the plan? Just curious.


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Jul 27, 2008 01:34 |  #12

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rudi,

what kind of shoe/ umbrella bracket do you have there?


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Jul 27, 2008 01:36 |  #13

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Hmm, whats the plan? Just curious.

I hope I won't jinx the deal, but... a good friend of mine is giving me six SB-26's at pre-Strobist prices. The catch is, I have to get all six! (I can hear eBay calling for the two that I don't want :D). And since he is a good friend, I informed him that he could get much better prices on eBay, but he doesn't want the hassle. So, I'm pretty sure this will happen. :)

I could just keep them since I only got them a couple of months ago, and get only two SB-26's, but meh... I don't want different controls! (If only I knew that selling my other 580EX would start this chain reaction, I might have just kept it! :D).


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Jul 27, 2008 01:40 |  #14

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rudi,

what kind of shoe/ umbrella bracket do you have there?

The shoe is the Manfrotto 143S Flash Shoe for Magic Arm: http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Go.x=16&Go.y=17​&Go=submit (external link)

and the umbrella bracket is the Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite): http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …vel_Umbrella_Ad​apter.html (external link)


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Jul 27, 2008 10:13 |  #15

Rudi wrote in post #5991960 (external link)
I hope I won't jinx the deal, but... a good friend of mine is giving me six SB-26's at pre-Strobist prices. The catch is, I have to get all six! (I can hear eBay calling for the two that I don't want :D). And since he is a good friend, I informed him that he could get much better prices on eBay, but he doesn't want the hassle. So, I'm pretty sure this will happen. :)

I could just keep them since I only got them a couple of months ago, and get only two SB-26's, but meh... I don't want different controls! (If only I knew that selling my other 580EX would start this chain reaction, I might have just kept it! :D).

Nice, six flash units should really get your creative juices flowing.


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