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Old Dec 27, 2011, 8:41 PM   #1
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I just joined and this is my first post. I have an HS20 and a EF-42 flash and I'm very happy with both. The only issue I have is with the low light AF assist on the flash. I can't seem to get it to work. The one on the camera seems to override the one on the flash. Is there any way to get the low light AF assist on the flash to work. I was hoping the AF assist on the flash would have a lot more range. Thanks
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G'day HTN

Firstly - welcome to Steve's ... you'll find a wild bunch of great guys & gals here who'll try to help with lots of advice

As to your flash issue ~ I don't know the EF42 flashgun > but with my external flashgun / night focusing work, I try to have a bit of extra light around, maybe from a hand-torch etc to help the camera with focussing

A good assistant also helps
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I just joined and this is my first post. I have an HS20 and a EF-42 flash and I'm very happy with both. The only issue I have is with the low light AF assist on the flash. I can't seem to get it to work. The one on the camera seems to override the one on the flash. Is there any way to get the low light AF assist on the flash to work. I was hoping the AF assist on the flash would have a lot more range. Thanks
The EF-42 is a rebrand of the Sunpak PZ42X. The AF assist does not work with the HS-20. It states in the manual that it will not work with some cameras. The HS-20 has it's own, built-in AF assist light and that's probably why the one on the flash doesn't work with it.
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Thanks guys for the info. Wouldn't the AF assist on the flash work better than the one on the camera (more range). It seems strange that Fuji would make a flash for a Fuji camera that doesn't use all its features.
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Thanks guys for the info. Wouldn't the AF assist on the flash work better than the one on the camera (more range). It seems strange that Fuji would make a flash for a Fuji camera that doesn't use all its features.
Keep in mind: 1. Fuji didn't make this. Sunpak did. 2. This flash also works with the X-series. I don't believe they have an AF assist and it probably works with them.
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Is there an adapter to that enables TTL use of a Pentax Flash on an HS-20?

I got the Fuji Flash for Christmas and am happy with it. One caution. Make sure you switch it off after use. Even though the display goes off after a few seconds, it is still drawing a fair amount of current which will drain your batteries in a few hours. My Pentax flash turns itself entirely off when the display disappears.
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Oh well. I was hoping there was a way I could use it.
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I just learned that the hard way last week when I took the flash out of the bag and the batteries were dead. I just assumed it was off.
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I just learned that the hard way last week when I took the flash out of the bag and the batteries were dead. I just assumed it was off.
Me too! Especially after I got used to a flash that did turn itself entirely off.
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Keep in mind: 1. Fuji didn't make this. Sunpak did. 2. This flash also works with the X-series. I don't believe they have an AF assist and it probably works with them.
I checked the oscilloscope on the hot shoe contacts fuji 20: at the time of focusing the camera does not generate any impulses on the flash.

Nikon Camera generates pulses when focused
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