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Old Feb 10, 2004, 1:39 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am planning on getting the CP5700 very shortly and I think I'll spring for a Sunpak PZ5000AF. I was leanining towards the 80 or 800dx but that flash just seems to advanced for the camera.

Anyone know where on the web I can buy a Sunpak PZ5000AF? I have little info about it. I have only seen one view of the flash unit itself.

any info is kind of you.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 3:13 AM   #2
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I am planning on getting the CP5700 very shortly and I think I'll spring for a Sunpak PZ5000AF. I was leanining towards the 80 or 800dx but that flash just seems to advanced for the camera.

Anyone know where on the web I can buy a Sunpak PZ5000AF? I have little info about it. I have only seen one view of the flash unit itself.
B&H at www.bhphoto.com has the Sunpak PZ5000AF (Nikon version) for $150.00, a bargain. Other than its size and weight, it is a very good external flash (i.e., cheap, high power, and doing TTL efficiently). However, if you have a plan to upgrade to Nikon's DSLR, you perhaps should not buy it because the Sunpak PZ5000AF does not support D-TTL nor i-TTL that Nikon DSLR cameras need. The Sunpak PZ5000AF works with Nikon film camera in traditional TTL mode very well.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 8:10 AM   #3
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thanks.

Can the 5000AF also tilt left and right as well as up and down like the 80 and 800 do?

Would you be so kind as to compare the 80 and the 5000 and then the features of each that are allowed on the 5700?

Thanks so much.
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[quote="cafr"]Can the 5000AF also tilt left and right as well as up and down like the 80 and 800 do?/quote]

Yes, the Sunpak PZ5000AF can swivel and tilt.

[quote="cafr"]Would you be so kind as to compare the 80 and the 5000 and then the features of each that are allowed on the 5700?/quote]

To be used with the 5700, the only two significant features that Sunpak PZ5000AF does not have and the SB80DX has are (1) model light and (2) wireless. The PZ5000AF does not the model light for sure. However, the PZ5000AF has a wireless mode that is different from the SB80DX. It allows to set the flash aperture and cuts of flash output by the flash (rather than by the camera). The SB80DX is supposed to have wireless TTL; but, IMO, it never works well with the Coolpix cameras.

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Old Feb 10, 2004, 8:48 PM   #5
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That's what I thought. 350 for a couple features I can't use vs. 150 for a good, bright durable flash.

Thanks.
ps. I just posted 5700 or 8700. Your input is welcome.
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Another question about the 5000AF.

How does the slave function work? Do I just turn it on on both flashes set it up and fire away with the CP5700?

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How does the slave function work? Do I just turn it on on both flashes set it up and fire away with the CP5700?
You can set the PZ5000AF to SLAVE ON and set a flash aperture just like the way you use the flash Auto mode. On the camera side, you have to let the internal flash fire. When the internal flash fires, it triggers the PZ5000AF, which, in turn, measures the scene illumination and cuts off its power. The PZ5000AF and 5700 do not communicate with each other. So, practice would be needed to get well-exposed results.

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You can set the PZ5000AF to SLAVE ON and set a flash aperture just like the way you use the flash Auto mode. On the camera side, you have to let the internal flash fire. When the internal flash fires, it triggers the PZ5000AF, which, in turn, measures the scene illumination and cuts off its power. The PZ5000AF and 5700 do not communicate with each other. So, practice would be needed to get well-exposed results.
Can the 5000af communicate with the 4000af?
How well do the sensors work on these two flashes?
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Can the 5000af communicate with the 4000af? How well do the sensors work on these two flashes?
The Sunpak's will not communicate with each other. They control their exposure. After you will be getting used to this type of wireless flash setup, the result can be very good. By the way, you might want to cover the 5700 internal flash with something so that it won't affect the exposure too much. Moreover, you can also buy light modifiers for the two wireless slaves (e.g., Sto-Fen, micro softboxes, umbrellas, etc) and use aperture and distance to control exposure.

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Moreover, you can also buy light modifiers for the two wireless slaves (e.g., Sto-Fen, micro softboxes, umbrellas, etc) and use aperture and distance to control exposure.
feel free to recommend anything for studio type work and for outdoor fill flash type work.

Thanks for the help!
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