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Old Feb 24, 2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default SB-400 vs Sunpak SD2000 on a D40?

I've been searching around, but can't find an answer...

Given that an SB-400 flash would be good enough on my D40 for my needs, can anyone tell me if the Sunpak SD2000 (or the rebranded Quatraray XLF-50) is basically equivalent to the SB-400? I know that the guide number is a tiny bit less, and they both support i-TTL.

Can the Sunpak be controlled by the camera in manual mode, like the SB-400?

The street price for the SB-400 is $120, and the street price for the Sunpak is $70.

I'd basically be using this for indoor snapshots, and perhaps later buying a hotshoe cable for playing around.

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Old Feb 25, 2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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I've been searching around, but can't find an answer...

Given that an SB-400 flash would be good enough on my D40 for my needs, can anyone tell me if the Sunpak SD2000 (or the rebranded Quatraray XLF-50) is basically equivalent to the SB-400? I know that the guide number is a tiny bit less, and they both support i-TTL.

Can the Sunpak be controlled by the camera in manual mode, like the SB-400?

The street price for the SB-400 is $120, and the street price for the Sunpak is $70.

I'd basically be using this for indoor snapshots, and perhaps later buying a hotshoe cable for playing around.

Thanks!
--Elliot
I have the SB400 which has a vertical tilt head( useful )but I wouldn't want anything with a lower guide No, as it isnt the most powerful flash I've owned.I bought it because it is small and light. I pump it up a bit by + ISO or + flash compensation.In the Uk the SB 400 is a lot more expensive, so $120 seems a steal to me.
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Old Feb 25, 2010, 4:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying. I am familiar with the SB-400 and its capabilities -- or lack thereof. The guide number of the Sunpak is a tiny bit smaller. Insignificant, I would think. No?

Perhaps a better way to ask my question: if the SB-400 is "good enough", then is the Sunpak RD2000 also "good enough"? Or is it inferior? If it's indeed good enough, then $70 seems like a bargain. Both support i-TTL, both tilt in the one plane, refresh is faster on the SB-400, but I could live with 5 seconds. What am I missing?

I'm just wondering if there is a compelling reason for forking over the extra $50 for the SB-400. To me, $50 is Real Money.

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Old Feb 27, 2010, 5:58 AM   #4
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Hi elliotmOO,
Something that may not be helping your replies.
Your title has the SD2000 but your reply says RD2000.
I tried to look up a review of the SD2000 and it did not exist.
But I found these reviews on the Rd2000 by customers on amazon you might be interested in.
http://www.amazon.com/Sunpak-RD2000-...owViewpoints=1
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Old Feb 27, 2010, 7:29 PM   #5
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Deadshot,
You're right about the model number. Mea culpa.

I did read as many reviews as I could, including the Canon versions. All I really wanted to know was how this compared to the SB-400. I guess I'm going to go for it and find out.
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Sorry I couldn't be more help but personally I have been dissappointed with more than one third party product so I would always pay a bit more for own brand stuff. I had a third party flash for a Canon some while back and eventually got a Canon flash with less bells and whistles but it gave a better result overall. Have you tried E.Bay or Amazon. I got my SB400 from amazon for a lot less than my local dealership.
Good luck anyway.
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