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Old Feb 17, 2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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I have a Coolpix 4300 (doesn't have a hot shoe) and want an external flash. Is there any way I can utilize a Sunpak 383?

I'd like to use it with a Sunpak Adapter Bracket with Built-in Slave ($25). I like this bracket since it could support a variety of flashes. Wouldn't this bracket add some versatility (can utilize on-board slave or depend solely on whatever hotshoe mountable productI mount on it).

If the Sunpak 383 doesn't need the bracket's on-board slave then what is a more worthwhile bracket to get (for a shoeless digicam) besides the $25 one I mentioned above?

Another good article (see downloadablezip file: Guisela's forth reply;which has great comparison info on flashes and cheap brackets noted at bottom left). Nevertheless, if I can pick up a used Sunpak 383 and the $25 bracket above wouldn't the bracket's slave feature be worthwhile (at least for a backup)??:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=53

Here's somecheap brackets:


After this link comes up Sort by "Price: Low to High":
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...;Q=&ci=653

For example: General Brand "L" Flash Bracket for 35mm$12.95




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Old Feb 17, 2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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Can someonejust comment on whether the Sunpak 383 can be of some use with a shoeless camera? Would it's combination with a "built in slave" bracket (discussed above) make sense?

Also, are these tripod mounted brackets able to connect to a tripod? That is, do the brackets have another standard female threaded hole that would allow for a tripod mount?
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 12:34 PM   #3
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Hi;

I use a 383 with my Kodak Dx6490, which is "shoeless" but does have a pc connection. I have the$12 "L" bracket you mention in your post. Everything works fine for me. I don't know if this answers your question. I'm not familiar with the Coolpix line, but if it employs pre-flashes for metering or red-eye reduction, you may have trouble with a slave unit. You may want to copy your post to the Nikon forums.

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You may want to copy your post to the Nikon forums.
Thanks, I did: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=21
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Can someonejust comment on whether the Sunpak 383 can be of some use with a shoeless camera? Would it's combination with a "built in slave" bracket (discussed above) make sense?
Yes it make sense, this bracket is made for this purpose

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Also, are these tripod mounted brackets able to connect to a tripod? That is, do the brackets have another standard female threaded hole that would allow for a tripod mount?
Yes, all bracket that respect itself does have a tripod mount prevision :G

Usualy , there is a female thread under the locking knob (which has the male thread to go to the camera) or under the plate (Metz) or under the handle (my Vivitar bracket)

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Old Feb 18, 2005, 9:08 PM   #6
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An important and basic question:

If my Coolpix digicam tends to have red eye in it's pictures (regardless if it's redeye reduction is on) will a slave produced picture (slave will depend on my Coolpix's on-board flash which is 1 inchfrom my len's centerline) reduce the tendancy of redeye in thepicture? If so, how?

Wouldn't the Coolpix's on-board flash still be influencial in producing the redeye???

If it's true that red-eye reduction is not improved by these external flahes, is there an external slave flash that is able to "cover up" the on-board flashes (which tend to be too close to the lens' centerline; and in turn returns the retina reflection directly back into the lens).
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