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Old Sep 1, 2002, 2:05 PM   #1
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What's the best flash unit to use on the hot shoe for a Fuji S602 Zoom? Thanks for any replies.
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Old Sep 1, 2002, 8:21 PM   #2
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None. Sorry for the flip reply but you'll get best results moving the flash off camera. That's why I use a bracket potato masher flash. Bulky yes, but that gives me the best results especially when I use the main head for bounce and the secondary head for fill/catchlight. On camera flash, particularly the built in flash so close to the lens promtes red eye and flat lighting.

If you'd rather use an on camera flash there are a ton of good ones available. Since the Fuji doesn't have a dedicated hot shoe your options are wide open. Just don't use something that has extremely high sync voltage like the old Vivitars. I'm not sure if anyone makes a non-dedicated bounce + fill flash but worth looking around for. You can always use a bounce head with a clip on fill card.
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Old Sep 1, 2002, 9:13 PM   #3
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thanks for the info. I'll try the hot shoe and see the results. What's the price range of the bracket model you suggested? Any other bracket models any good? Thanks.
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The Metz 45CL-4 is pretty pricey, about $360 if you get it with the factory NiCad packs. I got mine used for $200. You can get a new Sunpak 544 for less money. It has the same power at the Metz 45CL-4 but it lacks the secondary fill flash tube. You can get excellent results using a bounce card though.

Another alternative is using a mid size hot shoe bounce flash in a bracket mount. You can get into something like that for less money but it gives a lot of flexibility.
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Thanks for the info, again!
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Old Sep 11, 2002, 3:49 PM   #6
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What's wrong with high sync voltage?
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Old Sep 11, 2002, 4:10 PM   #7
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Some flash equipment including hot shoe mounts have may have a few hundred volts at the sync contact. This wasn't so bad when cameras used mechanical switches (and even then it wasn't so good) but electronic heavy film and digital cameras which use semiconductor switches can be severely damaged by such high voltages.

http://www.paramountcords.com/ has some more information but I can't get to the specific page now.
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some useful infos about high voltage sync:

http://people.smu.edu/rmonagha/mf/flash.html

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html
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