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Old May 2, 2004, 10:06 AM   #1
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I'm looking at getting a better flash for my Kodak DX 6490 and was wondering if this is a good brand or not? I'm looking at either the Sunpak Auto 544 or the 555. Anybody using this flash and have any opinions on it? Here is a link to the 544. One of the reasons I like the 555 better is because it can do auto flash up to 107 feet, the 544 is only like 50 feet. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3AIT&rd=1



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Old May 3, 2004, 1:06 PM   #2
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Nobody has an opinion today or what? LOL

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Old May 3, 2004, 4:52 PM   #3
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Nobody has an opinion today or what? LOL
The GN between the 544 and 555 is only 10 (ie 140 vs 150), so there should not be that much of a difference... Are you sure they are not comparing it with the tele extender attached on one and not the other?
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Nobody has an opinion today or what? LOL
The GN between the 544 and 555 is only 10 (ie 140 vs 150), so there should not be that much of a difference... Are you sure they are not comparing it with the tele extender attached on one and not the other?
I think it's just the sensitivity of the auto sensor (probably has a narrow FOV).

Sunpak makes great flashes my 383 works great with the 6490. I pretty much use the manual settings on my flash since I usually have a softbox attached so the auto modes are not that useful. The 383 has 1/8 power settings so I can use it for fill or full light.

With the 383 I can shoot from one side of a high school basketball court to the other side (bleacher to bleacher) and get good pictures at ISO 200. That is direct shooting with the bounce head level and no softbox.

Remember that if the sensor decides to crank out full power you will blow out anything close to you (like railings, peoples shoulders, etc). You you may want to make sure the flash has a good manual mode in addition to the auto modes.



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Old May 3, 2004, 7:41 PM   #5
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Here are some of the specs on it: [shadow=blue]Has full auto capabilities plus manual from full power,all the way down to 1/64 power. Guide #: 140 Auto Distance Range: 1.6-50' Auto F-Stops: F/2.8, 4.0, 5.6, 8.0 Vari Power: Full,1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 Bounce Head: Yes Swivel Head:[/shadow]

It says that you can turn it all the way down to 1/64 power. Is that better than 1/8 power or what. Thanks



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I've had several Sunpak flashes over the years and they've served me well. And yes, a flash that goes down to 1/64 is better because it gives you a broader range of power settings to chose from. Also, at 1/64 power the flash duration is extremely short.
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I like my Sunpak 383, even though it works better on Kodak 1800mAH rechargables than the zooty Maha Powerex 2300s.
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What softbox do you use on the Sunpak 383?
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Lumiquest http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...690&is=REG

It attaches with velcro to the outside of the flash.. works really nice. The strange shape allows the onboard sensor to work.



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I use a Sunpak 383 super attached to my Fuji Finepix S602.

If anything, I find the flash a little too powerful!

When I mounted the flash on the camera, I found the setup top heavy so I always had to have my hand on the camera lest it "tip over" with the flash hanging downwards while the camera strap was around my neck. The Sunpak loaded with 4 AA rechargeables makes the setup fairly top heavy.

I fixed that problem by buying a DPS-9000 external lithium ion battery pack that screws into the tripod mount thread below the camera. I removed the A4 rechargeables from the camera, and use the external battery pack instead. A cord connects the external battery pack to the 5V power supply socket on the camera.

The weight of the battery pack below the camera offsets the extra weight of the Sunpak 383 sitting on top of the camera. The DPS-9000 retails for about $40 US. so it's a pretty good buy for anyone who wants an inexpensive external battery while offsetting the top-heaviness of an external flash.




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