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dropmyload Mar 29, 2011 12:01 AM

Nice accessory for flash....
If only my FZ38 had a flash shoe unit......

banksy Mar 29, 2011 5:06 PM

Hey, this looks like a neat little gadget.

mtclimber Mar 29, 2011 5:41 PM

Please remember that the built-in flash unit only has a Guide Number of 11 or 12 depending on whether it is a FZ35/38 or an FZ40/45. That is really not enough "flash power" to effectively bounce off of even an 8 foot white ceiling. I have tied it and came away with e feeling that it was always under exposing.

I ended my search by getting a Slave Flash like the one shown in the attached photo that has some real power. The Digital Concepts Slave Flash in the photo cost just $ (US)37.80 delivered and really puts out some power, as you can see from the second attached photo.

Here is the Digital Concepts Slave Flash attached to my Canon SD4000:

This second photo shows how much area the Slave Flash can cover using jiust a bounce flash off the ceiling.

Now when the Slave flash is faced forward, it cn really add to your flash range. Here is a photo taken from 35 feet away with the Slave Flash.

Now when you consider that the gadget mirror reflector costs $(US)30.00 and the full blown Slave Flash is less than $(US)10.00 more, it was clear to me that there was more value in the Slave Flash unit.

Just my 2 cents worth. Your idea is fine. I was just attempting to show some alternative choices.

Sarah Joyce

dropmyload Mar 30, 2011 12:46 AM

Is it possible to attach a slave flash to the FZ38?

mtclimber Mar 30, 2011 9:55 AM

A Slave Flash will work with any digital camera that has a built-in flash unit. It is the flash from the FZ35/38's built-in flash unit that "triggers" the Slave Flash.

Sarah Joyce

dropmyload Mar 31, 2011 12:12 AM

Now where would I connect a slave flash onto a FZ38? Lemmie google this!

BackyardPermaculture Mar 31, 2011 7:41 AM

DML, it doesn't "connect" to the FZ38 at all - it is triggered by the light of the on-camera flash, which means it can be used with any camera that has a flash regardless of whether it has a hot shoe etc. Sarah's right - this is by far the best value-for-money approach to getting some decent flash power happening.

dropmyload Mar 31, 2011 7:53 AM

Aha....So now from the experience of all the users here, which slave flashes would work best with the FZ38 for good indoor shots and portraits?

Sorry to be such a dummy...

mtclimber Mar 31, 2011 8:59 AM


There is no "best" for the FZ35/38. The selection of a slave flash depends entirely on your own needs. You mentioned that you wanted to use bounce flash. That requirement requires a Slave Flash with a tilting flash head+ it has to project sufficient light to get to say a 12 foot ceiling, and still provide enough lighting for a proper exposure.

So I think that you can rather easily see that when you really take time to define closely what the Slave Flash will have to do, that narrows the choice quite rapidly. Please keep in mind that the bounce flash technique require much more lighting power, than when the Slave Flash is acting just as a fill flash, as it has to go from the Slave Flash to the ceiling, then be dispersed and finally bounce back on to your subject.

So get as much "power" (light output) as you can with the budget that you have allocated.

Sarah Joyce

dropmyload Apr 1, 2011 12:06 AM

I am looking for a flash that will help improve indoor shots and portraits. The FZ38 struggles with those and I wanted to see if a slave flash would help. Of course it would have to have the swivel head...

Ive been looking on ebay, but there seem to be many with questionable quality.

Anyways, the search continues.

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